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• An institution at Kansas Public Radio is coming to an end, according to a statement from KU.
The program “Opera Is My Hobby” will air its last broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, on KPR. The show, which has aired weekly since Sept. 19, 1952, has been airing encore broadcasts since its host, Jim Seaver, died in March at age 92.
Seaver, who also taught Western Civilization and ancient history at KU, hosted the show since its inception.
At the time of Seaver’s death, it was the second-longest public radio program with its original host in the country.
The last show will feature Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, which is typically performed around the New Year holiday.
• I should give some Heard on the Hill kudos to former volleyball player Jana Correa, who won the Brazilian version of “The Apprentice.”
I really enjoyed talking to those who knew her well while she was at KU. I heard a number of great stories, most of which I could actually print.
Here’s one little detail that didn’t make it into the main story.
She helped professor Paul Sneed edit a documentary film on the “squatter town” of a major Brazilian city, and made fun of him for looking “like such a dope” while interacting with people.
And she led KU’s Brazilian Club. Erin Sheridan, Correa’s friend, told me how Correa had tried to get her to join the club after she stopped by a few club meetings. Still, Sheridan wasn’t sure about joining. That was until one meeting when she stopped by and Correa informed her she had just been elected secretary of the group.
The folks I talked to described Correa as a charismatic, outgoing sort of person who’s occasionally a bit loud and occasionally a tad imposing, but the kind of person who, for those that know her, tend to be on her side of things.
I like those sorts of people, and am glad she’s $800,000 richer today.
• I got a holiday greeting from Provost Jeff Vitter on Wednesday. And in it he busted out the second verse of the alma mater, which I forgot even existed.
That verse goes like this: “Far above the distant humming / Of the busy town, / Reared against the dome of heaven / Looks she proudly down.”
The song actually has a third verse, too, which goes: "Greet we then our foster mother, / Noble friend so true, / We will ever sing her praises, / Hail to old KU."
After each verse, you're supposed to sing the chorus, the part about lifting ever onward, crimson and the blue, etc. I don't remember ever being in any situation where I've heard all three verses sung, but it would be interesting (and probably a little long) to hear that someday.
• If KU isn't your foster mother, Heard on the Hill certainly can be, especially if you submit a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.