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

Earlier this month, UNMC released a new online toolkit that’s meant to make mentoring easier for providers.

“From Manager to Remarkable Leader” is the theme of Bellevue University’s Remarkable Leadership Workshop this year.

Ballet Nebraska ends its 8th season with two performances of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” this weekend.

Two THINK, MAKE, CREATE trailers are traveling around Lincoln and Omaha offering pop-up science classrooms for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency recently held “Block Talks” looking at three different areas of 13th Street: downtown and the Dahlman and Deer Park neighborhoods. 

Metropolitan Community College is partnering with Cyberworld Institute to offer high quality IT and cybersecurity certification training.

In celebration of Earth Day, Creighton University has been holding a variety of events on campus that raise awareness and engage in behaviors that care for the Earth.

Earth Day Omaha takes place this Saturday from 11-6 in Elmwood Park. 

During the month of April, many organizations, including the Henry Doorly Zoo and Woodmen Life, are shining blue lights in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Pardon our dust!

Apr 16, 2018

KIOS is getting ready to undergo a much needed renovation.  We will be tearing out and upgrading all of our studios.  Additionally, our work spaces will get a nice facelift complete with new lighting, fresh paint and updated carpeting! 

The 2018 VNA Senior Speaker Series starts with “Tips for Keeping Your Mind Sharp” on Thursday, April 19th.

Jodi Baker, Media Specialist for OPPD, says currently the utility is noticing a spike in the number of people reporting scam phone calls.

Spring is just around the corner.  At least, that’s what the calendar says.  And that means many will be getting ready for some spring planting.

UnitedHealthcare Motion allows people to access wearable devices and earn more than $1000 a year by meeting certain walking goals.

Trauma Matters Omaha is a new website focused on providing information and resources to trauma victims.

Film Streams started offering film courses about a year ago.  Diana Martinez, Education Director for Film Streams, says the classes give the community a chance to learn more about film.

“Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry” is the One Book, One Nebraska pick this year.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee interviews Omaha Central HS Senior Witney Stanley for this month's OPS Student Spotlight...

Listeners, it is with very mixed feelings that I am announcing my retirement, effective Friday, March 30, from KIOS-FM.  After 44-and-a-half years at the station, 41 as Program Director, I have decided that the time is right for me to make a "graceful exit". 

CDC.gov

April is STD Awareness Month.  In preparation, the Adolescent Health Project is encouraging teens to get tested for STD’s in a variety of ways.

The Iowa West Foundation recently awarded $4 million in grant and initiative funding.

Omaha Performing Arts is offering several series once again this season including Dance, Family and the 1200 Club.

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently released a new economic impact study focused on the Nebraska Historic Tax Credit.

Think you know a lot about the national debt and want to prove it? Metropolitan Community College is offering you the chance as they host a National Debt Trivia Night Thursday, March 29th.

The Durham Museum’s newest exhibit American Adventure is

staged as a maze, where you have to make a series of choices as one of the original Jamestown settlers.

  

The Heartland 2050 Winter Summit takes place this Thursday, March 22nd, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Metropolitan Community College at Do Space will host the second installment of its Claire M. Hubbard Sustainability Series on Wednesday, March 28th.

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska recently released its second year evaluation of the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency releases new traffic reports every couple of years.  Their most recent report, based on 2016 data, shows the Metro had a healthy growth rate in traffic from the previous report. 

April Hayes and Katia Maguire both served as producers and directors on the documentary film “Home Truth.”  The film is about trauma survivor Jessica Gonzales and screens at the Omaha Film Festival this Sunday...

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