WMM’s show # 901 shares stories about 90.1 FM KKFI

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

WMM’s show # 901 shares stories about 90.1 FM KKFI
with 9 special guests, who all keep 90.1 – On The Air!

Tune in to hear stories about how it took over ten years to get KKFI started, about how we almost lost KKFI, about the “terrible teenage years” of KKFI, about how lifelong friends were forged at KKFI, about how far KKFI has come in 33 years, and how far we have yet to go. 90.1 FM KKFI is Kansas City’s most original broadcasting station with over 85 weekly LOCALLY PRODUCED radio programs to serve Kansas City’s diverse collective communities! We’ll also spin songs about radio from: Psychic Heat, Elevator Division, Emily King, Kristie Stremel, Nivea, Anne Feeney, and Joni Mitchell.

At 10:00 we talk with Tom Crane – host & producer of World Sound Radio, who talks about “the beginning” of 90.1 FM – KKFI, and the years of working the Charity Bingo Hall to raise money to purchase the license and our tower. We’ll also discuss creating radio in a basement, driving tapes to the tower, and Sex and Broadcasting.

At 10:20 Judy Ancel – host & producer of Heartland Labor Forum shares stories about “the struggle” and the courage of a small coalition of KKFI programmers who, while continuing to do their weekly shows on KKFI, created the not-for-profit organization, Friends of Community Radio, and filed two lawsuits against the Board of Directors and launched a 3-year public campaign to take back 90.1 FM, restore our name, restore our bylaws, restore our Management, Board, and our Active Members system.

At 10:40 Dorothy Hawkins – host & producer of Mother’s Mix, and Barry Lee – host & producer of Signal To Noise, share stories about the “bump & grind” of 90.1 FM, the “terrible teenage years” of KKFI, a rickety unaccessible staircase, unconscious guests in the studio, and being Station Managers.

At 11:00 Maria Vasquez Boyd – host & producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO joins Marion Merritt – host & producer of Wednesday MidDay Medley to share stories about “The Friendships” that have been created through KKFI, and how they first were invited onto the airwaves of 90.1 FM KKFI, and how they ended up producing and hosting radio programming for nearly two decades.

At 11:20 Ebony Johnson – host & producer of Ebony’s Bones Show, and Catina K Taylor – Vice President of the MidCoast Radio Project Board of Directors speak about “The Current” of The Mid-Coast Radio Project,” about they jumped in as volunteers, board members, and programmers, and about the mission “to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.”

At 11:40 Lesley Pories – President of the MidCoast Radio Project Board of Directors, talks about how she first became a volunteer at 90.1 FM, and was eventually elected to the board and as president. We’ll ask Lesley about the 90.1 FM tower and location, about KKFI’s long-term strategies, and the continual effort to make 90.1 FM sound as great as possible, while creating a place for volunteers to learn and grow as hosts, producers, engineers and collaborators.

Show #901

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