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 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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In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the six-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  

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There will be several events in and around Wichita that will be commemorating the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can participate in these events beginning on Saturday and continuing through the King federal holiday on Monday.

The Kansas African American Museum- Saturday, January 18

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

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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.

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."

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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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.

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.

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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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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