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Wednesday MidDay Medley


Wednesday MidDay Medley is produced and hosted by Mark Manning. Tim Finn, Music Writer for The Kansas City Star and Ink, wrote that Wednesday MidDay Medley was the “Best Place To Hear Local Music On The Radio: The place to listen to new local music and often hear performers talk about it.” (December 4, 2013) The show plays with themes, special events, and features new and local releases, Interviews, and live in-studio performances. The show plays indie, glam, punk, funk, folk, hip hop, classic country, jazz, lo-fi, electronic, soul, latin, broadway, cuban, african, ambient. Special shows include our ongoing, “A Story in a Song,” “Remembering MLK,” and our four-week December series: “The 100 Best Recordings of the Year.” We also welcome special guest producers and co-hosts, including: Marion Merritt who joins us semi-regularly to share musical discoveries.

Past guests of the show

The Grisly Hand, Dollar Fox, Lily Tomlin, Marty Kraft, Laurie Anderson, Greg Brown, Anne Winter, Abigail Henderson, Karen Errington, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Tommy Ramone, Sam Harris, Iris DeMent, Bach Aria Soloists, Natalie Gallagher, Shy Boys, Krystle Warren, Robert Moore, Billy Smith, David Ford, Chuck Haddix, Tim Finn, Hector Casanova, Stephanie Roberts, Spencer Brown, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Ron Megee, Dewey Chafee, Kirsten Paludan, Peter Lawless, Masankho Banda, Nick Cave, Betse Ellis, David Sokolowski, David Wayne Reed, Joel Nanos, Rosie Flores, Annie Cherry, Mr. Marcos V7, Peregrine Honig, Jim Hightower, Amy Goodman, Eleni Mandell, Jill Sobule, and Chris Haghirian, Necia Gamby, CJ Janovy, Maria The Mexican, Tim Kearns, Kurt von Schlemmer, Lisa Cordes, Matt Dunehoo, Brian Hicks, Nico Gray, Sandra K. Davies, Cris Williamson, The Bad Ideas, Kaite Stover, Crystal Boson, Shane Evans, Lou Jane Temple, Chadwick Brooks, Robert Coleman Trussell, Howard Iceberg, Gary Krough, Virgil Rhames, Donnie L. Betts, Jack Cole, Sam Cordes, Scott Cordes, Cathy Barnett, Kate Clinton, Jason Ryberg, Matt Erickson, Sunshine Del Hamric, Zoe LaGrece, Mark Hennessy, Ed Tato, Bill Sundahl, Von Hodad, Kathleen Warfel, Cody Wyoming, Aaron Barnhart, Nate Borofsky, Tom Livesay, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Thomas Frank, Dana Gilmore, Regina Spektor, Ubaka Hill, Cynthia Levin, Emily Lauren, Jon “Piggy” Cupit, Tim Brown, Robert Brand, Julie Lee, Susie Keynes, Will Leathem, Tabla Rasa, Jeff Black, Steven Eubank, Justin Van Pelt, Charlie King & Karen Brandow, Toby