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Dec. 21, 2005
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Right Between the Ears launches weekly comedy series on several radio stations

LAWRENCE -- In its continuing quest to rival Howard Stern in domination of all media, Right Between the Ears, the award-winning Kansas Public Radio comedy show, will launch a weekly radio series on several fronts in January.

For most of its 20 years on the air, Right Between the Ears has been broadcast in the form of occasional hour-long specials, performed at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas City's Union Station and other area venues. In its first weekly incarnation, the show will present a mix of new episodes and classics from the RBTE archive, to air at the following times/stations:

  • Saturdays at 7 p.m. CST on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's Raw Dog comedy channel beginning Dec. 31.
  • Sundays at 8 p.m. on Kansas Public Radio (KANU, Lawrence; KANH, Emporia; KANV, Olsburg-Junction City) beginning Jan. 1.
  • Saturdays at 9 p.m. on KCMO-AM, Kansas City, beginning Jan. 7.

In addition, the weekly series will be distributed to public radio stations nationwide via the Public Radio Exchange, a new Web-based distribution system in Cambridge, Mass.

Since 1985, Right Between the Ears has aired regularly on KPR stations and received numerous awards, including Gold Medals for Best Comedy Program and Best Writing at the 2005 New York Festivals, National Best of Show at the 2004 Silver Microphone Awards (the first ever for a radio program), numerous Crystal Awards for Excellence from the annual Communicator Awards and four Gold Program Awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The show has been featured on TV's '60 Minutes,' BBC Radio Four, National Public Radio, Delta Radio (the in-flight entertainment channel for Delta Airlines) and in a weekly series on public television that aired in 2001.

Right Between the Ears is produced by Darrell Brogdon, who also serves as principal writer. Cast members include David Greusel, John Jessup, Mary Ellen Kriegh, Andi Meyer, Kip Niven, Roberta Solomon, Rick Tamblyn and Teri Wilder.

The next live performance will be presented Saturday, Jan. 14, at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, with performances at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Liberty Hall box office and ticketmaster.com.

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