KFAI Network: Gratitude, Giving and Arts Forum

Newsletter Issue: 
November 2013 - Volume 7, Issue 4

Executive Corner

On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors and volunteers of KFAI, I'd like to thank you, our valued listeners, for helping us exceed our 2013 Fall Pledge Drive goal! At the close of the drive we had raised $81,828, or 102.3% of our $80,000 goal! In the few days that followed we received 19 additional gifts, bringing our drive total to $83,037!

Thank you also to the many volunteers who served as programmers, producers, news readers, greeters, and phone answerers! We are also grateful to the many restaurants that provided food for our volunteers. Thank you also to board members who provided matching funds and staff who provided support throughout the drive.

Your contributions will help sustain our operations and ensure that our news, information, public affairs and entertainment programming will continue. Thank you for supporting your community radio station. Remember, although the drive is over, you can contribute on line at any time at KFAI.org and on November 14th you can include KFAI among other valuable non-profit organizations which you can support on "Give to the Max Day." You will read more about Give to the Max day below, as well as learn more about the businesses and people who have supported our recent on-air efforts. 

Thank you,

Willie Dean, Ph.D.

Executive Director

A Hearty Thanks! from Marketing & Underwriting Director Jackson Buck

I’d like to thank the area restaurants that provide food for our volunteers during the recent pledge drive. Their goodies helped keep everyone refreshed and invigorated.

If you have an opportunity, please become a customer of these businesses. Be sure to thank them for supporting community radio and let them know you value their support. We sure do and we look forward to working with them in the future.

The following restaurants provided food and beverage:

A Baker's Wife4200 28th Ave S, Minneapolis

Acadia Cafe329 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis

Bruegger’s Bagels815 25th Ave S, Minneapolis

Eastside Food Co-Op2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

Jambo Africa6000 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center

Jimmy Johns on the West Bank: 2037 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis

Khyber Pass1571 Grand Ave, St. Paul

Mapps Coffee1810 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis

Pizza Luce (Seward): E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis

Republic: 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Sen Yai Sen Lek2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

The Wienery414 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis

Plus, a big shout out goes to Lydia Howell, Yemi Woldemariam, Allison Herrera, Janis Lane-Ewart, Rose Robinson, Liz Olds, Angie Vargas (Miguel’s mom) and Dan Rein for bringing in treats and meals and to DJ SLT for bringing in hot chocolate. 

Again, thanks to all. 
Jackson Buck, Marketing & Underwriting Director
On November 14th, Minnesotans Will Give to the Max!
American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat Walter Annenberg gave away more than $1 billion in his lifetime because "Giving is a mark of citizenship."
Give to the Max Day ("The Great Minnesota Give Together") started in 2009 as a launch event for GiveMN, and is now the biggest online giving event in the world. During the 2012 Give to the Max Day event, a record breaking 53,339 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and donated more than $16.3 million to over 4,000 Minnesota nonprofit organizations. This year's Give to the Max Day is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 – all 24 hours.   
Please mark your calendars and help support the great charitable organizations that make the Twin Cities a wonderful place to live. We hope that you will consider supporting KFAI.  We're not a part of MPR - we are an independent, community–supported station that:
  • promotes a vibrant music community in the Twin Cities by presenting a wide variety of music programs ranging from Afro-Beat to Zydeco, and all points in between;
  • provides in-depth local news and analysis as well as national/international news and public affairs programming;
  • has more than 3,000 listener-members with over 500 volunteers powering the station's work;
  • provides programs for Minnesota's emerging communities in 13 languages each week, representing a major communication vehicle for local cultural and ethnic communities;
  • provides public access to the airwaves - no other radio station in the Twin Cities does this.
KFAI is people-powered radio! Please help us continue our mission to provide distinctive musical, cultural and news programs.
Please support this unique community resource, and help ensure that it can continue its musical, cultural and news programs. Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 14, 2013, log on at GiveMN.org, and navigate to KFAI to make a donation.
Thanks so much for considering this appeal. Sincerely, the KFAI Board of Directors


The Impossible Dream Nearly Achieved Thanks to News Team!

Kudos to all the KFAI volunteers who contributed to our 2013 election coverage. It was an off-year election, but the use of ranked choice voting and the sheer number of candidates in the Minneapolis mayoral race made for some interesting calculus. 

KFAI set out to interview as many of the prospective mayors as possible--the impossible dream. We managed to corral 29 of the 35 contenders, thanks in no small part to the efforts of interviewers Cynthia Montana, Kirk Mattson, Mary Keating, Rico Morales, Willie Dominguez, John Helgeson, Aaron Westendorp, Joshua Lowenhagen, Ben Lauer, Nathan Elliot, Janis Lane-Ewart, Alex Forbes and Yvette Howie. 

On Election night we followed the returns with the expert guidance of Andy Driscoll and Bob Meek broadcasting live from Studio 5. Their guests were Melvin Carter, Mary Turck, Charles Hallman and David Brauer. Michelle Alimoradi guided the production, Rico Morales and Mark Koerner did the engineering and music programming, while news volunteers Trisha Collopy,

Becky Warren, Ben Lauer, Janis Lane-Ewart and Alex Forbes were in field and providing support in the newsroom. Listeners looking for real-time coverage of local history in the making were well served by these KFAI volunteers!  

Thanks everyone for a job well done!

Returning Homes: Stabilizing Communities After the Housing Crisis

In concert with St. Paul Neighborhood Network and KFAI Fresh Air Radio, CivicMedia/Minnesota’s flagship show Truth To Tell will hold the ninth in its series of Community Connections forums on critical Minnesota issues the night of November 13, 2013 at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55411, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. 

Producer/Host Andy Driscoll and Associate Producer/Co-host Michelle Alimoradi will look at who has been most affected by the on-going foreclosure crisis, hear from organizers in the field, examine new policy protections that have been implemented, and discuss what actions are still needed to prevent further damage to Twin Cities communities.

Partners in this important discussion are Jewish Community Action, OccupyHomesMN, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Housing Forum, the Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition, and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability. Panelists will include Executive Director of Jewish Community Action, Vic Rosenthal, and Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Housing Forum, Ed Goetz. Several other organizers, foreclosure victims, and key stakeholders will be in attendance as well. This event is free and open to the public to attend and participate. Light refreshments will be served.

Community & Culture

Public Art, Youth and Community Engagement

KFAI and Juxtaposition Arts will host together the first of four community engagement forums that are part of KFAI's "What's in the Mix" series.

The event takes place Fri, Nov 15, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Juxtaposition, 1108 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. All people interested in art and community are welcome to attend this exhibit, reception and panel discussion, featuring young artists and community advocates.

DJ Lady Em from Versed Radio will provide music during the reception from 6:30 to 7pm, and artist Caroline Kent will moderate a panel discussion and Q&A session from 7 to 8pm, featuring performer/dance instructor Kenna Cottman and journalist Sheila Regan. The topic will focus on public art, youth and community engagement.

"What's in the Mix" is a series of community engagement forums made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Please spread the word to your family and friends, and join us for this special event on November 15th.

For more information, contact KFAI's Legacy Project Manger, Nancy Sartor, at nancy.sartor@gmail.com.

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