WMM Shines a Light on Innovation Fest with Dr. Sonia Hall & Chris Haghirian

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Sonia Hall + Chris Haghirian + the 1st Annual Innovation Festival

The Freedom Affair

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Kasey Rausch, Kat King, Just Angel, Quite Frankly, Miki P, The Greeting Committee, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, plus, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Whitehall, Hannes, Momma, and Maggie Rogers.

WMM shines a light on The Innovation Festival that brings together indie alt-rock artists: The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dream Girl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, and Caroline Blu for a full day of entertainment and discovery. Innovation Festival is KC’s opportunity to mingle with cutting-edge innovators across science & tech while unlocking the connection between music & science. Innovators, scientists, growers, & manufacturers working in the agriculture innovation ecosystem come together at this conference to build collaborations, discover new technologies, network, and share information. The Brewery Showcase folks to experience regional breweries and their selected pours as we celebrate the fermentation industry during this summer experience. Innovation Festival will be topped off with the first public reveal of a collaborative regional plan to build the nation’s most equitable hub for biologics – centered in Kansas City.

Dr. Sonia M. Hall

At 10:30 Mark welcomes Dr. Sonia M. Hall, President & CEO for BioKansas, a bioscience focused non-profit committed to leading the effort of supporting and growing Kansas’ bioscience ecosystem. Dr. Hall received her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology at the University of Kansas, followed by two years of postdoctoral training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has focused her career on designing and leading initiatives that aim to make science and the paths towards scientific careers more equitable. These efforts have resulted in the creation of numerous programs, publications, and initiatives, leading her to share her expertise with a variety of national and international audiences, including the Hungarian Academy of Science, Genetics Society of America, the Future of Research, government agencies, and many more. In 2019 Dr. Hall came back to Kansas to lead BioKansas and bring the vision of building the region into a hub for biologics research, manufacturing, and commercialization to reality. As part of this effort, Dr. Hall designed and founded Innovation Festival, a 3-day regional convergence of music and innovation featuring national, regional, and local musical acts. The goal for Innovation Festival is to demonstrate that the region it’s a vibrant place to live, work, and grow businesses. More info at http://www.bioscience.org

Chris Haghirian

At 11:00 Mark talks with friend of the show, Chris Haghirian who joins us to share all of the details about the music of the 1st Annual Innovation Fest, on Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, and Whitehall. Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

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Show #953

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