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.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORLD SOUND RADIO
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.