3/29 in a nutshell…
This is a recap of RSST Pledge-Drive Style, week 1! On a sad note, we learned about two months late of the passing of pioneering toaster King Stitt, and we saluted him in the “Ooh” with a pair of selections he chatted ‘pon 10 years ago in Toronto at Legends Of Ska (THANK YOU General Moses for these historic live-DJ performances!), followed that up with Pledge Drive raps and a well-rounded set of classic ska. As we docked in orbit with the “Voov”, Sherwood gave us a heavy-on-the-female-vocal set encompassing Imelda May, Shiina Ringo, Pink Martini, Stereolab and Berthe Wilke. Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers (but minus Tom!) went undercover as a surf band (The Blue Stingrays), Cal Tjader cooled out and Tadd Dameron took us to the Casbah to boot! King Stitt got saluted some more in Hour 3, after Gila Adari’s GotchaSKAllipop and RSST’s FIRST-EVER 4:00 4(-1)-in-a-row! We simply forgot to play one of ‘em! To close the show out, a set of Ganja Ska led into a pair of Froggie bumpers, a Prizefighters track and a bit o’ Gichy Dan’s Beachwood #9 to take us out… we were so wrapped up in our pledge drive we forgot to formally “End” the show! Oh, well…

Terrell Webb and Gilberto Vasquez-Valle from ENCUENTRO will holding it down spinning great musica, and sharing ideas about why and how supporting Radio Pocho and KFAI benefits everyone!

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Coldwater Spring/Mini Owe Sni
Produced by Allison Herrera

Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places. KFAI producer Allison Herrera explores the complicated history of Coldwater Spring in this exclusive MinneCulture documentary.

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PLEDGE DRIVE: Some favorite stories from previous episodes.

PLEDGE DRIVE SHOW: You may make a pledge via this website. If you weave around, you’ll find the link. Tell them (them who track this stuff) you heard about it on Freewheelin’. Yada Yada.

Angie Pykonen (of KFAI’s In Your Ear) and I were joined by a couple of guests this afternoon:

Ron Thums (formerly of the great, sorely missed, Friday night show “Radio Rumpus Room”), stopped in to participate in the hijinx and keep the show focused in the right direction, whatever that means.

Also, Tea Simpson of L’Assassins stopped by. Freewheelin’ is sponsoring the L’Assassins Record Release & Pajama Party, Saturday night at Lee’s. Reckless Ones, Violent Shifter & DJ Travis will also be perfoming.

Anyway, Tea is a cool lady and we were thrilled she could stop in. Unfortunately, with all the pledge drive hoopla, we couldn’t give her as much time as we would like. We did manage to chat a bit, play a couple of L’Assassins and Reckless Ones songs, and have a few giggles. Hopefully, she and her bandmates will be back on the show sometime soon.

Thanks to all of you who made a pledge to Freewheelin’. I love ya’.

Think you may want to see a list of all the songs we played today? Then click “more” and you’ll be magically taken to the land of playlists. From there, you’ll also be able to link into the archive.

It was a crazy kind of night….in a cloud of ganja smoke…as Dr. StrangeDub and DJ Baby Swiss presented the annual Echo Chamber “Free the Marijuana” special. From the “Free the Marijuana” anthem of Audio Active & Bim Sherman, to Bill Laswell’s “Hashisheen” album; from I.R.P.‘s “I Dream of Marijuana”, to “Roll It” from Soom T & Mungo’s Hi-Fi, it was a very heady show indeed.