Grotz, Stephan Said, Crissy Sciolaro, Robert McCain, Missy Koonce, Christi Hoffman, Tret Fure, Ira Harritt, John Jessup, Cheryl Kimmi, Tom Crane, Frank Hicks, Bob Bond, Miriam Davidson, Rebekah Presson Mosby, Paul Malinowski, Megan Hamilton, Frank Alvarez, Dan Barnett, Pete Dulin, Pam Taylor, Peggy Friesen, Stacy Tolbert, Art McDonnell, Amy Boyd, Joel Kraft, Piney Gir, Mica Thomas, Jade Osborne, Connie Dover, Richard Pirodsky, Bess Wallerstein, Lora McDonald, Lew Edmister, Daniel Dermiztel, Rev. Sam Mann, Lisa Valenti, Emily Tummons, Mike Murphy, Vicki Walker, Beth Marshall, Nathan Granner, Beau Bledsoe, Mark von Schlemmer, Cory Call, Brady Karlin, Megan Birdsall, Griffen Alexander, Sabrina Matthews, Bob Smith, Alexis Barclay, Ellen Sheridan D.D.S., Rick Dodderidge, Joe Baehr, Joyce Slater, Tim Miller, Steve Brown, James MacDonald, Elizabeth Rich, Dorothy Hawkins, Debra Mellicker, Richard Mabion, Charles S. McVey, Jamie Rich, Tom Edmonson, Durwin Rice, Shawn Pavey, Paolo Andino, Ike Sheldon, Jerry Harrington, Sunshine Patten, John Koop AKA “Flo,” Corrie Van Ausdal, The Barclay Martin Ensemble, Rebecca Liberty, Meghan Whelan, Barclay Martin, Vi Tran, Erin McGrane, Sarah Swenson, Mark Lowrey, H. Stewart, Rick Willoughby, The Sleazebeats, Giuliano Mingucci, Michael Buckley, Terry Hancock, Chato Villalobos, Uzziel Pecina, Hector Casanova, Robert Heishman, Lonita Cook, Joe Faus, Rocky Hopson, Heather Thornton, Rob Houle, Agustin Frederic, Sterling Witt, Chris Gibson, Ron Simonian, Softee, Jennifer Appell-Goldston, Sarah Anderson, Matt Cygnett, Steph Allen, Allan Winkler, Sarah Mundy, Jane Gotch, Flora Chang, Blair Schulman, Don Simon, Mimi Mangrum, Cheri Lu Woods, Mongol Beach Party, Karen Errington, Christian Hankel, Christopher Meck, Heidi Van, Jeff Freling, Charles Ferruzza, Kyle Dalquist, Dave Lawrence, William Belzer, Jenny Mendez, Gilberto Guerrero, Janet Brown Moss, Natasha Derakhshanian, Mark Southerland, Elizabeth Hawn, Mike Ryan, Kathy Hale, Samantha Silveira, Art Suskin, Kathy Kane, KA$H Click, Two Headed Cow, Matthew Griggs, Mark Wingard, Jim “The Blind Guy” Hoschek, Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser, Wick Thomas, Expassionates, Honey Valentine, Amy Farrand, Scott Easterday, Brodie Rush, Karen West, Marco Pascolini, Matt Weiss, Sean Kelley, BOOM! Alex Espy, Fran Stanton, Mikal Shapiro, Richard Burgess, Margo May, Sam Platt, Gnarly Dan, Matt Jacobs, Justin Norcross, Elaine McMilian, Shay Estes, Linda & Richard Rostenberg, Rachel McMeachin, Rusty Sneary, Matt Kesler, and Diane Burnette. For more information you can visit us at:

