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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 plays New & MidCoastal Releases + David George + Jade Osborne March 1, 2017 | 10:00 am
Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: The Dear Misses, Making Movies, The Ovaries-eez, Bobby Sauder, Jake Wells, David George & A Crooked Mile, Modern Friend, Ruddy Swain, Middle Kids, Ramy Essam, Aimee Mann, Coco Rosie & ANOHNI, Las Cafeterias, Elbow, Lee Fields and The Expressions, Jonathan Richman, Jefferson Aiplane, and Barbara Lewis. At 10:30 Mark talks with Kansas City based musician David George who joins us to share information about a new single he is recording called, ”Can’t Find Love,” as a benefit for the ACLU. At 11:30 Mark talks with Jade Osborne of Voler Thieves of Flight, who joins us to share the details about her trip with Cuba, to work with the Cuban Circus.
Wednesday MidDay Medley Spins Records with Merritt + Momma’s Boy February 22, 2017 | 10:00 am
Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to spin tracks from: Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood, Stevie Wonder, Saint Etienne, Champion Jack Dupree, Sam Beam & Jessica Hoop, Meatbodies, Fuzz II, Valet, Radical Face, and Julien Baker. At 11:30 Mark talks with members of the band Momma's Boy who are set to released their debut EP, “Liquid Courage” with an EP Release Show, Saturday, February 25, at 7:00 PM at The Tank Room.
Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Folk Alliance International February 15, 2017 | 10:00 am
Mark plays music from the 29th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference from: Ani DiFranco, Carrie Elkin, Élage Diouf, Heather Mae, Robyn Hitchcock, Calvin Arsenia, The Jellyman’s Daughter, and John Craigie. At 10:15 Mark welcomes Calvin Arsenia to share selections from his debut album, Catastrophe. Calvin Arsenia plays an FAI Showcase, Wed, Feb 15, at 9:00 pm, at Westin. The Jellyman's Daughter, from Edinburgh, Scotland (Graham Coe & Emily Kelly) join us to play LIVE. The Jellyman's Daughter play FAI, Thurs, Feb 16, at 8:30 pm, at Westin. At 11:15, Mark talks with Portland, Oregon based singer/songwriter, John Craigie, who is in KC to play an FAI showcase, Thur, Feb 16, at 10:15 pm, at Westin. We’ll also hear from, Nick Carswell & Katlyn Conroy who play the 10th Anniversary KC Love Hangover 2017, Feb 15, at 6:00 pm, at Holy Cow Market & Music.
Wednesday MidDay Medley plays “The MidCoast Sound” + Sid Sowder of Too Much Rock with members of Witch Jail + Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine February 8, 2017 | 10:00 am
Mark plays "The MidCoast Sound" from: Witch Jail, Jaenki, Foxlin, Faultfinder, The Ovaries-eez, and Verbose. We’ll also play: Nancy and Beth, Calvin Arsenia, & Bobby Rush who play Folk Alliance International Conference on Feb. 15 - 19 and KC Folk Festival. We’ll also play new music from Mary Timony, & Kathy Foster. Marion Merritt & Nico Gray join us to encourage listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI. At 10:30 Sid Sowder of Too Much Rock & members of Witch Jail, join us to broadcast the premiere of the new Too Much Rock B-side single: Witch Jail, covering "My Brain is in the Cupboard Above the Kitchen Sink. Too Much Rock presents Witch Jail in "Slimewave USA!", Friday, Feb 10, at Mills Record Company. At 11:15, Mark talks with Nathan Reusch, of The Record Machine about Sound Machine KC, Feb 10, at recordBar, with Jaenki, Pink Royal, Westerners, & Westside Royal.
Wednesday MidDay Medley plays The MidCoast Sound February 1, 2017 | 10:00 am
Mark plays "The MidCoast Sound" from: Katy Guillen & The Girls, Krystle Warren, Catch 22 feat. Joe Good, Erica Joy, Timbers, False Brother, Dead Dads Club, Betse & Clarke, Calvin Arsenia, Billy Bragg and new music from Rory Fresco, Case/Lang/Veirs, Arcade Fire feat. Mavis Staples, and Boss Hog. Betse Ellis & Marion Merritt will encourage our listeners to support Community Radio. Jennifer McCartney reports on the Women’s March on Washington, and Aaron Rhodes, shares info about Shuttlecock Music Showcase 003 - Feb 17, at Mills Record Company.
WMM Talks with Amy Marcus, Jen Harris, & Susanna Lee January 25, 2017 | 10:00 am
Mark will play New & MidCoastal Releases from: Of Tree, Calvin Arsenia, Dylan Guthrie & The Good Time Guys, Krystle Warren, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Amy Marcus, Eems, Shy Boys, The Philistines, Jessica Paige, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Old Sound, The UK’s, Klymaxx, Dione Taylor, and William Onyeabor. At 10:30 we'll talk with Kansas City based singer/songwriter Amy Marcus. At 11:15 Mark talks with Kansas City-based spoken word poet, Jen Harris about her new one-woman-show, Lust & Disdain playing, February 3 and 4, at 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm, at The Outburst, 1715 Wyandotte Street, KCMO. Also joining us is Susanna Lee Lucky-Deluxe the founder and owner of The Outburst, a new performance space and gallery for offbeat, cutting-edge entertainment located in the Crossroads District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.