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

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s efforts to revitalize his city began with a weight loss challenge to residents.  This 1-million pound weight loss challenge led to his efforts to redesign streets for pedestrians, not just vehicles.

 Blues in the Afternoon hosted by Mike Jacobs will celebrate it's 23rd anniversary Monday October 2nd on KIOS-FM. The show airs from 1:00-3:00 PM.

  

The black and orange monarch butterfly has begun its 3,000-mile migration which will take it through Nebraska.

Metropolitan Community College is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a screening of the video, ”No Mas Bebes,” tomorrow at 12:10.

UNeTech is a new institute at UNMC and UNO that’s designed to identify promising start-up companies and help them become successful.

Photo by AP

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska abruptly fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, citing a failure to improve the "on-field performance" by the Cornhuskers.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska fights every day to help individuals who are suffering with mental health disorders or having thoughts of suicide.

Omaha Performing Arts is celebrating Nebraska’s 150th anniversary through dance on Saturday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska recently released the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey.

Nebraska by Heart is a statewide public art project celebrating the 150th anniversary of our state.

Metropolitan Community College recently received a $25,000 grant from the United Way of the Midlands which will help enhance its College Success Navigators program.

The VNA Senior Speaker Series continues next Thursday, September 14th with a presentation called: “Taking Care of YOU: Suggestions on Self Care during times of Sadness, Loss and Grief.”

The Nebraska Department of Labor projects there will be 1 million computer-related job openings in the United States by 2024.

Nebraska Loves Public Schools is presenting a new documentary called Seeds of Hope they created on immigrant and refugee students.

We will be making repairs to our transmitter some time today or tomorrow (Saturday). 

The UNO Art Gallery is currently displaying a collection of art works by individuals who were artists-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

Local farmers who are over age 21 and farm 250 acres or more are eligible to win a $2500 donation they can direct to their favorite nonprofit organization.

Last week, Mode Shift Omaha kicked off its first ever membership campaign.

This Saturday, residents of South Omaha are invited to a forum to meet and talk with their elected officials.

Hillcrest Hospice Care will offer a free Kids’ Grief Camp next Thursday, August 31st

  

UNO will host the first of four panels on the importance of the arts tomorrow.

The Joslyn Art Museum is holding a Girls Night Out at the Museum called BLING!

Partnership 4 Kids recently received a 2-year funding grant from the United Way of the Midlands.

Eight female physicians and a second-year medical student from the University of Nebraska Medical Center went to Girls Inc. last week to speak with 40 young women about the exciting career options available in the health care field. 

The Omaha Public Library has a call out for artists to exhibit their works at the Phipps Gallery inside the W. Dale Clark Library downtown.

When a person undergoes a cardiac arrest, often the person nearest to them is a family member or bystander with no medical expertise.

Children’s Hospital and Medical Center just kicked off its fall Parenting U classes.

The Department of Health and Human Services will ship more than 4,900 tons of food to approximately 425 Nebraska schools and child care centers.

Cheril Lee’s conversation with OPS Superintendent Mark Evans continues with a focus on Evans’ plans and challenges in his final year…

  

  

Metropolitan Community College is offering a new career certificate focused on immigration laws and procedures.

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