The 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and Kansas City, Missouri, public schools

This episode of Radio Active Magazine will feature two topics.  The first is an interview with Bryce Lockwood, one of the survivors of the 1967 attack by Israel against the USS Liberty that killed 34 and injured 171 crew members.  Lockwood will discuss this first with Radio Active listeners and again June 22 to the VFW of Lenexa, KS.

The rest of the episode will update listeners about problems with the Kansas City, Missouri, school district and efforts to improve it.


USS Liberty

Bryce Lockwood was a Marine on the USS Liberty, a U.S. spy ship sailing in the Mediterranean, when it was attack by Israel June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War.  Israel has always claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and paid compensation to families of those killed in the incident.  Many of the survivors and many prominent U.S. officials did not believe that explanation.

June 8, 2017, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the attack. Veterans of Foreign Wars has repeatedly asked for a Congressional investigation. Bryce has devoted his life to trying to uncover what was going on that led to the attack and to the US not investigating it. He will be talk in KC June 22 about the incident.

Kansas City, Missouri school district

The rest of the episode will update listeners about problems with the Kansas City, Missouri, school district and efforts to improve it.



FREEZE FRAME: “Baywatch, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” “The Lovers,” “Chuck”

It may seem early to start a “Worst Movies of the Year” list, but surely “Baywatch” will qualify. A raunchy parody of the old TV series, “Baywatch” struggles to mine a few meager laughs from gross-out jokes, but it drowns in its own off-color excesses. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron have charisma and the female cast members provide plenty of cheesecake, but they’re efforts can’t resuscitate this victim.


And speaking of shipwrecks, Johnny Depp’s latest appearance as Capt. Jack Sparrow isn’t enough to save the bloated adventure, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth entry in the popular series. The production values are stupendous and it has some dazzling action sequences, but the plot is so perplexing that it seems like they were making it up as they went along. An Easter Egg after the credits hints that there may be one more episode in the works.


Reclusive actress Debra Winger and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts star in “The Lovers,” a comic drama about an aging married couple who are both involved in extramarital affairs. Things get complicated when they start cheating on their lovers…with each other. It’s beautifully acted and more than just a little twisted.


Liev Schreiber’s affable performance is the driving force behind “Chuck,” the true story of ups and downs in the life of Chuck Wepner, the boxer who inspired the story of “Rocky” and gained fame by going 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali. The strong supporting cast includes Jim Gafigan, Elizabeth Moss and Naomi Watts. While it’s no knockout, “Chuck” is one likable palooka.


Also opening this week, “The Survivalist” is a post-apocalyptic drama about a man protecting his small harvest from starving strangers. “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” is a documentary about the famous and influential chef.

TAKE TWO: “Norman”

Susan and Russ have different takes on “Norman,” a character study starring Richard Gere, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi. Gere plays a wheeler dealer who uses his relationship with an Israeli government official to ingratiate himself with the Jewish business elite of New York City.

ARTSPEAK RADIO 4 Writers 10 Minutes

Wednesday May 31, 2017

Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd delves into the minds of 4 very creative individuals; Jessica Boydston aka Boris Tudeth, Sheri Hall, Mauricio Miranda, and Deborah Jones as they perform a 10-15 minute play, monologue or spoken word specially written for radio. The work is all original and may be provocative, shameless, wacky, political, off the wall, confessional, and unexpected.

Please tune Wednesday May 31, noon to 1pm CST only on 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio. Listen online


J Zed’s Best Of May & 1st UK Bashment /Dancehall Spesh of 2017!

It’s the end of the month, and that means it’s time for a re-rinse of J Zed‘s fave tracks from the past four weeks’ First 30 segments! On tap for a re-spin: Supernova…Cozzy D & Timmy P…Cristoph…Radio Slave…Truncate…Toddla T…and loads more. The second half of the show is her first UK bashment & dancehall special of the year, featuring tracks from Roska & Serocee, Gentleman’s Dub Club & Lady Chann, Coldcut, and a summary of the latest Studio One compilation releases from Soul Jazz Records. LOG ON OR JOG ON! Stream us worldwide at KKFI.ORG, or locally at 90.1 FM.

Veterans Community Project – Tiny Houses and Warriors Best Friend – Service Dogs

Veterans Community Project – Tiny Houses

The Veterans Community Project’s Mission is “We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished only by community for community. We are building Veterans Village – a specialized community network of tiny homes and services dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country.” The idea is for veterans to help veterans by using their labor, shared experiences and compassion to help get homeless veterans off the street and into secure housing.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with Kevin Jamison, Chief Operation Officer and Founder of VCP about the mission and the Tiny Homes project. Tune in and find out how you can help them and the community of veterans in Kansas City.

Find out more about Veterans Community Project –
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Kevin Jamison – 816-309-9201

Warriors Best Friend – Service Dogs

Since the attacks of September 11th 2001, over 2 million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. As these men and women return home, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have emerged as signature injuries among our newest generation of soldiers. Medical studies prove that service dogs can help speed up the recovery of a soldier with PTSD and TBI, both physically and emotionally. Unfortunately, many wounded soldiers have to wait years to receive a service dog.

Warriors’ Best Friend’s mission is to provide critically needed service dogs free of cost for our veterans and their families. And in doing so, WBF saves two lives in the process! We adopt and train homeless canines to grant wounded soldiers the gift of greater self sufficiency through emotional and physical independence—empowering men and women to lead a free and active lifestyle.

Host Jeff Humfeld talks with Joe and Samantha of WBF about the dogs and veterans in their program and how they help both survive and thrive.

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Phone: 816-429-6305
Email: [email protected]

An Oz 20th + Peter Allen Celebrated + Chechnya Crisis Update + More!

This week on This Way Out:

The 20th anniversary of Tasmania’s triumph teaches timely tactics; a “Rainbow Minute” celebrates “Boy from Oz” icon Peter Allen; Chechen genocide continues amid denials and denunciations, 27 young gay men are netted in the raid of a Bangladesh community center and a young gay Indonesian couple faces 85 lashes for private consensual lovemaking, while IDAHOT is observed around the world not always peacefully, Chelsea Manning is finally a free woman, and more LGBT news from around the world!


Seb Dance; Rodney Croome. 


Hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle & produced with Greg Gordon. NewsWrap reporters: Sarah Sweeney & Michael LeBeau; Producer: Steve Pride. Correspondents: John Porter, produced by Judd Proctor & Brian Burns; Greg Reading. Theme music: Kim Wilson. Add’l music: Peter Allen; Judy Small. 

May Day: The Original Labor Day

On May Day 2017, workers filled the streets all over the world for international workers day. In the US, many immigrants protested and struck. Here in Missouri, no one was surprised by the protests of workers and immigrants in Kansas City and St. Louis, but there was even one in Kirksville called the Unified Mayday. It brought together immigrant workers from the Smithfield pork plant in Milan and Kirksville citizens and students. Heartland Labor Forum was there. Hear about it Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.