KFAI Network: New KFAI App, Gratitude and Awards

Newsletter Issue: 
June 2013 Volume 7, Issue 2

KFAI Launches Our New Mobile App!

KFAI is proud to announce the launch of The KFAI Community Radio App! Thanks to KFAI members and Listener-Interactive, Android, iPhone and iPad users can listen to KFAI, pause and rewind the live audio, and view the program schedule for KFAI all at once! You can explore On Demand content, search for programs, bookmark a program for later, and wake up to KFAI with the alarm clock!

Visit KFAI.org for more information and easy links to download your free KFAI Community Radio App and take us with you wherever you go!

Thank You for a Successful Spring Pledge Drive!

From people who took advantage of special matching hours, to the KFAI Board of Directors putting forward a challenge to people to join, to Miss Liz, who gave her beautiful jar full of change to the station on the last day of the drive, members raised more than $93,500 for community radio this spring!

Thank you for answering the call to become a member! Thank you for creating access to the airwaves for programming in more than 12 languages, for music from all over the world, for voices from our own neighborhoods, and for coverage of issues affecting our nation and our planet. KFAI's mission is to create opportunities in media for ignored, misrepresented or otherwise marginalized populations, where opportunities in media have previously not existed. We couldn't open our studios the way we do everyday without your support. Thank you.

We also want to thank the great businesses who provided food for pledge drive volunteers: Khyber Pass Restaurant, Pizza Luce, Soup-for-You Soup Delivery Service, Mapps Coffee and Tea, Acadia Cafe, Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop, and Bruegger's Bagels. We would also like to thank Lydia Howell for her wonderful chili and Yemi Woldemariam for her wonderful injera and lentils!

If you have questions about membership or your spring contribution, contact Pam at 612-341-3144 extension 22 or by email.

One more time: THANK YOU! It was a whirlwind 10 days and you made it a great success!

Congratulations Award-Winning KFAI Producers
Five KFAI producers have received Page One Awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Jessica Folker, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms and Daniel Zamzow won awards for work they produced for KFAI’s Legacy Project—the station’s arts and culture initiative managed by Nancy Sartor. KFAI’s Libby Donohue was also recognized with a Page One Award for a story she produced for News Director Dale Connelly.

KFAI’s Legacy Project includes short features that are broadcast on the Morning Blend (Monday through Friday from 6 to 8am), and audio documentaries and live performances that air during MinneCulture (Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8pm). Now in its third cycle, the Legacy Project is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Links to KFAI’s Legacy stories can be found at ampers.org.

SPJ’s Page One Awards honor the best in journalism from across the state. A banquet celebrating the winners takes place on June 18 at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul.

2013 Page One Award Winners:

For Mini-documentary/In-depth series (Radio): Jessica Folker – Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling

For Feature-length documentary (Radio): Dan Greenwood – West Hills State School: A Troubled Past for the Owatonna Orphanage

Also for Feature-length documentary (Radio): Marisa Helms – Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community

For Feature (Radio): Daniel Zamzow – Twin Cities Hmong Hip-Hop on the Rise

For Hard News Report (Radio): Libby Donohue – Walker Church Destroyed, Community Looks to Future

Tune in to MinneCulture and The Morning Blend on KFAI to hear more stories from our award-winning producers.

Thank You to Businesses for Supporting Community Radio!

Underwriting is a major source of revenue for KFAI.  Support the businesses that support KFAI.  Please let them know you’ve heard their announcements on the station.

KFAI underwriting representatives Lynn Santacaterina and Judy Ostrowski have been busy contacting area businesses and have signed up numerous underwriters, including the Ordway Children’s Festival, MN Department of Public Safety, Stinson Services, Bell Museum, St. Paul College, Hennepin County Environmental, Hennepin County Public Affairs, and Hopkins Center for the Arts. 

Our gratitude to those businesses and to Lynn and Judy!


Cheers to our Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Student Interns!

With the start of Summer, KFAI says goodbye to three Cristo Rey Jesuit High School students who have been working with us since September.

All three were extremely helpful with performing the many tasks necessary to run KFAI from day to day. They also provided great support in the news room.

Saquoya Brunner (pictured bottom) did digital editing of interviews done live on KFAI so they could be re-used during The Morning Blend. He might be the finest basketball player ever to work at KFAI.

Rodrigo Ramirez (pictured middle) did the same kind of news editing and helped Program Director Miguel Vargas with various production tasks. He proved to be an excellent resource for Spanish language voiceovers, and set a new standard for cheerfulness in our newsroom.

Blake Mattson (pictured top) has worked with us for three years and has more seniority than many of the staff. He has excelled at news update writing and reading, and is also a spoken word artist who performed a piece at his high school graduation.

We also want to thank Ahmad Aly, who has been with us since January as a STEP-UP intern. Ahmad gained his radio skills during last summer’s Youth News Initiative and put them to good use on many production tasks this year, including our Moment In Black History series prominently featured in February.

The good news is that we’ve been able to hang on to Ahmad courtesy of a STEP-UP Summer internship. He will work in the news room, so listen for his voice on the airwaves!

