Something to Think About


Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.

June 1, 2016


          Saturday the Emporia State Alumni Association holds its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. A big part of this event is honoring the Distinguished Service Award recipients. These are folks who have provided “unique and significant service” to the university.

          A partial list of past honorees include: KVOE’s Ron Thomas, Don Hill, George & Gail Milton, Clair Hutchinson, Tom Tholen, Dave Eldridge, Skip Evans, Chuck & Doris Hanna, Russ & Jeanie Jenkins, Paula Sauder, Gilbert Rodriquez, Carl Hoffman, John Rich, DeWayne Backhus and my dad.

          This is a big honor.

          Four people will be recognized this year.

          Virginia “Ginny” Higgins long time ESU instructor and leader who first graduated in 1962 and spent most of her life at Emporia State winning numerous awards for outstanding teaching and finally being inducted into the Kansas Speech Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

          Dr. Loren Pennington started teaching at the university in 1960 and is an expert on World War II and the Korean War.  He became involved in Emporia Veteran’s Day celebration and is a permanent fixture at the annual Veteran’s Roundtable. Dr. Pennington means history in Emporia.

          Marion Stuart grew up in Emporia, attended the laboratory school, received 2 degrees from Emporia State and taught in 5 Kansas high schools. She and her late husband Chuck were fixtures at university events for decades.

          The final honoree is my close friend John Staton who graduated in 1960 and has never quit promoting and supporting Emporia State.

In a letter in support of John for a different award I said “There is no better or more dedicated Hornet anywhere than John Staton!”

I suggested John should simply be recognized as a “Proud Hornet Supporter.”

John knows no strangers. He has a conversation with everyone he comes in contact with and more times than not he finds a connection to Emporia State.

There’s not time to list all the ways John and his lovely bride Connie support the university - they are endless.

John is well into his seventies, but he still found the energy to help with the ESU Foundation’s recent Now and Forever campaign - and in a significant manner.

Professionally both John and Connie succeeded nicely, but their real calling may be in helping others. They’ve done everything from hauling a dog-napped beagle across the country to its home in Kansas to assisting for nine years an aging Army General.

It is a busy weekend in Emporia, but these folks are all Proud Hornets and Distinguished servants……… We salute and thank them.

I’m Steve Sauder.

May 25, 2016

May 18, 2016

This year’s presidential race is like going to a giant smorgasbord with steak, lobster and crab legs. It is difficult to pick a single topic so today a couple of random thoughts.

          First, this Trump campaign reminds me a little of Barry Goldwater in 1964. Goldwater served 5 terms in the Senate so he was a politician, but he brought fear to the race with the thought of the Arizona Senator having access to the nuclear trigger.

          Speaking of The Donald – I heard an interesting thought about him – it suggested Trump never goes on defense – that he is always on the offensive. Think about it – when someone attacks Trump he immediately strikes back, never with an excuse or explanation but with an aggressive response. He often uses Twitter and his Twitter Army jump in and attack the opponent like a swarm of locusts.

          Another story I heard was that Trump said he’s been aggressive since the second grade when he punched his music teacher in the eye because he didn’t think the teacher knew anything about music!

          Think about this – Trump’s aggressive behavior has been effective in the political campaign arena, but how will it work as President of the United States.


          Now a few thoughts about Mrs. Clinton.

          A Time magazine article suggests she might beat Trump by being boring rather than engaging him. I couldn’t agree more. It takes two to have an argument so maybe Hillary just ignores Trump and especially his crude remarks and if she does it well she might just drive him crazy?

          My wife and I used to have a code when any discussion got too hot to handle – we’d just say “How about those Royal’s?”

          I’d love a debate where Trump rips into Mrs. Clinton and she responds “How about those Mets?”

          Clinton’s other ploy might be to avoid campaign mode. She’s not good at campaigning. During husband Bill’s race in 1992 her approval rating dropped to 38% only to rise to 66% as First Lady. As a candidate in 2008 her approval rating dropped to 48%, but went back up to 66% as Secretary of State.

          Hillary’s best strategy might just be - to be boring and let Trump be the boor.

          Are we having fun yet?

          I’m Steve Sauder.

May 11, 2016

It is graduation time. I know this because I saw President Obama giving an address to graduates at Howard University. He will also talk to the graduates at Rutgers’s and the Air Force Academy. His message was good, positive and political urging grads to not only vote this time, but every time.

If I was speaking at a graduation my message would be more direct. One idea would be to use the Post I’ve seen recently on Face Book suggesting there some things anyone can accomplish that require absolutely no talent. That means there is no excuse to not practice these traits.

Zero talent is required to:

1.     Be on time.

2.     Have a strong work ethic.

3.     Give effort

4.     Display positive body language.

5.     Exert energy.

6.     Have a good attitude.

7.     Show true passion.

8.     Be coachable.

9.     Do the extra things.

10.   Be prepared.

Great advice because all these things are traits we see in our best employees, co-workers and leaders. God gave each of us the tools to do all those things if we desire to do them – no talent required.

Now let me simplify that list for you. Back in my youth coaching days and especially when I coached youngsters on the baseball field I had just 2 rules. I’d tell the boys – if you can say “yes sir, when asked these questions we’ll never have a problem.

My two rules were: “Hustle and Do Your Best.”

Pretty simple and I believe they pretty much cover all ten ideas from before.

Son, were you hustling? Were you doing your best? If you can say “yes” then we won’t have a problem.

Either way – the ten things you can do that do not require talent or “Hustle and Do Your Best” those who try hardest will succeed.

I’m Steve Sauder

May 4, 2016


          On vacation for weeks, you find hundreds of rabid, messy, mean Raccoon's have overtaken your basement. You want them gone. You call 4 exterminators but nobody could handle the job. But there is this one guy and he guarantees he can get rid of them, so you hire him.

You don't care if the guy smells, you don't care if he swears, you don't care if he's an alcoholic, you don't care how many times he's been married, and you don't care if he voted for Obama...you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He's the guy. He's the best. Period.
            This is why some people want Donald Trump. Yes, he's a bit of an ass and an egomaniac, but they don't care. They say country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, and immigration is out of control. They want it fixed! They don't care that Trump is crude, that he insults people, that he had been friendly with Hillary Clinton, that he has changed positions, that he's been married 3 times, that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell, or that he didn't know the name of some terrorist.

They believe our country is weak, that it is bankrupt, that our enemies are making fun of us, that we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Dick and Harriett is a special group with special rights. They sometimes don't recognize the country they were born in. AND THEY JUST WANT IT FIXED and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what these people want. They are sick of politicians, sick of both Democrats and Republicans!  They just want this thing fixed.

They know Trump isn’t a Saint, but he doesn't have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn't have political correctness restraining him, they believe he has been very successful, that he’s a good negotiator, that he’s built a lot of things, and he's NOT a cowardly politician.

And he swears he can fix it. And they believe him because he is too much of an egomaniac to be proven wrong.
They don't even care if the guy has really bad hair!
They just want those raccoons gone. Out of their house. NOW!!
           This is why thousands of people that haven't voted in 25 years are registering to vote this year – because the raccoons have got to go!!

          And there, my friends, is the key! Peoplewho haven’t voted in 25 years are in L O V E with Trump.

As a group they have carried Trump to victory – first, in primaries with many contestants dividing the vote, but recently in contests with fewer candidates. Look Out ! He IS gaining speed.

          Trump’s problem will likely show up in the November election when he has only one opponent and his alienation of groups like females, Hispanics, African Americans, veterans and Muslims will be much more difficult to overcome.  
          In the meantime – look at those raccoons run!

          I’m Steve Sauder

May 2, 2016

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