New Year’s Eve news update

At the bottom of the 6 o’clock hour, this is a quick update from a table in Montana Mike’s in McPherson, Kan.:

While waiting for a table for 30 minutes at Montana Mike’s, the restaurant phone kept ringing. Well, one of the other people waiting for a place to sit decided to pick up the phone. He talked to the person on the other end for some time as the manager stood nearby nervously watching and listening.

I don’t think the manager liked it, but it was hilarious.

ALSO . . . .

I updated the home page of my main site, I gave it a cleaner look, I think. It is nothing fancy, but it should be easier to navigate and use without so much clutter.


My cousin, Amanda Shafer, now has a blog. I helped her set it up, complete with a custom header that I designed. Check it out at

. . . . That is all for this news update. Stay tune for more from The Voice of the Vogts!

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at