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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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12-08-17TYSON MULLENPHARMACY– A cutting-edge pharmacy that uses the latest technology sounds like something you would expect in a big city, but you can find one in rural southwest Kansas.KAN 12-08
12-01-17STEVE CRANFORDWHISPER– You don’t always have to shout to be heard. Listen to the story about a Kansas native who owns a marketing firm in New York City, based on the premise that it’s sometimes better to speak softly.KAN 12-01
11-24-17BRAD ROTHRURAL CHURCH– A Kansas pastor-turned-author is getting high praise for a recently-published book that takes a big look at life in a small church.KAN 11-24
11-17-17NANCY DANIELSFIRST IMPRESSIONS– What can rural communities learn from other rural communities? Only the things they can’t always see for themselves. Learn more about a program that helps rural communities put their best foot forward.KAN 11-17
11-10-17NILUS ORTHATOM POP– It could be the hip, retro, Space Age kitchen appliance that has never really gone out of style. And, it's the story of a Kansas entrepreneur whose product has survived the Microwave Revolution.KAN 11-10 
11-03-17NATE FREITAGFREE DAY POPCORN Some men take over the family business from their dad, or their father. this is the story of a Kansas farmer who took things over from his “Pop”… and now his crop is popping up in all sorts of places.KAN 11-03
10-27-17MARCI PENNERGUIDEBOOK 2– When it comes to Hollywood movies, most sequels pale in comparison to the movies that preceded them — but there are exceptions to the rule -- including a “sequel” to a Kansas book that has long been a favorite of explorers and day trippers.KAN 10-27 
10-20-17MATTHEW CRUBEL– VIDEOGRAPHER– The distance between hunting photography and wedding videos is shorter than you might think. One Kansas photographer has closed that distance.KAN 10-20
10-13-17SCOTT GROVERRODEO ANNOUNCER– A native Kansan has made a name for himself with the power of his voice and gift of speech — all while sitting atop a horse.KAN 10-13 
10-06-17KATHY YOUNGQUISTFARMERS MARKETS OF KAW VALLEY– It’s often said there’s strength in numbers. A Kansas volunteer and organizer has helped several adjacent farmers markets join forces to promote their produce and shopping opportunities.KAN 10-06 
09-29-17AL HARRISFOWL TERRITORY– A chef, a community leader, and a collector – Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a Kansas man who has done all three. And it all started with one interesting object.KAN 09-29 
09-22-17JAY CLARKBUFFALO SOLDIERS– History is often something we read about in books, or maybe watch in a movie documentary. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute For Rural Development, introduces us to a man who’s actually going out and living history — following in the footsteps of one of his ancestors.KAN 09-22
09-15-17MATT BARTENEMBRUON– It’s not quite as fast as time travel, but the process can help beef producers get a sneak peek at a calf before it’s born. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to the medical technician behind this innovative business. KAN 09-15
09-08-17RUSSELL DISBERGER — EXECUTIVE EDUCATION– A Kansas entrepreneur has helped cultivate a trio of high-performance training courses for top-level business executives and managers.KAN 09-08 
09-01-17ZENDA (Part 2)– Concluding his look at the historic town of Zenda, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has a story about a lumber yard…that doesn’t sell any lumber.KAN 09-01
08-25-17ZENDA 130th ANNIVERSARY (Part 1)– A Kansas town with fewer than 100 citizens will soon be celebrating its 130th anniversary.KAN 08-25
08-18-17DEB MANGELSDORF– A DOG’S PURPOSE– What kind of book could be on the New York Times bestseller list for an entire year? A book about dogs, of course! A Kansas veterinarian played a big part in the inspiration for that book.KAN 08-18
08-11-17BEN SCHEARSNORTHWEST TECH– The demand keeps growing for small software applications, or apps, for mobile devices, such as phones and tablet computers. A Kansas educator is teaching students to build these apps.KAN 08-11 
08-04-17ADRIENNE KORSON– SOLAR ECLIPSE– Many times, you only get one chance at something, so you have to be prepared. An innovative, forward-thinking county official is poised to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime event.KAN 08-04