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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 is Spinning Records with Marion Merritt + Red Kate & Too Much Rock February 21, 2018 | 10:00 am

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records with Merritt, as our “Guest Producer” to spin tracks from: The O'Jays, Chocolate Watchband, Wooden Shjips, LaVice & Company, THE DESCENDANTS OF MIKE AND PHOEBE, Death And Vanilla, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Asia Argento, CSC Funk Band, ORGŌNE, Funkadelic, Bardo Pond, The Sufis, Tess Parks, Sunny War, Joan Armatrading, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and more. Plus, Mark talks with members of Red Kate about their new Too Much Rock - Singles Series release. Also joining us is Sid Sowder, founder of Too Much Rock.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley spins music of Folk Alliance International Conference + Victor & Penny + Don Simon + Megan Slankard February 14, 2018 | 10:00 am

Mark spins songs from musical artists playing Official & Private Showcases at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference, February 14, 15, 16, and 17 at the Westin Crown Center. We’ll hear tracks from: AHI, Ruthie Foster, Victor & Penny, The Accidentals, Hope Dunbar, Yirrmal, John Oates, Black Umfolosi, The Mammals, Radio Free Honduras, Rosie & The Riveters, Megan Slankard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Anais Mitchell. At 10:15 KC based musical artists: Jeff Freling & Erin McGrane who perform as Victor & Penny join us to talk about the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference. Victor & Penny play an Official Showcase Saturday, Feb 17 at 6:45 PM in the Garden Terrace at the Weston Crown Center. At 10:40 Mark talks with Don Simon about the Lost Cowgirl Records Private Showcase at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference. Over 40 musical acts will be presented during four nights, February 14 - 17, in Room 713 at The Weston Crown Center. At 11:30 native Californian Indie Rocker - Megan Slankard from San Francisco joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios! Megan will be playing ten Private Showcases at Folk Alliance International Conference.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley features Music from Folk Alliance International + Instant Karma + Julia Other + Hedwig And The Angry Inch February 7, 2018 | 10:00 am

Mark plays songs from musical artists playing Official Showcases at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference, February 14, 15, 16, and 17 at the Westin Crown Center. We’ll hear tracks from: Crys Matthews, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, The War and Treaty, Mary Gauthier, Steve Poltz, and Darling West. At 10:30 members of the band Instant Karma join us to share new music. At 11:00 Mark talks with Julia Othmer who plays Knuckleheads, Friday, February 9. At 11:30 Justin Carter-Van Pelt and Katie Gilchrist share details of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, running through February 17 at the Arts Asylum, 1000 E 9th, presented by the Egads! Theatre.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley plays “The MidCoast Sound” with The Super Blue Blood Moon January 31, 2018 | 10:00 am

Mark plays “The MidCoast Sound” with new and area musical releases from: Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Calvin Arsenia, R U B E O, Krystle Warren, Digital Leather, Bobby Watson, Khrystal., KD Kuro, Betse & Clarke, Sara Morgan, Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type, Victor & Penny, Truckstop Honeymoon, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Chase the Horseman, Fathers, and Sara Swenson.
Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt join us as guest co-hosts to encourage our diverse and beautiful listeners to call 888-931-0901, and support 90.1 FM KKFI - Kansas City Community Radio during our Winter Fund Drive Show.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley features FaceFace and Full Gallop January 24, 2018 | 10:00 am

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: FACEFACE, Katy Guillen and The Girls, MGDs, Matt Otto & Andy Ehling, Andrew Foshee, The Grisly Hand, Dylan Guthrie & The Good Time Guys, The Sea and Cake, Tune-Yards, The Go! Team, Yo La Tengo, First Aid Kit, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, They Might Be Giants, and Betty Davis. At 10:30, we’ll talk with founders of Spinning Tree Theatre about FULL GALLOP, their new show running January 26 through February 11 at Just Off Broadway Theatre. At 11:15 Mark talks with Ryan Lee Toms about FACEFACE, an experimental electronic hiphop musical collaboration with Paul S. Nyakatura.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley talks with Ryan Wilks of Here Where You Wish + Lesley Pories January 17, 2018 | 10:00 am

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Momma's Boy, Dead Voices, Nathan Corsi, Sara Morgan, Payge Turner Music, Mother Russia Industries, Marideth Sisco & Accomplices, Westerners, Jake Wells, Be/Non, The Hillary Watts Riot, Hipshot Killer, Old Sound, Destroyer, Superorganism, Minnie Riperton, Sufjan Stevens, and Superchunk with Waxahatchee & Stephin Merritt. Plus, Mark talks with 90.1 FM MidCoast Radio Project Board Member - Lesley Pories, and with Artist Ryan Wilks about Here Where You Wish, opening April 6, at Kansas City Public Library, downtown at 14 East 10th Street.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley is “Remembering MLK” January 10, 2018 | 10:00 am

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929 with music of the movement from: Mavis Staples, Pops Staples, The Staple Singers, Krystle Warren, Bobby Watson & The I Have A Dream Project Featuring Glenn North, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Common & John Legend, Curtis Mayfield, Maceo & The Macks, Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson, The Swan Silvertones, Thelonious Monk Septet, Sweet Honey in The Rock, The Holmes Brothers, The Chambers Brothers, and The Isley Brothers, Aaron Neville, Soweto Gospel Choir, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger, and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie + Iris Dement January 3, 2018 | 10:00 am

In our first hour we present our annual celebration of Iris DeMent, with music from her full length recordings, plus her collaborations with Greg Brown, John Prine, and Nancy Griffith. In addition, we'll play music from her inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Merle Haggard. In our second hour we celebrate David Bowie with songs from David Bowie’s studio albums, songs performed by Joan As Police Woman, Soft Reeds, and James Murphy, and Bowie stories from: Ben Grimes, Nico Gray, and Krystle Warren. At 11:15, Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen join us to share information about the 3rd Annual The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 8:00 PM at recordBar to benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in Kansas City.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017 (Part 4 of 4) December 27, 2017 | 10:00 am

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-four, of our four-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017. 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 to #1 of our list, with representative tracks from: Krystle Warren, Making Movies, Calvin Arsenia, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Mysterious Clouds, Kemet the Phantom, Andrew Foshee, Berwanger, Samantha Fish, Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, The Roseline, Hermon Mehari, Emmaline Twist, Truckstop Honeymoon, Mess, Momma's Boy, Betse & Clarke, The Country Duo, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, LCD Soundsystem, Moses Sumney, The XX, Jay Som, Perfume Genius, Valerie June, Julien Baker, Broken Social Scene, The Magnetic Fields, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley present: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017 (Part 3 of 4) December 20, 2017 | 10:00 am

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-three, of our four-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017. 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. This Wednesday, we'll count down #58 through #30 of our list, with representative tracks from: The Whiffs, Instant Karma!, Eems, Jametatone, Lovergurl, Run With It, Mad Libby, The Sluts, KD Kuro, Erica Joy, Of Tree, Khrystal, Erin Keller, Nature Boys, David George, Broken Arrows, Kevin Morby, Sheer Mag, Curtis Harding, Japanese Breakfast, Sampha, Beck, Diet Cig, Jackie Shane, Phoebe Bridgers, The New Pornographers, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The National, and St. Vincent.

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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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