A nose for news

Resident hosts talk show that sparks interest in and outside of Tallgrass Creek

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May 29th, 2020
Tallgrass Creek community member Karen Cox (right) enjoys chatting on air with KSHB meteorologist Lindsey Anderson who covers the morning weather for a local television station. Karen hosted Anderson on Tallgrass Creek’s in-house talk show.

Tallgrass Creek community member Karen Cox (right) enjoys chatting on air with KSHB meteorologist Lindsey Anderson who covers the morning weather for a local television station. Karen hosted Anderson on Tallgrass Creek’s in-house talk show.

About once a month, Tallgrass Creek resident Karen Cox joins one of her neighbors in the community’s Prairie View Theater where they “mic up” on the set of talk show 1851 Studio Chats.  

As the camera rolls, Karen chats with whichever neighbor is a guest on the show, about their unique life experiences, family traditions, and more. The 30-minute show is then streamed throughout the month on channel 1851 (hence, the show’s name), Tallgrass Creek’s in-house television station. 

Karen began hosting the show about 18 months ago, after a conversation with resident life manager Jan Magee. 

“Jan and I were just kicking different ideas around and the idea for the show came up,” says Karen. “Jan encouraged me to give it a go, so I did.”

Magee was Karen’s first guest and together they introduced 1851 Studio Chats to the community. Rod Zeigler from resident life pitches in to film and edit each show.  

“Our in-house television station is the perfect outlet for the show,” says Magee. “All of us have access to channel 1851, which includes daily menus, exercise classes, and all kinds of community information.”

Spreading the word

Subject matter for the show is wide-ranging. Karen has interviewed her neighbors about food favorites, unique holiday traditions, interesting travel experiences, and more. 

“I’m always on the lookout for an interesting topic or guest,” says Karen. “I research particular subjects on the internet and also utilize our wonderful library here at Tallgrass.”  

As it turns out, Tallgrass Creek community members aren’t the only fans of 1851 Studio Chats. The show and its newsy format caught the eye of a local freelance writer, who contacted Karen and sat in on one of the show’s filming sessions. Soon after, an entertaining article with photos appeared in the city’s metropolitan newspaper The Kansas City Star.

And the attention didn’t stop there. Television anchors Lindsay Shively and Taylor Hemness who host a local morning show got wind of the article, contacted Karen, and enthusiastically accepted a guest spot on 1851 Studio Chats. After a lively interview, they invited Karen to be a guest on their show and during that filming, she met up with station meteorologist Lindsey Anderson. 

“Lindsey waved and said ‘I understand Lindsay and Taylor had a great time on your show,’ so I invited her to come on the show, which she eventually did,” says Karen. “It was all great fun.” 

Karen’s background lends itself to her new pastime as television host. She loves theater and has performed in different productions for years, even fitting it around her busy career as a nurse anesthetist. She chose one of her favorite show tunes “Happy Talk” from the musical South Pacific as lead-in music to 1851 Studio Chats

“Everyone here has been so encouraging about the show,” says Karen. “There is no shortage of interesting people at Tallgrass, which makes doing the show even more fun.” 

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