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Born To Coach: Isaac Brown Leading The Shockers To Surprising Heights

The Wichita State University men's basketball team has been on a winning streak, including last week's game against highly ranked Houston. And as the Shockers rack up more victories, it's bringing more attention to Isaac Brown. He was named head basketball coach on Friday after holding the title on an interm basis since the fall. Brown is the first African American to be at the helm of the men's basketball program in WSU history, and the first to lead a Division I men's basketball program in Kansas.

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The Range | Feb. 26, 2021

Feb 26, 2021
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Wichita State men’s basketball coach Isaac Brown continues to draw more attention as he leads the Shockers to more victories — including last week’s win over highly ranked Houston.

This week on The Range, we get to know Wichita State’s first Black head basketball coach.

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A California company that specializes in cybersecurity technology plans to open an office in Wichita.

Novacoast expects to immediately hire 60 people for its Security Operations Center, which will be located in the Epic Center downtown. It hopes the office will be open in three to four months. Employment could eventually increase to 100 people.

Officials with the Greater Wichita Partnership made the announcement Thursday. They have made growing the region’s IT industry a priority.

Photo studios were busy places in Leavenworth, Kansas, in the late 1870s. Thousands of everyday people flocked to have their pictures taken.

Today, some of those pictures have re-emerged — and they tell a story of an African-American community that took root in the town as Black families migrated to escape the Jim Crow south.

TOPEKA, Kansas — Roger Marshall’s unflinching support of former President Donald Trump helped him vault over a crowded field of Republican hopefuls in the race to succeed longtime Kansas U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.

Roberts, like his successor, backed Trump and his administration almost without fail. But the now-former senator forged a career in a different era of partisanship that allowed more room for the occasional partnership with Democrats in the interest of lawmaking.

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Spirit AeroSystems has ended what company officials have called a challenging year.

The company issued its final 2020 financial report on Tuesday and it was grim: Spirit lost nearly $900 million last year because of the pandemic and the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max. That compares to a profit of more than $500 million in 2019.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Last February, the city of Cheney, Kansas – located just west of Wichita – paid about $2 per thousand cubic feet, or unit, of natural gas on the wholesale market.

But last week, during the height of the winter storm, it was paying more than $600 per unit.

“We didn’t have the option to just say, ‘We don’t want gas for our community,’” said Cheney City Administrator Danielle Young.  “We just had to take the price we were given to make sure our residents were staying warm.”

WSU Professor Champions Legislation Ensuring Kansas Hospitals Have Qualified Interpreters

Feb 22, 2021
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When Veronica Mireles’ son complained he was in severe abdominal pain, she rushed him to a Wichita emergency room. No interpreter was provided for the Spanish-speaking family, and the teenager was told he may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. His doctor sent him home.

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Latest Round Of PPP Could Better Benefit Black-Owned Businesses

Feb 19, 2021

The good news about the new $5 billion of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds approved by Congress in December is that Congress made some favorable revisions just to help small businesses and businesses owned by people of color.

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The Wichita Wind Surge baseball team will play its first game in Riverfront Stadium on May 11.

The team will open the 2021 season on the road May 4 in Springfield, Missouri, before returning to Wichita.

Jared Forma, senior vice president and general manager of the Wind Surge, said he is thrilled to play baseball after last season was canceled by the pandemic.

“This is a tremendous day,” Forma said. “We are beyond excited.

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A Musical Life: Jerry Leger

Jerry Leger is a singer, songwriter and poet based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His albums include Songs From The Apartment, Time Out For Tomorrow, and Nonsense and Heartache, among others.

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Monday, March 1

We’ll hear music from the 30th anniversary edition of Shake Your Moneymaker, the debut album from The Black Crowes as well as selections from The Lumineers, Steve Earle, and more.

Tuesday, March 2

First released in 1970, Stage Fright was the third LP from The Band. The record has just been reissued in expanded form, including a live show from The Royal Albert Hall, recorded at the time of the record’s release. We’ll hear music from the new anniversary edition of Stage Fright as well as music from the upcoming reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s 1980 live record, titled Live.

Wednesday, March 3

Listen for selections from the Delvon Lamarr Orgon Trio’s latest, I Told You So.

Thursday, March 4

We'll hear music from Tripping With Nils Frahm, a recent live release from the German composer as well as music from Tune-Yards, Lake Street Dive, and more.

Friday, March 5

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from the latest by Peter Case, Unwed Sailor, and from reissues by The Black Crowes and The Band.

Saturday, March 6

We’ll hear selections from George Benson’s 1978 LP Weekend In L.A. as well as music from the Delvon Lamarr Organ trio’s Live At KEXP!

