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Seg. 1: KC Star Retirees | Seg. 2: NGDB's John McEuen

Segment 1: Panel discussion with recent retirees of The Kansas City Star. 

Three senior journalists who accepted the most recent buyout offer from The Star's parent company McClatchey discussed reduction of staff and coverage at the newspaper, how journalism and the city they covered for decades have changed as well the continuing need for basic community news.

  • Lynn Horsley, former longtime reporter for the Kansas City Star 
  • Mark Davis, former business reporter for the Kansas City Star
  • Tony Rizzo, former crime reporter for the Kansas City Star

Segment 2, beginning at 26:31: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen . 

John McEuen is a Grammy award-winning musician known as the "String Wizard" for his acumen on banjo, mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. He attributed his entire career to a dream he had as a kid involving bluegrass great Earl Scruggs that came true in a recording studio in 1972. 

  • John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Folly and 90.9 The Bridge Americana Series present: John McEuen and The String Wizards at 8 p.m., March 15, at The Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Tickets at 816.474.4444 or go to follytheater.org 

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.