By Dick Stevens for the KFAI Network
A Boon for Twin Cities Listeners
Morning radio got a big boost in September with the launch of KFAI's the new morning show, The Morning Blend, heard Monday through Friday on KFAI from 6am to 8am. Locally produced by Twin Cities radio veteran Dale Connelly and a team of volunteers, The Morning Blend offers news, community affairs segments and a variety of music drawn from Fresh Air’s weekly schedule and presented by KFAI program hosts (described by Dale as “musical omnivores”) as well as special guests.
A Unique Service
“We provide uncommon access to the media for people of all backgrounds,” Dale said in a recent email posting. “It’s more than a slogan. Immigrants, refugees, new citizens and recent arrivals are talking to their communities on KFAI in their native languages and saying to the larger community in no uncertain terms, ‘We are here.’ Take a moment to remember that no one else in the Twin Cities does this – it is a unique service that KFAI performs.” The Morning Blend showcases this unique, diverse programming.
A Second Chance for Great Content
In addition to a daily mix of news and public affairs, Dale points out that The Morning Blend rebroadcasts selected interviews and features from KFAI’s program schedule “that deserve to live again.” The show also airs segments produced by other community radio stations throughout the state.
Read more here to find out Dale’s vision for the program and the future of participation.
From Pam Hill Kroyer, Membership & Volunteer Director
Two-thirds of the goal in almost half the time!
On behalf of KFAI volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, thank you so much to listener-members for your incredible support of our shortened fall pledge drive. I changed the length of our usual pledge drive to highlight the importance of supporting your independent, non-commercial, community-based station now, while being able to hasten a return to our uninterrupted programming, so important to your ears in the landscape of media homogeneity we would have without KFAI. And you responded! Through 1,034 calls and on-line pledges you supported eight days of fundraising and kept giving to help us get closer to our goal. More people gave over the couple of weeks following pledge drive, adding up to over $73,700 for the fall drive.
In addition to the terrific listeners who called the pledge line and gave at KFAI.org, there are many other folks to thank who provide power to KFAI. We have a special group of members who make up the KFAI Booster Club, which provides matching funds for new members during pledge drive. Thank you to Linda Back McKay & David McKay, Jerome Baumhover, Helen Duritsa & Curtis Sloan, Andrea Krelitz, Bill Tilton and three anonymous donors for being part of the KFAI Booster Club!
Each member of KFAI’s Board of Directors contributed to a fund to match new Auto Club members and Auto Club members increasing their gifts on “Auto Club Day,” inspiring 23 people to make a new commitment to community radio. If you see any of these fine people, thank them for their dedication to KFAI: Andy Arsham, Sanni Brown-Adefope, Alan Carlson, Noel Clark, Chris Dronen, Shannon Eckman, Wendy Gaskill, Kel Heyl, Sue Kolstad, Jeremy Nichols, Jason Reed, Barbara "Blanche" Sibley, Ted Singer, John Slade and Dick Stevens!
Many businesses supported KFAI during our pledge drive. Deep thanks to The 331 Club, Harriet Brewing, The Nation Magazine, Rusty Quarters Arcade, Theatre in the Round and The West Bank School of Music for providing matching funds for new member challenges and contributions to our on-line member drawings. You can find out more about these businesses at kfai.org/fallpledgebusinesses. Much gratitude goes out to The Electric Fetus, which provided a lot of support encouraging people to become members of the station. KFAI volunteers and guests were generously fed by these businesses over the drive and during our open house: A Baker's Wife, Afro Deli, Butter Bakery, Bruegger's Bagels, Dilla, Falls Liquor, Hell's Kitchen, Jimmy John's on Riverside Avenue, Loring Pasta Bar, Mapps Coffee and Tea, McDonald's Liquors, Pepito's, Pizza Luce, Spoonriver, Surly Brewing and T's Place. Big thanks to all of the businesses which support community radio!
KFAI, as well as the city, state and country, is holding elections this fall.
Listeners and volunteers who are eligible to vote will be getting ballots in the mail. Along with the ballots you will receive instructions on how to vote. You can use the paper ballot or vote on line. Look for your mail from KFAI in the next few days and give consideration to the slate of candidates. Your vote is important, both to select the board members, and because it represents in a concrete way that the station has active supporters. We also need a quorum of voters from the volunteers.
KFAI will take your used vinyl and CDs for our Fall Record Sale! The Record Sale will be held Friday, November 16th through Sunday, November 18th in the parking lot behind KFAI as part of Midwest Mountaineering's Outdoor Adventure Expo. All genres are accepted and all donations are tax-deductible. The deadline to deliver your donations is Wednesday, November 14th. Contact Miguel Vargas by email or at 612-341-3144 x 20 for more information.
Donations are tax-deductible. Contact Janis Lane-Ewart by email or at 612-341-3144 x 23 with leads on any of these items, thank you!
KFAI will provide live election night coverage with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now, and Andy Driscoll of Truth To Tell. We’ll have results, analysis and commentary from 8pm to midnight with reporters stationed at various election night gatherings. Tune in Tuesday, November 6th at 8pm and spend election night with KFAI.
The KFAI Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, November 14th and you’re invited!
The CAB wants to know what you think of KFAI! A community radio station’s job is to serve the community. As a member of the community, you’re invited to tell the CAB if you think KFAI is meeting your community’s needs. KFAI is operating under a three-year strategic plan with goals set forth by the Board of Directors to be achieved by the end of 2014. To make it easy for you to see this plan and provide feedback, the CAB will hold a public forum where you can say how you feel and what you think about KFAI. Please come to the Plymouth Youth Center, 2210 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis, on Wednesday, November 14th, 6pm – 8pm.
The Community Advisory Board is organized, as required by law and in accordance with a resolution of KFAI’s Board of Directors, to provide advice to KFAI’s Board of Directors and staff in developing programs and policies that address the needs of the communities KFAI serves. KFAI strives to build a Community Advisory Board that represents the diverse needs and interests of the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.
For more information call CAB Chair Chris Elpers: 612-203-5403.
KFAI, Fresh Air, Inc., is supported, in part, by contributing members, volunteers, underwriters, corporate giving programs, area vendors and businesses; anonymous donors; funds of The Minneapolis Foundation (an anonymous fund, The Cooper Schneier Fund, David and Katherine Moore, Joyce Prudden and Michael Shoop, Moore Family Fund for the Arts, and the Helen E. and Daniel T. Lindsay Family Fund; Family Memorial Fund); The Minneapolis Foundation; the McKnight Foundation; the General Mills Foundation; the Rotary Club of Minneapolis; the James R. Thorpe Foundation; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; AMPERS, Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities; the State of Minnesota, including support in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008; and Community Shares donors.