Sunday, February 28

Hear a brand new remix by Eric Kupper of the McFadden &  Whitehead classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.” We also have new music by Jonas & Scratch Professer and a new inspirational gospel single by CeCe Winans. Plus, this week’s DoubleTake is “Kissing My Love” by the legendary Bill Withers and covered by the talented R&B singer Anthony David.

Friday, February 26 and Sunday, February 28

Crossroads wraps up February features of Maple Blues Awards nominees and winners (including JW-Jones, Colin Linden, Lindsay Beaver, and Steve Marriner), Blues Music Awards nominees (Savoy Brown, Sonny Green, Andrew Alli, and Walter Trout), and music of the Crescent City – this time joining in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of New Orleans legend Fats Domino. We’ll hear some Domino classics and a cover of one of his songs by Dr. John in hour one, and a Fats Domino special in hour two. Crossroads also marks the birthday of talented Chicago bluesman Jimmy Burns in this edition of the show.

Monday, February 22

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, our award-winning monthly concert series (First Place in the 2020 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Awards in the Special Program category) showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

Throughout February Global Village has been featuring music of New Orleans, and our featured artist for this edition of the show is one of the city’s finest drummers, Herlin Riley. His credits include work with Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, along with scores of guest appearances with a wide range of artists. He has also released several albums under his own name and appears here with his own quintet for a rousing and varied set steeped in the rhythms and influences of the Crescent City.

Tuesday, February 23

Global Village highlights Latin Jazz in this visit, including the pioneering work of Machito along with contemporary artists like pianists Eliane Elias and Hilario Duran, flutist Nestor Torres, violinist Federico Britos, and guitarists Pipo Romero, Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin together as the Guitar Trio, and Steve Khan.

Wednesday, February 24

Global Village remembers legendary pianist Chick Corea with a special program devoted to the world music side of his work. We’ll hear Spanish and Brazilian influenced music he did on his own albums and with flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia and banjo master Bela Fleck. Plus early work he did with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, and covers of his world-influenced compositions by Al DiMeola, and pianist Michel Camilo with flamenco guitarist Tomatito.

Thursday, February 25

Global Village remembers George Harrison on his birthday with music he did with the Beatles, on solo albums, and as a guest artist with Ravi Shankar - plus covers of his songs from BeatleJazz, Soulive, the Easy Star All Stars, the Skatalites, Larry Coryell and more.

Friday, February 26

Global Village wraps up the February New Orleans feature with a birthday bash for Fats Domino. Along with some of his classics, we’ll hear Crescent City sounds from Nation Best, the Neville Brothers, and Kermit Ruffins. We’ll also mark the birthday of musician, producer, and former Killing Joke member Jaz Coleman with a project he did with Anne Dudley in tribute to the city of Cairo; highlight the latest from Raul Monsalve, Etienne de la Sayette, and a 20th anniversary release from punky Balkan band Besh o droM; and remember salsa great Johnny Pacheco.

Monday, February 22

Night Train pays tribute to musician, composer, arranger, band leader and Fania Records co-founder Johnny Pacheco with guest appearances he made with jazz artists McCoy Tyner, Erroll Garner, Herbie Mann, Shirley Scott, and George Benson. We also remember Chick Corea with a selection from a recent reunion album he did with drummer Steve Gadd and with one of his compositions performed by Trio da Paz. Night Train also marks birthdays of Texas Tenor Buddy Tate, and trumpeter and NEA Jazz Master Joe Wilder; highlights new music from Eddie Henderson, Charlie Apicella, Hendrik Meurkens, and Monty Alexander; and continues the February New Orleans feature with music from Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, and Poncho Sanchez.

Tuesday, February 23

Not quite 76, but still lots of trombones tonight on the Night Train – including the Crescent City’s Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone pioneer J.J. Johnson, the eclectic Roswell Rudd (both with Steve Lacy and from his own album Trombone for Lovers), veteran Curtis Fuller, the Latin Jazz side Conrad Herwig, and modern master Wycliffe Gordon.

Wednesday, February 24

Lots of Ray Charles related music tonight on the Night Train with covers of his famous songs from Amy Cervini and the Flying Horse Big Band (from their new Charles tribute album), a composition from New Orleans clarinetist and jazz educator Alvin Batiste inspired by the interstitial music played during Charles’s performances, and most especially, to mark the birthday of one of the great musicians to come out of his bands, music and a special in hour two with saxophonist David ‘Fathead’ Newman. Also birthday salutes to Michel LeGrand and Papo Vasquez, and new music from Doug Webb and Lisa Hilton.

Thursday, February 25

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to mark the birthday of George Harrison. We’ll hear Harrison and other Beatles covers in hour one from guitarists Steve Kahn, Anthony Wilson and John Scofield, Chick Corea with Gary Burton, Joel Harrison, Organissimo, and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones in hour one, and a Beatles Jazz Songbook special in hour two of the show.

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