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The Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development is pleased to present this collection of the "Kansas Profile" radio programs which have been taped since 1992.

Kansas Profile is a weekly radio feature produced by the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development. The Institute's mission is to help rural people help themselves. Kansas Profile was conceived to help achieve that mission.

Each week the program describes the ideas and achievements of a local leader or entrepreneur in a rural community. By providing positive recognition to such leaders and sharing their ideas, we hope to encourage these and other Kansans to build on their examples. In doing so, rural Kansas can be made an even better place to live and work.

On May 22, 1992, "Kansas Profile" went on the air for the first time. Kansas Profile is broadcast weekly on several stations: KMAN in Manhattan, KCLY/KFRM in Clay Center, KBUF in Garden City, KDCC/KONQ in Dodge City, KGGF in Coffeyville, KJRG/KOEZ in Newton, KKAN/KQMA in Phillipsburg, KNDY in Marysville, KNZA/KMZA in Hiawatha, and KUDL in Kansas City. On KMAN, the program airs at 6:55 a.m. each Saturday but you would need to check with the other stations for their local broadcast times.

The links on the left side of this page will bring up the complete text of every person profiled during the year indicated. The profiles describe the situation as of the time when the profile was written. In many cases there have been subsequent changes which would not be reflected in the profile.

The Huck Boyd Institute would like to thank the KKSU staff for their help and cooperation in making this program possible. Special thanks to Southwestern Bell for the Community Enrichment grant which funded the computer equipment making it possible to access these profiles on-line.

We know there are many more excellent and interesting examples across the state of Kansas. We encourage the public to provide us with suggestions of Kansas people, businesses or communities which would make an interesting profile.

There is one phrase which the reader will find in some form in every one of these profiles. The phrase is: "Making a difference."

We salute all those rural Kansans who are making a difference. There are thousands of these people across the state: volunteers, entrepreneurs, unheralded, unsung, who care enough to make the world around them a better place. Each day, in countless ways, big and small, they are making a difference at the grass-roots level.

Schedule for 2014-15 Profiles:

