This troupe has been entertaining KKFI’s listeners since 2010. It is all local, all home grown. Writers, actors, technicians, and producers are local artists and artisans, some of whom have day jobs! They have an eclectic, if somewhat erratic, outlook on life and what you think is funny. Still, on the second Thursday of each month, you’ll find them in this time slot on the Thursday Night Special.
First Thursday: Jasmine Jones hosts Next Step Forward, a spotlight on millennials of Kansas City who are within a marginalized group, but are using their talents, business, activism etc. to help bring positivity within their communities. This program exists to be a place that is inclusive, safe, fun, inspirational and educational not only for the listeners but for the guest as well.
Second Thursday: Shots in the Night radio theatre; hosted and produced by various members of Shots In The Night. In 2021 SITN has received two awards for podcast productions in the 9th Annual Hear Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival produced by the National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc.
SITN placed in two categories: Lover’s Red script won first place in the GOLD category; Bank Note in 5 Acts took second place in the SILVER category.
Third Thursday: Stand Up! produced by the Racial Justice Initiative, including Catina Taylor, Betty Le Shackelford, Darnell Hunt, Richard Mabion, and Lesley Pories. The RJI is a creative collaborative resource for challenging the status quo and elevating Black and allied voices to propel change. We seek to serve as a community resource for unpacking and addressing systemic racism while also ensuring that KKFI operates with highest attention and adherence to the best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion.
Fourth Thursday: Jay Hawkins hosts Changing Narratives, a program of guest interviews and topics that seek to expand the view that many have about African Americans. Subjects will include current events, mental health, political science, the arts, history and many more.
Fifth Thursday: beginning July 31, 2021: The provocative "From Ark to Microchip", produced by Dwight Frizzell, mixes commentary, dramatic re-enactment, original music, historic voices, audio art and sound effects in a pan-historical, pan-cultural milieu. Programs in the program series have received several awards.