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Upcoming episodes

Wednesday MidDay Medley Plays New & MidCoastal Releases Hand Picked For Your Ears January 18, 2017 | 10:00 am

Mark will play New & MidCoastal Releases from Erica Joy, Calvin Arsenia, Krystle Warren, Emmaline Twist, Katy Guillen and the Girls, Christopher Tolle, The Architects, Hipshot Killer, The Blackbird Revue, Faultfinder, Vehicles, David Bowie, The xx, Dirty Projectors, Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White. At 10:30 we'll talk with company members of Spinning Tree Theatre about their newest production, SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT, playing January 19 through February 5, at Just Off Broadway Theatre. At 11:00 we'll talk with Amy Farrand & Judy Mills about Rock The Twat, Friday, January 20 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, a feminine product drive to help those at the Rose Brooks Center (refuge for domestic violence victims). At 11:30 we’ll talk with Sondra Freeman about, Musicians For Active Justice: Get Loud!, Friday, January 20, 2017, at 9:00 PM, at recordBar to benefit KC For Refugees an organization founded for diverse communities to help create a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley Remembers MLK + Jennifer McCartney and the Women’s March on Washington January 11, 2017 | 10:00 am

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with music of the movement from: The Staple Singers, Bobby Watson & The I Have A Dream Project Featurng Glenn North, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Common & John Legend, Curtis Mayfield, Maceo & The Macks, Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Aaron Neville, Soweto Gospel Choir, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger, and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. At 11:15 Mark talks with Jennifer McCartney, and single mom, who started Kansas City Heroes in 2015 to advocate for the disadvantaged. Jennifer will attend the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017, with over 200,000 women united in solidarity for the protection of rights, safety, health, and families. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates the Music & Life of Iris Dement & David Bowie January 4, 2017 | 10:00 am

In our 1st hour we present our annual celebration of Iris DeMent with her music, plus collaborations with Greg Brown, John Prine, & Nancy Griffith, and from her inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, & Merle Haggard. In our 2nd hour we celebrate David Bowie, with songs from Bowie performed by Bowie, Joan As Police Woman, Soft Reeds, & James Murphy. We’ll hear Bowie stories from: Ben Grimes, Nico Gray, & Krystle Warren. At 11:15, Michelle Bacon & Kyle Dahlquist join us to share info about: The Band That Fell To Earth, a Tribute to David Bowie, Sat, Jan. 7, 2017, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO.

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WMM presents The 116 Best Recordings of 2016 (Part 4 of 4) December 28, 2016 | 10:00 am

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-four, of our four-week special: The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we've compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We'll count down #29 through #1 of our list, with with representative tracks from: The Julie Ruin, Laura Mvula, Jenny Hval, Cate Le Bon, Fantastic Negrito, Nicholas St. James, Angel Olsen, Solange, Your Friend, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Car Seat Headrest, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Lincoln Marshall, ANOHNI, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Berwanger, Erik Voeks, David Bowie, Calvin Arsenia, Betse & Clarke, Psychic Heat, Hipshot Killer, Various Blonde, Heidi Lynne Gluck, The Conquerors, The Grisly Hand, Katy Guillen & The Girls, and The Philistines.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents The 116 Best Recordings of 2016 December 21, 2016 | 10:00 am

This Wednesday, we'll continue with part 3, of our 4-part series: The 116 Best Recordings of 2016, as we count down, #58 through #30 of our list, with representative tracks from: Kristen Ford, Michael Kiwanuka, Jorge Arana Trio, Music from I’ll Repay You: A Benefit for John Fackler - featuring the songs of John Fackler and Jettison, Crystal Clayton, Teri Quinn, Rae Fitzgerald, Violet and the Undercurrents, case/lang/veirs, Hinds, Iggy Pop, Deerhoof, The Quivers, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Bobby Watson & Grupo Aztlan with the T.J. Martley Trio, Shapiro Brothers, Esperanza Spalding, Leonard Cohen, Victor & Penny, BLKFLANL, Red Kate, Not A Planet, Wild Beasts, Charles Bradley, A Tribe Called Quest, Under The Big Oak Tree, Bonzo Madrid, Fullbloods, and Bon Iver.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents The 116 Best Recording of 2016 (Part 2 of 4) December 14, 2016 | 10:00 am

On the next Wednesday MidDay Medley, we present part-two, of our four-week special: The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. Based on our playlists of this past year we've compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the 2016. This Wednesday, we'll count down #87 through #59 of our list, with music from: M Bird, The Ovaries-eez, The Matchsellers, American Slim, The Coyote, Andrew Foshee, Kevin Morby, Me Like Bees, The Sexy Accident, Christopher Tolle, Jaenki, The UK’s, The MGDs, The Uncouth, Piney Gir, Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle, Britta Phillips, Deap Vally, John Prine, Bat for Lashes, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis, Vivien Goldman, Ray LaMontagne, Gallant, KING, Mavis Staples, Leslie Odom, Jr. & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents The 116 Best Recordings of 2016 (Part 1 of 4) December 7, 2016 | 10:00 am

