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KCUR 89.3, Kansas City’s public radio station, first broadcast in 1957. A charter member of NPR, KCUR holds itself to the highest journalistic standards in service to the citizens of Kansas, Missouri, the broader Midwest, and the nation. Content encompasses music and talk programs;  feature and breaking news reporting; a daily newsletter; podcasts; and numerous community events. The station also leads Harvest Public Media and the Kansas News Service, among other collaborations.  

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KCUR comes to you with good news this morning. We’re proud to announce that the KHI News Service, a pioneering not-for-profit journalism startup, is now part of our organization. And it is the cornerstone of a new reporting collaboration called the Kansas News Service.

This week, KCUR disabled the comment capabilities on all web stories available on The move follows in the footsteps of  NPR., of which we are a member station.

In a blog post from August, NPR ombudsmen Elizabeth Jensen outlined the changes to, which mirrors those of many other news organizations nationwide.

Updates To KCUR Events Calendar Offerings

Nov 1, 2016
Briana O'Higgins / KCUR 89.3

For decades KCUR has been committed to covering arts and culture in the Kansas City metro (and beyond!). And for many years, the arts team at KCUR also maintained a community events calendar focused on the local arts and culture scene.

Today, that calendar will be turned off.

As the digital landscape evolves, we have found that people seek out event opportunities on social sites like Facebook rather than our website. In addition, KCUR has grown significantly in recent years and that growth has included an emphasis on our own live events.

KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast is dividing into two separate podcasts — Statehouse Blend Kansas and Statehouse Blend Missouri — in order to better serve our audiences on both sides of the state line.

Mike Russo / KCUR 89.3

KCUR on Friday announced a new podcast Question Quest, launching in September.

Co-hosts Suzanne Hogan and Cody Newill will take turns scouring the Midwest for oddities, landmarks and just plain old strange things that make you ask, "What's up with that?" 

Check Out KCUR's New Weekend Schedule

Aug 4, 2016
Dan Dion

As you listen to KCUR this weekend, you might notice some changes. Beginning this weekend, KCUR will begin to airing it's new schedule with updated program times and a few new shows. 

Five Things We Learned About David Greene When He Came To Kansas City

Jul 18, 2016
KCUR 89.3

David Greene, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, was in town last month to help KCUR with our first annual benefit event, RadioActive.

Courtesy of Jillian Shoptaw / Generation Listen KC

Did you keep a diary as a kid? If you did, are you willing to read it to the entire world?

Five brave souls did just that at reBound: Book Exchange and Podcast Party at The Buffalo Room in Westport last week.

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For many, Ira Glass and his program, This American Life, have been a gateway into the public radio world. 

But the radio icon, who has one of the most recognizable voices in the business, claims that it took longer for him to get good at telling stories on the radio than anyone else he knows in the business. 

"I was working in public radio starting when I was 19. I knew I wanted to do radio stories ... but doing it well, it really took me until I was 27 or so until I was a decent writer and reporter, maybe 28 really," he says. 


KCUR and KCUR reporter Elle Moxley have been selected to participate in NPR's 2016 Political Reporting Partnership. Moxley was one of 17 reporters selected from member stations across the country to participate.

Moxley and KCUR will work collaboratively with NPR to cover the 2016 elections from a state and local perspective. The collaboration will give national visibility to the issues of Kansans and Missourians as they elect new leaders.

Here at KCUR we are great at telling stories. But we aren't always good at telling our own story — and we have a great story to tell.

That's why we've spent the last year working with a team at Meers Advertising in Kansas City to refresh our look. CEO and President, Sam Meers is a longtime listener, donor and volunteer who knows where KCUR has been and where it wants to go.