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Kansas Profile

Kansas Profile is a weekly radio feature hosted by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.  Each is approximately 4-minutes in length.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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11-09-18ROY AND BOBBI REIMAN– NETAWAKA FITNESS CENTER– ”Kansas Profile” frequently chronicles entrepreneurs and business owners who create a business or product in Kansas. On this edition, Ron Wilson profiles a publishing magnate who came home to Kansas to do something special for his wife’s hometown. KAN 11-09
11-02-18GARDINER ANGUS RANCH (PART 3)– In this third and final program devoted to the history of the Gardiner Ranch, we learn about a recent event that changed the ranch in startling and traumatic fashion. KAN 11-02
10-26-18GARDINERSPREMIUM BEEF (Part 2)– Continuing his look at one of the leading beef cattle ranchers in Kansas, Ron Wilson has the tale of a plan to improve the quality of beef, by encouraging producers to raise their own standards before their cattle even left the ranch.KAN 10-26
10-19-18GARDINER ANGUS RANCH– In the first of a series of profiles, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to one of the premier ranching families in Kansas. They’ve gone from very humble beginnings, to using some of the most innovative technology available.KAN 10-19
10-12-18DAN SENESTRARO– KANSAS DAIRY (Part 4)– To hear Hollywood tell it, people come to California to make their dreams come true. However, one dairy farmer left his home in the “Golden State” to find his dreams among the sunflowers.KAN 10-12
10-05-18BYRON LEHMANKANSAS DAIRY (Part 3)– In the United States, the dairy industry is largely driven by local dairy cooperatives. Ron Wilson tells us about a Kansas dairy farmer who is passing along his passion to the next generation.KAN 10-05
09-28-18STEVE STRICKLER– KANSAS DAIRY (Part 2)– In the second part of his series on the Kansas dairy industry, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a dairy farmer who has always made it a point to be a good neighbor.KAN 09-28
09-21-18STEPHANIE ECKROATKANSAS DAIRY ASSOCIATION COMMISSION– In the first of a four-part series on the dairy industry in Kansas, we meet a woman who has become an industry leader for Kansas.KAN 09-21
09-14-18DENNIS WRIGHTSUNFLOWER OIL– You have probably seen celebrity chefs on TV reaching for E-V-O-O or extra virgin olive oil. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a Kansas farmer who’s spreading the word about “E-V-S-O.”KAN 09-14 
09-07-18ANJAN GHOSH HAJRA– I3DP– Doctors and surgeons currently use radiographs and magnetic imaging to see inside the human body, but what if a single piece of imaging technology could provide a view from the inside? This is the story of an entrepreneur who has developed a new kind of 3-D technology.KAN 09-07
08-31-18JEAN HARRISON, KIM RINGWALD – Sometimes, your field of view is very important — when you need to get a “birds-eye view” of a large area, for example. Meet a pair of entrepreneurs who are using technology to offer people a bigger view when they need it most.KAN 08-31 
08-24-18MELVIN EPP– REMINGTON– A copy of a famous work of art created by an artist who once lived in Kansas can not only be found in the Oval Office of the White House, but also in the Kansas high school bearing his name. This is the story of the man behind the sculpture and the community’s efforts to honor the legacy of this famous artist.KAN 08-24
08-17-18CORNING COMMUNITY– Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, usually tells us about one specific person, landmark or business that stands out in their local community. This time we hear about a Kansas community where everything and everyone seems a bit above average.KAN 08-17
08-10-18JEFF HAKEJNT– Imagine experiencing the sensation of driving a car at 200 miles per hour, but without ever getting into an automobile. Meet a Kansas entrepreneur who is using virtual reality to help spread the word about his clients.KAN 08-10
08-03-18ROSANNA BAUMANCEDAR VALLEY FARMS– The biggest and best success stories often start off small, and with limited means. This is the story of a farm family who leveraged limited acreage into a fantastic farming success. KAN 08-03
