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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 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.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2015 + Michelle Bacon November 25, 2015 | 10:00 am

In our first hour Mark plays Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2015, with music from: Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7, Spirit Is The Spirit, The Philistines, Sunday Heroine, Various Blonde, Kasey Rausch, Wyatt West, Stephonne, The Cave Girls, Mr. and the Mrs., Shades of Jade, Admiral of the Red, David George & a Crooked Mile, The Conquerors, and Bonzo Madrid. In our second hour, we welcome musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, Editor of the Deli Magazine KC, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle joins us to play from her favorite musical recordings of 2015.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley welcomes Iris DeMent + Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear + Andrew Foshee November 18, 2015 | 10:00 am

At 10:00 Mark welcomes back to the show, for their 5th appearance on Wednesday MidDay Medley, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, who will perform live in our 90.1 FM studios. We'll talk with Madisen and Ruth about their upcoming appearance on NBC Television's Today Show, on Monday, November 23, their tour through December that ends at the Ryman Theatre in Nashville on December 30th and 31st. And we’ll play their newest single, “Yellow Taxi” from their acclaimed debut album, Skeleton Crew on Glassnote Records. At 10:30 Andrew Foshee joins us to play live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Andrew Foshee and his Gosh Darn Band play The Tank Room, 1813 Grand BLVD, on December 5, at 9:00 pm opening for The Grisly Hand. At 11:15 Mark talks with Grammy nominated singer songwriter, Iris DeMent about her new album, “The Trackless Woods,” her 6th studio album that sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Noted as one of Russia's finest poets, Akhmatova lived through the Bolshevik Revolution, World War I and II, and Stalin. Through the process of making these poems into songs, Iris was able to connect with her adopted daughter's culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was "just one month shy of being six years old." Iris said, “I’d never have made this record were it not for her.” Iris DeMent and Pieta Brown play Knuckleheads Saloon, Friday, November 20.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley welcomes Josey Records KC + Jerry Harrington on Laurie Anderson’s HEART OF A DOG November 11, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark plays New & MidCoastal releases from: The Electric Lungs, Berwanger, Yes You Are, The Latenight Callers, Claire & the Classical Revolution, Dead Voices, Parquet Courts, Laurie Anderson, and Lou Reed. At 10:00 the staff of KC’s Josey Records: Christian LaBeau, Britt Adair, and Steve Shoup, join us as "Guest Producers" for our first hour. The trio will play tracks from: The Conquerors, Phantom Head, Psychic Heat, Angel Deradoorian, and share information about Black Friday Record Store Day on November 27. Josey Records, at 1814 Oak Street, will host an in-store live show starting at 5:00 pm, with Mysterious Clouds, Phantom Head, HMPH, Drop A Grand, and The Conquerors. At 11:30 Mark talks with Jerry Harrington of The Tivoli KC Cinemas, who joins us to talk about the critically acclaimed new film, written, directed, produced and scored, by Laurie Anderson, HEART OF A DOG. Mark will play selected tracks from the complete soundtrack recording of HEART OF A DOG available from Nonesuch Records. HEART OF A DOG opens at The Tivoli on Friday, November 13.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley surveys Apocalypse Meow 8 + Stephonne Singleton & Jamie Searle November 4, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark plays New & MidCoastal releases from: Berwanger, Kangaroo Knife Fight, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Westerners, Federation of Horsepower, Amy Farrand, The Noise FM, Sara Morgan, Stephonne Singleton, Malachy Papers, Be/Non, Millage Gilbert, Straight White Teeth, The Lucky Graves, Joanna Newsom, EL VY, and more! At 10:30 Stephonne Singleton joins us to talk about his upcoming album, Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard. Also joining us will be musician/producer, Jamie Searle. Stephonne will perform an exclusive, live acoustic performance in our 90.1 FM studios. At 11:15 Mark talks with Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation who joins us to share all of the details of Apocalypse Meow 8, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at recordBar, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, at 7:00 pm at Mills Record Company; and SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8, at Knuckleheads Saloon, the annual fundraiser for Midwest Music Foundation and Abby’s Fund. More info at

