Beloit “First Impressions” Results Program Set For August 10


The City of Beloit recently participated in a program offered through K-State Research and Extension called First Impressions.

A volunteer team from another community, of similar size, made a visit to Beloit to report their “First Impressions” of the community. The team from Clay Center acted as “secret shoppers” for the day to discover what they could about Beloit.

A team from Beloit conducted the same task in Clay Center. They followed a set procedure established through the “First Impressions” program and documented their results.

It is finally time to hear those results as there will be a Community Meeting on August 10th at 7:00pm at the Beloit Municipal Building to hear what visitors thought about Beloit. It will be a great time to take a hard look at some weaknesses and also a time to build on strengths. The public is encouraged to attend.


Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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