KKFI Recognized Among Public and Community Radio Stations

homepage-paste-2014KKFI was recognized June 4 by internationally-distributed Paste Magazine on a list of the Top 10 most unique public and community radio stations. The recognition cited KKFI “…for variety,” adding that “Kansas City is known for its wide range of musical preferences, and has become a hub for concert tours in the Midwest. Fittingly, this station has offered a wide variety of programs, based around anything from rap to psychedelic, since 1988. Also involved in local and national goings-on, the station offers podcasts on environmental issues, women’s concerns, and local arts.”

KKFI 90.1 FM has been on air for over 26 years and the credit by the highly acclaimed magazine was deeply appreciated, especially because of the heavyweight stations included on the list, notably LA-based NPR station KCRW, Seattle-based arts innovator KEXP 90.3 FM,  and The Current in Minneapolis, among others.

View KKFI’s “Pete Seeger Memorial Birthday” Concert Videotaped Live on May 2, 2014

KKFI presented a Pete Seeger Memorial Birthday in honor of the late Pete Seeger’s 95th birthday with song and spoken word. Recorded live at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri on May 2, 2014.

KC’s virtuoso fiddle player, Betse Ellis, was emcee for the event and introduced performers including: Danny Cox, Old Sound, Tony Ladesich, Rosy’s Bar & Grill, Madisen Ward & Mama Bear, Mikal Shapiro, Kasey Rausch, Howard Iceberg & Emily Tummons, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Street Corner Choir, The Accidentals, and Barry Lee with Ron Roberts & Jim Sander. Speakers included: Mark Manning, Maria-Vasquez Boyd, Bill Hilburn, Frank Higgins, and Mike Murphy.

Thanks to videographer Rick Groom for catching these wonderful music performances.

Click here to view the YouTube Playlist:

Listen Live on KKFI 90.1 FM radio
Live audio stream – http://www.kkfi.org/player/

View KKFI’s “Sneak Peek” Jam Session Live on YouTube

In an effort to bring KKFI listeners quality music and media innovation, KKFI will be live video-streaming the Band Auction’s “Sneek Peak” Jam Session on April 3, 2014 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. 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 two hours of music performances live on April 3 from the KKFI broadcast studio in Kansas City, Missouri. The broadcast includes performances by host band Cross-Eyed Cat Band, as well as All-Star jammers including Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats, Crosseyed Cat, 3 Bricks Shy, Last Free Exit, and many more!

Click here to view the YouTube Live Event, starting at 8:00 pm, April 3, 2014:

Listen or view these performances

Join a “Sneak Peek” of KKFI’s Band Auction, the Free-Range Music Fest

Sneak Peek for the 2014 KKFI Band Auction


KKFI 90.1 FM invites all listeners and supporters to the



This live music event will be held two nights, March 27 and April 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the KKFI Party Room, 3901 Main Street (39th Street and Main). Refreshments will be available at the event. See below for directions.

The “sneak peek” is an opportunity for you to enjoy live music and pre-bid on a band as part of KKFI’s annual Band Auction. Auction winners can select the place and date for a live music performance from the band they bid on.

  • MARCH 27 – host band Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats
  • APRIL 3 – host band Cross-eyed Cat Band

Featuring All-Star jammers from area bands including Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats, Crosseyed Cat, 3 Bricks Shy, Last Free Exit, and many more!

This is your chance to PRE-BID on your favorite band!

LISTEN LIVE on-air or in person at the KKFI Partv Room!
Music Fans: $10 Cover for Party Room – Jammers: FREE

This is KKFI Event Manager Bill Clause’s last band auction before his retirement. Let’s make this the BIGGEST BAND AUCTION EVER!

Time and Date:

March 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

April 3, 7:00-9:00 pm


KKFI 90.1 FM Party Room
3901 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111


KKFI is on the southeast corner of 39th and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. You can park behind and enter from the Great American bank lobby doors at the back of the building. Ring the buzzer for KKFI and someone will unlock the door and greet you. The KKFI Party Room is on the second floor down the hall to the left.

For More Information:

Bill Clause, KKFI Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]

KKFI Launches Two New Radio Shows

KKFI is proud to announce two new programs on the weekly schedule. Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro are hosts of “River Trade Radio” taking over the Sunday morning 9:00-11:00 am timeslot for Jeanne Jasperse, who passed away in 2013. Jason Vivone, the leader of Kansas City’s award winning band the Billy Bats, hosts a new Thursday afternoon blues show, “The Boogie Bridge,” beginning Thursday, March 6, at 4 pm.

All three radio programmers are nationally known performers and long-time KKFI supporters.

The Boogie Bridge

Jason VivoneBeginning Thursday, March 6, former IBC winner and long-time KC bluesman Jason Vivone begins hosting the regular blues slot from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  His show will be called The Boogie Bridge.

Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Vivone had family in Kansas City that indulged his fever for blues and blues based music. “They would take me to record stores or whatever club they could sneak me into when I would visit. I’m proud to feature some of those same old records on the new program,” Vivone said.

As a musician, Vivone has toured primarily in the Midwest and the South. As a recording artist, his music has been downloaded and played all over the world.

“Just using the phrase ‘oh, I’m from Kansas City’  gives you clout in blues and roots circles. We have a great legacy of not only musicians but scholars, die hard fans and radio folk.”

River Trade Radio

An update about this show from “image for River Trade Radio showRiver Trade Radio” programmers Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. The first show aired Sunday, March 2.

As community activists and music makers in the Kansas City scene for over 20 years, we have always been great supporters of KKFI Community Radio. We are so excited to be a part of the programming and look forward to growing with KKFI as we carry forward the mission to provide hand-picked, independent music from our collections. We love KKFI because it provides a platform for Real! Live! Touring and local musicians to perform in-studio as well as an opportunity to share talented songwriters under-represented by Corporate Radio. You can’t get that on Pandora!

As co-hosts, we come from different musical backgrounds but both of us have found common ground in the Folk, Bluegrass and Americana genres. Kasey grew up in a family of bluegrass and country pickers and Mikal grew up in a family of jazz drummers and barber shop singers. In 1993, Kasey lent Mikal her first guitar and taught her the chords to House of the Rising Sun. Shortly after, the two of us began playing out as a duo in coffee shops and bookstores. We continue to collaborate and tour together with our different projects. We also co-host the Mama Ra House Concert Series which showcases local and national musicians in the comfort of our living rooms.

River Trade Radio is our newest, and most extensive collaboration to date. As a community-supported radio show, we highly encourage feedback, stories and suggestions as we move along down the current. Let us know what music has moved you! Who and what would you like to hear on River Trade Radio? We hope you’ll join us Sunday mornings. All Aboard!

Catch the next show when guests Victor & Penny and Betse Ellis play live in the studio and talk about their experiences at last month’s Folk Alliance International conference, held right here in Kansas City.

Program Notes

Amy Bell is a new co-host and board engineer on Every Woman, which airs Saturdays at 3:00 pm. Philip Hooser recently joined the team of hosts and producers on The Tenth Voice, heard Saturdays at 1:00 pm. And Alverne Bush is a new producer/host on Jaws of Justice Radio on Mondays at 9:00 am.

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, http://www.freespeech.org. 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 http://www.folk.org/

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