Thursday at 10:00 pm

Under the Radar

The phrase, “under the radar,” literally means to go without attracting notice; in an undetected or secretive manner. But don’t let the title of John Todd’s radio program fool you. If the bands he plays on air were unnoticed before, they are surely on someone’s radar now.

John has made it his personal mission to unearth Kansas City’s best musicians by giving them the airplay they deserve. On his program, “Under the Radar”, anything goes.  From rock to country, folk to funk, there’s something here for all. So tune in on Thursday nights from 10-12 p.m. and let John help you get these under-represented bands on your music radar.

Some of the guests on Under the Radar

Thanks to local musicians and performances for their appearance on the “Under the Radar” show: Sondra Freeman, Lez Izmore, The Atlantic, Not a Planet, David George, Future Kings, She’s a Keeper, The Empty Spaces, Kris Bruders, Brian Frame, Chris Haghirian Canyon McClung, Map for Travelers, Bryant Carter Band, Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, Wizards from Kansas, New Lost Souls, The Cave Girls, Red Kate, Blackbird Revue, Cherokee Rock Rifle, The Kansas City Hitman, Sons of Great Dane, Abigail Henderson, Christopher Lynn Meck, Rhonda Lyne & Andrew Plante, Expo 70, Sounding of the Deep, Be/Non, Jorge Arana & Daniel Starling …  The list keeps growing !!!
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AJ Gaither Joins Us! July 24, 2014 | 10:00 pm

On this week's edition, John Todd welcomes folk artist AJ Gaither to the studio to discuss his summer gigs and festivals, and the latest on new music he has in the pipeline for you all. Turn on and TUNE IN!
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Trampled By Turtles, Ashley Raines & The New West Revue! July 10, 2014 | 10:00 pm

John Todd has a duo of fantastic bands with new material for him to rinse: bluegrass-folk-rock band Trampled By Turtles from Minnesota, and Kansas native songwriter/guitar player Ashley Raines & The New West Revue.
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Riot! Riot! Riot!, AY Musik, Captiva, & Not A Planet! June 26, 2014 | 10:00 pm

It's a right quadrifecta this week as FOUR of the city's most awesome bands--Riot! Riot! Riot!, AY Musik, Captiva, and Not A Planet-- invade the KKFI studios to chat with host John Todd
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Georgia Gordon, Admiral Of The Red & Schwervon! June 19, 2014 | 10:00 pm

Scottish singer-songwriter phenom Georgia Gordon joins us via phone, and Admiral Of The Red and Schwervon! join us live to tell us the latest news about what the bands are up to this summer.
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Red Kate / The Bad ideas & The Big Iron Album Release Party! May 29, 2014 | 10:00 pm

Local bands Red Kate and The Bad Ideas discuss their joint project, and The Big Iron chats with John Todd about their upcoming CD release party this weekend.
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The Lucky: CD Release & Westport Roots Festival May 22, 2014 | 10:00 pm

John Todd takes you on a local journey with fab band The Lucky, who celebrates their CD release this week! Then, Little Class Records will be in the house to talk about the Westport Roots Festival!
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The Morningglories May 15, 2014 | 10:00 pm

DJ John Todd is pleased to host an exciting new band from Kansas City, The Morningglories, featuring guitarist Alex Yoffie from the band Appropriate Grammar.
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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! May 8, 2014 | 10:00 pm

John Todd, welcomes Ted Howard and Rachel Crane, the husband-and-wife duo who are behind Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, scheduled for May 9-11.
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The Clementines CD Release! May 1, 2014 | 10:00 pm

May is going to be an unbelievable month for Under The Radar, and this week features local band The Clementines, who are releasing their latest CD, Someday/Over, on May 9th at the Record Bar.
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AY MusiK returns to UTR! April 10, 2014 | 10:00 pm

John Todd plays host to local hip-hop artist AY MusiK, who will tell us about his new album Above & Beyond and the BATTERY tour.
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Jen Zaman fills in for John Todd! March 27, 2014 | 10:00 pm

Guest host Jen Zaman is filling in for the venerable John Todd this week, and the playlist is set to bring the heat for your weekend start---everything from Ocean Colour Scene to Not A Planet, Red Kate to The Fratellis, The Ray Summers, and more!
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The Quivers & Center Of The City Fest! March 20, 2014 | 10:00 pm

The Quivers will be on with their new CD entitled Hot Young Mess, followed by the folks from the the Center of the City Festival coming up the first weekend of April.
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Loaded Goat, Konza Swamp Band & KC Bear Fighters! March 13, 2014 | 10:00 pm

Members of Loaded Goat, Konza Swamp Band and KC Bear Fighters are in to tell us all about the upcoming Halfway To Winfield event this Saturday, March 15th!
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Michael Ford, Jr. of The Apache Relay! March 6, 2014 | 10:00 pm

John Todd plays host to Michael Ford, Jr., lead vocalist for Nashville-based The Apache Relay for an interview and an exclusive preview of "Katie, Queen of Tennessee" from their soon-to-be-released CD coming out April 22.
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Mr. History Invades UTR! February 27, 2014 | 10:00 pm

It's a great show on Under The Radar this week as John Todd welcomes local band and Nation of Love label artist Mr. History to the KKFI studios!
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The Nation Of Love Showcase! January 23, 2014 | 10:00 pm

