Hugo Phan

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Born in Wichita, Hugo is a media consumption addict. From films to music to news, nothing seems to satiate his rapturous appetite for consuming various methods of information, concepts, and ideas except for public radio.

Picking up the habit at a young age from his own father, listening to KMUW has become a lifelong solitary practice, although he is open to a listening party to all those who are willing. His favorite public radio programs are Talk of the Nation (R.I.P.), Strange Currency, Fresh Air, Snap Judgment, Radiolab and This American Life. 

A recent graduate of Wichita State University, he majored in sociology and minored in communication. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, read comic books, participate in laughter, and attend live performances of any variety.

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Community
7:54 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Wichitans Join National Effort To Raise Wages For Fast Food Workers

Supporters hold signs and greet passersby at 17th and Hillside
Hugo Phan

Almost two dozen Wichitans gathered in the cold Thursday to protest low wages for fast food workers.

First, the group entered the McDonald's at 17th and Hillside around 11:30 AM and greeted the bewildered staff behind the service counter. The group thanked them for their hard work and explained they were there to support them.

A local pastor named David Hansen lead a prayer, asking God for positive change in the fast food industry.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Staff Members Reflect On McCain's Time At KMUW

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain during a typical pledge drive.

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain has retired from the station and licensee Wichita State University. WSU made the information public yesterday in a press release.

McCain has worked at KMUW for almost 25 years and station membership and support have grown because of his leadership.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Record Store Day's Black Friday Event Aims To Support Local Music Shops

Every year since 2007, on the third Saturday in April, music fans and record collectors flock to their local independent music shop in hopes of scoring a gem on Record Store Day.

This year, collectors will get something a little bit extra.

In addition to the main event held earlier this year, a smaller second event will take place on November 29. Organizers of "Record Store Day - Back to Black Friday" hope to drive customers into their local record shops during the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Education
11:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

New Mobile App Connects Public With Wichita Schools

Screenshots of Wichita Public Schools' new mobile app taken from Apple's App Store.
Credit Hugo Phan

There is now a new mobile app to help connect parents, students and community members to Wichita Public Schools. In a release Monday, the district said the goal of the new app is to streamline information about students and schools.

Users of the app will have the ability to keep up with news from the school district and their school, calendars, ParentLink notifications, student grades and attendance, My Payment Plus and Speak Up.

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Entertainment
9:34 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Check Out These Low Budget B-Movies That Were Made In Wichita

Credit Susan Hall, Youtube

I recently came across an interesting link on the popular social news site Reddit about a B-movie that was filmed in Wichita. Having been a fan of low-budget gems since childhood, I was instantly intrigued. The film is titled The Beast from The Beginning of Time.

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Entertainment
7:35 am
Fri September 20, 2013

6 Things To Do At The Great Plains Renaissance Festival

You can see knights, trolls, wizards and elves at the Great Plains Renaissance Festival this weekend.
Courtesy photo

Elves, trolls, wizards and knights are just some of the characters that will be walking around Sedgwick County Park while music and the smell of firewood fill the air.

All of this is part of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, which will be taking place this weekend.  The event has a number of things in store for its expected 12,000 attendees including jousters, musical acts and fire breathers.  

The festival itself has seen a number of changes during the past 14 years.  

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Community
2:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

5 Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend

In need of something to do to fill your extra-long Labor Day Weekend? We've rounded up a few events taking place in and around town that will run through the weekend and on Labor Day.

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Community
8:37 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Mural Tells The History Of Historic Dunbar Theater

Volunteers from the Ulrich Museum help paint the history of the Dunbar Theater on the side of the building.
Hugo Phan KMUW

With the help of some volunteers and community members on Monday, work began on a mural for the north side of the historic Dunbar Theater located at 1007 N. Cleveland in the McAdams neighborhood.

The event was a collaboration between WSU Student Involvement, WSU's Ulrich Museum, Power CDC and the city of Wichita. The artwork being painted helps detail the history of the theater gathered through firsthand accounts and public records at Wichita State University.

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Business
12:29 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Cero's Candies Finds New Home On Less Sunny Side Of Street

Pam and Darcy Bishop cut the ribbon in front of their new Cero's Candies store on Wednesday with Ed Cero and Mayor Carl Brewer in attendance.
Hugo Phan KMUW

Cero's Candies has moved to a new location at 3429 E. Douglas.

Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony began with a proclamation read by Mayor Carl Brewer that explained the history of Cero's Candies and its ties to Wichita. He then declared August 2013 Cero's Candies Month and encouraged the dozens of people in attendance to support local businesses like Cero's.

After a few words, everybody rushed inside to get a new look at the place.

"I didn't expect this many people to show up," said Pam Bishop, co-owner.

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Community
9:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

11 Places To See Fireworks On The 4th Of July

Firework watching near the Arkansas River on July 5, 2009.
Credit ercwttmn / flickr Creative Commons

Wichita has not had a fireworks display for an Independence Day celebration since 2010, as the Wichita Eagle recently reported, but luckily there are locations in and around the city that will be hosting festivities that include some pyrotechnics:

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