Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter Car Kit

Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here is what you need:

  • A shovel
  • A windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Water
  • Snack food including energy bars, dried fruit, raisins and candy bars
  • Matches and small candles
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with a pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Make sure that you are prepared in case of emergency!  - Riley

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Grammy Flyaway

So, have you been listening for the 2018 Grammy Flyaway keywords and texting them to 67760? If so, you are in the running to win a pair of tickets to the Grammy Awards in New York City on January 28th! Here are some of the people you could see and rub shoulders with:


James Corden of the Late, Late Show will host

Jay-Z and Beyonce


Bruno Mars

Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez

Alessia Cara

Taylor Swift


Katy Perry

Kelly Clarkson

Lady Gaga

Ed Sheeran




Imagine Dragons

The Chainsmokers

Portugal. The Man

Michael Buble

Seth MacFarlane

Sarah McLachlan


Kenny Chesney

Little Big Town

Lady Antebellum

Thomas Rhett

Christ Stapleton

Sam Hunt

Miranda Lambert…


…and seriously, that is just a partial list! So listen to KLIR at 9:00 am, noon and 3:00 pm each weekday for the keywords and text them to 67760! You, too, might be under the bright lights at the 2018 Grammy Awards!



Do you use emojis? I would guess so. Don’t we all? So what are the most popular emojis? According to Apple, the most used emojis in 2017 were:

1.     Laughing Face with Tears

2.     Red Heart

3.     Sobbing Face

4.     Heart Eyes

5.     Kissing Face

6.     Rolling Eyes

7.     Skull

8.     Blushing Face

9.     Weary Face

10.  Thinking Man
So which one of these is your favorite? By the way, history always comes full
circle. Our emojis today are the equivalent of hieroglyphics in ancient Egypt!  -


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Concerts and more...

Here are some events coming to a venue near you in the next couple of months!


Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln)

The Harlem Globetrotters – February 2

WWE Live! Road To Wrestlemania – February 3

Pink! Beautiful Trauma World Tour – March 6

Lorde – March 24

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series – April 13-14

Brad Paisley – April 26


Mid America Center (Council Bluffs)

The Great Train Show – January 6-7

River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo – January 19-21

Spring Into Spring Home Improvement & Landscaping Show – February 23-25

Winter Jam – March 15

Bret Michaels in Concert – March 31

U.S. Open Robotic Championship – April 2-7

Midwest 8-ball Championship – April 18-22


Centurylink Center (Omaha)

2018 Nebraska Agri-business Expo – January 9-10

Bridal Fair 2018 – January 14

Midlands International Auto Show – January 19-21

WWE Live! Road to Wrestlemania – February 4

Omaha Home & Garden Expo – February 6-11

2018 Boat, Sports & Travel Show – February 22-25

Triumph of Ag Expo – February 28-March 1

Adrenaline Dance – March 2-4

Miranda Lambert Livin’ Like Hippies Tour – March 8

Omaha Bridal Showcase 2018 – March 11

63rd Annual O’Reilly World of Wheels – March 16-18

Kid Rock Greatest Show on Earth Tour – March 17

The Harlem Globetrotters – April 6

Omaha Home Show – April 6-8

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive – April 7

Dinosaur Time Trek: Shark Edition – April 21-22


Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to volunteer more in your community? Maybe you’re not sure where or how to start. A really great resource is the Columbus United Way website. Their Volunteer Connection will help you discover what your passion is, and match you to organizations and events that will give you that wonderful sense of giving. There are opportunities for everyone, from teenagers to seniors, singles to families and groups. You can volunteer on a schedule, or help with a one time event. Do you like working with people? Animals? Computers? There is something for you. Are you good at organizing? Maybe serving on a non-profit board of directors is your perfect fit. Whatever it may be, there are opportunities to serve your neighbors and community through volunteering. To get started, contact Denise Kollath at  - Riley

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Whole Wheat Beer Bread

So, it’s the New Year, and you’ve made a resolution to eat healthier. Sounds boring, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Healthy recipes can be full of flavor! Here is an example:

Whole Wheat Beer Bread

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 (12 ounce) can or bottle beer

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar. Pour in the beer and stir until a stiff batter is formed. It may be necessary to mix dough with your hands. Scrape the dough into the loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Makes 12 servings. Note: The type of beer used will affect the flavor of the bread. For a lighter bread, use a pale ale. For a darker, heartier bread, use a stout or dark ale.

Enjoy!  - Riley


Failure for the win!

Did you know there is a Museum of Failure? It is in Helsingborg, Sweden and contains failed products and services. The museum has over seventy failed items including Apple Newton, Bic for Her, Google Glass, Lobotomy instruments, Harley-Davidson Cologne, Sony Betamax, Lego Fiber Optics, a plastic trachea and plastic bicycle, the Edsel and DeLorean cars, New Coke and Coke Blak, Colgate lasagna, and the Trump board game. The museum provides an experience about the important role of failure for innovation. I would love to see this!  - Riley


Friday, December 29, 2017

Baby, it's COLD outside!

Cold weather is here, and it can be as dangerous and uncomfortable to your pets as is it to you. Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.

Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.

Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.

Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.

Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.

Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

Remember, your pets are part of your family and rely on you to keep them safe and warm!

Oh, Those New Year Resolutions!

Well, we are getting ready to wrap up the year 2017, and with the New Year come new resolutions. In a recent survey, only 32 percent of people said they weren't planning on making New Year's resolutions — meaning most people do plan to set themselves new goals for the coming 12 months. According to the same survey, these were the top resolutions:

  • Eat better
  • Exercise more
  • Spend less money
  • Self-care (e.g. getting more sleep)
  • Read more books
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get a new job
  • Make new friends
  • New hobby
  • Focus more on appearance
  • Focus on relationship
  • Cut down on cigarettes/alcohol
  • Go on more dates
  • Focus less on appearance

While resolutions are a good thing, too often we start strong, but falter after a few days or weeks. Here are some tips to help you keep on track for the long haul.


1. Start small. Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.


2. Change one behavior at a time. Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.


3. Talk about it. Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.


4. Don’t beat yourself up. Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.


5. Ask for support. Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help. Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable, as well as help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues.


Here’s to a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year!  - Riley



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Dog vs Cat

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Most people have a definite preference, but did you know each has different personality traits? Here are some of them.

1. There are more dog people than cat people. About six percent more US households own dogs than own cats. In survey after survey, people who say they love dogs outnumber cat-lovers by as much as five to one. About a quarter of all respondents say they love both dogs and cats—we will refer to such people as “bi-petuals.”

2. Dog people are far more sociable and outgoing than cat people. Dog lovers are friendlier and more extroverted than cat lovers, who prefer to be alone. Dog lovers also tend to be more confident and dominant than cat people.

3. Cat people are more intelligent than dog people. And they will never let you forget this, nor the fact that they think cats are also far more intelligent than dogs.

4. Cat people are more neurotic than dog people. Cat lovers tend to be more prone to anxiety and neurotic disorders than dog people. This may be because their pets are far less likely to constantly reassure them.

5. Cat people are more likely to live alone and in apartments than dog people. One study shoes that cat owners are a third more likely to live alone than dog owners and twice as likely to live in an apartment rather than a house. The most likely individuals to own cats are single women.

6. Dog people are more likely to live in rural areas than cat people. The East and West Coasts are much more likely to favor cat owners, while dogs rule the American South. Overall, dog people are 30 more likely to live in the country, while cat people are 29 percent more likely to live in the city.

7. Dog people tend to be more conservative than cat people. Owning a dog correlates strongly with having traditional values. Dog owners are also generally more rule-abiding than cat owners. Dog owners tend to skew Republican, while cat owners lean Democrat.

8. Dog people are more obedient—just like dogs. Cat owners tend to be nonconformists, while dog owners generally follow the tide and obey all rules.

9. Cat people are more open-minded than dog people. Cat lovers generally score higher on thing such as open-mindedness, imaginativeness, creativity, adventurousness, and holding unconventional beliefs. Dog owners, much like dogs, will pretty much believe anything you tell them.

10. Cat people are more sensitive than dog people. Often times, people see sensitivity as a bad thing. This isn’t necessarily the case. Cat people were found to be more sensitive in this study, while dog owners showed fewer signs of sensitivity in provided tests.

11. Dog people are more masculine than cat people. It has been said many times that all dogs look like males and all cats look like females. Although there are exceptions, dog owners both male and female tend to view themselves as more masculine than cat owners do.

12. Dog people tend to tolerate cats; cat people hate dogs. Studies have shown that people who love both dogs and cats—the so-called “bi-petuals”—have personalities almost identical to those of dog owners. In general, dog owners are more willing to tolerate the idea of owning a cat than cat owners are of owning dogs.

13. Dog people and cat people have a different favorite Beatle. Dog lovers prefer Paul McCartney; cat people prefer George Harrison.

14. Dog people and cat people have a different sense of humor. Cat people enjoy sophisticated, ironic humor that’s built on clever wordplay. Dog people laugh at fart jokes and videos of people accidentally hurting themselves.

15. Cat people are more independent. As already noted, dog owners tend to be more sociable and obedient. The flip side of this is that cat owners, much like cats, have minds of their own.

16. Cat people are more likely to be atheists. Some research data that suggests that more cat people than dog people are atheists.

17. Dog people are seeking companionship; cat people are seeking affection. Dog lovers are looking for a four-legged little buddy, while cat lovers want something that will purr and rub up against them and knead their paws into their fleshy folds when it’s dark and cold and lonely at night. 

Of course, all of this is very tongue-in-cheek! We know that all animal lovers are the most awesome people in the world.


2018 Grammy Flyaway

Our 2018 Grammy Flyaway Contest has kicked off! Be listening Monday thru Friday until January 14th at 9am, noon and 3pm for the keywords! When you hear the word, text it to 67760 for a chance to win 2 tickets to the 2018 Grammy Awards on January 28th in New York City! It's a different keyword every time, and you can only get the word by listening to KLIR 101! The Grammy Flyaway is sponsored by Norfolk Memorials.

Winter Car Kit

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