Larry Cruse, Host of “Larry’s Freakout” Show on KKFI, Passed Away

Larry Cruse, host of "Larry's Freakout"KKFI is saddened to report that Larry Cruse, host of Larry’s Freakout on Saturday mornings, has passed away suddenly.

Larry’s sister shared these thoughts with KKFI family and friends:

My dear brother, Larry, passed away today. They believe that he had a heart attack. He was driving just a block from his home and ran into a parked car. He was not going fast so has no injuries or bruises. The medics said that he was gone when they got there. He was taken to the ER at KUMed where his sons, his sisters, and other family gathered around him and each other. A part of me is gone. He was just about my strongest connection on this earth. We’d been together the longest as siblings – through childhood trauma, his many health issues, and a love for many things in common.

Condolences to his family and friends. More details as they become available.

2014 Homelessness Marathon Airs on KKFI 90.1 FM Starting at 10:00 pm

KKFI 90.1 FM is proud to be airing a portion of the Homelessness Marathon, which will once again bring the voices of homeless people into America’s homes. “I wish we could get their bodies inside, too,” comments Jeremy Weir Alderson, the broadcast’s founder, “but we’re doing the best thing we can, by showing America why this problem should be, can be and must be solved.”

The six-hour live nationwide radio broadcast will originate from Brattleboro, Vermont, starting at 6:00 pm Central Time. KKFI will be airing the live broadcast from 10:00 pm to 12 Midnight Central Time. See below for details.

Free Speech TV will air a live video stream for the entire six-hour show. You can watch the video stream right here on KKFI’s website.

The broadcast, which originated from HopeFaith Ministries in Kansas City in 2012, as well as from Detroit and Katrina-ravaged Mississippi, among other places, features live in-depth discussions with homeless people. The broadcast also takes calls, so people living in their homes can talk with people living on the streets. It will originate from in front of the First Baptist Church of Brattleboro, which provides the space for Brattleboro’s overflow shelter, operated by the Brattleboro Drop-In Center. A few years ago, the church sold its prize possession – a Tiffany stained glass window – so that it could continue its mission, including its service to the poor.

The Homelessness Marathon’s mission is to raise consciousness about homelessness and poverty in America and around the world.

The 16th Annual Homelessness audio signal will also be available for free to all radio stations over the Public Radio Satellite System, the Pacifica Ku-band and Pacifica’s Audioport.

KKFI 90.1 FM Homelessness Marathon Broadcast Schedule

10:00-11:00 p.m. – This is hour #5 of the Homelessness Marathon, which starts with a short audio report titled “Homeless but Powered by Green Energy,” a story about how one man uses solar panels to heat, work and live outside in a legal encampment. Producer: Cori Princell.

This hour includes “More reports from Around The Country” (segment times approximate): Jeff Girrard, who blogs under the name jeff4justice, has lived in his car for four years. He has traveled extensively in his rolling home, and has interviewed many others in the same situation. Paul Boden, field director for the Western Regional Advocacy Project and member of the Homelessness Marathon board, is spearheading a campaign in California to get a “Homeless Bill of Rights” passed by the legislature. He will be joined by Ibrahim Mubarak, the dean of the Portland, Oregon tent community.

11:00-12:00 Midnight - Hour #6 in the Homelessness Marathon starts with a short audio piece “Last Days of Duroville: Mobile Homes for the Poor in Rural California,” produced by Lisa Moorehouse.

This hour also includes a longer report titled ”Where Do We Go From Here?,” a conversation about how do we get our country to actually address the problems of the poor and do something about them. Participants to include: Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green Party vice-presidential candidate, founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and board member of the Homelessness Marathon; Christopher Curtis, staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid and co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Pathways Out of Poverty.

Homelessness Marathon Video Feeds

The locally-produced video from Brattleboro will air nationally on Free Speech Television (FSTV). Starting at 6:00 p.m. Central Time on February 19, all six hours of the Homelessness Marathon will be on FSTV’s website, Starting at 8 pm, the last five hours will also be on FSTV’s two satellite channels, channel 9415 on the Dish Network and channel 348 on DirecTV (and also on BCTV’s channel 8).

Tune into Live Music Performances from the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference

Live Music Performances at the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference

In a continuing effort to bring listeners quality music and media innovation, KKFI will be streaming several live musical performances from the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference, February 19-20. The performances will air on the radio, as well as on a separate video stream on the station’s YouTube Live Channel.