07-27-18ROGER RINGERKANSAS ODDITIES– What do a Turkish princess, a Hollywood rooster and the first helicopter patent all have in common? This is some of the story; for the rest, you’ll have to read the book.KAN 07-27 
07-20-18ABRAM MERTZLIVESTOCK DIRECT– Sometimes you can accomplish more, with less – especially if you know when and where to place your “less.” A marketing specialist is spreading the word about his clients specifically to those who are interested. KAN 07-20
07-13-18JOE, KIM, BOB AND MARY MERTZ (Part 2)– Jeanne and Harold Mertz left a mark on Kansas highways that still stands today, all over the state. And, their sons have carried on the family business with surprising results.KAN 07-13
07-06-18HAROLD AND JEANNE MERTZ (Part 1)  – We encounter all kinds of signs in life: signs that alert us to something, signs that want to sell us something, and signs that try to inform us about something. A Kansas farm couple created signs to inform motorists on Kansas highways about the value of agriculture.KAN 07-06
06-29-18RANDALL TOSHPHOREUS BIOTECH– Sometimes big ideas come in very, very small packages. In fact, a Kansas company is delivering big advancements in packages so small, you can’t even see them.KAN 06-29 
06-22-18PAT HAPPERMERIDEN (PART 2)– We all need the occasional pick-me-up, and for many of us, a good cup of coffee is just the ticket. Learn more about a rural coffee shop that has a unique beginning.KAN 06-22
06-15-18JAKE FARRANTMERIDEN (PART 1)– Football has come a long way since the days of leather helmets, minimal padding, and games played on natural turf. A Kansas entrepreneur is helping football players from high school to the National Football League get a firm footing on the field.KAN 06-15 
06-08-18TED BENDER– BENDER STEEL– A businessman in rural Kansas who learned to weld by taking agricultural education classes in high school says that skill became the basis of his career. KAN 06-08
06-01-18TONY SALCIDOREV-E3– As we continue a slow conversion to a nearly-paperless society, the need to tackle waste paper has also changed. One Kansas entrepreneur is committed to dealing with that growing waste issue.KAN 06-01
05-25-18TIM BROWNNUTRITIONAL CONSULTANT– It’s one thing for a product or business to be known all across their home state – but how about a reputation that spans the globe? Meet a Kansas entrepreneur who had just enough time to tell his story before boarding another transcontinental flight. KAN 05-25
05-18-18TIYA TONNFARM TO FORK– Sometimes, a good meal can go a long way towards bringing people together. In fact, there's a community event that not only brings people together around a good meal, it shows a lot of them just where their food comes from.KAN 05-18 
05-11-18JOEL RUSSELLCODELL CYCLONE DAY (PART 2)– Whoever first uttered, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice,” probably never visited Codell, Kansas. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, continues his look at the amazing weather events that occurred there, and how the community is incorporating them into their local history and heritage.KAN 05-11
05-04-18JOEL RUSSELLCODELL CYCLONE DAY (PART 1)– Whoever first uttered, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice,” probably never visited Codell, Kansas. This is the story of the amazing weather events that occurred there and how the community is incorporating them into their local history and heritage. KAN 05-04
04-27-18RAY ESSINGTON– In helping students with their keyboard skills, a rural Kansas high school music teacher is also building on the tradition of one of the world’s most famous musical instructors. Ironically, these two musical people came from the very same hometown.KAN 04-27
04-20-18DOROTHY DeLAY– One of the most famous, sought-after teachers of professional violinists in the world grew up in Kansas. This is the story of a woman who taught the masters.KAN 04-20
04-13-18ZACK SCHAFFERSCHAFFER FURNITURE– One of best-known commentators and personalities from television and the internet recently posted rave reviews about a gift he received. This is the story of the Kansas craftsman behind that gift.KAN 04-13 
04-06-18MARCI PENNERBIG KANSAS ROAD TRIP– The author of what is perhaps the best-known guidebook for the state of Kansas has decided that telling people about things isn’t enough – so she’s going to show them.  KAN 04-06