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Seg. 1: Kansas Senate Legend Dick Bond. Seg. 2: Largest Ever Tuba Ensemble Expected In Kansas City.

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Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
While president of the Kansas Senate, Sen. Dick Bond raised $40 million for the renovation of the state Capitol, the first since World War I.

Segment 1: Former Kansas Senate President Dick Bond on his time in office and Kansas politics today.

For the past six decades, Dick Bond influenced over Kansas politics is undeniable. From endorsing candidates like Laura Kelly to advocating for higher education, the former state senator has made his voice heard. Considering the multi-million dollar Topeka Capitol renovation project he sponsored in 2000, it's also fair to say he changed the face of Kansas politics for the long term. He spoke with us about his 14 years in public office, the Brownback years and what Governor Laura Kelly will do for the state. 

  • Former Kansas Sen. Dick Bond, R-Overland Park 

Segment 2, beginning at 25:24: Kansas City may soon be home to another Guinness World Record

TubaChristmas is a long-standing tradition at theKansas City Symphony, but this is a special year for the event. Organizers are attempting to bring together the largest tuba ensemble ever. They already have 972 tuba players signed up to participate, far outnumbering the previous record set in 2007 of 502 tubaists. If successful, the event could join the ranks of other world records set in Kansas City, like loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium and longest snake in captivity.

  • Frank Byrne, executive director of Kansas City Symphony

TubaChristmas 2018 begins at noon, Friday, Dec. 7, at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Participant registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and it costs $10 to perform. More information at KCsymphony.org.

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.