Audio Postcard

Jonathan Huber / KMUW

The Wichita Jazz Festival was founded in 1972. Headlining artists typically take part in clinics and workshops with regional middle and high school jazz bands. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber sat in on a workshop that New York bassist Ben Allison led with the McPherson Middle School Jazz Band, where he explained what makes a tune swing, as we hear in this Audio Postcard. 

Audio Postcard: NCAA

Mar 27, 2018
Jonathan Huber

Wichita was host to the NCAA tournament men's basketball games for the first time in almost 25 years. Teams and fans from all corners of the country converged on Intrust Bank Arena for first and second round games. KMUW's Jonathan Huber tips off this Audio Postcard, where Saint Patrick’s Day revelry collides with the second round games between Kansas and Seton Hall, and Michigan and Houston.

Jonathan Huber

The Sedgwick County Zoo has sheep from various regions of the world, but they all share at least one thing in common: They get warm as temperatures climb into spring.

On one March Saturday, the zoo shears the sheep’s wool, while also providing necessary veterinarian examinations and vaccinations. The zoo makes a day of it, and demonstrates what happens to the wool after it’s shorn. It must be washed and dried, cleaned, brushed, and spun. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber visits the noisy spectacle in this Audio Postcard.

Jonathan Huber

Six hundred pounds of fish, 200 pounds of breading, and 60 gallons of potato soup. That’s what the people at the Colwich-St. Mark’s Knights of Columbus prepare for each of their three Friday fish fries during Lent. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber got in on the fun as they cooked for nearly 2000 hungry people.

Jonathan Huber

Kansas was the 34th state admitted to the Union on January 29th, 1861. The Kauffman Museum, in North Newton, annually holds a Kansas Day celebration. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber paid a visit on Saturday and found demonstrations of statehood-era equipment and methods. Bandanas were tied into baskets, twine turned into rope, and a machine that removed kernels of corn off of the cob, and, of course, carriage rides.

What goes up, must come down. That goes for the thermometer, too. Kansans saw above average temperatures last week and KMUW’s Jonathan Huber found people taking advantage of the good weather before winter returned with an icy vengeance in this Audio Postcard.

Each year at Botanica, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, thousands of people visit the garden for its Illuminations event to see more than a million holiday lights. Displays are set up throughout the park, Santa makes appearances, and visitors munch on popcorn and stay warm with hot cocoa. 

Jonathan Huber

December Saturdays in Old Town Square have been full of festive holiday spirit. Children could tell Santa their Christmas wishes, families went on horse-drawn carriage rides, and--last Saturday--a ukulele choir performed Christmas carols. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber files this audio postcard.

Jonathan Huber

Have you ever wondered how salt gets from 650 feet underground to icy roadways during winters? In this Audio Postcard, KMUW’s Jonathan Huber takes a trip to the massive underground caverns of the Hutchinson Salt Company, where General Manager Jim Barta explains how the salt goes from rock to road.

And here's some video Jonathan captured in the mine.

Jordan Kirtley

Autumn is fading in most of south central Kansas but you can still see color in the trees and fields.  KMUW’s Jonathan Huber took a walk along the Arkansas River and files this audio postcard.

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