Hugo Phan

Digital Assistant

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
7:41 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Why Do Wichitans Give To Charities Around The Holiday Season?

David Cline rings the Salvation Army bell at Dillons on Douglas and Hillside
Hugo Phan

Why do people give to charities during the holidays in Wichita? Several volunteers share why they give, and several people who have received holiday help share how it affected their lives.

Tell us:

Which charities do you support during the holidays? Do you give your time, your money, or some other kind of support?

Have you ever received holiday help? Was the assistance what you needed? What did you think of the experience?

Share your story with us on our Facebook page.

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Crime and Courts
5:23 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Terry Lee Loewen Charged With Suicide Bombing Attempt At Mid-Continent

Credit Aileen LeBlanc

A suicide bombing attempt took place this morning at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. Terry Lee Loewen was taken into custody after trying to drive a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives on to the parking lot.

Members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Loewen after he attempted to enter the airport tarmac at 5:40 a.m. on Friday.

"There was no breach of Mid-Continent Airport's security," U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a press release. "At no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy."

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Community
5:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Mike Wood Announced As KMUW's Interim GM

Mike Wood has been named as the interim general manager at KMUW. He is taking over the duties of former General Manager Mark McCain, who announced his retirement last week.

Wood retired from his position as the Executive Director of WSU's Media Resources Center in May, but has returned to help manage the station during this transitional period.

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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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