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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, WIBW in Topeka, 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 7:20 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 of 2021 and 2020 Profiles:
- May 5, 2021 - Sandy Kruse, Gypsum Pie Festival and Car Show
- April 28, 2021 - Kevin and Julie Kirkwood, Kirkwood Kreations, Tonganoxie, Part 2
- April 21, 2021 - Kevin and Julie Kirkwood, Kirkwood Kreations, Tonganoxie, Part 1
- April 14, 2021 - Marilyn Jones, Sunflower Theatre, Peabody, Part 2
- April 7, 2021 - Susan Mayo, Flint Hills Counterpoint, Peabody, Part 1
- March 31, 2021 - Laurie Bruce, Bruce's Bullseye Farms, Augusta
- March 24, 2021 - Collen and Mike McGee, Rowantree Farm, Abilene
- March 17, 2021 - Ann White, Vermillion Valley Equine Center, Belvue
- March 10, 2021 - Laurie Pieper and Karl Klein, BRITE Center, Topeka/Manhattan/Wetmore
- March 3, 2021 - Gail and Sue Johnson, Johnson Farms Country Market, Hope
- February 24, 2021 - Leon and Nancy Winfrey, Southwest Tortillas, Plains, Part 2
- February 17, 2021 - Leon and Nancy Winfrey, Flying W Outfitters, Plains, Part 1
- February 10, 2021 - LeeRoy Douglas, Douglas Welding and Machine, Kipp
- February 3, 2021 - Gary Olson, Flea Market/First Impressions, Gypsum
- January 27, 2021 - Joel Lovesee, Bluestem School, Leon
- January 20, 2021 - Jon and Jenny Stillwell, Stillwell Sales, Scottsville
- January 13, 2021 - Catherine Moyer, Pioneer Communications, Ulysses
- January 6, 2021 - Lettie McKinney, MC-Meat Company, Manter
- December 30, 2020 - Mason Barta, Football Family, Holton, Part 3
- December 23, 2020 - Brooks Barta, Football Family, Smith Center/Holton, Part 2
- December 16, 2020 - Roger Barta, Football Family, Smith Center/Manhattan, Part 1
- December 9, 2020 - Jacob Yingst, Schlaegel's Popcorn, Whiting
- December 2, 2020 - Alan and Carol VanNahmen, RollBedder, Manhattan
- November 25, 2020 - Heather Hartman, Mitchell County Strong
- November 18, 2020 - Jeff Grieshaber, TravAlum Trailers, Manhattan/Waterville
- November 11, 2020 - Tara Vance, Norton County Community Foundation
- November 4, 2020 - Greg Howard, Lecompton PRIDE
- October 28, 2020 - Randy Bunnel, Community Volunteer, Welda
- October 21, 2020 - Kansas Wheat and K-State Grain Science & Industry, Flour Distribution
- October 14, 2020 - Keri Harris, Volunteer Mask-maker, Reserve/Overbrook
- October 7, 2020 - Joni Albers, Hungry Gardens, California/Hoxie
- September 30, 2020 - Tonya Martisko and Julie Ball, Gaeddert Farms, Buhler
- September 23, 2020 - Bob Morando, Farmer Direct Foods, New Cambria
- September 16, 2020 - Matt Case, Cherokee County Food Fight
- September 9, 2020 - Tad Felts, My Phillips County Online
- September 2, 2020 - Kristine Larson Davis, Space Engineer, Houston/Galva
- August 26, 2020 - Kelly and Thaddeus Perry, Perry's Pork Rinds, Bronson
- August 19, 2020 - Kale Dankenbring and Heidi Plumb, High Plains Moto, St. Francis, Part 3
- August 12, 2020 - Heidi Plumb and Kale Dankenbring, Fresh Seven Coffee, St. Francis, Part 2
- August 5, 2020 - Heidi Plumb and Kale Dankenbring, Travelers, St. Francis, Part 1
- July 29, 2020 - Gabe Spurgeon, South Baldwin Farms, Baldwin City
- July 22, 2020 - Lacey Noterman, Virtual Livestock Show, Sublette/Satanta/Copeland/Moscow
- July 15, 2020 - Julie Riggins, Goat Milk Soap Store, Ottawa/Pomona
- July 8, 2020 - Scott and Jennie Andersen, Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Company, Ellinwood
- July 1, 2020 - Shanna and Michelle Lindberg, Soul Sister Ceramics, Courtland
- June 24, 2020 - Dan Murphy, Mid-America Piano, Manhattan
- June 17, 2020 - Shelly Decker, Ranchin' Misfits, Rosalia
- June 10, 2020 - Jason Wright, Nike Designer, Garnett/Westphalia
- June 3, 2020 - Rick McNary, Shop Kansas Farms, Potwin
- May 27, 2020 - LeAnn Clark and Laurie Curtis, Ethiopia Reads, Newton
- May 20, 2020 - Mark Clear and Lyndsi Oestman, Loma Vista Nursery, Ottawa
- May 13, 2020 - Lea Ann Seiler and Dr. Kristie Clark, Hodgeman County Makerspace, Hanston
- May 6, 2020 - Alicia Boor, Great Bend Virtual Farm Show
- April 29, 2020 - Haley Stratmeier and Carrie Marion, Tonja's Toffee, Modoc/Scott City
- April 22, 2020 - Phyllis Cheney, Phyllis' Flowers & More, Chapman
- April 15, 2020 - Hayes and Roger Kelman, Boot Hill Distillery, Dodge City
- April 8, 2020 - Damian and Heidi Hilton, Little Apple Aerials, Manhattan
- April 1, 2020 - Susan Schlichting and Dave McDaniel, Youth Community Perceptions, Ellis
- March 25, 2020 - Nick Poels, Phillips County Coding
- March 18, 2020 - Mark and Julie Lambert, Athena Spinning, Chanute
- March 11, 2020 - Dick and Mary Beth Boyd, Norton Telegram
- March 4, 2020 - Norm Conard, Part 2, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Fort Scott
- February 26, 2020 - Norm Conard, Part 1, Irena Sendler, Uniontown
- February 19, 2020 - Billy Fogo, DVSport, Leoti/Colorado Springs
- February 12, 2020 - Kay Haffner, Grainfield PRIDE
- February 5, 2020 - Byron Githens, Old Iron Club, Fredonia
- January 29, 2020 - Kelly Lenz, Farm Broadcaster
- January 22, 2020 - Terri Anderson, SlideonInn Horse Hotel, Edson
- January 15, 2020 - Melinda Williamson, Morning Light Kombucha, Hoyt
- January 8, 2020 - James Kenyon, Golden Rule Days book, Bogue
- January 1, 2020 - Harry Trotter and Trey Dishon, K-State Football, Atchison and Horton