General Announcements

KFAI DJs will be on the scene at Art-A-Whirl this weekend, spinning on Friday and Saturday at the Silent Auction Gallery #332 of the Northrup King Building. Explore the amazing art and meet some of your favorite KFAI programmers.

FRIDAY, MAY 17
5 – 6:30pm: Jacquie Maddix “Lady J” / Rollin’ and Tumblin’
6:30 – 8pm: DJ Steely / Kinda Cloudy Radio
8 – 9pm: Sarah Lageson / House Party
9 – 10pm: Mick & Tom Novak / Louisiana Rhythms & This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’

SATURDAY, MAY 18

noon – 1:30pm: Brad Wrolstad / African Rhythms
1:30 – 3pm: Liberty Finch / The Pop Shop
3 – 4:30pm: Miguel Vargas / Radio Pocho
4:30 – 6pm: Old School Bob & Nu Skool Katey / Fused Funk
6 – 7pm: Glen Leslie / Jet Set Planet
7 – 8pm: Mason Butler & Ben Heath / Below the Waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 7, 2013
Contact: Nancy Sartor, Project Manager, 612-501-9479 or nancy.sartor@gmail.com

Five KFAI producers have received Page One Awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Jessica Folker, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms and Daniel Zamzow won awards for work they produced for KFAI’s Legacy Project—the station’s arts and culture initiative managed by Nancy Sartor. KFAI’s Libby Donohue was also recognized with a Page One Award for a story she produced for News Director Dale Connelly.

KFAI’s Legacy Project includes short features that are broadcast on the Morning Blend (Monday through Friday from 6 to 8am), and audio documentaries and live performances that air during MinneCulture (Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8pm). Now in its third cycle, the Legacy Project is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Links to KFAI’s Legacy stories can be found at ampers.org.

SPJ’s Page One Awards honor the best in journalism from across the state. A banquet celebrating the winners takes place on June 18 at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul.

2013 Page One Award Winners:

Jessica Folker – Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling
Category: Mini-documentary/In-depth series [Radio]

Dan Greenwood – West Hills State School: A Troubled Past for the Owatonna Orphanage
Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]

Marisa Helms – Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community
Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]

Daniel Zamzow – Twin Cities Hmong Hip-Hop on the Rise
Category: Feature [Radio]

Libby Donohue – Walker Church Destroyed, Community Looks to Future
Category: Hard News Report [Radio]

Tune into MinneCulture on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30pm to hear a captivating audio documentary by Susan Gray. Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital explores the history of a Minnesota landmark, and why a place on the National Register of Historic Places may not save it from demolition.

In the late 19th century, insane asylums were built across the country in response to a national outcry over the treatment of the mentally ill. More than 75 asylums were designed using Dr. Thomas Kirkbride’s Moral Treatment Plan, which claimed that mental ailments could be alleviated with beautiful architecture and serene landscaping. The former State Hospital in Fergus Falls is one of the few remaining intact Kirbride hospitals in the country. Re-named the Regional Treatment Center in 1985, the building is destined for the wrecking ball if a developer is not soon found. KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke with preservation supporters to learn about the building’s historical significance to Fergus Falls, and the treatment of people with mental illness.

This week on MinneCulture, live from Minnesota visits the Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar in Lowertown St. Paul for When Poets Found Bass, a night of spoken word poetry presented by the Saint Paul Almanac. Featuring Saymoukda D. Vongsay, Fres Thao, Desdamona, Truthmaze and DJ Kool Akiem. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

MINTHEAD ALERT!!! – We are proud to announce that Mint Condition will be featured on TV One’s “Unsung”, next Wednesday, March 13th at 9 PM (EST). We are extremely excited about the episode, and hope you will all enjoy the REAL story of our journey as a band, and as brothers. New Single, Believe In Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF0pNGx58Uw

Bobby Z and the American Heart Association present… The 2nd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! a celebrity-filled concert featuring Questlove, Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, Alexander O’Neil, Stokley of Mint Condition, and more surprise celebrity artists. March 9, 2013 at First Avenue in Minneapolis

Join KFAI’s social media squad!

KFAI is looking for volunteers to post on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll pair you up with one or more programmers to help spread the word about KFAI’s rich and eclectic music, news, arts and public affairs shows.

Communicate with hosts about their shows, then tweet and post to social media sites each week. What is the theme of this week’s show? Are there any special guests or features? Any community activities planned?

Collect the details and let listeners know via social media. Expand KFAI programming and attract new listeners, members, and volunteers to the KFAI community. It’s simple and requires only as much time as you want to spend.

For more information, contact Sam Montgomery at smontgomery@mcnallysmith.edu. Thank you!

The Lennie Chism Show will be knocking the chill off tonight.. Minnesota’s own Ray Covington joins the airwaves live in studio, showcasing his talents http://www.reverbnation.com/raycovington

Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy welcome Mr. Zero to the Pop Shop on Tuesday, Oct 9, from midnight to 2am. The retail king of pop culture, Mr Zero’s shop in Roseville offers vinyl LPs and 45s, CDs, turntables, toys, games, posters and collectables. Tune into the Pop Shop each week to hear powerpop, bubblegum, psychedelic, garage, rock and more! Hits, misses and ephemera, every Monday night into Tuesday morning from midnight to 2am.

The Emerald Ash Borer season is starting again. The pests have made slow progress through Minnesota – the Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Ramsey, Hennepin, Houston and Winona Counties, killing ash trees by tunneling into the wood and feeding on the tree’s nutrients.

Story by CJ Nile

A group of former Catholic priests held a press conference yesterday to voice their opposition to Minnesota’s proposed constitutional marriage amendment that would limit marriage to the union of a man and a woman. The Catholic church is officially in favor of the amendment and has used its money and energy to support passage.