General News

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

As KFAI heads into the start of its fall pledge drive on Wednesday, September 17, the station faces a fresh financial crisis. Without a major increase in revenue, KFAI will come up more than 100-thousand dollars short of its budgeted goal by the end of the year. 

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KFAI is seeking two interns to work and learn in our News Department.  The internships run 12 weeks, from September 22nd   through December 12th, 2014. 

Click here to apply online.

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The KFAI Board of Directors announces its search for a new Executive Director. Please follow the link to see a full position profile and details. The deadline for submitting resumes is Monday, May 13th, 2013. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right person to lead KFAI into the future and make a real difference in our community. Please feel free to distribute this position announcement throughout your networks. We will keep the community informed as to our progress with the search. We hope to have a new Executive Director on board in June.

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CW23 TV  just profiled KFAI on the program“Our Issues Twin Cities”, and producer Rana Kanal and her colleagues did a wonderful job telling our story! 

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KFAI Youth Media Producer Cynthia Ramsey won the audience choice award for her story “My Experience in the Foster Care System” at the Twin Cities Youth Media Network Showcase.

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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 all of KFAI’s Legacy stories can be found at ampers.org.

Photo L to R: Daniel Zamow, Libby Donohue, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms, Dale Connelly, Nancy Sartor. Not pictured: Jessica Folker.

KFAI 2012-13 Award Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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]

MinnPost writer Jim Walsh gives some ink to several KFAI programmers in his piece,Turn the radio on: one man's guide to the 22 best specialty shows on Twin Cities airwaves. Half of his list includes KFAI p

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In September the Board of Directors of Fresh Air Community Radio announced that KFAI was headed towards a 100 thousand dollar deficit for the year. 

Since then, the station has had a successful pledge drive, and plans have been set for a staff restructuring. 

Mary Bensman is chair of the KFAI board.  She talked with Kirk Mattson about KFAI's challenges and possible changes.   

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