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Kansas Sampler bestows Kettle with “Giving Beloit a Cool Factor” We Kan! award (AUDIO)

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The Kansas Sampler Foundation presents ten We-Kan! awards every year. They are presented to individuals or organizations that have made outstanding efforts to help preserve and sustain rural culture in their area.

There is no application process. The Foundation chooses recipients who have a cooperative spirit, show enthusiasm and dedication for their community, and whose efforts have made a real difference in rural Kansas.

Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation organized a surprise visit to Kettle to present them with one of the We-Kan! awards for 2018.

Owners B and Mandy Fincham were totally unaware of what was taking place until it found them.  B tells us how it all come about and how they were oblivious to it at the time.

Mandy Fincham tell us what the award means to them and showed her appreciation for it.

B expounds on his wife’s comments and calls it an affirmation of what they have tried to do with their business.

That was B and Mandy FIncham on receiving one of this year’s We-Kan! awards from the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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