During KKFI’s September 19 celebration recognizing the new transmitter, the Kansas City Star‘s Aaron Barnhart relished the station’s new accomplishment. He recalled KKFI’s recent track record of the station: a couple failed efforts to retain a station manager, a difficult financial period, but standing tall amongst an economic downturn with leaner operations and solid listener support.
He noted that KKFI’s new transmitter fulfilled the need to upgrade our “physical infrastructure” but encouraged the station to focus on “human infrastructure.” He reflected on how WWOZ in New Orleans was able to distinguish itself as the caretaker of that city’s Jazz music and heritage, suggesting KKFI could better serve its’ listeners through a strategic plan that sets a new vision for the future.
But putting the ideas and future aside for a while, the 40 KKFI 90.1 FM supporters, volunteers, engineers, and staff clearly enjoyed the moment as they celebrated the new transmitter being “switched on.”
Here’s Aaron Barnhart’s video from the event.