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January 9, 2013
Contact: J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio, 785-864-2246; Phil Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, 785-864-5016

KPR to broadcast Gov. Brownback's State of the State address

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LAWRENCE – Ways to address a budget shortfall and state tax policy are likely to be the top priorities when Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State of the State address, and KPR will bring it to you live.

The coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, the first week of the 2013 Kansas legislative session. The speech will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by the Democratic Party response.

KPR Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will co-host the public radio and public TV coverage with Jennifer Schmidt, host and producer of the program “Ask Your Legislator” on KPTS, public TV in Wichita. After the speeches, KPR will offer in-depth analysis with KPR News Director J. Schafer and KU political science professor Burdett Loomis.

“The 2012 election profoundly changed the dynamics of the Kansas Legislature,” Schafer said. “The governor’s speech will lay out his priorities and give a roadmap about how he expects to work with the new and far more conservative state lawmakers.”

Kansas Action for Children in Topeka is the exclusive underwriting sponsor for KPR’s broadcast of the State of the State address.

KPR’s coverage of the speech is offered to other public radio stations in Kansas for free. Listeners outside of the KPR listening area should check with their local station about coverage plans.

KPR, a 14-time Kansas Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at http://kpr.ku.edu. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.



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