General News

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 smontgomery@mcnallysmith.edu. 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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On Saturday morning, April 18th, KFAI will be off the air from 2 to 6 am for transmitter maintainence.  When we return to the air on Saturday morning, our HD radio signal will be restored and rejuvenated for your listening enjoyment! 

But there's no need to tune out; listen online during maintainence as we stream three of our Web-only programs: Below the Waste, Heart of the City Radio, and Foreign Currency.  

 

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KFAI has a rich selection of programs that are only heard online – our web shows represent the developing sound of the station as new producers and DJ’s find their voices. In the hours leading up to the beginning of our Spring Membership Drive for 2015 (at 6am Saturday, March 14), we’ll showcase two of our web-only programs.

At 2 am, listen for Below The Waste as hosts Mason and Ben pursue their declared mission: “For over two years we’ve sought to embrace the terrible and sublime with equal affection.”

And at 4 am, DJ Takara and DJ Lady Em will bring you Versed Radio, with quality music drawn from a broad background.

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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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