Almost Yesterday

Almost Yesterday is a glimpse into the rich history of our region. Dr. Frank Nickell takes listeners on a journey to specific moments in time, such as the first radio broadcast on KFVS, the history of Farmington’s Carleton College, and the short-lived safari on a Mississippi River island. A gifted storyteller and local historian, Dr. Nickell’s wit and love for the past are combined with sounds and music that augment his narrative.

On Saturday, June 7, 2008, Almost Yesterday received First Place in the "Special Programs" category at the Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet in Kansas City, Missouri.

Almost Yesterday airs every Wednesday at 7:31 a.m. and 5:18 p.m.

Local support for Almost Yesterday is provided by Hutson's Fine Furniture & Mattress in downtown Cape Girardeau.

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The Blizzard of 79

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Blizzard of 79
Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like almost yesterday that Southeast Missouri was hit with it's biggest blizzard of the 20th Century. Editor John Blue of the Southeast Missourian called it a "new yardstick in weather history." To this day, however, residents of Southeast Missouri call it the "Blizzard of '79."

Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that a growing national fad streaked through Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The craze was simply called "streaking."

The Golden Eagles Marching Band performed in front of an international audience at Super Bowl V.
Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that the State College Golden Eagles Marching Band became national media stars. In 1971, the 160 member Golden Eagles band was selected to perform at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.

The band was given an intimidating schedule - a pre-game presentation, the national anthem, and a five-and-a-half minute marching routine during the halftime.

A Lion Escapes a Wild Animal Show in De Soto

Jan 30, 2018
Southeast Missouri State University / KRCU

It seems like Almost Yesterday that the circus came to De Soto, Missouri. In the days before television, color movies, and modern entertainment options, a high light for every community was when “the circus” came to town.

Colorful costumes, trapeze artists, beautiful ladies, wild animals, and entertaining clowns — provided an escape from the hard work and isolation of rural and small town America.

Cape Girardeau musicians Jess Stacy and Peg Meyer became part of the movement that led to the transition of Dixieland jazz to swing.
Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that a new musical sound came up the Mississippi from the south.  It moved north with the orchestras of the river excursion boats.  Thus, Cape Girardeau was among the first communities in the nation to receive this new music.