KKFI 90.1 FM will broadcast seven hours of music performances live on February 19 and February 20 from the Folk Alliance Conference at Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The broadcast on February 19 includes performances by Kansas City artists including Street Corner Choir, Bob and Diana Suckiel, Old Sound, and Dan Bliss. The performances on February 20 include those by The Bills, Ruth Moody, Ray Bonneville and Danny Schmidt.

KKFI is proud to support the Folk Alliance International conference, which relocated its headquarters to Kansas City recently and holds its annual conference here. The conference attracts thousands of participants and hundreds of performers. Keynote performers and guests include Graham Nash and Al Gore, among others. For tickets and other information, visit the conference website at

KKFI recently concluded a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 to purchase equipment that allows the station to broadcast live events from remote sites. In recognition of the financial support of listeners KKFI proudly presents these performances for your listening and viewing pleasure.

Performances include the following musical groups. Note: Each performance is 30 minutes in length.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – 8:00 – 10:00 pm

8:00-8:30 pm – Street Corner Choir is the songwriting duo of Lezlie Revelle and David Hakan. Accoring to the group’s website their performance includes “inspired guitar arrangements, solid gold lyrics and velvet harmonies — you’ll think you just stepped off the bus and entered the gates of heaven.”

8:30-9:00 pm – Musicians Bob and Diana Suckiel are from Kansas City, Missouri and co-hosts of the weekly Foolkiller Folk radio show on KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio.

9:00-9:30 pm – Old Sound – “Our unique sound is created through a blend of strong melodies, heartfelt lyrics and three-part harmonies. The tone of our vintage instruments adds a percussive rhythm and a pulse to the music. Though steeped in tradition, we believe our music also has a relevance and modern feel.” – see their Facebook Page

9:30-10:00 pm – Dan Bliss – “Seeded with narrative stories and instrumentals, one can hear echoes of Leon Redbone, Django Reinhart, Taj Mahal… Each performance is a mischievous delight. There is his ornery side-ways smile and just a hint of a nasal drawl infusing each tune with a muddy, crawfish authenticity.” – Present magazine

Thursday, February 20, 2014 – 7:00 – 10:00 pm

7:00-7:30 pm – The Bills are a high impact, acoustic folk music quintet from the West Coast of Canada. They have developed a unique sound, blending traditional influences from around North America and the rest of the globe in crafting their own vocal and instrumental music.

7:30-8:00 pm – Ruth Moody is an Australian-born soprano singer-songwriter and member of the Canadian folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys.

8:00-8:30 pm - Eliza Gilkyson from Austin, Texas.

8:30-9:00 pm – Ray Bonneville is a Canadian traveling blues singer, musician, and songwriter. Born in Canada, and raised in the United States, Bonneville is a blues-influenced, song and groove man who is strongly influenced by New Orleans, Louisiana.

9:00-9:30 pm – no live video stream during this time

9:30-10:00 pm – Danny Schmidt is an American singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas.

Listen or view these performances

KKFI Announces Job Opening for Special Events and Volunteer Manager

The Mid-Coast Radio Project has a rare opportunity for a full-time, experienced Special Events and Volunteer Manager for KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City ‘s only Community Radio station.

KKFI’s Special Events and Volunteer Manager plans and executes current fundraising and awareness events (including our signature Band Auction); develops ideas and executes plans for new fundraising and awareness events; recruits, trains and organizes volunteers and assigns them to tasks; and works with existing community partners and initiates and develops relationships with new ones.  The position may also include seeking underwriting for the station.

Success in this role requires experience conceptualizing and developing events and the ability to: work independently; juggle multiple projects while maintaining attention to detail; interact with a widely diverse group of people; be creative; be a salesman for the station; manage volunteers; and develop relationships.

This salaried position requires flexible hours and offers a salary plus commission. It is expected that the successful candidate will start part time in March-April and transition to full time no later than July.

For a complete list of responsibilities, required qualifications and the application process, please see on the KKFI employment web page.

The application deadline is March 3, 2014.

Winter Fund Drive Update: Thanks to KKFI Supporters — wherever you are!


Many thanks to the hundreds of supporters of KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City Community Radio who donated during the Winter Fund Drive. The drive runs through Sunday, February 9, so there’s still time for you to call in your pledge at 888.931.0901 or DONATE ONLINE.

We love sharing your comments because it reminds KKFI staff members and volunteers that listeners who support the station appreciate what they hear.

KKFI is about conversations.