Mark presents part-one, of our four-week special: The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. Based on our playlists of this past year we've compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the 2016. This Wednesday, we'll count down #116 through #88 of our list, with music from: Shadow Rabbits, Illphonics, Maria The Mexican, Amado Espinoza, Julian Davis and The Hay-Burners, Valley Hush, My Oh My, The Tambourine Club, Tidy Hippy, Electric Orchids, The Potter's Field, Merlin, The Royal Furs, Vigil And Thieves, Stephonne, Wick & The Tricks, Mirina Landry, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Shearwater, Drugdealer, Lucius, Alejandro Escovedo, The Frightnrs, Birds of Chicago, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Allah-Las, Andrew Bird, Drive-By Truckers, and Leyla McCalla.

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2016 – The Year in Music with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Fally Afani November 30, 2016 | 10:00 am

Mark welcomes guests who share from their Favorite Musical Releases of 2016. Guests include: Tim Finn of The Kansas City Star, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian host of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani of I Heart Local Music. We’ll hear representative tracks from: Berwanger, Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type, The Conquerors, Erik Voeks, The Grisly Hand, Katy Guillen and the Girls, Lincoln Marshall, The Philistines, Psychic Heat, Me Like Bees, Nicholas St. James, Toughies, LION, The Kemps, Hembree, Wendy Moira, Bonzo Madrid, Vivien Goldman, Lee Moses, Betty Harris, Charlie Hilton, Fantastic Negrito, and more.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite Singles of 2016 + Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Releases of 2016 November 23, 2016 | 10:00 am

We’ll play MidCoastal Releases from: Heidi Lynne Gluck, Katy Guillen & the Girls, The Conquerors, Erik Voeks, Not A Planet, Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type, Erica Joy, The Great Vehicle, Violet and the Undercurrents, Shadow Rabbits, Hipshot Killer, Psychic Heat, Kristie Stremel, Emmaline Twist, The Buhs, Lauren Anderson, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Jake Wells, Doby Watson, Vacation House, Ruth Acuff, Lovergurl, and Instant Karma. In our first hour we’ll play tracks from Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite Singles of 2016. In our second hour, Michelle Bacon joins us to play from her Top Ten Favorite Musical Recordings of 2016.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley plays New & MidCoastal Releases + Standing Up for Standing Rock November 16, 2016 | 10:00 am

Mark spins more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Jim James, Leonard Cohen, Heidi Lynne Gluck, A Tribe Called Quest, The Grisly Hand, David Burchfield, Solange, David Bowie, Bonzo Madrid, Blonde Redhead, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Expo ’70, The Country Duo, Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis, Conor Oberst, Dylan Moses & Friends, Radkey, Toughies, and Matt Otto. We also play R.E.M. At 11:00, Salar Rajabnik, of the band SALAR, and Judy Mills of Mills Record Company to share information about the Stand Up for Standing Rock #waterislife Benefit Show, Saturday, November 19, at Mills Record Company.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley on The Day After with Women Who Rock! November 9, 2016 | 10:00 am

Mark spins more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Berwanger, Shadow Rabbits, Electric Orchids, Alejandro Escovedo, Lambchop, Valley Hush, and GGOOLLDD. At 10:15, Vi Tran, Erika Baker, and Emma Carter join us to discuss, “7 Deadly Women,” currently running, through November 14, at 7:30 PM, at The Buffalo Room. At 10:35, we talk with members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of “Nine,” currently running through November 20 at The Living Room. At 11:00, Simone Briand joins us as Guest DJ for our second hour to play music from: Son Lux, Laura Lisbeth, Dillon, Solid Space, Rasputina, Silver Apples, Roxy Music, Apollo Heights, and Ray LaMontagne.

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Mark has volunteered at KKFI 90.1 FM since 2001. He served as Secretary on KKFI's Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009. Mark also served as Host, Writer and Producer of The Tenth Voice from 2001 through 2009.

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