People

Program Director

Bob Coate has been at KIOS-FM for over 38 years.  As he puts it, "I've been doing this for over 38 years, and I'm going to keep doing it until I get it right."

He became KIOS Program Director in July, 1977.  He was the on-air host of the...

On-air host

Carol Pederson began as a volunteer at KIOS-FM in 1993, was hired to work part-time in development in 1994, and started on-air in August 1995.

After having grown up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Carol got her B.A. in Music Education from...

Development Assistant

Chelsea Balzer is the Development Assistant at KIOS. She is a student of Communications at Creighton and an avid follower of NPR. She is thrilled to begin her career by working alongside others who are also passionate about the service they...

Reporter/Anchor

My broadcasting career began in the most unlikely of places…Okinawa, Japan.  I was interviewed one afternoon while I was in college and, on a lark, I asked if the TV station needed any volunteers.  They said they could use a weather person who...

Jazz host

Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. In November 1992, Cooke signed on at...

On-air host

Deborah has a long history as a part-time announcer/host with KIOS, having first worked at the station from 1983 to 1994 – hosting and producing two weekly interview/public affairs programs for part of that time.   She returned as the Morning...

Underwriting Manager

Ed McGrath, who handles corporate support for KIOS-FM, brings a print, commercial radio, and 15 years of public radio experience to the arena.

He says he enjoys connecting businesses with individual supporters of public radio by putting...

On-air host

Jenny Peek is the Sunday afternoon on-air host.  She has been with KIOS since 2004.  She got her start in radio while attending the radio broadcasting program at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center.

News Director

It’s been a great six years here at Omaha Public Radio.  So much has happened since I came on board at KIOS in October 2007 as the station’s first News Director. Before coming to Omaha, I worked at commercial stations in Illinois. Here at KIOS,...

Station Manager

My career in the Broadcasting industry began in Pittsburg, Kansas where my first job was an Anchor/Reporter position at KOAM-TV, a station that served a four state area of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.
 
After only a year,...

On-air host

Mary Marchio can be heard Sunday nights on KIOS-FM, hosting a series of programs that feature music that is, admittedly, new to her.  "When I started working at KIOS in 2006, the Sunday evening programs were mostly orchestral and choral music,...

Morning Edition host and Events Calendar Coordinator

Michael Lyon says one of the questions he's asked most frequently is where he’s from. Actually, he's an Englishman, who has lived in the United States for about 30 years.  He describes himself as a vocal hybrid.

"I've always been a...

All Things Considered host

Recording Engineer Mike Hansen, also local host during All Things Considered, has been with KIOS since August of 1988.  He received a degree in Broadcast Production from the University of Nebraska/Omaha. Hansen worked for several years as a...

Music Director

Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends acting as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. Mike...

Membership Manager

I started my role as membership manager at KIOS in April 2007.  I work with all things membership, including pledge drives, mailings, thank you letters, newsletters, and member events.  It is a very rewarding job, and I am constantly in awe of...

Chief Engineer

Dick Dennis is in charge of keeping KIOS on the air.  He's been chief engineer at KIOS since 1992.