Sunday at 1:00 pm

World Sound Radio

World Sound Radio provides a window on the world of popular and traditional music not heard on other broadcast media in the Kansas City area. It also provides a unique service airing live, international world music artists who visit the metropolitan area. The show provides an educational service to Kansas City by sharing information about other nations and cultures, particularly non-Western ones and offering guests who have an international perspective. Currently World Sound Radio airs from 1 PM to 3 PM every Sunday at KKFI.ORG or on 90.1 FM in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. (In the center of North America)


The World Sound Radio’s purpose is to promote world peace and international understanding by exposing Kansas Citians to information and music unavailable on other media. It also gives a voice to those from refugee and ethnic communities which do not have access to the airwaves.


During its history, the WS has worked with many communities in the Kansas City area including groups, individuals, and associations from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, China, Malawi, South Africa, France, Zimbabwe, Germany, Scotland, Tibet, Cameroon, and many others. A live interview with Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a world renowned artist from Nigeria was aired on the WS during his visit to Kansas City. In addition, the WS has promoted citywide events such as the Scottish Highland Games, and the Ethnic Enrichment Festival. The WS was helpful in setting up the visit of Thomas Mapfumo from Zimbabwe to Kansas City, an important world music artist, to be the featured artist who performed at the Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Festival.


The two-hour WS began when KKFI went on the air. Hosted by one of the station’s founders, Tom Crane. In its 15 years on-air, it has provided music from over 90 countries and had guests from over 25 nations. During its history, the show has appeared in several time slots. In the 90’s, when the WS aired on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, it was a top station fund-producing program during pledge drives.

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In the Homestretch November 18, 2018 | 1:00 pm

SUNDAY 1:00 PM Sean Mawhirter
SUNDAY 1:30 PM NuBlvckCity (New Black City)
SUNDAY 2:00 PM Good Saint Nathanael
SUNDAY 2:30 PM ECO - External Combustion Orchestra

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Band Auction November 19, 2017 | 1:00 pm

Turlach & Eddie, Joanna Berkebile Jazz Quartet, River Cow Orchestra, and Pablo Sanhueza & KC Latin Jazz All Stars

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filling in for Tom Crane sounds like this! May 28, 2017 | 1:00 pm

see playlist! thanks Tom Crane for letting me fill-in!

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Even More Still November 20, 2016 | 1:00 pm

SUNDAY 1:00 PM Natalie Bates Trio 250
SUNDAY 1:30 PM River Cow Orchestra 250
SUNDAY 2:00 PM Ballybriken 200
SUNDAY 2:30 PM Tracer Hieghts 200

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Fema Kuti July 10, 2016 | 1:00 pm

Tom Crane interviewed Femi Kuti (son of Fela) before his show at Grinders Friday night, Will air the interview on World Sound Radio this Sunday 7/10/16 between 1 & 3 PM - 90.1 FM

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Three Great Bands! April 3, 2016 | 1:00 pm

Tome Cranes has three fine bands up for auction!

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Band Auction: River Cow Orchestra, Calvin Arsenia, Gerald Trimble, and Mount Veritas April 12, 2015 | 1:00 pm

River Cow Orchestra at 1pm
Calvin Arsenia 1:30pm
Gerald Trimble at 2P
River Cow Orchestra 2:30pm

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Band Auction: Earthly Delights, Benjamin Warner, & Katie Benyo April 5, 2015 | 1:00 pm

At 1:30, Tom Crane welcomes Earthly Delights, a project by musician Kevin Coon. He plays the ukulele, keyboard, synthesizer, egg shaker, and sings.

Benjamin Warner is next at 2pm, then violinist Katie Benyo closes out the show.

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Band Auction Edition: Backfat, Nuthatch 47, and Atzlan! April 27, 2014 | 1:00 pm

It's an incredible, special edition of World Sound Radio as Tom Crane hosts not one, but THREE eclectic, local bands for you to bid on for your next Big Thing. Starting at 1PM, we have Backfat, followed by Nuthatch 47, and ending with Atzlan at 2:00!

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Nilufar in for Tom this afternoon! July 28, 2013 | 1:00 pm

It's a guest hosting treat today as KKFI alum Nilufar Movahedi (formerly of Saba and Sayeh) sits in for the vacationing Tom Crane this weekend.

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Tom Crane acquired his interest in world music after working several years as a volunteer with a publc health project in Malawi, Central Africa. He received his M.A. in International Affairs, African Studies, at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and has worked in Africa several times. During his travels in over 30 nations, Tom accumulated and recorded his library of world music.

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