Recently, Susan Sanders, KKFI board vice-president and volunteer, talked with host Pierce Patterson, a host of The Tenth Voice show about Kansas City’s gay nightclubs in the 1980s and how they were located prior to the advent of the Internet. Guess who was listening? Stuart Hinds, Director of the LGBT Archives at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC). Mr. Hinds contacted Susan and wants to formally interview and record her stories about gay life and civil rights in the Midwest. These recordings will be stored in the LGBT Archives at UMKC for posterity. It’s another example of the mission of KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City Community Radio: to give a voice to the voiceless. Thank you, KKFI’s The Tenth Voice and UMKC!
KKFI 90.1 FM participated in the 2013 St. Patricks’s Day parade held in the Brookside neighborhood. The photos and video were taken near Meyer Blvd and Wornall Road.
KKFI 90.1 FM celebrated its 25th year on-air on February 28, 2013. Here are some supporter’s comments about the impact of KKFI on the lives of listeners.
Hawk Jones – What an amazing accomplishment, kiddos, kudos.
Davina Anne Gabriel – I remember it! I’m so glad you’re still around. You’ve greatly enriched my life.
Doug Harvey – Kansas City should be proud and grateful for KKFI!
Judith Ward – Congrats for still holding the line on educating and informing the public after many struggles. So proud to be a supporter of KKFI.
Emilie Vardaman – I loved KKFI before it was on air. I loved being a part and eventually having a program. I STILL love KKFI and listen on line. One of the hardest parts of leaving KC was leaving KKFI and the wonderful people.
Anne Mahoneyl – Oh yes,I remember it well…congrats and thank you!
Martha Blayney Gonzalez – Congratulations!!!
Angela Garrett-Carmack – We love you. What an amazing privilege for us here in the KC area!!!
Suzi Fichman – You guys rock!! and talk, and techno, and all that jazz!
Chuck Pisano – Congratulations to a wonderful radio station. Long live KKFI and thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it for 13 years…
Gwyn Collier – Wendy Rocks!!!! [about host of Edged in Blue]
David Loftus – Keep up the good work.
Michele Harris – In honor of Sunshine’s great show last night with Guest DJ Harold DJ Red 5 !
Mark Hastert – I really enjoy the jazz & blues
Gene Goldman – Love the Blues Kitchen.
Jim Graham – Shout out to my Higginsville homeboy, Junebug! [host of Blues Kitchen]
Martha Bostick – Grew up in KC, love the station, sorry my schedule doesn’t allow me to listen more. We now live outside Philly. We have a great NPR station – even Junebug liked it when he lived here. They just finished their pledge drive where they were regularly begging for $10,000 in a five minute pledge break. I kept thinking what you guys could do with that kind of money. Happy to do my part, sorry it can’t be more.
Debra Stokes – KKFI is the Best!!
Gregory Utz – I love KKFI, became a serious listener in the last 6 months. Never go away! In the future I’ll be donating more, but this is all I can afford. Thanks to EVERYONE for making quality local radio happen.
John Nestor – Love all the programs!
Kevin Bunch – I love this station and the variety you offer!
Laura M – We absolutely love KKFI & listen daily.. Every night there is something different and interesting & all shows are equally awesome, I listen to a wide range of your programs. I cannot stand the crap on the radio and never change the station from 90.1.. I appreciate everything this radio station does & had to make a contribution even though I can’t afford much. Thanks for all you do!
Trynnel (you can call me “T”) Ragsdale – I just happened across your station one Saturday morning on my way to recycle bottles and paper with my dog, Jesus (pronounced Hey Soos). The Blues Kitchen was on. Awesome!! So I kept the car radio tuned to 90.1, and I have listened every morning on the way into the city to work, at lunch if I go out, and on the way back home. Saturday morning recycling will never be the same for Soos and me. A HUGE Thank You to all of you volunteers who donate your love of music and your time to make our listening experiences unmatched with others’ “run of the mill” stations. I will be proud to advertise with your T-shirt, and ever since I stumbled upon your station that day, I have been singing your praises (albeit off key) to everyone I talk to about music. Thanks, again.
