General News

Date: May 7, 2013
Contact: Nancy Sartor, Project Manager, 612-501-9479 or

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

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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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 Thank you!

Listener-members are invited to attend KFAI’s Membership Annual Meeting, Thursday, December 5th, from 6-8:00pm, at the Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave., S., Minneapolis.

Come hear reports from KFAI’s Board of Directors on our accomplishments during the past year, and enjoy food, fun and fellowship with other members, volunteers and staff.

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Blaine resident Kimberly Brown is using her musical talents to celebrate the holiday season and support the American Heart Association at the same time. Home for the Holidays with Kimberly Brown is an annual holiday concert featuring Brown and her holiday band. This year's concert will feature traditional and original songs, and the debut her first Christmas CD.

Kimberly Brown spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales on The Morning Blend.

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More Minnesotans are using solar energy in their homes and businesses thanks to financial incentives available from state and federal government programs and non-profits organizations. 

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association in southwest Minneapolis has formed a partnership with Applied Energy Innovations and the MN Renewable Energy Society to help community residents get access to affordable solar energy.

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Photo:  Host Ron Thums, Guest Dennis Scholl, Editor Oscar Santana


A few months ago we heard about the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to spark some new ideas about using the arts to enrich the diversity and cultural vibrancy of Minnesota’s capital city.

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The recent news that a patient at a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus has caused a stir in the United States.  But for many Americans, Ebola has already hit very close to home.

Decontee Kofa Sawyer of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, lost her husband to the disease.   Patrick Sawyer was working as a diplomat in Liberia.  He collapsed after getting off a plane in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was scheduled to attend a conference before returning to Minnesota to celebrate two of his three daughters’ birthdays.

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The city of St. Paul has several large parcels of land in transition right now. Among them is the Ford Plant location in the Highland Park neighborhood on the banks of the Mississippi River, the former Dayton’s and Macy’s department store building downtown; the 3M property on the city’s east side and also the Hamm’s brewery location. Cecile Bedor is St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Director, she talked with Dale Connelly in The Morning Blend.

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