Fall Fund Drive: Support “25 Years of Free-Range Radio”

Fall Fund Drive – Update #3


The “Free-Range Radio” t-shirt is KKFI’s thank-you gift to supporters.

Eight days into the fall campaign and 72 listeners have mailed in their pledges of support for free-range radio. Another 17 have gone online at kkfi.org to register their support. One fan walked in his donation and handed me a check in the green room.

Winner of the furthest donor from the studio is Robert Sweet, who listens online at kkfi.org in Mabelvale, Arkansas.

Have you seen the Official Fall 2013 T-shirt? This collector’s item can be yours with a pledge of $90 or more.

The goal this campaign is $80,000 and 100 new donors. Right now the total sits at $7,566 and five new donors. Once we reach the goals, we will return to regular programming.

The on-air portion of the fall campaign kicks off Friday morning at 6 a.m. with Arjay’s Freeform Friday. We’ll continue pledging on-air until the 13th or when we hit our goals – whichever comes first.

Why not pledge online right now. It’s easy and secure.

Warren Maus
KKFI 90.1 FM Director of Development and Marketing

Update 1: KKFI’s Fall Fund Drive

What a nice way to begin the Fall Fund Drive.

KKFI Fall 2013 Fund Drive T-Shirt

KKFI’s Fall 2013 Fund Drive T-Shirt

As of September 27 — three days into the fall campaign — 48 listeners have taken time to respond to the letter from board president Kathy Peters asking for support for free-range radio at its best. Another half dozen have gone online to register their support. Thank you to those who pledged before the on-air pledge drive begins one week from today.

The goal this campaign is $80,000 and 100 new donors, ambitious but doable, thanks to the generous spirit of KKFI’s listeners like you. The total sits at $4,807 and two new donors.

Once we reach the goal, KKFI will return to regular programming.

If you still have the letter, take a minute to send it back with your donation. Or should you prefer, pledge online. It’s easy and secure.

Warren Maus
KKFI 90.1 FM
Director of Development and Marketing

90.1 FM Listeners Demand Changes to Website

KKFI 90.1 FM radio listeners spoke up and we listened.

You wanted podcasts of public affairs shows and an improved “Listen Now” feature, so KKFI delivered. Look forward to these new website changes on Monday, September 30 sometime after 4:00 p.m.

Radio listeners requested a way to follow their favorite public affairs and arts programs by listening to episodes they missed during the on-air broadcast schedule. After the website upgrade you will be able to listen to these shows with your Apple iPod or MP3 player.

Another change you asked for was a way to listen to the station directly from a web browser, without opening up a media player. This allows you to listen from your mobile and phone devices more easily. This is  the first step to make our website more mobile-friendly since now 8% of you access the site from these devices. A year ago only 4% of website visitors were using mobile devices.

Here are the major changes we will make on the site available on Monday, September 30 after 4:00 p.m.

  • Audio archiving for on-demand listening to public affairs shows.  This feature will bring full podcasting to listeners to follow their favorite public affairs programs.

  • A new web-based LISTEN NOW option that allows you to listen directly from your web browser. This feature supports Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer web browsers, including mobile browsers.

  • An updated “Featured Episodes” section – click through 12 episodes on the home page, all above “the fold” on the home page.

  • Style changes to the Program Episode and Program page layouts, along with a stream-lined top navigation menu (drop-down menus) on the home page.

  • Added author Jared McNett, who is writing music reviews for you to get insight into new releases by a variety of musicians.

KKFI has enhanced the website with the help of financial donations from listeners. Thank you for your continued support — without your support we would not be able to improve the KKFI website.

Support “25 Years of Free-Range Radio” by Donating to KKFI through October 13


A Message from KKFI’s President

The term free-range means to roam and explore with relative freedom; unfettered; not confined.

I don’t think there’s a better way to describe what our dedicated deejays and hosts do. They explore music and issues that get short shrift in commercial media. And they’ve been doing it that way for more than 25 years.

And while KKFI’s unpaid on-air deejays and hosts take great pride in bringing you the best they have to offer, they also take even greater care to keep expenses to a minimum, attentive to how your donation is spent to bring you the best programs for the least dollars. They know that free-range radio is not free. In fact, it costs about $1,000 a day to operate the station.

“KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station.” That’s the opening line of KKFI’s mission statement that continues:  “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.”

If that doesn’t define free-range radio, I don’t know what does. Well, I take that back. In fact, it’s you who define free-range radio with your generous support of this station. It’s you who put the range in free-range, insisting on variety and diversity over our airwaves and online.

I come to you now asking you to show your support for KKFI and its mission – to give a voice to the views, opinions and musical genres typically ignored by the mainstream media – by making a generous tax-deductible pledge of support for programming you’ll hear only on KKFI.

Our upcoming fund drive will begin in a few days. It’s an opportunity to speak directly to listeners about KKFI and our mission to be your trusted source. Like you, we want to get back to uninterrupted programming as quickly as possible.

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 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 free-range radio, please take a moment to show your support. Donate on-line at KKFI.org today.  Make a one-time or monthly DONATION to KKFI, and thank you!





Kathy Peters
President, KKFI 90.1 FM Board of Directors

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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