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Archive for Sunday, May 19, 2002

KANU to bring ‘Whad’Ya Know?’ to Lied Center in July

May 19, 2002

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Whad'ya know? Not much. You?

KANU-FM 91.5 knows something: "Whad'Ya Know?," the popular National Public Radio comedy, music and quiz show, is coming July 13 to the Lied Center. The pre-show begins at 9:30 a.m. and the live broadcast starts 10 a.m. and runs until noon.

As part of KANU's celebration of its 50th year on the air, host Michael Feldman will bring his mix of mirth and music to Lawrence for a live broadcast. A KANU member reception will follow the broadcast.

"We're looking forward to coming," Feldman said. "By then, I'll be well versed on the flora and fauna, and you will swear that I'm a local."

"Whad'Ya Know?" features a general-knowledge quiz with an audience member working with a listener who has phoned the show. The show also comes with its own piano-bass-drum jazz combo to provide musical interludes. During the show, Feldman chats with the audience and conducts interviews with personalities from his host city.

KANU, Kansas University's public radio station, is able to bring the show to Lawrence thanks to Douglas County Bank. In celebration of its own 50th anniversary, the bank provided an underwriting grant to KANU,

Although this will be Feldman's first visit to Lawrence (though he "used to visit Lawrence Goldstein"), the show goes on the road several times a year from its home in Madison, Wis. The show has most of the travel and personnel logistics figured out, but sometimes a few bugs remain in the system.

"We left Jim in a bank vault once and went off to dinner. That was pretty funny," Feldman said.

"Whad'Ya Know?" will use several products as prizes during its show, and a Lawrence band will be the featured musical guest during the live broadcast.

"Whad'Ya Know?" can be heard from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays on KANU.

"Whad'Ya Know?" is one of many events KANU is promoting to celebrate its 50th anniversary. On tap for the rest of the year are a concert of Broadway show tunes, 8 p.m. Sept 7, Quality Hill Playhouse, Kansas City, Mo.; KANU's comedy troupe, "Right Between the Ears," 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 29, Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.; live broadcasts from Washburn University's Sunflower Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. June 7, 10, 12 and 14; a folk music concert, Dec. 7, Liberty Hall; and a birthday party Sept. 15 on the construction site of KANU's new broadcast/office facility.

Many of the performances will be taped and broadcast on KANU at a later date.

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