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Anything Goes

Anything Goes on-air crew

Anything Goes on-air crew (photo: Ashton Stamper)

“The Anything Goes” show premiered on KKFI 90.1 FM in the spring of 2000 as an alternative (and sometimes ridiculously zany) public affairs program focused on Kansas City’s cultural life, from astrology to zoology – and everything in-between.

The call-in program has given KKFI listeners the opportunity to talk to local and national celebrities, authors, charlatans, playwrights, ghost hunters, chefs, drag queens, musicians and mixologists, historians and hysterics. Popular recurring guests include astrologer Brenda G. Smith, Northeast News publisher and author Michael Bushnell, gardening expert Kristopher Dabner, and historian Christopher Leitch, among others.

No topic is too controversial – or crazy – for discussion on the show which was once (and possibly accidently) voted “Best Local Radio Show” by Kansas City Magazine. It is also the only talk show on the KKFI schedule that features its own in-studio mascot, “Hattie, the Studio Dog,” who effectively pitches for donations during the radio station’s pledge drives.

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Charles Ferruzza has been an on-air personality on KKFI 90.1 FM since introducing the talk show “Anything Goes” in 2000. He has also served on the KKFI board of directors as president, vice-president and secretary as well as Active Member chair. A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Ferruzza made his radio debut as a book reviewer in the early 1980s for WFYI-FM; he has been a featured panelist and show host on Kansas City’s NPR station, KCUR-FM, for over two decades. As writer, columnist, editor and lecturer, Mr. Ferruzza has covered a variety of subjects – from cuisine to stage reviewing.

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Carol Jean Barta (Co-Host). Best-known to KKFI listeners as “Carol Jean, the Garage Sale Queen,” Miss Barta began her radio career in the 1950s as “Kudles, the Weather Girl” on local stations WHB-AM and KUDL-AM. – at roughly the same time she was crowned “Miss Cinerama 1955” and “Miss Prairie Village 1956.”

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