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Synthwaves on KFAI

Every Sunday night, SynthWaves brings the latest and greatest Retro Synth, New 80s Soundtrack, Vaporwave, Future Funk, Nu Disco mixed with some classic and often forgotten tracks from the 80s and early 90s both locally and around the globe.  To date the show has featured interviews with many live guests including renowned 80s musicians such as Jan Hammer, The System (David Frank and Mic Murphy), Stan Bush (Transformers, Bloodsport, Kickboxer), Tim Feehan (The Wraith, Chicago 19) to up and coming pioneers of the 80s revival movement such as FM-84, Professor Zonic Zynth, The Midnight, Miami Nights 1984, Highway Superstar, Sebastian Gampl, Fear of Tigers, Futurecop!, Sunglasses Kid, Phaserland, TRONICBOX, Robots with Rayguns and over 80 other independant musicians globally.  In Studio guest interviews at KFAI include local acts, Estate, Liquid Pegasus, D Notive and Slo SLy Love.   Stay up to date with the show with the following social media links and please send any requests or submissions via facebook. 

In September of 2015, "The Signal Home" compilation was released on bandcamp with 47 artitsts from around the globe donating a song to the album. The proceeds go to KFAI which is a non-profit media outlet and depends on fundraising and the generosity of individuals like each artist that contributed to the album.  Please check out the album and support here: .



Twitter: @SynthWavesKFAI



Intro theme provided by Slanger 

Intro theme provided by Goldman in collaboration with Sunglasses kid

Current SynthWaves Logo designed by: Noah Kaufmann 

2015 SynthWaves Logo designed by: Jeff Miller aka Greetings Program. More info here:




Examining experimental compositions past and present.

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TruthToTell (TTT) is produced by CivicMedia/Minnesota (CMM). It is one of the longest-running public affairs hows that airs on KFAI. We actively engage the community by being a voice for the helpless, by raising awareness of issues and educating the public, and by uniting community organizers. Our goal is to engage citizens and lawmakers in conversations that institute change and brings about positive resolutions. Hosted by Siobhan Kierans (Executive Director, CMM) and Professor Tom O'Connell, TTT airs Mondays at 1pm. 

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Root Of All Evil

The Root Of All Evil Radio show is a hard hitting weekly metal show founded and forged by our metal brother Earl Root (R.I.P.) in the spring of 1987.  It is (as far as we know) the longest running Independent Metal radio show in the world and it just keeps getting better and better after 27 years of continuous head banging and horn throwing.  Bringing you every genre of metal, from the hardest and most brutal metal ever conceived to the softest and gentlest and everything in between -- and always room for our awesome local Minnesota metal scene!  Produced and creatively shaped by an orchestra of dedicated metal loving people known (in this world) as Mara the Death, Dr. Beast, BloodJohn, Verminator, and The Sheckanator. They will never stop pouring out the metal so you better keep drinking it, or they will come find you, and you don't want that. Muhahaha.

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Northern Sun News

Northern Sun News is a  one hour public affairs program covering a wide variety of topics. The emphasis is peace, ecology and social justice. In-studio guests and recorded speeches and occasional topical music.

Listening Lounge

There ought to be a place on the radio for surprises. The Listening Lounge tries to be that delightful, and sometimes disturbing, place. When we air newsy documentaries, you won't hear experts droning on. You'll hear vibrant stories about real people. And when we air shorter audio experiences, we get out of the way and let sound tell the story.

The Listening Lounge: Hearing is Believing.

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Disability and Progress

DISABILITY AND PROGRESS is the radio show that brings you insights into, ideas about and discussions of disability topics, hosted each week by Sam.

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Catalyst: Politics and Culture

FRIDAYS,  1PM. Local writer Lydia Howell explores local culture, art, and activism with interviews and special features. She won the PREMACK AWARD FOR PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM for her investigative reporting on homelessness in (the now defunct) PULSE NewspaperLydia is a long time denizen of KFAI who also writes for various communicty newspapers and online publications.

CONTACT: 612-354-3762


Conversations with Al McFarlane

Listen each Tuesday for stimulating conversations with Al McFarlane and community leaders about issues and events in the Black community and the community at large.

Write On! Radio

Tuesday, September 26th, on Write On! Radio, it's pledge drive time at KFAI. We devote our show to J. Otis Powell‽, who was one of the founders of our show. He was also a beloved poet, playwright and performer who served as a mentor to many in the literary community. His last book of poetry is Waiting for a Spaceship. He was also the author of the collections Theology, My Tongue Has No Bone and Pieces of Sky. In addition, he created numerous performance pieces and released several CDs, including Balm!, News as Abstract Truth and This Cat is Out. He was inducted into the Minnesota Spoken Word Association Hall of Fame, and he was a founding curator for Bridges – a performance arts program with Pangea World Theater.

J. Otis Powell‽ was a perfect example of the kind of dedicated person who helped make KFAI what it is today. We will miss him. In addition to honoring him, we ask you to take the next step and support us (or support us even more than you have in the past) with a financial gift to keep our show and our station strong.

Write On! Radio airs every TUESDAY 7 - 8 p.m. Central Time on 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul and live on the web at Shows are archived for two weeks on line. Our shows are also available via our podcasting site:

To access the Rain Taxi Review of Books Literary Events Calendar, click here.

Information about regular spoken word and open mic venues can be found at Guante's spoken word info.

For scheduling information, contact Ian Graham Leask at or Steve McEllistrem at

To subscribe to the Write On! Radio weekly e-mail newsletter for guest information and weekly event announcements, send us your email address to

Please mail review copies and press materials to Write On! Radio, KFAI, 1808 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55454. Attn: Producer.

Current Write On! Radio producers include:
* Ian Graham Leask 
* Steve McEllistrem
* Lynette Reini-Grandell
* Amy Fladeboe
* Scott Gannis
* Liz Olds
* Jessie Hausman
* Paul VanDyke

Our opening and closing theme music is a variation on "Winter" by Karen Townsend, with help from Lynette Reini-Grandell. Our calendar music is also a variation on "Winter" by Karen and Lynette.