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Music, Monsters & Michael McQuary October 28, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark plays haunted tracks from: Dead Kennedys, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Digital Leather, The Misfits, Sinoia Caves, Laurie Anderson, Bauhaus, Iggy & The Stooges, Siouxie & The Banshees, John Carpenter, Ed Wood, Crimson Joy, Danny Elfman, Arcade Fire, Cesar Davila-Irizarry & Charlie Clouser, William Stromberg & The Moscow Symphony, Kenneth Alwyn & The Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra. We’ll also feature music from: The Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Halloween, Beetlejuice, Candyman, Beyond The Black Rainbow, Six Feet Under, and American Horror Story. Joining us for the entire show, will be stage & screen actor, Michael McQuary, who will share his unique interpretations of monsters of film: Béla Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Dr. Fu Manchu, and more. Also joining the show is artist, writer, and teacher, Maria Vasquez Boyd, producer & host of ARTSPEAK Radio. At 11:15 Jamie Searle joins us to share information about, Macabre KC, Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, 8:30 pm to 12:30 am, at Knuckleheads, featuring MY BROTHERS & SISTERS, KC's Dynamic 14-piece urban orchestra, playing along to iconic movie scenes with guest vocalists, Jessica Paige, Calvin Arsenia, Stephonne Singleton, Christian Robinson and Bach Aria Soloist - Sarah Tannehill Anderson. Scenes from famous horror and adventure films will be projected for the audience. Historical Kansas City will present a reading from the Paris of the Plains podcast, accompanied by orchestra.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley talks with Ty Herndon + Alyssa Murray + Guest Producer Nico Gray October 21, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark welcomes Nico Gray who returns to Wednesday MidDay Medley as Guest Producer for our first hour. Nico Gray will feature music from: Alfred Hall, Cocteau Twins, Rita Mitsouko, Lilly Wood and The Prick, Nina Simone, Jake Bugg, PJ Harvey, Sturgill Simpson, Tom T. Hall, Cat Stevens, Kid Koala (feat. Audrey Hepburn), Sacri Cuori, and Cult Hero. At 11:00 Mark talks with jazz vocalist, pianist and songwriter, Alyssa Murray, who plays with The AM Trio. The AM Trio play Uptown Arts Bar on Saturday, October 24. At 11:30 Mark talks with country music superstar, Ty Herndon. Herndon has charted a total of 17 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 3 number ones. In November of 2014, Ty Herndon was the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay. Ty Herndon plays The Folly Theatre, Friday, October 23, at 8:00 pm.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley talks w/ Scott Easterday & Patrick Alonzo Conway on “Verse, Chorus, Bridge” + Slow Motion Commotion + Thunderclaps October 14, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark plays More New & MidCoastal Releases from: Psychic Heat, Hearts of Darkness, Heartfelt Anarchy, Good Time Charley, Betse & Clarke, Kansas City Bear Fighters, Expassionates, Thunderclaps, Slow Motion Commotion, Baio, Waxahatchee, and Bloodbirds. At 10:30 Members of the acoustic-folk-punk band, Slow Motion Commotion join us in the studio. Formed by Ian Johnson on vocals, banjo, & harmonica and Shane Deaver on vocals, guitar & mandolin. For their new, 15-track album, they’ve added drums, piano, violin, and Taylor Gwin on stand-up bass. The band has just finished recording, mixing, and mastering their new album, “The Day’s Not Over Until You Fall Asleep.” At 11:00, Mark talks with Scott Easterday and Patrick Alonzo Smith Conway, about, Expassionates: "Verse, Chorus, Bridge" to be presented LIVE, on Saturday, October 17, at 7:00pm, at Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club, 3402 Main St, Kansas City, MO with musicians: Troy Van Horn, Bryan Hicks, Matt Richey, Patrick Alonzo Conway, Scott Easterday, Nate Hofer. At 11:30, Mark talks with Bryce Jones & Colin Blunt of the band Thunderclaps, about their new EP release, "Cookin' Up a Good Time,” produced and engineered by Lennon Bone and recorded at Element Recording. Thunderclaps will play a special EP Release show, Friday, October 16, at miniBar with Small Waves & New Baboons.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley plays The MidCoast Sound October 7, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark plays more of our Favorite MidCoastal full-length or EP releases of 2015. We'll play representative tracks from: The Grisly Hand, THE ARCHITECTS, Radkey, The Thunderclaps, Iris DeMent, Barrel Maker, Rev Gusto, Ivory Black, Jessica Paige, Betse & Clarke, GAV7D, Victor & Penny, Toughies, Dreamgirl, Sinple, LION, Ernest James Zydeco and Lauren Anderson. We will also play music from Kraftwerk and Ty Herndon. Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, and songwriter along with Marion Merritt, 90.1 FM Board Member and owner of Records With Merritt, join Mark for the entire show to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI - Kansas City COMMUNITY Radio.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Music from CRAFT + KC Psych Fest + New & MidCoastal Releases September 30, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: RLT, The Philistines, BE/NON, Via Luna, Atlas, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Pink Royal, The Blackbird Revue, The Depth and the Whisper, Jorge Arana Trio, Iris Dement, Julia Holter, JR JR, The Van Allen Belt, Crushed Out, Slim Twig, Metric, Telekinesis, The Revivalists, and Fly Golden Eagle. At 10:30 Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records and Dedric Moore of Monta At Odds and Mysterious Clouds, join us to talk about the 4th Annual KC Psych Fest, October 2 & 3, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, as part of recordBar's 10th Anniversary celebration. At 11:15 Mark talks with Nathan Reusch & Alex Ellis of The Record Machine, and Jonathan Bender of Recommended Daily about CRAFT a new two-day pop-up event concept presented by Chick Events and Recommended Daily that marries handmade and vintage goods with curated local sips and bites and homegrown local bands on Saturday, October 3, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, October 4, 11:00am to 4:00pm.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Ivory Black + The Clementines + Artist Ryan Wilks September 23, 2015 | 10:00 am

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Dreamgirl, The Architects, Toughies, The Grisly Hand, The Pedaljets, Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type, The Thunderclaps, Bears and Company, The Clementines, The Matchsellers, Ivory Black, Beirut, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, and Low. At 10:30 Musician Ivory Black joins us in our 90.1 FM Studios to share music from her new EP, Ready Get Set. Ivory Black plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main Street, on Friday, October 2, with Lucas Oswald and Rae Fitzgerald. At 11:10 Mark talks with members of The Clementines who will share new musical recordings. The Clementines play Carnival, at Memorial Hall, 600 N 7th St, in Downtown KCK, for KCK Business Expo, Tuesday, September 24, from 3:00 pm - 7:00 PM. At 11:35 artist Ryan Wilks joins us to discuss, “Gender Treason,” his new project of documenting the various realities of queer persons living in Kansas City through interviews that are being photographed, recorded, transcribed, and painted in oils.

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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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