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The Range Anniversary Show | Jan. 29, 2021

One year ago, we started The Range as a way to share stories about where we live, and the people who live here.

Over 54 episodes, we did just that — though the pandemic steered much of the conversation.

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Host Tom Shine interviews Bob Daniels, owner of Sunflower Shrimp in Oxford, Kansas.

We've done stories on how COVID-19 has affected nonprofits, gyms, airlines, theaters, restaurants, musicians and grocery stores. We've reported on sporting events with no fans, drastic changes to holiday parties and Black Friday shopping and how even Santa had to cope with the pandemic. And we talked with companies that were seeing an uptick in business, like sign shops and commercial office cleaners.

And we tackled (a few) non-pandemic topics as well, such as Spirit AeroSystems’ push for more defense work, and inclusion in the workplace.

But The Range isn't all business.

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Wichita civil rights activist Marvin Stone in his home

Beth Golay has gone en route with a new transit rider each month. Torin Andersen has helped us explore Wichita's arts scene every First Friday. Carla Eckels has shared important and timely stories about race and culture. And Lu Anne Stephens has ventured to intriguing spots across the state, showing us that Kansas isn't flat and boring.

In this special anniversary edition of The Range, we look back on our first year. We hope it's one of many.