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Kansas’ 150th birthday concert won’t be televised

March 1, 2011, 9:46 a.m. Updated March 1, 2011, 10:57 a.m.

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— A concert to celebrate Kansas’ 150th birthday will go on, but Kansans won’t be able to see it on television.

The CEO of Smoky Hills Public Television says proposed budget cuts to public television and radio will prevent the station from producing and airing a “Home on the Range” concert in Hutchinson on March 13.

One of the concert organizers, Martha Slater Farrell, says the show will go on. It will be recorded for public radio, but won’t be televised.

Gov. Sam Brownback proposed last month that the budget for public television and radio be reduced by $1.7 million.

The Hutchinson News reported Monday that Smoky Hills CEO Lynn Meredith says he wanted to produce the concert, but the station couldn’t risk losing money if the budget cuts are approved.

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