KIOS-FM

Cheril Lee

News Director

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 would stick around for at least six months.  Two auditions and one meeting later, I was in front of the cameras Monday through Friday night, giving the weather forecast for the island. 

Did I mention that FEN was the ONLY American TV station on the island?  Well, let’s just say that I got to know what being a celebrity was like, really quickly.  Since I was the only civilian on an all-military newscast, I stood out just a little bit.  It was one of the best times of my life and I worked with eight different news anchors.  This taught me that every broadcaster has a different way of approaching the craft. 

After Japan, I made my way back across the ocean, by way of plane, to the great state of Mississippi.  While there, I anchored daily newscasts at a local station, Northland Cable News.  The station was located in Starkville, the home of Mississippi State University.  While there, I got to attend football games in the press box, which was quite cool until the day they tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that cheering was not allowed in the press box.  Oops.  Again, I learned a little something about retaining one’s professionalism in every situation. 

While in Mississippi, I also made appearances on other TV stations’ breakfast and lunch time shows, usually talking to the hosts about various plays I was appearing in onstage.

My next broadcasting gig was right here in Omaha at KVNO, Classical 90.7 where I became the News Director in 2000.  I remember that my first day was right in the middle of a fund drive.  The Program Director asked me if I wanted to jump in and pitch and I thought, “What the heck is pitching?”  I deferred, telling him I’d participate in the next one.  And participate I did.  While I was there, I did more than 20 fund drives.  Additionally, I anchored several daily newscasts, wrote, produced and delivered the Arts at 8:30 and at the end, hosted a two-hour on-air shift in addition to my other duties.  I learned a lot about classical composers, including the correct pronunciation of Dvorak.

After a decade at KVNO, I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree at UNO, so I left the station to take classes.  But it wasn’t long before the siren song of public radio lured me back.  I started working for KIOS in January of 2010 as a news anchor, reporter and on-air host.  The Saturday morning programs are among my favorites and I love talking with listeners who are as passionate about public radio as I am.

When I’m not talking on the airwaves, I love to act in community theatre productions, rock out to concerts and write.  Traveling has always been a passion of mine.  I’ve been to several countries, including Italy, Japan, Albania, Slovenia, England and my personal favorite, Ireland.  Up next, are the Dominican Republic, France and Scotland. 

Ever the optimist, you will usually hear a smile in my voice when I’m hosting.  It is my goal to be good company as you move through your day.  

Ways to Connect

The AIM award recognizes local talent and community builders in the technology community of Omaha.  Grace Erixon is the first high school student to win the award. 

The UNMC ice skating rink opened this past weekend and will remain open through February 5th.

Joslyn Art Museum’s annual Holiday Under Glass series kicks off Friday, December 2nd and continues Wednesdays and Fridays through December 21st.

The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program is focused on motivating students in grades K-6 to read.

Last week was the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.  It’s a day that encourages tobacco users to give up the habit.

Metropolitan Community College at Do Space will offer a one-day Minecraft camp for students ages 7-14, Tuesday, January 3rd from 9-3.

Outlook Nebraska, Inc. now offers an audio description program in partnership with multiple local theatres so that the blind and visually-impaired may enjoy an afternoon or evening of theatre.

Ballet Nebraska presents “The Nutcracker” this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Arts Center at Iowa Western.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is onstage at the Orpheum Theatre tonight through Sunday.

Alec Rome is a junior at Omaha’s Central High School.  Born with a voice for radio, Alec is using his natural talent as a sportscaster and doing play-by-play announcing for three different sports at his school.  With more, here’s KIOS News Director Cheril Lee…

It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  No, it’s a super moon and you can see it tonight!

Joslyn Art Museum’s newest exhibition is called Dirt Meridian and features 42 photographs from artist Andrew Moore.  The exhibit shows audiences that landscapes aren’t always lush, dramatic vistas.  With more, here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee…

The Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities conducted a feasibility study on using the Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln as a multi-use building several years ago.

CollegeChoice.net recently named The College of St. Mary one of the safest small campuses in the United States.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse predicts a voter turnout for the 2016 Statewide Presidential General Election of 70% in Douglas County.

Join us Tuesday at 7:00 PM for live election night coverage from NPR  and local updates from Omaha Public Radio.

  

The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association reminds you to replace the batteries in your smoke alarm when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday.

During the lead up to the election, most voters have had the opportunity to hear a lot about the candidates running for president, but what about those running in the local races?

The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors approved almost $5 million dollars this quarter in grants and initiatives funding.

A lot of the controversy over prostate cancer screening tests started several years ago when the US Preventative Services Task Force came out with a recommendation saying men should not be screened for prostate cancer.

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates teen-involved crash fatalities increased 10% in 2015.  In Nebraska, they increased 20%. 

Open enrollment season is here for both the National Health Insurance Marketplace as well as for employers.

Miller Park Elementary School, in the OPS school district, has enjoyed a 100% attendance rate for their parent/guardian report card conferences for the past seven years.

Kids will be trick-or-treating next Monday night and Jason Kerkman, Safe Kids Nebraska Coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, wants them to be safe when they do.

Metropolitan Community College’s CDL Class-A Truck Driving Program now takes just six weeks to complete.

Omaha Press Club’s most recent Noon Forum featured a congressional debate between Democrat Brad Ashford and Republican Don Bacon. 

Tonight, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency is holding a public meeting to gather input for its 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan. 

OPS spent two years working on the Human Growth & Development curriculum. 

Larianna Parrott is in the 11th grade at North High School.  From all appearances, she’s just your typical junior but as KIOS News Director Cheril Lee found out, appearances can be deceiving… 

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