John Todd will chat with representatives from the upcoming Nation Of Love Showcase.
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David George in the House! December 12, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Tonight on Under The Radar, John Todd welcomes David George of the David George Band to the KKFI studio about his unique approach to alternative rock.
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5th Annual Murder Ballad Ball, Not A Planet, & Ashley Raines! December 5, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Sondra Freeman and Kris Bruders will be in the KKFI studios to discuss the upcoming 5th Annual Murder Ballad Ball. Then, local band Not A Planet will be in to talk about opening for the Stone Temple Pilots, and Ashley Raines & New West Revue will be live in the studio!
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AY-MusiK! November 21, 2013 | 10:00 pm

John Todd is excited to have local band AY-MusiK in the KKFI studios to discuss the band's latest happenings.
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(the) Medicine Theory! November 14, 2013 | 10:00 pm

John Todd welcomes (the) Medicine Theory into the studios for chat on the band's latest news and music.
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John McKenna Band! November 7, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Members of the band will be rocking the KKFI studios tonight with host John Todd.
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The Lucky—LIVE on Under the Radar! October 31, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Local band The Lucky perform live at the KKFI studios.
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Bipolar Magnets! October 24, 2013 | 10:00 pm

What's the latest happenings with local rock band Bipolar Magnets?
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Schwervon! October 17, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Local band Schwervon!, aka Major Matt Mason and Nan Turner, are in the KKFI studios this evening.
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Sondra Freeman & Hotdog Skeletons! October 10, 2013 | 10:00 pm

It's yet another treat of late-night local rock as John Todd welcomes Sondra Freeman of the Midwest Music Foundation &local band Hot Dog Skeletons to the KKFI studios.
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Best of 2013 (so far!) October 3, 2013 | 10:00 pm

All the best and latest local releases of the year are featured.
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It’s RobotMonkeyMadman! September 26, 2013 | 10:00 pm

RobotMonkeyMadman invade the KKFI studios for a chat with John Todd.
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The Electric Lungs in the Studio! September 19, 2013 | 10:00 pm

The Electric Lungs invade the studios for an interview with John Todd and new music.
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Crossroads Music Fest Time, plus Not A Planet! September 12, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Tune in for the latest on the upcoming Crossroads Music Fest, plus local band Not A Planet.
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The 2013 Kowtown Custom Greaserama Show August 29, 2013 | 10:00 pm

A discussion of the Midwest's original punk rock car show/festival!
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Red Kate Invades Under the Radar! August 22, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Local punk band Red Kate visits host John Todd to promote the launch of their first album pressing.
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The Clementines! July 18, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Local band The Clementines invade the KKFI building!
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The Lucky return! July 11, 2013 | 10:00 pm

KC band The Lucky are in the building!
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Dolls On Fire Return! July 4, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Dolls On Fire return to grace the KKFI studios.
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The Grand Marquis tonight! June 27, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Local band The Grand Marquis is the featured guest.
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Terra Skaggs Peal & Michelle Bacon June 20, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Terra Skaggs Peal and Michelle Bacon are featured tonight!
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Quirk & Ruckus, Late Night Callers, & David Hasselhoff On Acid June 6, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Host John Todd brings us NEW music from three amazing bands this evening: Quirk & Ruckus, Late Night Callers, and David Hasselhoff On Acid.
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It’s New Music Month! May 22, 2013 | 10:00 pm

May is New Music Month!
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Vantage Point: Band of the Week May 16, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Scottish metal group Vantage Point is John's Band of the Week!
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Not A Planet in the Studio! May 9, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Welcome to yet another awesome installment of John Todd's Under the Radar, where tonight we'll be talking to band members of hot, local band Not A Planet about their latest CD, The Few, The Proud, The Strange.
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Live Jam Session with Drew Black & Dirty Electric! April 25, 2013 | 10:00 pm

This week's Under the Radar is shaping up to be a memorable one, as members of Drew Black & Dirty Electric will be on hand to play some tracks in-studio from their upcoming CD.
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New Music from KC band Appropriate Grammar! April 18, 2013 | 10:00 pm

On this week's installment of Under the Radar, host John Todd will be featuring the new track from KC's own Appropriate Grammar.
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The Lucky invade UTR for the Band Auction! April 11, 2013 | 10:00 pm

During the first hour of Under the Radar this week, host John Todd welcomes The Lucky to the KKFI studios, and they will be available for bids during that time!
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Under The Radar presents: Dolls On Fire March 28, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Local group Dolls On Fire is featured.
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Happy Birthday, Under the Radar February 7, 2013 | 10:00 pm

This week on Under the Radar we will have the Katy Guillen Trio from 10 -11pm then members of the Cowtown Playboys plus UTR will be celebrating one year on the air at KKFI !
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The Quivers January 24, 2013 | 10:00 pm

John Todd welcomes the Quiver to Under the Radar
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The Blessed Broke January 17, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Host John Todd welcomes local band, The Blessed Broke to the KKFI Studio.
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I've been involved in the music scene in KC since before I was a teenager, eventually becoming a professional musician & DJ. I found my way to KKFI 90.1 FM as a sound engineer with the Heartland Labor Forum and eventually a DJ !!!
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