Dawn Ratliff – Thank you for the great 60′s oldies. I dance in my car all the way to work.
Robert Cromwell – My favorite program is Democracy Now, bringing a progressive perspective to the news.
Coleen & Erik Voeks – Mark Manning and the Wednesday Midday Medley is one of the true treasures of KC…the local music community would be a much poorer place without his tireless enthusiasm.
Phillip Montgomery – I’ve been listening and donating to KKFI since Wendy was doing the Morning Buzz every morning. It’s fabulous that the Kansas City area has this jewel of a radio station. My hat is off to all the great volunteers that make it possible.
Bill Pryor – Keep it up–this area would really suck without KKFI.
Joe & Corliss Jacobs – Way to go….more $ to come later in the year!
Beverly Jaderborg – Keep up the great work!
Dawn Ratliff – Go Kittens. [Voodoo Kittens Road Trippin Blues show]
Ray Wheeler – I’m also a regular listener to Beale Street Caravan and I discovered Law and Disorder this morning.
Conni Nevius – You guys might consider offering some v-neck t-shirts for the ladies….at least this lady prefers the v-neck. Thanks. And thanks for great programming!
Anonymous – I appreciate the exposure I get to new music from KKFI. Thank you.
Kevin Peery – We love Diana Griffin Ennis the Tasty Brew!!!
Matthew Hayden – We absolutely love and support KKFI !!!
Brian Kroll – I love the High Voltage Rock n Roll Show…and they are open to playing bands from around the world, which makes Kansas City accessible to the world regards from Long Island, New York
Philip B – I love KKFI for (1) Rockabilly Mood Swing (big shoutout to Lynne and the Moondog!!) and (2) for your great progressive news programs and labor news. THANK YOU for broadcasting Democracy Now and the other progressive news shows, as well as local bands and the fantastic rockabilly show.
SlimJim Nel – ”I look forward to Friday nights with KKFI.
Lisa Scott – We love us some Rockabilly Mood Swing!
Maggie Riggs – I was surprised to see how many shows I have not listened to YET! Every donation I have made to KKFI thru the years has been emotional for me. For those minutes I think of how much I have received from KKFI in so many ways. I am blessed with information to make equitable choices with my life and resources, thanks to KKFI, and their welcoming ways bring the most interesting people into the studio. You are family.
Jessica Thomas – Man, I love you guys… Keep up the good work!
KKFI “Morning Buzz” DJs and crew toured the Roasterie operation and warehouse on February 28, 2013, KKFI’s 25th anniversary on-air.
The KC area witnessed record-setting snows this week — February 21 and February 25-26, 2013. These are photos around the KKFI studios and from listeners at their location.
Our beloved Steve Peters passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, February 20. He was a long-time KKFI 90.1 FM folk music programmer and founding member of the station.
Services will be Saturday, March 2, 1:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th Street, in Kansas City, Kansas. People are encouraged to stay after the service to visit with Steve’s family and friends, to share food, and for those who want to, sing a song, play a tune or tell a story in celebration of Steve’s life.
The obituary will be published in Sunday’s paper. Porter Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kansas, is handling the arrangements, and once the obituary is posted, condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com. The family suggests memorial contributions to community radio station KKFI, P.O. Box 32250, Kansas City, MO. 64171 or at kkfi.org
– from the KKFI community of programmers, staff members and volunteers extends our sympathies to the Peters family.
Dear KKFI Listeners and Supporters:
Twenty five years. It’s a little hard for me to believe that we’re celebrating a quarter century of community radio, but here we are, broadcasting from Kansas City, Missouri, for all the world to hear. And it’s all thanks to you, who have supported us through thick and thin.
