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Be sure to tune for the final episode of "Opera is my Hobby"

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Every week since Sept. 19, 1952, Jim Seaver has shared his love of opera with Kansas Public Radio listeners. But this week, that will come to an end.

At 7 p.m. Friday, KPR will air the final episode of "Opera is my Hobby," which will, fittingly, cover Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" which is often associated with the New Year.

"Opera" is the longest-running show on KPR and one of the longest continuously running radio programs ever. Seaver died in March at the age of 92 and, ever since, KPR has been presenting encore programs with help from the Seaver family.

For more than 40 years, Seaver taught at Kansas University, teaching thousands of students Western Civilization and Ancient History. He retired from academia in the late 1980s but kept producing his radio show until the month of his death. Until his death, Seaver's show was the second-longest-running public radio show with its original host.

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