Program podcasts

Power Hour 2.5 ( R&B Show)

The Power Hour series continues as Mr. Music shows his R&B side to the airwaves every week! The Power Hour R&B Show is the show that sets the mood with many grooves. Personality Ethan "Mr. Music" Horace takes you through a love journey every Thursday from 2am to 4 am (CST). You can call in at 612-341-0980 to make requests for a song you want to hear! When it comes to R&B grooves to make things right throught the night, The Power Hour R&B show does is right. 

Fun Time Music Festival

Music today has gotten way too serious. There are too many sanctimonious yahoos out there who think they are going to change the world with their boring music.  

The Fun Time Music Festival has no statements to make, no axe to grind and no agenda to promote, except one--it is time to start having fun again!

Regardless of your skin color or ethnicity, regardless of your sexual orientation, regardless of your political affiliations, regardless of whether you are a young college student or an old hippie, we at the Fun Time Music Festival invite you to tune in. So hang up your hang ups and set your soul free with some FUN-TIME music!

We play many different genres of music but they all have one thing in common--they all have a solid downbeat. You can snap your fingers, clap your hands, tap your foot or laugh out loud.

  • Rock N Roll
  • Blues
  • Ska
  • Comedy
  • Lounge/Jazz
  • Punk Rock
  • Funk
  •  and more...


Send your complaints, insults, suggestions, dedications, praise, etc.. to:

Since I am an old fart at play, I encourage you younger listeners to send in your suggestions of contemporary artists who might meet Fun Time Music Festival muster.

NOTE: Due to music licensing issues, archived episodes are only available for 2 weeks.  

Synthwaves on KFAI

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Synth Waves host Noah Kaufmann has officially changed the name of SynthWaves to 'The Electric Touch'. All future content can be found at the following web address: For music submissions and DJ bookings please inquire here, , Thank you.

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: .






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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MinneCulture arts, culture and history stories air on KFAI's "Listening Lounge" and at other times. We also record and produce concerts featuring local musicians in our "Live from Minnesota" series. Funding made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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First Person Radio

FIRST PERSON RADIO was a weekly public affairs program of MIGIZI Communications that took  listeners to Indian Country, once a week.The program was discontinued in February 2018 when long time host Laura Waterman Wittstock decided to retire the show.

Wittstock was a 2006 Louis W. Hill, Jr. Fellow in Philanthropy under the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Among leadership and professional awards are the (2011) Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award: Farr Award for an exceptional contribution to public affairs; (2006) the Distinguished IEL Service Award, (Institute for Educational Leadership national award for improvement of American education; (2005) American Indian Honored Educator. She was formerly President of MIGIZI Communications, Inc., Minneapolis, 1988  to 2004; Editor of Colors  Magazine, Minneapolis, 1996-1998; Director of Media Curriculum, MIGIZI Communications, Inc, April, 1985 to 1988 and Executive Producer, of First Person Radio, MIGIZI, 1981 to 2004.     




TruthToTell (TTT) explores critical public issues from a community perspective.  We feature the voices of community leaders, educators and elected officials who bring insight to the challenges facing our cities and our world. Hosted by retired Political Studies Professor Tom O’Connell, TruthtoTell is a project of Civic Media-Minnesota.

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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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In recognition  of freedom of speech protections in the First Amendment and  the FCC’s relaxed policy on late night/overnight  language, this KFAI program may include song lyrics some  listeners find objectionable.  

Listener discretion is  advised.



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

Instagram: @ListenKFAI
Twitter: @ListenKFAI

We air vibrant documentaries, field recordings, aural art, radio drama, audio journeys into the past, investigative journalism, personal narratives, sonic portraits... that sort of thing. The Listening Lounge is also home to KFAI's MinneCulture stories by local producers and "Live from Minnesota" concert music series.

Stone Soup

Enjoy roots based music every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. til noon on Stone Soup! Hear everything from ambient styles to bluegrass to blues to folk to country to cajun and international music as well! All cheerfully offered in a relaxed format. Your weekly respite from the frenetic pace of our world!

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.

If you wish to be added to the email list, email No email addresses are shared.

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

On May 22nd, Liz talks with John Copenhaver about his new book Dodging and Burning: A Mystery.  His short fiction has appeared in Glitterwolf Magazine, Roanoke Review, and Gaslight, the Lambda Emerging Voices Anthology. He won the 2015 Larry Neal Writers’ award for short fiction, and was first runner-up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest and the Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Ian interviews Brian Freeman about his latest book in the The Jonathan Stride series Alter Ego.  Brian Freeman writes psychological thrillers that have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. His novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. Other winners of this award have included authors Lisa Gardner, John Sandford, and Stephen King.


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, Liz Olds 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
* Josh Weber
* Conor Dougherty

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.