Jonathan Huber

Morning Edition host

Jonathan (or “Jon,” as he goes by off air) grew up in South Hutchinson.

 

He previously worked as a staff announcer and reporter for almost three years at 88.1 WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana, where some of his more notable coverage included campaign stops of Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump in the 2016 primary election, as well as President Obama’s visit to Elkhart. Jonathan honed his announcing skills as host of All Things Considered a few times a week, filling in on other shifts when necessary, and operating the board during breaking news and live special coverage.

 

Jonathan majored in Communication Arts at Bethel College in North Newton and had a weekly radio show on 88.1 KBCU, where he played music recorded in live settings, from rock to bluegrass. He also served as a play-by-play announcer for home soccer games.

 

But his true public radio calling did not occur in Elkhart or even in college. It happened when he was placed behind a microphone during a pledge drive at the station where his father hosts Morning Edition. He says, “Nobody could make the phones ring like a four-year-old reciting the telephone number!”

 

When not working hard at the station, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and their nieces and nephews, smoking meat, homebrewing beer and cider, acquiring and listening to vinyl records, playing disc golf, and following mediocre sports teams, like the Minnesota Twins and the German soccer club 1899 Hoffenheim.

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Every third weekend of September, the Walnut Valley Festival takes place in Winfield. For 46 years, it's put together bluegrass, Celtic, folk music, Cowboy, and numerous other genres. People come from all over the world to reunite with their Winfield family.

KMUW’s Jonathan Huber filed this audio postcard with voices from folk musician John McCutcheon and The Steel Wheels’ Trent Wagler, along with music from the festival and the campgrounds.

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Powwows are an integral part of the way Native Americans remember their history and ancestors. Many powwows are held throughout the year at Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita.

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The first Wichita Vortex Fest took place earlier this month at the Mid-American All Indian Center in Wichita. It was billed as an “urban camping and music” festival and featured local and regional bands supporting headliner Dwight Yoakam.

Each summer since 1935, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium hosts the National Baseball Congress World Series. The Wichita crowd is multi-generational. Children attend with their grandparents, who saw previous tournaments with their parents and grandparents. Most teams are amateur or semi-pro. Recently, as we hear in this Audio Postcard from KMUW's Jonathan Huber, one of the teams is comprised of retired Major Leaguers. 

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Summer means kids' camps, and, in the aviation capital of the world, the Kansas Aviation Museum has several different offerings. In this audio postcard from KMUW's Jonathan Huber, young campers build parachutes and drop them off a balcony to learn about drag, one of the four forces of flight.

You might not think of sailing as a popular hobby in Kansas, but the Ninnescah Sailing Association has been taking advantage of the strong Kansas winds at Cheney Lake for more than fifty years. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber spent an evening on the lake with Kent Carter and his crew of sailors from the NSA and prepared this Audio Postcard.

The Keeper of the Plains stands where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers meet on land sacred to Native Americans. The Keeper is connected to the river banks by two bridges and surrounded by five large cauldrons that are lit each evening. The area includes educational displays and Native American ceremonial music, and it attracts crowds each night. KMUW's Jonathan Huber prepared this Audio Postcard.

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Science Friday is coming to Wichita this fall, but this weekend, KMUW is hosting an event called Science Saturday. Sarah Jane Crespo, director of community engagement at KMUW, spoke with Jonathan Huber about the event.

2017 marked the 46th annual Wichita River Festival - where a button is admission to contests, concerts, and a food court, among many other activities.

Wichita's Final Friday started as a small art crawl in downtown Wichita. Now, the sounds of street musicians, art gallery receptions, and the Q-Line streetcars can be heard through the area in what's grown into a city-wide community celebration. KMUW's Jonathan Huber brings you this audio postcard.

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