KFAI “Radio Without Boundaries” introduced a new program schedule the week of July 1st, 2007. The new schedule includes many KFAI favorites in new times as well as several notable new shows. KFAI will continue to announce additional schedule changes and debut new programs throughout the summer.
The new KFAI program schedule was developed over the last year by the station’s volunteer Program Committee in an effort to reach new audiences and develop new and adventurous programming.
I am really excited about the changes coming to fruition after so much hard work over the last year, said Patricia Nelson, Fresh Air, Inc. Board Member and Program Committee Co-chair. I believe the new schedule reflects the station’s mission of ‘providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media.’
New Programs Now On the Air
Encuentro (Sundays, 1-2:30pm)
Encuentro will take you on a journey across Latin America with its folk and traditional music. Encuentro will also explore, in a casual but informative setting, other language-related traditions (from literature to proverbial expressions), as well as other forms of artistic expression of the Latin American peoples.
CHAT Radio: Hmong Arts & Culture (Mondays, 8:30-9:30pm)
Produced in collaboration with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, CHAT Radio is a full hour of music, poetry and more from Hmong artists.
Haiv Hmong (Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30pm)
Haiv Hmong is a new news and public affairs program for the Hmong community. The program is hosted by Lee Pao Xiong, Professor and Director of the Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University, and Kao Kalina Yang, a local writer. The program makes its debut on Wednesday, August 1st.
Somali Community Link (Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm)
Somali Community Link is a new Somali language talk program focused on the issues of youth and women within the Somali community. Hosted by Zuhur Ahmed, the program features regular interviews with community leaders and call-in segments with listeners.
Oromo Community Radio (Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm)
Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to roughly 15,000 Oromos coming from Oromiyaa, a region located in central Ethiopia. Oromo Community Radio will be KFAI’s second program for this growing community, joining the long-running Voice of Oromiyaa (Sunday 5-6pm) in the weekly schedule. The program will feature local and international news, music, community announcements, and interviews.
Freewheelin’ (Mondays, 9-11am)
Jackson Buck presents Freewheelin’, a free-flowing musical journey through the years of recorded history featuring the sounds of Americana, folk, rockabilly, blues, alt-country, country swing, Cajun & zydeco, old-time, jug band, bluegrass and more.
Truth to Tell (Wednesdays, 11am-Noon)
Produced and hosted by local public affairs specialist and Twin Cities media veteran Andy Driscoll and co-hosted by respected editor and journalist Craig Cox, the hour-long Truth to Tell will delve into issues often not covered in depth by other regional news and public affairs outlets and often not with the goal of engaging citizens in resolving the critical state, local, and regional issues they face day-to-day.
MN Soundtrack (Fridays, 7:30-9pm)
MN Soundtrack is a showcase of the incredibly vibrant and diverse music community that Minnesota supports. It carries on the tradition of KFAI’s local music shows of the past, including Local Sound Department. MN Soundtrack features new and classic local music and live performances in the KFAI studios.
Family Groove (Fridays, 7-7:30pm)
KFAI’s long-running Web only kids show now joins the Friday night schedule. Host Will Hale presents kid and family friendly music that isn’t your run-of-the-mill kid stuff.
Variations on a Theme (Sundays, 10:30-11pm)
Host Ian Thompson presents a collection of music, poetry, quotations, and literature all linked by a common theme.
Across the Board (Fridays, 2-5am)
DJ SLT and Anneka join KFAI’s freeform overnight programming with their take on goth, punk, electro, and the occasional theme show.
WomenSpeak (Tuesdays, 10-10:30pm)
WomenSpeak is a public affairs program presenting issues of importance to women and introducing noteworthy women to the broader community.
Kinda Cloudy Radio (Late Sunday/Early Monday, Midnight-2am)
Host DJ Steely interprets the classification of “soul music” in his own terms, fusing Reggae, Funk, Afrobeat & the Blues.
Notable Schedule Changes
Womenfolk (Sundays, 11-1pm)
Womenfolk is a weekly radio program highlighting the best in women's folk/acoustic music, hosted by Ellen Stanley. It moves from 1 to 3 pm to 11am-1pm on Sundays.