  • January 2 - Curry Sexton and Cody Whitehair, Football Players, Abilene
  • January 9 - Jeff Davidson, Western Music Association, Eureka
  • January 16 -Mark Remmert and Kevin Ireland, Green Dot Holdings, Cottonwood Falls
  • January 23 - Rani Force, Marie Antoinette's Bake Shop, Wathena
  • January 30 - Doug Routh, R-TECH, Wamego
  • February 6 - Brenda Edleston, TRAC-7, Junction City
  • February 13 - Ed O'Malley, For the Common Good, Wichita
  • February 20 - Katie Uhlaender, Olympian, McDonald
  • February 27 - Ben Weber, Completely Nuts, Yates Center
  • March 6 - Sue Smith, Emma Chase Cafe, Cottonwood Falls
  • March 13 - Julie Roller, Kansas Sampler Festival, Wamego
  • March 20 - Thad Wende, Wende Woodworking, Mayetta
  • March 27 - Scott Halsey, Adapa USA, Topeka
  • April 3 - Mike Hilderbrand, Roto-Mix, Mullinville
  • April 10 - Dennis Vanderpool, Associated Youth Services, Kansas City
  • April 17 - Jim Armstrong, Living History Day, Havensville
  • April 24 - Lori and Tom Parker, Kansas White Way Car Run, Blue Rapids
  • May 1 - Steve Irsik, Agribusiness Entrepreneur, Ingalls, Part 1
  • May 8 - Steve Irsik, Royal Farms Dairy, Ingalls, Part 2
  • May 15 - Steve Irsik, 4-H Outreach to Spanish Speaking Families, Southwest Kansas, Part 3
  • May 22 - Sherrie Conklin, Forgotten Item Market, Burden
  • May 29 - Roger Ringer, The Bunkhouse Bed and Breakfast at Wildfire Ranch, Medicine Lodge
  • June 5 - Matt Wolters, Surefire Ag, Atwood
  • June 12 - June Hilbert, High Heels to Gumboots, Meriden
  • June 19 - Rosslyn Schultz, Grass-Roots Art Center, Lucas
  • June 26 - Rosslyn Schultz, Bowl Plaza, Lucas
  • July 3 - Erika Nelson, World's Largest Things, Lucas
  • July 10 - Logan Mize, Nashville Recording Artist, Clearwater
  • July 17 - Jill Martin, Nashville Recording Artist, Andale
  • July 24 - Tad Felts, Phillipsburg, Part 1
  • July 31 - Tad Felts, Phillipsburg, Part 2
  • August 7 - Lonnie Berger, Every Man a Warrior, Waterville
  • August 14 - Roger Hubert, Barn Preservation, Sylvan Grove, Part 1
  • August 21 - Roger Hubert, Barn Alliance, Sylvan Grove, Part 2
  • August 28 - Tom Taylor, High Plains Journal, Dodge City
  • September 4 - Craig Smith, Agribusiness Professor, Hays
  • September 11 - Shevy Smith, Writer, Haven/California
  • September 18 - Paul Shirley, Basketball Player and Writer, Meriden/California
  • September 25 - Ward Morgan, CivicPlus, Manhattan
  • October 2 - Matthew Contreras, T&M Concrete, Junction City
  • October 9 - Annie Wilson, Tallgrass Express String Band, Elmdale
  • October 16 - Carl Reed, Tallgrass Express String Band, Manhattan
  • October 23 - Carolyn Harms, Committed Volunteer, Derby
  • October 30 - Jonathan Truman & Weston Hiebert, Small Town Athletes, Kechi & Goessel
  • November 6 - Tom Miller, Ag Pilot, Ingalls
  • November 13 - Jim Correll, Ice House Entrepreneurship, Satanta
  • November 20 - Jim Correll, Fab Lab, Independence
  • November 27 - Basil Dannebohm, Legislator, Ellinwood
  • December 4 - Donita Whitney Bammerlin, Swingin Spurs, Manhattan
  • December 11 - Annie Wilson, Flint Hills Christmas Night, Elmdale
  • December 18 - Mike Frisbie, Frisbie Construction, Gypsum
  • December 25 - Dennis Reynolds, Somerset Ridge Winery, Somerset
  • January 1 - Stephen Graue, Middle Creek Winery/New Lancaster General Store, New Lancaster
  • January 8 - Brian Roberts, Miami County Trolley, Paola
  • January 15 - Brett Chilcott, Ag Eagle, Neodesha part 1
  • January 22 - Brett Chilcott, Ag Eagle, Neodesha part 2
  • January 29 - Karl Matlack, Stinger Co., Haven
  • February 5 - Deanna Munson, Munson's Prime, Junction City
  • February 12 - Geff Dawson, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Alma
  • February 19 - Shane Tiffany, Tiffany Cattle Company, Herington
  • February 26 - Shane Tiffany, Alta Vista Market, Alta Vista
  • March 5 - Chad May, Meltpoint Environmental, Caldwell
  • March 12 - Kelly Love, NDII Christian Homeschool basketball tournament, Partridge
  • March 19 - John Martens, NMotion UAS, Hesston
  • March 26 - Dan Meers, KC Wolf, Kansas City
  • April 2 - Dan Atkisson and Tyler Brown, Lady Luck Ironworks, Stockton
  • April 9 - Luke Mahin, Courtland Fun Day, Courtland
  • April 16 - Jenny Russell, JenRus Freelance, Courtland
  • April 23 - Pat Farley, Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center, Manhattan
  • April 30 - John Gean, Protown Glass and Body, Protection
  • May 7 - Cole Herder, City of Humboldt, Humboldt
  • May 14 - Patty Reece, Volland store, Volland
  • May 21 - Michael Perry, Aqua Shield Roofing and Construction, Hugoton
  • May 28 - Nancy Hines, Stanton County Hardware, Johnson
  • June 4 - Carl Koster, Regional Economic Area Partnership, Cheney, Part 1
  • June 11 - Carl Koster, NFL Films, Cheney, Part 2
  • June 18 - Dave Schultz, Seed Research Equipment Solutions, South Hutchinson
  • June 25 - Natalie Beard-Dent, Beard Propane Heat and Air, Erie
  • July 2 - Shelly Hoyt, Girls' basketball, Hoxie
  • July 9 - Lyle Billips, America's Best Steaks, Bogue
  • July 16 - Matt Deighton, Molly and the Tornado, Greensburg
  • July 23 - Doug Anstaett, Kansas Press Association, Topeka
  • July 30 - Kent Cornish, Kansas Association of Broadcasters, Topeka
  • August 6 - Wayne Kruse, Orchestra on the Oregon Trail, Marysville
  • August 13 -Dawn Gabel, National Ag Center and Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs