Jared McNett, Truman State Grad, Shares His Musical Insight

Jared McNett, a recent graduate of Truman State in Kirksville, Missouri, has signed on to write music reviews for the KKFI 90.1 FM website.  He has written several reviews from nationally-renowned artists such as Jay-Z, Okkervil River, Willis Earl Beal, and Beck, among others, but may also be covering concerts and local and regional performers.

His review of Jay-Z’s Holy Grail Magna Carta release this month is thoughtful and shows a solid grasp of hip-hop and music, in general. You can catch Jared’s musical insights in in the KKFI’s Music Reviews section.

KKFI welcomes Jared’s contribution to the radio station’s dedication to airing music not heard on other area radio stations. In Jared’s own words:

Proud 2013 graduate of Truman State University were I studied as a Comm-Journalism major. Worked for four years as a DJ and music manager at KTRM 88.7 FM (The Edge), the on-campus radio station. Music and writing are two of my greatest passions, so why not have the two intermingle for a career? I currently run a music blog (allfreshsounds.blogspot.com) and have lived in KC for my entire life. Any questions?

You can reach Jared by commenting on his music reviews directly on the KKFI website.


Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson appears as guest on “The Real Deal” Friday, May 24

Mike Lytle, host of “The Real Deal” music show on KKFI reports that “Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has finally agreed to be on my show! We are taping this just prior to its airing on Friday, May 24 for his July 13 show at Kaufman Center!!! Ian tells me he will be playing ‘Thick As A Brick’ in its entirety followed by his latest release ‘Thick As A Brick 2′ ….. Wow ! If you have any good questions you want me to ask him, please let me know. I’m calling it the ‘Ian-terview’!!”

homepage-music-real-dealHere’s a report from Ian Anderson and his crew:

Ian Anderson’s tour will feature a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including Ian’s band: bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and wunderkind guitarist Florian Opahle– all of whom have performed with Ian on his solo dates over the years as well as having performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull. British singer Ryan O’Donnell, who has been active in the UK theatrical scene will also be singing.  Ian added the young performer as he wants to perform vocals and instrument parts as they appeared on the original THICK AS A BRICK.

Ian’s new album, THICK AS A BRICK 2 (TAAB2) also features David, John, Scott, and Florian. It was produced by Ian Anderson and mixed by Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson (who also re-mixed Jethro Tull’s AQUALUNG-Special Edition, released this past fall.)

TAAB2 answers the question 40 years later, whatever happened to Gerald Bostock (the person credited with writing the lyrics for THICK AS A BRICK, which hit number one on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart. With the first THICK AS A BRICK, Jethro Tull broadened rock beyond the limitations of the short song format).  Ian Anderson says  “Part two” gave him a chance to wonder, “how we baby-boomers look back on our own lives, and often feel an occasional ‘what-if’ moment. Might we, like Gerald, have become instead preacher, soldier, down-and-out, shopkeeper or finance tycoon?”  

Since 1972, the original THICK AS A BRICK has never been performed in its entirety although a few minutes of the material have been a regular repertoire staple in both Tull and IA solo shows over the years.

After 45 years of leading Tull to 54 countries worldwide and over 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates these true progressive rock classics with old and new fans across world-wide. Ian is known as the flute, voice and composer of the legendary Jethro Tull which formed in England in 1968. Since their first performance at London’s famous Marquee Club in 1968, the band has released 30 studio and live albums and earned a prominent place in rock history.

Ian Anderson will be performing at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, in Kansas City, on July 13 at 7:30 PM. Ticket prices range from $39 to $69.

Every Friday, 7-9 pm CST on kkfi.org and over those magical airwaves at KKFI 90.1 FM on the dial in Kansas City, I’m there for you. I keep bringing you the best (and rarest) in rock, blues, oldies & local music. Plus, if you are good little boys & girls, you’ll get more Chickenman, Ouiji Weather reports, Concert Calendar updates & the good ole Psychedelic Garage tunes. Please keep those requests coming in & check me out on Facebook too!

As Stevie Ray said, “The house is a rockin’ so don’t bother knockin’ !” …… so what are you waiting for people …. come on in and visit “The Real Deal” !
Peace !

