Station Announcements

  • Jim Carroll was 19 and homesick. He was crammed into one of 900 C 47s along with 15 buddies of the 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles”. They were loaded down with 100 pound packs, containing their rifle, ammunition and a 3-day supply of k rations. German guns fired from the French beaches below. The tracers flashed around them.

    It was June 6, 1944, D Day, and Jim was in the first wave. Jim parachuted into a small meadow with a stream running through it. He made it through that first deadly day and went on to several major battles of World War II, including Bastogne in Belgium, Operation Market Garden in Holland and the Battle of the Bulge. He was decorated many times and just recently received France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor Medal. (Médaille de la Légion d’Honneur)

    Jim, now 91, will speak tonight, December 2, 20014 about his experiences on Bonjour Minnesota, 8:00-10:00 PM. He will speak in the first part of the program, hosted by Caryl Minnetti and Dana Bogema. Don’t miss this interesting interview which is historically important.

  • Voting is now open at www.kfai.org/elections for 5 seats on the KFAI Board of Directors.  All members and volunteers are eligble to vote.  KFAI’s Board is charged with envisioning the future of KFAI and working with the staff to realize that vision.
  • Today is Give to the Max Day! 

    KFAI will celebrate with a live broadcast from Mapps Coffee, starting at 10 am.  Come for the Dakota Dave Hull Show and stay for African Rhythms! 

    Make your donation by following this link to GiveMN.org.   

    There are two ways you can help. 

  • On Friday, November 14th, KFAI will host a reception honoring Dr. Willie Dean.   The event is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the KFAI green room.

    As part of the staff restructuring passed on October 3rd by KFAI’s Board of Directors, the position of Executive Director was eliminated.  Under the new configuration, the staff will be led by a General Manager – a post for which Dr. Dean did not apply. 

  • Thank you to amazing local singer-songwriter Molly Maher and legendary musician Augie Meyers for coming by Freewheelin' this afternoon! Augie had some great words about community-oriented, music-lovin' stations like KFAI and the importance of keeping them around. You can't go wrong getting a Texas Tornado in the studio during the pledge drive!

    Give us a call @ 612 375 9030 to support free-form music and passionate public affairs programming today!

  • The sounds of FUFA, FUFA, FUFA could be heard throughout KFAI over the past few months from volunteers and staff, as the Freshen Up Fresh Air (FUFA) Committee worked to “freshen up” the station. Committee volunteers did everything from planning color schemes, selecting floor tiles, painting walls and doors, acquiring hand dryers (at wholesale), installing donated mirrors, moving furniture, to relocating a water fountain to make the kitchen more accessible. To show our appreciation, KFAI held an open house on August 28th where we recognized the FUFA Committee and other volunteers who worked on this important project.

    Members of the FUFA Committee included: Debbie Gonsioroski, Susan Gray, Pat Hengemuhle, Nancy Sartor, Nancy Skalkos and Patti Walsh. Other volunteers who helped paint and plaster included Robert Easley, Chris Smith and Jumondeh Tweh. A special thanks to volunteer Chris Elpers, owner of Chris Elpers Carpentry, who laid the restroom floor tiles, trimmed doors, built kitchen cabinets and installed a new kitchen countertop. Also, a special thanks to volunteer Steve Isadore who moved and connected the water fountain, installed restroom faucets and a kitchen light, removed an old TV and hung numerous pictures.

    We are also indebted to Elsa’s House of Sleep for providing furniture in trade, which was arranged by volunteer Lennie Chism. I was moved by the volunteers’ efforts and pleased to donate chairs for the Green Room and photography for the entryway. – Dr. Willie Dean, Executive Director

    Thanks to our volunteers for their hard work to “freshen up” Fresh Air!

  • Paul Metsa has many guitars, wears many hats. He cut his musical teeth on Minneapolis’ West Bank in the early ’80s, and has taken his passion for music and activism on the road—a place he calls the “Blue Guitar Highway,” the title of his memoir published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2012.

  • I’m proud to announce the launch of KFAI’s redesigned website! I hope you’ll find the site to be aesthetic, user friendly and informative.

    Our goal was to invite users to visit and return often to the site to learn about events, peruse the archives, listen live and become more engaged in station activities. We also wanted to encourage visitors to support the station by becoming a donor, a volunteer or an underwriter.

  • How wonderful life would be if you REALLY KNEW—without a doubt—that no one really dies. Think of how your life would change for the better if you were convinced that life is a totally safe and magnificent adventure amidst eternity. Consider how reassuring it would be if irrefutable evidence proved we each are indestructible spiritual beings having a temporary earthly experience. "Soul Proof" by Dr.

  • July is National Minority Mental Health Month 
     

    Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths.

    But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way.

    Both an irreverent memoir and a rousing call to action, Haldol and Hyacinths is the moving story of a woman who refused to become torn across cultural and social lines. Moezzi reports from the front lines of the no-man’s land between sickness and sanity, and the Midwest and the Middle East. A powerful, funny, and poignant narrative told through a unique and fascinating cultural lens, Haldol and Hyacinthsis a tribute to the healing power of hope, humor, and acceptance.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

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