Many of the hosts of KKFI music and public affairs shows have conversations with listeners during on-air call-in segments, and other times DJs talk to listeners on the studio phone. That’s what separates KKFI from many other stations — our radio hosts and DJs connect with listeners about the music and topics important to them.

Thank you for your financial support.


I love the jazz shows — specifically w/ the Jazz Geek. (Matt Aberle, Kansas City)

Thank you! (John Nestor, Kansas City)

Way to support Labor! (Garth Stocking)

Heartland Forum sent me to your site. They do excellent programming (Joan Suarez, Saint Louis)

So grateful you’re online!! Listening, the Way-East Coast of Canada. Love you all :) (Janice Matthews, Halifax, NS Canada)

I love all the blues, Americana, Rockabilly, and the Fusionfunkmeister, among others. (Ron Topping, Overland Park, Kansas)

Your station is invaluable to Kansas City! Keep up the good work! (Brad Bruce, Kansas City, Kansas)

You guys are amazing. Of course, my favorite artist is the fabulous Sara (no H) Morgan :) (Vickie Sims, Parkville)

Thank you, Diana Linn, for bringing joy to my heart every Tuesday morning! Signin off…Your French girlfriend who loves bluegrass! (Karin Bauer, Kansas City)

We love to listen to Michael Shults, Colorado! Keep up the great programming. (Jennifer Nackerud, Westminster, Colorado)

Thanks for doing a great job!! (Edward Graham, Overland Park, Kansas)

I’m very happy to support the station, the 10th Voice, and my talented friends DWR, Phillip, and Mark! (Kevin King, Kansas City)

Thank you for providing great music to KC (Walter and Vicky, Shawnee, Kansas)

My friend Jen is on your board of directors and she’s awesome and I want to support your station not because it means a lot to me, but because it means a lot to her. (Jacqueline Pinn, Lockport, Illinois)

In honor of my favorite jazz vocalist Shay Estes! :) (Christina Eldridge)


KKFI Makes Its Kickstarter Project Goal

February 7, 2014 – With the contributions from 60 area supporters KKFI reached it’s Kickstarter project goal of $10,000 for purchasing equipment for live broadcasting audio from remote music and public events. According to KKFI station manager Barry Lee, the station can now “broadcast live radio from the clubs, honky tonks, lecture halls, theaters and all the various places where people go to have fun in KC.”

Kickstarter is one of the most popular crowdfunding website, however, fundraising projects must reach their publicized goal or the organization — it’s an all-or-nothing proposition. Kickstarter selects projects with a creative edge — films, games, and music – from individuals or organizations. Less than 50% of projects reach their goal

It would not have happened without KKFI’s Finance Committee, especially Judy Ancel and Pat Fisher. Special thanks to Mark Andruss, Jen Zaman, Louis Meyers of the Folk Alliance, Kathy Peters on behalf of KKFI’s Board of Directors, Mikal Shapiro, Bill Clause, Warren Maus, John Jessup, and everyone who contributed, either monetarily or by spreading the word.

Look for KKFI to use the equipment for the first time to broadcast two nights of live music performances from the Folk Alliance International conference held at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri on February 19 and 20.

Musicians, Near and Far, Support Community Radio

Musicians Pitching for KKFI

(left to right), Scott Ford, Diana Linn (Mama Brewhead) and Sara Morgan were guests on the “Tasty Brew” show February 4, 2014

Diana Linn, host of the Tuesday morning Americana show Tasty Brew, devotes a large part of her spare time not just listening to music, but also connecting with musicians and performers. To help her pitch for listener support of her weekly show and for KKFI 90.1 FM during the Winter Fund Drive through February 9, 2014, Diana asked musicians to share their appreciation for the station.

Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots radio show:

People complain a lot about music not being what it once was, but I feel like there’s a really exciting movement going on across our country. As we’ve done several times in the past, we are rediscovering our American folk music traditions and rediscovering our own potential to make music as parts of communities and families.

There seems to be a backlash against music that’s over-produced and over-processed so that we can hear space and dynamics again. We see African-American artists tap back into country blues and old-time traditions that were overlooked or suppressed for a long time. And what’s really going to keep this values-driven movement going is the cultivation of local music scenes. No town, no matter how small, should be without venues where people can play open mics, meet one another and showcase the best artists emerging in their regions. And maybe most important, they need trusted, enthusiastic radio stations that welcome those artists – live and on record – as they step onto the road of professionalism.

I mean it’s happening in food with the loco-vore, farm-to-table idea, and it’s happening with craft brewed beer and locally roasted coffee. And it’s happening with music too. But it depends on great locally minded radio stations like KKFI that celebrate music made in the community. We sure appreciate you guys and wish you all the best.