Nilufar’s Farewell Message to Listeners

Nilufar Movahedi signed off the airwaves April 7, 2013. During the last show she produced for the Saba and Sayeh programs she related her story about KKFI and her connection to the station. KKFI staff, programmers and volunteers are immensely thankful for Nilufar’s long service producing these shows and wishes her the best in her future endeavors. (transcription from audio: Jen Zaman)

Nilufar CDsThis is my last show and I should give a few announcements, and, of course, say a few thank-yous as it’s been more than ten years. It’s been a great time; thanks to all those who have listened, everyone who has supported and contributed, and maybe I should tell you a little bit about at least my story.

In thinking about how to say goodbye and how to spend the last hour of the last show on KKFI, it was kind of difficult to come up with a serious goodbye or farewell to the community, or even to radio, and the more I thought about it and searched for words I realized that my personal involvement in this radio station and in having an Iran-centric, one-woman ‘magazine’ show extends beyond me, beyond the whole idea of the individual. This show, Saba, went on the air in January 1993, and at the time it was hosted by Amir Katouzian, as some of you might remember, and many have been involved over the years.

It’s been a group effort in many ways, many contributions, and when it was on the air in 1993, I was a teenager here in Kansas City, having only lived here 4 years, a transplant from Tehran, Iran to the suburbs of Kansas City. I was incredibly homesick, as you might imagine, and I had a radio show to listen to. I was lucky to have an hour of Iran, an hour of home, an hour of familiarity, an association with safety and stability in my life on the radio.

I started to volunteer; I’m not sure how it began–like most good stories, I don’t remember the beginning of it, but I do remember stuffing envelopes, being at the old location at 900 1/2 Westport Road and sort of walking into this great environment and having such a cultural experience.

My idea of what radio was going to be like was rather stuffy and uptight and sort of exclusive, and then I walked into this incredibly inclusive environment, seeing people from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, all looks, all cultural and economic backgrounds, and I sort of had my introduction to Kansas City. I felt incredibly lucky to be introduced to Kansas City, its people, and its communities through radio and through KKFI. Seeing everyone come together and be a family in providing on-air programming and shows was really, really significant.

This kind of went on and I was coming and going, and I was given an assignment to write an essay about what Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, meant to me. I think at that point, I was graduating from high school and no one had ever asked me to write anything personal, really, and to read it on the air for people to hear was nerve-wracking, it was incredibly emotional, and I was quite anxious. But to make a long story short, at the end of it I learned something really great–there was an insane amount of relief that I felt, and I realized that this radio station and that particular program at the time is a space–it can be an environment–for a voice to be heard, regardless of what look, ethnicity, or what difficulty is attached to that voice, or, in some cases, because of it. It was a sense of empowerment and it went on from there.

I became involved with Saba, and as older programmers, producers and people involved with the show moved on to pursue other endeavors in their lives or careers and moved away from Kansas City, I was sort of the last one standing. I’ve always felt this show is a legacy of those who started it and ultimately of an open environment provided by KKFI, this wonderful radio station, for this community to have an on-air presence since 1993–that is so significant as a listener and as a radio junkie.

So at the time, I had sort of an elementary understanding of what it meant to be a part of this but as time has gone by, essentially KKFI has been my education, it’s been my integration, it’s been my self-acceptance, and my formed cultural identity. I’m incredibly grateful to you, the listeners, the supporters of this wonderful radio station, for the opportunity, the encouragement, and the support over the years.

I thank you, and hope that we together will continue to provide this great opportunity for many generations and many more programmers and communities in Kansas City to come.

To learn how you can volunteer to help KKFI 90.1 FM visit the VOLUNTEER PAGE.

KKFI becomes only regional broadcast outlet to air Al Jazeera English’s NEWSHOUR

KKFI 90.1 FM will begin broadcasting Al Jazeera English’s NEWSHOUR on Thursday, May 2, 2013. NEWSHOUR is a 60-minute, award-winning radio news magazine made available to KKFI through our affiliation with the Pacifica Radio Network. KKFI is the only broadcast outlet within 500 miles to air the news program. KKFI will air Al Jazeera English’s NEWSHOUR Thursdays at 9:00 am Central Time right after Democracy Now.

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Al Jazeera English has received numerous international awards for news coverage, and KKFI is pleased to include it as a complement to our diverse mix of over 40 different news and public affairs shows.

A short selection of Al Jazeera English’s awards for excellence in news reporting includes Columbia University’s Journalism Award, Britain’s Royal Television Society Award for News Channel of the Year, Amnesty International’s Media Award for Best International TV Documentary, the Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for Best News Documentary and its Golden Nymph Award for Best 24 Hour News Programme and a finalist finish in all of The International Emmy Awards for News, Current Affairs, and Documentaries. For more information on Al Jazeera English visit http://english.aljazeera.net/

KKFI is committed to offering listeners an array of perspectives. The station accomplishes this by broadcasting programs and voices that are underrepresented or difficult to find elsewhere on the airwaves.

KKFI’s has made additional program schedule changes. The latest schedule can be found online at http://www.kkfi.org/on-air-guide/program-schedule/.

Tune in to Al Jazeera English’s NEWSHOUR, Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 am Central Time on KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio.

For more information contact: Mike Murphy, 816-994-7870


Jen Zaman: Volunteer of the Month

Jen Zaman

KKFI values all volunteers for their vital service to community radio, and the station occasionally recognizes people for exceptional efforts.

In March KKFI recognized Jen Zaman as the Volunteer of the Month for March 2013 for her work to create dozens of program episodes for the website, serve in our reception area helping visitors, and answer phones. Thank you, Jen, for your support of Kansas City community radio.

Here’s a little bit about Jen in her own words:

I am a former court advocate and aesthetician. Radio is my third “incarnation,” if you will. I had a radio show all through college while I attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and always considered radio to be a “pipe dream career”–something I enjoyed and was good at, but something I’d probably never get to do. My degree was in psychology, not journalism/media.

I was drawn to both KKFI and community radio because of its eclectic nature and that really, “anything goes”! Anything is possible on community radio; for me, that means getting airplay for music that people out here in Kansas City might never otherwise get exposed to. To me, community radio is a great way for us “laypeople” to have a chance at a career in radio and to learn practically while on the job. I’m having an absolutely ridiculous blast so far!

KKFI Programs on Iranian Affairs and Music End Long Run

KKFI volunteers, staff and listeners acknowledge with regret Nilufar Movahedi‘s decision to resign as host of Saba and Sayeh, Persian music and Farsi language programs that fit wonderfully into our Sunday afternoon schedule. During Nilufar’s tenure, these shows brought to KKFI’s listeners the best in Iranian music, along with news and other information aimed at educating us about the society and politics in this important region of the world. She did parts of her programs in English and parts in Farsi, but even those of us who don’t understand a word of Farsi enjoyed all of her programming – it’s been said of Nilufar truthfully that you could listen to her read the telephone book and enjoy it for hours. And the music and poetry….what a window into the soul of this part of our shared globe! We’re happy that Nilufar will remain associated with the station, and wish her all the best in whatever new endeavors she takes on. But we hope to get her back on the air at least intermittently for the joy that would give us all.
 – Mark Andruss, KKFI Programming Committee Chair


Hug A Web Browser Today: Small Improvements to the KKFI Website

KKFI is improving the website to help you connect with the station and the programs you like. Here’s what we delivered today:

  • Better mobile device support – the site should format properly on Android and iPhone devices, among others.
  • Better top navigation menu with cleaner look – we added vertical dividers between the menus and a different “hover” color.

A printable PDF version of the program schedule is now available under the ON-AIR GUIDE menu.

Look for more improvements such as ON-DEMAND podcast archives and an updated web-based Listen Live coming soon!

History of KKFI 90.1 FM – Mid-Coast Radio Founders Inspired by “Sex and Broadcasting”

by Tom Crane, host of KKFI’s “World Sound Radio,” Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Twenty-five years ago, on February 28, 1988 at 10:00 a.m., Kansas City listeners heard something new on the radio on KKFI 90.1 FM – the cry of a newborn baby followed by the Bob Dylan song “When the Ship Comes In.” One lyric was, “They’ll pinch themselves and squeal and they’ll know that it’s for real”, which caused loud cheering of a crowd gathered to celebrate the first day, including Mayor Berkeley, in the largely empty Mainmark Building third floor on 18th and Main streets in Kansas City destined to become the first studio of the new radio station.

