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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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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The Matchsellers + My Oh My + Don Simon & MudStomp Records + Spinning Tree Theatre February 10, 2016 | 10:00 am
In anticipation of, Folk Alliance International Conference, Mark features music from: The Matchsellers, Under The Big Oak Tree, Kasey Rausch, Julian Davis, Pirates Canoe, We Banjo 3, and The Jellyman’s Daughter. We’ll also feature new music from: My Oh My, and Wyatt West! At 10:15, Mark talks with company members of Spinning Tree Theatre, about the KC professional theatre premiere of, 13, featuring 13 of KC’s brightest stars-to-be, and presented at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, Feb 11 - 28. At 10:30, A.M. Merker and members of My Oh My, join us in our 90.1 FM studios to share music from their new EP, Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way. At 11:00, The Matchsellers will play live in our 90.1 FM studios. At 11:30, Don Simon, of Mudstomp Records, joins us to share music and information about Mudstomp Records Private Showcases, February 17 through 21st, at Folk Alliance International Conference.
Wednesday MidDay Medley plays “The MidCoast Sound” with Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt + Sondra Freeman + Rae Fitzgerald February 3, 2016 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley plays "The MidCoast Sound" from: Your Friend., Golden Groves, Organized Crimes, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, The Buhs, The HillBenders, AJ Young, Victor & Penny with Cody Wyoming, Vigil and Thieves, Betse & Clarke with Bird Fleming & John Kizilarmut. We’ll also play music from David Bowie. Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, and songwriter, joins us for the entire show! Marion Merritt, longtime contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley, and MidCoast Radio Project board member also join us to encourage our listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI - Kansas City Community Radio. At 10:35, Mark talks with Columbia, Missouri based singer/songwriter, Rae Fitzgerald, who plays at Records With Merritt, on Wednesday, February 10, at 8:00 pm. At 11:05, Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation joins us to talk about the upcoming MidCoast Takeover Fundraisers, that start Saturday, February 6, at Knuckleheads Saloon, with The HillBenders, The Hardship Letters, Nicholas St. James, & The Brad Cunningham Band. More info at http//www.midwestmusicfound.org
Wednesday MIdDay Medley presents Michelle Bacon + Wendy J. Scott + Doby Watson & Margo May + Pink Royal January 27, 2016 | 10:00 am
Mark plays music from: David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Appropriate Grammar, Doby Watson & Margo May, and Pink Royal. At 10:15, Michelle Bacon, Editor to The Deli Magazine - Kansas City, joins us to share information about: The Band That Fell To Earth, a tribute to David Bowie, at Knuckleheads Saloon, in the Garage, on Sunday, January 31, at 8:00 PM. At 10:35 we'll talk with Wendy J. Scott, about her self-created company, Kitschup Creations, her work at Kansas City Kansas Community College Theatre Department, and her story of parenting a child with autism, as her son is now a 17-year old honors student. At 11:00 singer songwriters, Doby Watson and Margo May join us to play live in our 90.1 FM studios. Doby Watson will be playing a handful of Midwest shows in February to support an upcoming EP, titled Swearengin, Watson & May, was recorded by Cory Schulz in his living room in Milwaukee, WI while the three songwriters had some time off during a recent tour. And at 11:30 we'll talk with members of the Lawrence, Kansas based, “experimental groove-pop” band, Pink Royal. Pink Royal play The Riot Room, Friday, January 29, with Jessica Paige, Dream Girl, and Via Luna.
Wednesday MidDay Medley features Yes You Are + Hipshot Killer + “Pontypool” + Sara Glass & C Woods January 20, 2016 | 10:00 am
Mark plays new music from David Bowie, Hipshot Killer, Yes You Are, High Up, Hinds, Under The Big Oak Tree, and The Philistines! At 10:15 we talk with Mike Alexander of the KC based band, Hipshot Killer and play music from the band's brand new album, They Will Try to Kill Us All. At 10:35 Cody Wyoming & John Rensenhouse join us to share information about “Pontypool,” a play that runs through January 31, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee. At 11:00, KC based poet & performance artist - Sara Nicole Glass and poet performer, C Woods, join us to share information on Sara's "Class Action" — Book Release Performance on January 23, at 8:00 pm, at Prospero's Books Upstairs. At 11:30 Mark talks with Kianna Alarid lead singer in the band, Yes You Are, who play The Riot Room, Friday, January 22, at 8:00 pm with High Up, and Drugs + Attics.
Wednesday MidDay Medley Remembers MLK January 13, 2016 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. Dr. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. Mark plays music of the movement from: The Staple Singers, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Common & John Legend, Pete Seeger, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Solomon Burke, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, and Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project featuring Kansas City Poet and Charlotte Street Award Winner Glenn North. At 11:11 we'll talk with nationally recognized Kansas City based dancer, performance artist, choreographer, Cat Mahari, and internationally acclaimed, award winning Kansas City jazz trumpeter, Hermon Mehari, who join us to share information about BAM! the Workshop, a multimedia performance approach to diversity and inclusion training, that is focused on honest and impactful conversations about America and blackness, localized stories and events to develop better workplace diversity, economic growth and community development.
Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Iris DeMent January 6, 2016 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates the Birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. After a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, Dement wrote her first song at the age of 25. She played open-mic nights in Kansas City, until, in 1988, she met producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. Dement made her recording debut in 1992, when her independent label offering, “Infamous Angel” won critical acclaim. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record’s word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros. records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993. We’ll feature music from all five of Iris DeMent’s full length recordings, plus her additional work with artists such as her husband - Greg Brown, and also: John Prine, John McCutcheon, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Nancy Griffith, Steve Earle, Gary Kirkland and songs from various compilations. We’ll also feature music from Iris DeMent’s inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, and others.
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s “The 115 Best Recordings of 2015” (Part 4 of 4) December 30, 2015 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-four, of our four-week special: The 115 Best Recordings of 2015. 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 realize that these "Best of" lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music. This Wednesday, we'll count down #29 through #1 of our list, with music from: The Grisly Hand, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Pink Royal, Dolls on Fire, Radkey, Mikal Shapiro, The Architects, Digital Leather, Beautiful Bodies, Berwanger, Lauren Anderson, La Guerre, Rev Gusto, Mat Shoare, Calvin Arsenia, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Barrel Maker, Be/Non, Dreamgirl, bloodbirds, Iris DeMent, Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, Light Music, John Moreland, Alabama Shakes, Julia Holter, Beirut, Viet Cong, and The Decemberists.
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s “The 115 Best Recordings of 2015” (Part 3 or 4) December 23, 2015 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-three, of our four-week special: The 115 Best Recordings of 2015. 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 realize that these "Best of" lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music. This Wednesday, we'll count down #58 through #30 of our list, with music from: She's A Keeper, Betse & Clarke, Johnny Hamil’s GaV7d, Good Time Charley, Kodascope, Psychic Heat, The Electric Lungs, Ivory Black, Connor Leimer, Jessica Paige, The AM Trio, Heidi Lynne Gluck, The Matchsellers, Victor & Penny, Barrel Maker & LION, Sinple, Low, Pops Staples, Sterling Witt, Shamir, Joanna Newsom, Sleater-Kinney, the author and the illustrator, Mbongwana Star, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, The Fog, and Yo La Tengo.
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s “The 115 Best Recordings of 2015” (Part 2 of 4) December 16, 2015 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-two, of our four-week special: The 115 Best Recordings of 2015. 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 realize that these "Best of" lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music. This Wednesday, we'll count down #86 through #59 of our list, with music from: Ernest James Zydeco, Chris Meck And The Guilty Birds, Campdogzz, HMPH!, Riala, Deco Auto, Sara Morgan, The Depth And The Whisper, Rex Hobart and The Misery Boys, Rachel Mallin, Thunderclaps, Yes You Are, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Mysterious Clouds, Stik Figa x D/WILL, Christian Hankel, Via Luna, Megan Slankard, Pieta Brown, Jamie xx, Ducktails, Speedy Ortiz, Wire, Laura Marling, of Montreal, Death And Vanilla, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, and Darondo.
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s “The 115 Best Recordings of 2015” (Part 1 of 4) December 9, 2015 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-one, of our four-week special: The 115 Best Recordings of 2015. 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 realize that these "Best of" lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music. This Wednesday, we'll count down #115 through #87 of our list, with music from: Lower Dens, Sharon Van Etten, José González, Monophonics, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Girlpool, Purity Ring, Hot Chip, Ghastly Menace, The Roseline, The Sluts, Bummer, Arc Flash, Toughies, Slow Motion Commotion, Sad American Night, The Waspmen, Julian Davis, Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats, Duncan & The Ministry, Tall Tales, Sydney Lucas & Beth Malone from “Fun Home,” THEESatisfaction, Laurie Anderson, Erasers, Jacco Gardner, Eleni Mandell, Kate Pierson, and Jill Scott.
Wednesday MidDay Medley surveys 2015 – The Year in Music December 2, 2015 | 10:00 am
Wednesday MidDay Medley surveys 2015 - The Year in Music with: Tim Finn - Pop Music Writer for The KC Star and INK, Marion Merritt - owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian - from Ink and KC Star and Eight One Sixty on The Bridge 90.9, and Natalie Gallagher - Music Editor of The Pitch Kansas City. We’ll hear representative tracks from: The Grisly Hand, Mikal Shapiro, Radkey, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys,Various Blonde, Spencer MacKenzie Brown, Barrel Maker & Lion, Hipshot Killer, Berwanger, El-Rey-Tones, Heidi Lynne Gluck, The Roseline, Stik Figa x D/Will, Death and Vanilla, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Stanislas Tohon, Darondo, and Television.