Arts & Culture

Art of the Song

Hosted by   •  Listen live Every Sunday at 4:00am

Art of the Song is a one-hour, independently-produced radio show with music and interviews exploring inspiration and creativity through songwriting and other art forms. The program is heard on over 160 stations worldwide. Learn why songwriters and artists create, how they become inspired, and how you can tap into that creative source in every aspect of your life.

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Arts Magazine

Hosted by Michael Hogge   •  Listen live Every Tuesday at 9:00am

Art Magazine wants to cover it all, from professional stage productions to community and eclectic productions. This KKFI program covers the expensive art galleries as well as the small out of the way places where the new trends begin to surface. Program host Michael Hogge wants Kansas City to learn what it takes to be a vibrant arts town.

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Artspeak Radio

Hosted by Maria Vasquez Boyd   •  Listen live Every Wednesday at 9:00am

ARTSPEAK RADIO is a live radio program on KKFI that airs every Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Host Maria Vasquez Boyd serves up information about the visual and literary arts community including live interviews with artists, writers, and performers.

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Freeze Frame

Hosted by Russ Simmons

Freeze Frame is a weekly show reviewing the latest movies from Hollywood's best films to independent and arthouse movies.
The segment airs at the following times:
Mondays 12:30pm
Tuesdays 9:30am
Thursdays 11:58am
Fridays 10:58am
Saturdays 10:58am

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From Ark to Microchip

Hosted by Dwight Frizzell   •  Listen live At 7pm on the fifth Thursday of the month (Fifth Thursdays in 2022 are March, June, September, December).

The provocative "From Ark to Microchip" 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.

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Global Roots Radio

Hosted by Nilufar   •  Listen live Every Sunday at 3:00pm

A Variety show with weekly programs from various immigrant/ethnic communities in the Kansas City area, from their own viewpoint through cultural, musical and original language.

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Native Spirit Radio

Hosted by Rhonda LeValdo   •  Listen live Every Sunday at 5:00pm

Native Spirit provides Native American music from across the country. From Powwow music to Native American Church, traditional songs from different tribes, to contemporary style like Rock, Country, Blues, and Country. Native people are producing a lot of music and this show is one of the few they can get showcased on.

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New Dimensions

Hosted by Justine Toms   •  Listen live Every Tuesday at 5:00am

Since 1973 New Dimensions Radio/Media, a not-for-profit membership organization, has been producing and distributing the "New Dimensions" radio series heard worldwide. Each week, this life-long learning program series presents leading-edge thinkers, scientists, artists, healers, ecologists, spiritual leaders, and social architects in award winning, deep dialogues.

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One KC Radio Spotlight

Hosted by One Kansas City Radio (KONN-LP 100.1 FM)   •  Listen live Every Wednesday at 5:00am

The One Kansas City Radio Spotlight is collection of programming produced and broadcasted by One Kansas City Radio (KONN-LP 100.1 FM).

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Pacifica Archives

Pacifica Radio Archives’ “From the Vault”

Hosted by Pacifica Radio   •  Listen live Every Sunday at 2:00am

Each week the Pacifica Radio Archives chooses a program "From the Vault" of broadcasts in a half-hour program.

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Paris of the Plains Podcast

Hosted by Matt Hodapp

The Paris of The Plains Podcast is dedicated to producing unheard audio stories from people who have a relationship with Kansas City. We will seek out those narratives that are personal, powerful, but above all surprising and engaging.

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Shots in the Night

Hosted by Bill Pearce   •  Listen live Second Thursday of each month at 7 PM

KKFI's Audio Theatre Experience -- humor and drama that is written, performed, recorded and produced locally.

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Take Two

Hosted by Russ Simmons

The "Take Two" short segment reviews independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City. Take Two first went on the air in 2012 and is co-hosted by Russ Simmons, producer of the “Freeze Frame” short segment, and Susan Sanders.

The segment airs at the following times:
Wednesdays 9:30 am
Fridays 12:58 pm
Saturdays at 5:58 pm
Sundays 3:00 am

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Thursday Night Special

Hosted by Various Hosts   •  Listen live Every Thursday at 7:00pm

Thursday nights are 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 2023 SITN has received seven awards for podcast productions in the 9th Annual Hear Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival produced by the National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc.

Third Thursday: People Power Hour, brought to you by KC Tenants, hosts a rotation of speakers featuring members and leaders from KC Tenants and other tenant unions across the country to analyze, inform, and inspire listeners about the power of tenant unions in America. Every episode will showcase a different lesson about tenant unions and America's problematic history with housing by providing in-depth historical analysis, testimonials and stories from leaders who organized in their  communities, and collectively brainstorming a vision for a better world where housing is treated as a human right.

Fourth Thursday: Sirisha Naidu and Taki Manolakos host Economics For the People, a journey to explore the transformative power of economics when it is harnessed for the working classes, to advance social justice, and to create an inclusive and equitable society. It is an open invitation to participate in collectively shaping and reimagining an economy that prioritizes the needs and aspirations of the working classes, marginalized communities, and individuals of different gender expressions, sexualities, and abilities. The show features diverse voices, experiences and perspectives that often remain unheard in mainstream conversations about economics, markets and numbers.

Fifth Thursday: 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.

Note: These programs may be preempted by special presentations.

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