A choral festival featuring the Messiah by German composer George Frideric Handel and other religious music is held in Lindsborg annually during Easter Week, in cooperation with Bethany College. Other music festivals held in the state include one in Wichita, presented in cooperation with Friends University, jazz festivals in Overland Park and Manhattan, and bluegrass festivals in Lawrence and Winfield. There are symphony orchestras in Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka. Little theater groups are active in Wichita, Topeka, and other cities across the state. Professional and touring companies appear in Lawrence, Topeka, Overland Park, and Wichita.
The first periodical or newspaper established in Kansas was the Shawnee Sun, initially published on a monthly basis but later on an irregular schedule. Printed in the Shawnee language, it began publication in 1835 in what is now Johnson County. The Kansas Weekly Herald, the first English-language newspaper in Kansas, was founded in Leavenworth in 1854. In 2002 there were 43 daily newspapers published in Kansas. The leading daily newspapers in the state include the Wichita Eagle, the Topeka Capital-Journal, the Hutchinson News, the Salina Journal, and the Kansas City Kansan. Two tabloid publications with national circulation, Grit and Capper’s, are published in Topeka. Two of the United States’ most famous small-town journalists were editors of Kansas papers.
Edgar Watson Howe, editor of the Atchison Globe and later of E. W. Howe’s Monthly, is particularly noted for his classic novel The Story of a Country Town (1883), which exposed the narrowness of Midwestern small-town life. William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette for nearly 50 years, exercised national influence in social and political matters. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for his editorial writing, and his autobiography, published after his death, was honored with a Pulitzer Prize in 1947. Another influential Kansas journalist was Arthur Capper, who became publisher of the Topeka Daily Capital in 1892 and also published Capper’s Weekly and other widely read farm journals.
The first radio station in Kansas was KFH, licensed in Wichita in 1922. KTVH, the state’s first commercial television station, began operating in Hutchinson in 1953. In 2002 there were 49 AM and 83 FM radio stations and 20 television stations in Kansas. "Kansas" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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