Jen Mize, Musician, Queensland, Australia:

Hello there all you good folks of Kansas City and beyond!

I’m currently enjoying a balmy Summer’s day here in sunny Queensland, Australia! I’ve just hung my washing out on the line, fed the Chooks (Aussie slang for chickens) and I’m writing these words thinking about the great programming you have to listen to on 90.1 FM KKFI! Believe it or not, I too get to tune in to listen to this great music, even from half a world away Down Under!

I had the pleasure of having my songs discovered by the lovely Diana Linn of the Tasty Brew edition of Your Tuesday Morning Buzz, at the recent Americana Music Festival, held in Nashville last Sept. I put one of my CD’s in each goodie bag that was given out at the conference…Diana Linn was diligent and gave it a spin when she got home, then contacted me to say that she enjoyed it enough to play it!

I hope you can understand the relationship between an artist and the first DJ to play his/her music… it’s everything we strive for come true. I’m going to continue trying to make music I can be proud of, and music that great programmers like Diana Linn can get to the ears of listeners like you! If you are like me, and really enjoy discovering music, music you would never hear on commercial radio, keep community radio and it’s music alive and pledge what you can!

Signing off from Glass House Mountains, Australia!

Ebbe Weile, Musician from the Band Sam Robas, Denmark

The greatest experiences in my many years of writing music and traveling all over the world, have always been connected to the fact that music is a universal language and that it knows no borders. One of these fine experiences was to have my Danish recordings discovered by a Kansas City DJ, and then become a featured artist on 90.1 FM KKFI.

Community radio stations like KKFI, who allow people with a true love of music on air, will always be my favorite place to have my music played, simply because people who love my music means a whole lot more to me than people who love to make money from my music. So a big thank you goes out to Diana Linn and 90.1 FM KKFI for bringing my music to the listeners in Kansas City. Hope to be able to see you all live some day.

Lyal Strickland, Musician, Buffalo, Missouri

The power of radio has long been closed to independent music. KKFI isn’t.

There’s a vast soundscape of music online with no one to guide you towards the best tunes. KKFI wraps it up and delivers it with a bow. The warmth and support KKFI has shown my music has been wonderful. It’s encouraging that stations like KKFI exist. KKFI brings true music lovers out to my shows in KC. Through their 24/7 streaming, they expose my fans to the artists I listen to, and create a skeletal framework of just plain good music. They give musicians the hope that right person will hear the right song and it will move them in the right way. True community is hard to find these days, and radio is no exception. KKFI is driven by community. Things are better when they’re shared. Music isn’t a solo venture, and speakers have always been more fun than headphones.

If you agree with these musicians that KKFI has aired music you don’t hear any where else on the radio dial, then call in your tax-deductible donation at 888.931.0901 or securely Donate Online.

What’s Local & Vocal & Heard All Over? Tune in during KKFI’s Winter Fund Drive for the answer

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A Message from KKFI’s President


Among the myriad adjectives I could use to describe KKFI are local and vocal – two words that rhyme for a reason.

KKFI is a homegrown product, volunteer-driven and nurtured locally by donors like you who give generously to make sure our mission is adhered to. Here’s that mission statement.

KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.

KKFI is vocal, giving full-throated voice to news, views and issues that may run counter to the homogenous sound bites promulgated by the commercial media.

For more than 25 years, KKFI has given hundreds of local musicians an audience, airing some of the best local talent around. KKFI gave them a shot when nobody else would.

Every year KKFI has a local-band auction in the KKFI studios where more than 100 local bands are showcased, giving exposure to new talent.

Every Thursday evening from 8-10 p.m., KKFI spotlights musicians on “Local Showcase,” two-hours devoted exclusively to up-and-comers just making their way on the local music scene, as well as seasoned groups who have already made names for themselves. Plus you’ll hear local talent on other shows as well.

I come to you now asking you to show your support for KKFI and its mission by making a generous tax-deductible pledge of support for programming you’ll hear only on KKFI.

Your gift today will help KKFI get that much closer to the goal of finishing the drive successfully and generating the resources required to maintain your trust in KKFI’s local and vocal public-affairs and music programming. Once we reach the goal of $80,000, it will be back to regular programming.

If you agree with me that we need to hear local and vocal radio, please take a moment to show your support. Donate on-line at today.  Make a one-time or monthly DONATION to KKFI, and thank you!



Kathy Peters
Board of Directors


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