Community & Culture

KFAI's First American Indian Month Day of Programming Held May 23rd

May was American Indian Month in Minnesota and on May 23rd, 2013, KFAI held its first day of programming devoted to Indigenous music, culture and voices. "Turtle Island: Voices Rising" welcomed more than two dozen voices from the community, who combined with veteran KFAI producers Laura Waterman Wittstock, Annette Joy and Rhiana Yazzie to bring 24 hours of classical and contemporary music, panel discussions and stories to the air. You can view the full schedule and listen to the day's programs at KFAI.org. You can also begin thinking about programs you might want to hear for the next day of Indigenous programming in 2014. Special thanks to Program Director Miguel Vargas for coordinating KFAI's inaugural American Indian Month on-air celebration!

KFAI Put a Fine Spin on This Year's Art-a-Whirl!

This year, for the first time, KFAI DJs were on site at Art-A-Whirl--the spring open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. Programmers set up Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th, in the silent auction gallery at Northrup King Building, and provided the soundtrack to thousands of visitors who perused the gallery.

Participants included Jacquie Maddix ("Lady J"/Rollin' & Tumblin'), Dan McAllister (DJ Steely/Kinda Cloudy Radio), Sarah Lageson (pictured right), Mick & Tom Novak (formerly Louisiana Rhythms and This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'), Brad Wrolstad (African Rhythms), Nancy Sartor ("Liberty Finch"/The Pop Shop), Miguel Vargas (Radio Pocho), Bob Losinger and Katey DeCelle and ("Old School Bob" & "Nu Skool Katey/Fused Funk), Glen and Carol Powell ("Glen Leslie"/Jet Set Planet), Ben Heath and Mason Butler (Below the Waste).

Alejandra Pelinka is the Executive Director of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA)--the nonprofit organization that coordinates the annual open studio tour. "A big thanks to KFAI for being on site," she said. "The music was awesome, and I got some great feedback!" NEMAA board member Brenda Kayzar agreed, "You rocked, KFAI!"

Art-A-Whirl is the largest self-guided open studio tour in the region. It attracts more than 30,000 visitors to Northeast Minneapolis each May. For more information, go to nemaa.org.

Be Sure to Catch KFAI at These Upcoming Events...

It’s going to be a very busy season for KFAI this summer as we’re sponsoring numerous events throughout the Twin Cities community.  Below is a partial list of our outreach activities.

Also, we have two big fundraising concerts on the horizon.  On October 13, Harold Tremblay will be hosting a Blues Harmonica Blowout at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon.  The lineup is still being finalized; but look for an acclaimed national act or two on the bill.  Proceeds will go to KFAI.

Then, on November 9, Ellen Stanley is presenting  A Women of Substance fundraising concert for KFAI at St. Catherine University.  More on this event to come!

We welcome you to join us at these events!  If you’re interested in joining KFAI at any of the events listed below, please contact Pam at 612-341-3144 extension 22 or by email


June 15: Juneteenth at North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis     

June 16: Mill City Blues CD Release with Papa John Kolstad & The Sorry Muthas at The Cedar

June 19: Music in the Café @ Landmark Center – Maurice Jacox

June 26: Music in the Café @ Landmark Center – Alex & Adrian

June 26: House Party presents Awkward Sorrows at 331 Club

June 27: Louisiana Rhythms Thursday at Eagles Club No. 34 in Minneapolis

June 20: Freewheelin’ presents Bill Kirchen and Crankshaft at Lee’s Liquor Lounge

June 20: Minneapolis Diversity Employment Day Career Fair

June 22: Roots of the West Bank Showcase and Party at Eagles Club No. 34 in Minneapolis

June 26: House Party presents Bloody Ol’ Mule at 331 Club

June 28: KFAI Presents Aceyalone at the Icehouse

June 29: Pride Fest in Loring Park and Downtown Minneapolis

July 4: Louisiana Rhythms Thursdays at Eagles Club No. 34 in Minneapolis

July 5: Freewheelin’ 1st Friday at Harriet Brewing

July 6:  KFAI Night at the Saint Paul Saints game (one of two KFAI nights)

July 6: Freewheelin’ presents Mondo Tiki-A-Go-Go Party at Lee’s Liquor Lounge

July 10: Music in the Café @ Landmark Center – Lynn O’Brien

July 10: House Party presents Eric Manson & Mikkel Beckman at 331 Club

July 11: Louisiana Rhythms Thursdays at Eagles Club No. 34 in Minneapolis

July 13: Freewheelin’ presents Deadstring Brothers and Smoking Flowers at Lee’s Liquor Lounge

July 17: Music in the Café @ Landmark Center – The Cactus Blossoms

July 17: House Party presents The Erickson at 331 Club

July 18: Louisiana Rhythms Thursday at Eagles Club No. 34 in Minneapolis

July 20: Bayfront Reggae Fest

July 20: Rondo Days in St. Paul

July 24: Music in the Café @ Landmark Center – Nathan Eliot

July 25: Louisiana Rhythms Thursdays at Eagles Club No. 34 in Minneapolis

July 31: Music in the Café @ Landmark Center – Café Accordion Orchestra

July 31: House Party presents Tom VandenAvond at 331 Club

August 3: Red House Records Barnfest at Hobgoblin Music in Red Wing, MN

August 4 and 5: Powderhorn Arts Fest

August 9: KFAI Night at the Saint Paul Saints game

August 13: Freedom Jazz Fest

October 13:  House Party “Blues Harmonica Blowout” - KFAI Fundraiser at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon

November 9:  Women Folk “Women of Substance Concert” - KFAI Fundraiser at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

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