Sunday at 8:00 pm

Signal to Noise

Free-form radio inspired by the free-form experiments of underground radio in the mid to late 60s, although I play much more than just rock and roll. This program is dedicated to the proposition that all good music transcends it’s genre and is just as relevant today as it was in 1930, for instance. On Signal To Noise you’re likely to hear anything from Charley Patton to Super Furry Animals. The trick to free-form radio is to blend different styles of music from different eras and make it sound not only natural, but right.

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Annie’s Orphans May 25, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Barry Lee recently was permitted access to Anne Winter's collection of 45s currently housed at the Marr Sound Archives. We will hear a healthy selection of her favorite 45s
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Folk Alliance February 16, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Betse Ellis joins Barr Lee for an in depth look at the upcoming Folk Alliance Conference. We will preview some of the musical luminaries heading to our fair city starting next Wednesday. Musical guests include Kasey Dawn Rausch, Howard Iceberg, Jason Beers, Betty Soo, John Fullbright, Expassionates, Willie Nile, Victor & Penny, Tom Rush, Dollar Fox, and even more...
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#468–”Under The Covers” January 19, 2014 | 8:00 pm

In record industry parlance, "cover versions" are recordings of well-known songs by artists who did not record the best known version. We sift through a collection of some of host Barry Lee's favorites!
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35 Ways to Say “Love” November 10, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Barry's away on his wedding anniversary, so join Art McDonnell for a fab two hours of groovin' love.
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Lou Reed Tribute November 3, 2013 | 8:00 pm

We'll feature songs by and inspired by legendary Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed this evening.
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Signal To Noise #441–”1973″ June 30, 2013 | 8:00 pm

On this edition of Signal To Noise, former KKFI DJ Bob Olson joins me for a musical look at the music of 1973.
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Signal To Noise #439 “Jangle Pop Sunshine” June 16, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Tonight on Signal To Noise, it's my annual spring show featuring the best of jangle pop music!
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Signal to Noise # 436: Remembrance of Things Past May 26, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Being Memorial Day weekend and all, it seems to be a good time for some memories.
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Signal To Noise #413 “snow angels and dust devils” December 9, 2012 | 8:00 pm

join us as we plunge further into winter (even without the snow) as we present a show full of night mists, dried leaves, tolling church bells, dark chorales, and woodsmoke. celebrating with us will be dead can dance, the incredible string band, nick drake, volebeats, yo la tengo, rodriguez, over the rhine, fairport convention, bob marley & the wailers, blk jks, and more.
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signal to noise #412 “winter’s hymnal” December 2, 2012 | 8:00 pm

as we plunge deeper into winter, a soundtrack is necessary. helping set the mood this week: choying drolma, making movies, the allah las, elmore james, the cave singers, bonnie prince billy, pearls before swine, beach house, elvis costello, richard thompson, and more...
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signal to noise #410 “wild, fast and out of control” November 18, 2012 | 8:00 pm

time to shake off the cold, roll up the carpets, and dance the night away as we get loud, wild and reckless on this edition of signal to noise. guaranteed to blow the dust off your speakers and annoy your neighbors. we kick out the jams with ricky dean sinatra, the pulsating hearbeats, koko taylor, x ray spex, maddox brothers and rose, the blasters, sin city disciples, the royal nonesuch, stiff middle fingers, howlin' wolf and many more.
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Signal To Noise #409 “Past Lives & New Ghosts” November 11, 2012 | 8:00 pm

another signal to noise concert show with a look at some past live events from earlier this year featuring the rausch sisters, tommy donoho of dollar fox, gary kirkland with kathryn lorenzen, the heebie jeebies from lawrence, kansas, and two as yet unreleased live songs from victor and penny, recorded live at kkfi. all of this in the first hour, along with some other surprises. in the second hour, we will have forrest whitlow live in-studio to play songs from his new album, "ghosts from the old country." he will be joined by todd wiseman on bass and the rainmakers' pat tomek on drums.
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Signal To Noise #408 & Moby’s Trip “Electile Dysfunction” November 4, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Signal To Noise and Moby's Trip team up to provide you with four hours of everything you need to hear about the upcoming election and the state of our nation in music, poetry, and spoken word. Hosts Barry Lee and Lonesome Cowboy Bill join their guests Bill Hicks, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Patti Smith, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Bob Marley, Ry Cooder, Tonio K, and assorted others, to dissect and study the entrails of our body politic.
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Signal To Noise #407 “Harvest Moonshine” October 28, 2012 | 8:00 pm

a heady brew just right for the fall weather. distilled from the finest musical ingredients, we promise this show will go right to your head. imbibe along with me and my guests, including ed harcourt, sandy denny, the king cole trio, nick drake, the holmes brothers, gong, bauhaus, tiny horse, sundown playboys, terry reid, brian jonestown massacre, and other late arriving guests.
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Signal To Noise #406 “Barn Owl Hootenanny” October 21, 2012 | 8:00 pm

we continue our descent into the depths of autumn with more cool weather tunes with dark, smokey flavors. expected musical guests include dollar fox, bob dylan, red sovine, bud powell, jason vivone & the billy bats, grizzly bear, richard and linda thompson, kaleidoscope, caroline hecht, and others to keep the barn critters hoppin' in the moonlight.
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Signal To Noise #404 “Introspectives” October 14, 2012 | 8:00 pm