But the real story did not begin on that first day; it began 11 years earlier in February 1977 with a series of Communiversity courses entitled “Radio Free Kansas City.” Back then, radio in KC didn’t help local artists and had few public affairs shows. Area public stations played only classical music or promoted religion. Over 50 people were dissatisfied enough to attend the classes at various locations to change things.

The community radio movement had started in 1948 with the Pacifica stations, and in the early ’70s community stations around the nation sprung up with the counter-culture to support the idea that people could own and run their own media.

Part of that wave came to Kansas City in the late ’70s, spurred on by an irreverent and humorous manual on how to start a community station by Lorenzo Milam called Sex and Broadcasting. It looked so simple back then: just do the engineering, find a spot on the dial, raise money, get volunteers involved,buy the equipment, do the paperwork for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and finally turn on the switch!


To get the ball rolling, a non-profit corporation began, called “Mid-Coast Radio” (as a humorous slap at how radio was programmed on the East or West coasts). An office was set up in the Foolkiller Building, 501(c)3 status was achieved for tax and fundraising, a quarterly newsletter printed, and people put their dreams down on paper for the radio they wanted to create.

But simple it was not. After five years, the situation looked grim. It was discovered that there was no spot on the dial for a community station. The FCC had strict rules on how close stations could be so they wouldn’t interfere. There were a few small low-powered stations on the air, but while they were there on those frequencies, that left no room for others.

Mid-Coast Radio (MCR) meetings became less attended and the enthusiastic group dwindled down to only a few true believers in the dream. It begin to look more like pie in the sky since all over the nation it was getting harder and harder to put new radio stations on the air, although commercial ones were bought up and sold by people all the time.

But then, the future for KKFI changed dramatically! The FCC changed rules to serve the public better and decreed that small 10-watt public radio stations would either have to go up in power, or move to the commercial end of the dial. Kansas City had two of these which, if they moved, were willing to share the spot, or if they went off the air, would make room for Mid-Coast Radio’s 100,000 watt station serving a greater audience.

Then, a $20,000 planning grant was received, which let MCR hire a project coordinator to organize fundraising, complete needed engineering studies, and start the mountainous FCC paperwork required to apply for a broadcast license. At the same time, they applied for a $305,000 equipment grant which needed 1/3 matching funds raised by the group.

It seemed impossible to raise that kind of money when MCR had only been supported by benefit concerts and garage sales, but in a meeting of a newly formed board of directors, someone whimsically joked about running a bingo game. While some laughed, others checked into it and eventually a Missouri bingo license was issued.

By 1984, bingo games run weekly by crews of volunteers had allowed MCR to raise the $100,000, and equipment could be ordered. Putting a radio station on the air became a real possibility. After negotiating with the two low-power stations in Kansas City, one worked with MCR and moved to a new spot on the dial and the other decided to go off the air.

After negotiations for a tower site, completing engineering studies, solving zoning and neighbor problems, and the need to find a studio site, slowly everything started to fall into place. In 1986, a 10-year party was celebrated after the FCC granted MCR the 90.1 frequency and assigned the call letters for the station that are in place today, KKFI-FM.

An idea central to community, non-commercial radio is volunteer participation in governing, programming, production, fundraising, and outreach to the larger community. The statement of purpose that was developed included, “To support music and the arts by broadcasting a variety of music … broadcasting verbal arts including prose, poetry, theater, and comedy … public affairs programs which will address issues and needs of the communities we serve … to serve the Kansas City area by providing a forum so that diverse racial, ethnic, and minorities will be represented … and to provide social analysis and news broadcasting ….”

KKFI now broadcasts 24 hours a day with over 90 local programmers on the air with a very diverse program schedule. Hundreds of local volunteers and musicians have walked through the studio doors and the station’s listening area reaches an 80-mile radius around Kansas City. The station is supported by listeners in Kansas City, and has been since 1988.

Programming now serves the arts community; Hispanics; women, LGBT people; African Americans; Kansas City’s blues culture; jazz aficionados; pagan, psychic, and humanist groups; Native Americans; the Persian community; and organized labor. KKFI also provides progressive news and local public affairs, and airs alternative, international, hip-hop, reggae, and experimental music.