Sangam (Saturdays, 5-7pm)
KFAI’s South Asian music program, Sangam moves from Monday night to Saturdays from 5-7pm. Sangam features music from India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries including Bollywood, Bhangra, Asian Underground, Indian classical and more. As co-host Mukhtar Thakur says, “it’s all the hits this side of Bombay, this side of town.”
Fresh Fruit (Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm)
The longest-running LGBT radio program in the country moves to a 7:30pm start on Thursdays starting July 5th.
This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ (Late Fridays, Midnight-2am)
This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' features all female vocalists, Femme pop, girls with guitars, girl groups, girl singers, tough dolls, baby dolls, honey dolls, sweet soul sisters, female jazz vocalists…you get the idea. Hosted by record hound Mick Novak, TLGGR moves from late Sunday to Friday nights, Midnight-2am following Crap from the Past.
Listening Lounge (Mondays, 7-7:30pm)
The Listening Lounge is KFAI's audio and documentary showcase. It moves from Wednesday morning to Mondays at 7pm.
Health Notes (Mondays, 11am-Noon)
KFAI’s weekly health program moves from Monday at 9am to Monday at 11am. Health Notes is hosted by Kinshasha Kambui.
Conversations with Al McFarlane (Tuesdays, 11-noon)
Hosted by Al McFarlane, editor of Insight News, this weekly public affairs program covering issues important to the local African-American community moves from Monday to Tuesday at 11am.
Voices of Ethiopia (Sundays, 2:30-4pm)
Eritrean Community Radio (Sundays, 4-5pm)
Voice of Oromiyaa (Sundays, 5-6pm)
KFAI’s block of East African programming moves to a 2:30pm start time starting July 1st.
The WAVE Project (Sundays, 6-7pm)
KFAI’s weekly public access hour moves to a 6pm start time on Sundays.
Indian Uprising (Sundays, 7-8pm)
Indian Uprising is a public and cultural affairs programming concerned with sober and meaningful issues of Indigenous people. Program producer, Chris Spotted Eagle, is a long-time resident and activist in Minneapolis. He was a TV producer at Twin Cities Public Television. Spotted Eagle said, regular programming about Indian issues on any radio station here in the Twin Cities was nonexistent. Indian Uprising is filling that historical gap. Indian Uprising expands to an hour-long format at its new 7pm time.
Filipino-American National News (Sundays, 8-8:30pm)
KFAI’s weekly news program for the local Filipino community moves from Wednesdays to Sunday nights.
Bonjour Minnesota (Sundays, 8:30-9:30pm)
Georgette and Caryl take their exploration of francophone culture from Wednesday to Sunday nights starting July 1st.
Wednesday’s Spoken Word (Wednesdays, 7-7:30pm)
Charles Brin and Beryl Greenberg bring you live readings of a wide variety of short stories drawn from the best work of authors from all over the world. The program moves from Wednesday morning to Wednesdays at 7pm.
Art Matters (Thursdays, 7-7:30pm)
One of the last remaining arts radio programs in the Twin Cities, Art Matters features in-depth interviews with artists and innovators in the arts community. Hosted by producer Marya Morstad, Art Matters also features a weekly “Radio mnartists” profile, produced in collaboration with mnartists.org.
Catalyst: Politics and Culture (Fridays, 11-11:30am)
Local writer Lydia Howell explores local culture, art, and activism with interviews and special features. Catalyst moves from Tuesdays to Fridays at 11am.
Caribbean Jam (Saturdays, 3-5pm)
Lynval Jackson hosts Caribbean Jam, offering the latest reggae, calypso, and Soca music, news and information in a weekly visit to the Caribbean/ Caribbean Jam moves to its new 3pm start time starting July 7.
Sound Affects: A Radio Playground (Sundays, 9:30-10:30pm)
Sound Affects, hosted by Jerry Stearns, is a showcase of audio theater, featuring the best of modern audio theater, snippets from Old Time Radio drama, spoken word comedy, and talk about and with some of the skillful practitioners of the Theater of the Mind. The program now airs Sundays at 9:30pm.
Complete schedule information can be found at www.kfai.org/station/schedule.
KFAI welcomes comments on the new schedule and all of our programs. Please send your comments to Program Director Dan Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org or Executive Director Janis Lane-Ewart at email@example.com
KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.