Do you know what makes KKFI different than any other radio station in the region? It’s the tremendous support we receive from community volunteers – music deejays, public-affairs hosts, and technicians and advisors — – that allows us to multiply your financial donation many times over.
KKFI’s founding volunteers came together in 1977 as the Mid Coast Radio Project, when the promise of a community radio station was no more than a gleam in their collective eye. These dedicated volunteers stayed together for 11 challenging, frustrating years, staying together through setback after setback, organizing and raising funds and filing applications with the FCC. Eleven years of perseverance, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, finding and buying broadcast equipment, building a broadcast tower, filing and re-filing for an FCC license, struggling and organizing and jumping through bureaucratic hoops until finally, on February 28, 1988, KKFI began broadcasting for the first time — from the basement of a volunteer’s home.
What this donation of literally hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours over the years means to you is that when you do your part to support community radio by voluntarily donating your hard-earned money, we are able to stretch and multiply your donation many times over. Rather than paying on-air talent and a large office staff, your donations go directly to support quality community programming.
I would like to ask that you consider making your gift before we go on-air February 8th – a jumpstart to this, our 25th anniversary celebration pledge drive. We’ll count the pledges KKFI receives in the mail and online and subtract that from our goal of $80,000. Then once we reach the goal, it will be back to regular programming.
If you agree with me that we need to hear fresh and different voices, please take a moment to show your support. Donate on-line at http://kkfi.org/donate/.
And thanks for your support over the years. It couldn’t have happened without you.
President of KKFI Board of Directors
Acclaimed KKFI 90.1 FM program “Ark to Microchip” airs a series of shows on the musician-artist Sun Ra. Tune in to hear a multi-media retrospective of Sun Ra’s life, music and universal impact.
- January 2 – New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 1
Jazz master Sun Ra’s musical/metaphysical journey from his origins in Ancient Egypt, to his childhood in depression‐era Birmingham, and Afro-spiritual quest with Fletcher Henderson in 1950s Chicago. Featuring Chuck Haddix and Patrick Neas.
- January 9 – New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 2
The life and times of Sun Ra from his experiments with new electronic keyboards in the 1950s to the stellar performances and recording sessions in 1960’s New York City. Featured commentary by Rhondda Francis and William Easton.
- January 16 – New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra, part 3
June Tyson joins Sun Ra’s cosmo-journey for Arkestra performances at the Great Pyramid of Giza, and in New York City and Oakland, California. Featured commentary by jazz legend Arnold Young and video artist Ellen Zweig.
- January 23 – Thus Spake Ra
Narrated by Sun Ra from rare interviews 1979‐1992. Music, songs and space‐chants Sun Ra and his Astro‐Infinity Arkestra featuring June Tyson, John Gilmore and Marshall Allen. Recorded in Kansas City, New York City, Copenhagen, Milan, Oakland and Berlin.
- January 30 – Solar Flare: Sun Ra Riffs the Blues Kansas City Style
If jazz is happiness, as Sun Ra contends, then the blues is a vehicle for transformation—the pathway to rise above the unenlightened savagery of the terrestrial sphere. Sun Ra jumps the blues Kansas City style as influenced by their many gigs at rib joints, lofts, dance halls and theaters in the Midwest in the 1980s. With commentary by Chuck Haddix, author of “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop.”
- February 6 – Seeds from the Sun
Sun Ra’s music, lyrics and poetry performed by Gamelan Sekkar Jaya, Art Hoyle, Eugene Chadbourne, The Residents, Georgio Gaslini, MC5, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, BCR.
Ark to Microchip, created by Dwight Frizzell and JayMandeville, is heard every Wednesday at 12:30 pm CT on KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio. Programs in the series received a Golden Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, an Audio Works Special Selection, a Peabody Award (as part of Lost & Found Sounds), and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Info: Dwight Frizzell 816‐931‐4648, email@example.com or KKFI’s Mike Murphy 816‐931‐3122, firstname.lastname@example.org.