KFAI Network - October 2011
Newsletter Issue: October 2011 Volume 5, Issue 7
KFAI is Cooking Up Radio Specials
...and our Fall Pledge Drive is cooking, too!
By Thursday afternoon, 667 members have supported the station during the drive, giving $50,200 toward KFAI's fall goal of $90,300. Thank you to every listener-member who has given this year. Each person giving what they can is how this volunteer-driven, community-based station has been on the air for 33 and (a little over) 1/3 years!
We still have a way to go to reach our fall goal, and community support makes the difference! If you have not taken part in our pledge drive yet, you can do so now by contributing on-line, or by calling 612-375-9030.
Youth News Stories Airing Now
KFAI's Youth News Initiative (YNI) is an eight-week intensive journalism training session for youth from communities of color, 13-18 years of age, on the process of creating professional-quality radio news reports. The program provides training in news research, reporting, creative writing, voice training, producing, and digital recording and editing utilizing state-of-the-art technology in radio production, broadcasting, podcasting and blogging.
Six young women and men took part in KFAI's 2011 Youth News Initiative, turning in well-researched, poignant stories by the end of the summer. These stories cover topics such as skin tone in media, cyberbullying, and the mental health of athletes. KFAI Weekly News will air these stories throughout the fall. You can see the broadcast schedule and hear the teens' reports by following this link: http://www.kfai.org/news/2011/09/23581.
KFAI Provides Breaking News to KFAI Listeners
On Monday, October 3rd, KFAI's airing of Democracy Now! "broke" the story about the long awaited lawsuit Democracy Now! filed against the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, the Ramsey County Sheriff, and United States Secret Service personnel in 2008. Neither the Pioneer Press nor Star Tribune carried the news, which was decided in a Ramsey County court on Friday, September 30th. Full details of this story can be seen at
This is just one example of KFAI's commitment to its mission of "existing to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming." Democracy Now! is one of 90 programs you can hear on KFAI, and it represents the "voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media."
If your values and ethics resemble the above statement AND you've been waiting to pledge your financial support to KFAI, now is the time. Please call 612-375-9030 before midnight on Friday, or go on-line to on-line to pledge here, to help us reach our goal by the end of October 7th. If you've contributed during this drive, and/or are planning to give now, thank you.
KFAI Weekly News Highlights Action in Our Community
Two stories are planned for Friday's broadcast of KFAI Weekly News which feature citizen action in our communities, that we believe our listeners should be informed about. Tune in Friday morning at 9am to hear more about "Occupy MN"--the local activist movement in support of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in New York City. The organizers of "Occupy MN" just received on Thursday afternoon police permission to demonstrate at Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, starting Friday morning. KFAI correspondents for the news and for Catalyst will be there live.
You will also hear about another movement to create change: the Amen Corner, a weekly open mic event designed to bring positivity to Thrones Plaza on the corner of Franklin and Chicago Avenues, in Peavey Park. If you miss the broadcast, be sure to tune in to the archived edition!
Radio Antilles Gets Married!
Well, Noel and Kate will be the ones getting married, but Johnny D will celebrate this joyous union community-radio style! Radio Antilles gets married this Friday, October 7th, from 12pm to 2pm. Tune in as KFAI news reporter Noel Clark and his fiancée, Kate, join JohnnyD to share their story of meeting, falling for each other, the proposal and all the party details for the big day (October 30th). Noel and Kate invite you to sign their "guestbook" by making a pledge to KFAI. Just go on-line to pledge here, select Radio Antilles as the show to which you would like to dedicate your pledge, and leave a note for the happy couple. With luck and support, they will not end up commiserating on the two sad song specials in February 2012: Pam Without Boundaries Rejection Day Counter-Valentine's Day show, or the Love Stinks episode of In Your Ear.
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