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KCK Mayoral Candidate | 'Les Miles' Clause | Happy Birthday Classical KC

One of the larger crowds in the two-year Les Miles era gathered at KU for the 2019 in-state rivalry game against Kansas State. KU won three games in '19, but was winless in nine games last year, a record fans hope new head coach Lance Leipold will reverse.
Greg Echlin
Kansas University has included verbiage in their coach's contract being dubbed the "Les Miles" clause.

Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County mayoral candidate Tyrone Garner lays out his qualifications for the position, University of Kansas protects its assets with the "Les Miles" clause, and 91.9 Classical KC celebrates its first birthday.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Citizens in Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County will decide many competitive races in the August 3 primary election, including mayor.

Speaking about issues in the KCK area, mayoral candidate Tyrone Garner talks about community members who are tired of riding the "merry-go-round" to absolutely nowhere.

"They feel that there is lack of engaged leadership, they feel that they have been left behind in the opportunity for economic success, and my position has been just listening to these people," Garner says.

  • Tyrone Garner, mayoral candidate, Wyandotte County, Kansas

Segment 2, beginning at 13:07: The University of Kansas added a specific clause to their head coach's contract in order to protect themselves from future damages.

Les Miles coached the Jayhawks’ football team over the last two seasons, until he parted ways with the organization. The departure came amid allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior with female students during his tenure as head coach while at LSU.

While his actions at his previous job came to light just months ago, The University of Kansas is saddled with the remainder of his contract — to the tune of $1.9 million. Dubbed the "Les Miles" clause, a section has been included in new staff's contracts to shield the university from past misconduct.

  • Sam Zeff, reporter, KCUR

Segment 3, beginning at 23:45: Sister station KWJC, better known as 91.9 Classical KC, is celebrating one year on air this month.

Despite a pandemic launch, plans went ahead as scheduled to once again offer classical music 24/7 to Kansas City on FM. See how the first year has gone and what listeners can expect in the future from Classical KC.

  • Stephen Steigman, director, 91.9 Classical KC
  • Dan Margolies, cohost, 91.9 Classical KC
  • Jan Kraybill, organ conservator, The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Laurel Parks, violinist, The Wires
  • Sascha Groschang, cellist, The Wires
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
Trevor Grandin is a contributing producer for KCUR Studios.