After my birthday bash last Sunday the only thing left to do is turn inward. We'll play some contemplative autumnal music to mirror the mellow coolness of the weather outside. We will enlist the aid of The Feelies, Calexico, Gaby Kerpel, State Broadcasters, Greg Brown, Espers, Kate Bush, Lorraine McCauley & the Borderlands, amongst others to lead us in deep thoughts and quiet contemplations.
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Signal To Noise #403 “barry’s birthday bash” October 7, 2012 | 8:00 pm

yes, it's my birthday this sunday and i hope you all can attend the party. it's also my fund drive show. show some love to signal to noise and pledge your support to keep the signal comin' in strong every sunday night. party guests include kkfi djs art mcdonnell, tom crane, lonesome cowboy bill, and jessica thomas. and let's not forget you, the listener. you should be there, too. i'm gonna need lots of help to blow out all the candles, that's for sure.
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Signal To Noise #402 “Dylanesque” September 23, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Kelly Spurgeon co-hosts as we explore the many facets of Bob Dylan. We'll hear cover versions of his songs, Dylan himself, and artists who were influenced by him. I see no reason to wait until he's no longer with us to celebrate his genius. Join us as we plunge deep into Dylanology and come out all the better for it.
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Signal To Noise #401 “Pandora’s Music Box” September 16, 2012 | 8:00 pm

unlike pandora's fabled box, only good things come out of pandora's music box. loads of new and recent releases from animal collective, the durutti column, ray lamontaigne, making movies, sacri cuori, calexico, the blasters, duchess leo, gentle giant, chris knight, amy allison & dave scott, and many other wondrous sounds.
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Signal To Noise #400 “Playing Favorites” September 9, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Neil young once said, "numbers add up to nothin'," which is certainly true, but what the hell, I'm going to celebrate my 400th episode anyway (not counting the 500 or so I did when the show was called "matrix," but that was just volume one. This show includes songs that saved my life, gave me hope, kept me awake at night, inspired me, and fired up my imagination. Musical guests include the Beatles, Beck, Beirut, the Blue Aeroplanes, Amy Rigby, Anne Briggs, Richard and Linda Thompson, Howlin' Wolf, Neil Young, Eddie Floyd, The Melodians, and many more.
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SIGNAL TO NOISE #399 “BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY” September 2, 2012 | 8:00 pm

a thematic look at the great cities. our tour guides include gram parsons, pearls before swine, ron sexsmith, the gourds, david blue, high and lonesome, gene clark, merle haggard, the austin lounge lizards, tom waits, and a few other denizens.
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SIGNAL TO NOISE #398 “FREE FORM PATTERNS” August 26, 2012 | 8:00 pm

join me as we go all free-form on ya. mixing up many different genres in the hopes that it all hangs together somehow. musical guests include rainy day, bill hicks, bobbie gentry, magic sam, andwella's dream, the bester quartet, richard thompson, neil young, steve riley & the mamou playboys, the hillbilly soul surfers, and other noted artists.
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signal to noise #397 “finely blended/hand rolled” August 19, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 19th, 8 pm. It's the long-awaited collaboration between Barry Lee and Art McDonnell as we blend and roll some tunes that will satisfy you like a good cigar.
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signal to noise #396 “honey, i’m home..” August 12, 2012 | 8:00 pm

You'll feel right at home along with Ricky Dean Sinatra, Gene Clark, The South Memphis String Band, Tom Russell, The Smoke, PJ Harvey, and other musical guests.
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Signal to Noise #395 “Victor and Penny Meet Tofu Teddy” August 5, 2012 | 8:00 pm

A concert show with antique pop from Victor and Penny in the first hour, recorded live at KKFI, and in the second hour, a vintage concert from the vaults featuring legendary Lawrence band Tofu Teddy from the Dynamo Ballroom, recorded February 5th, 1983. Bring your lighters.
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Signal to Noise #394 “An Evening with Tim Finn” July 29, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Join "Signal to Noise" host Barry Lee for an evening with Timothy Finn, music critic with the Kansas City Star.
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Signal To Noise #393 “Disaster And Dissent” July 22, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Caroline Lee joins me at 8 pm Sunday, still under the spell of Woody Guthrie, as we probe disasters in song and dissent in even more songs. We'll hear from Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, Son Volt, The Albion Band, The Atomic Duo, Richard Thompson, and other raised voices.
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Signal To Noise #392 “Songs For Woody” July 15, 2012 | 8:00 pm

A detailed plunge into the complex man that was Woody Guthrie. Not just a protest singer, Wood was a great American songwriter, author, poet, and activist. Joining us to celebrate his 100th birthday will be the likes of Bob Dylan, Odetta, The Klezmatics, Jay Farrar, Lisa Mednick, Michael Fracasso, The Byrds, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Arlo Guthrie, and, of course, narratives from Woody himself.
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I have long believed in community radio. It is the purest form of radio-grassroots and locally based. Community radio is all about people with a deep knowledge and passion for music being given the freedom to express themselves on the air. I program for people with wide, eclectic tastes who like to explore the musical realms.
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