Thursday, January 25, 2018

A little info for ya Al Grebenick did not graduate from High School and went on to be one of the greats of Polka Music..

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fruit Alphabet

Can you name a fruit for every letter of the alphabet? Here are some examples:

A: Apples, Apricots, Avocados

B: Bananas, Boysenberries, Blueberries, Bing Cherry

C: Cherries, Cantaloupe, Crab apples, Clementine, Cucumbers

D: Damson plum, Dinosaur Eggs (Pluots), Dates, Dewberries, Dragon Fruit

E: Elderberry, Eggfruit, Evergreen Huckleberry, Entawak

F: Fig, Farkleberry, Finger Lime

G: Grapefruit, Grapes, Gooseberries, Guava

H: Honeydew melon, Hackberry, Honeycrisp Apples

I: Indian Prune (Plum), Indonesian Lime, Imbe, Indian Fig

J: Jackfruit, Java Apple, Jambolan

K: Kiwi, Kaffir Lime, Kumquat

L: Lime (Lemon), Longan, Lychee, Loquat

M: Mango, Mandarin Orange, Mulberry, Melon

N: Nectarine, Navel Orange, Nashi Pear (Asian Pear)

O: Olive, Oranges, Ogeechee Limes, Oval Kumquat

P: Papaya, Persimmon, Paw Paw, Prickly Pear, Peach, Pomegranate, Pineapple

Q: Quince, Queen Anne Cherry, Quararibea cordata (Chupa Chupa)

R: Rambutan, Raspberries, Rose Hips

S: Star Fruit, Strawberries, Sugar Baby Watermelon

T: Tomato, Tangerine, Tamarind, Tart Cherries

U: Ugli Fruit, Uniq Fruit, Ugni

V: Vanilla Bean, Velvet Pink Banana, Voavanga

W: Watermelon, Wolfberry, White Mulberry

X: Xigua (Chinese Watermelon), Ximenia caffra fruit, Xango Mangosteen Fruit Juice

Y: Yellow Passion Fruit, Yunnan Hackberry, Yangmei

Z: Zig Zag Vine fruit, Zinfandel Grapes, Zuchinni (a fruit, like tomatoes)

Now that you have the list, let it inspire you to try adding some new fruits to your diet, or revisit old favorites!

Chicken Taco Soup

Do you love tacos? How about the convenience of slow cooker meals? Try this slow cooker chicken taco soup recipe!

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

1 onion, chopped

1 (16 ounce) can chili beans

1 (15 ounce) can black beans

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (12 ounce) can or bottle of beer

2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

1 package taco seasoning

3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

Sour cream

Crushed tortilla chips

Put the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning and stir to blend. Lay the chicken breasts on top of the mix and press down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover and cook for 5 hours. Remove the chicken breasts from the soup, shred and stir back into the soup. Continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. Makes 8 servings.

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


True Sportsmanship, Part 2

With the Olympics going on in South Korea , it is a good time to share some stories of true sportsmanship from Olympics past. Here is an e...