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.
Willie Dean, Ph.D.
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 Wife: 4200 28th Ave S, Minneapolis
Acadia Cafe: 329 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis
Bruegger’s Bagels: 815 25th Ave S, Minneapolis
Eastside Food Co-Op: 2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis
Jambo Africa: 6000 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
Jimmy Johns on the West Bank: 2037 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis
Khyber Pass: 1571 Grand Ave, St. Paul
Mapps Coffee: 1810 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis
Pizza Luce (Seward): E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Republic: 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
Sen Yai Sen Lek: 2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis
The Wienery: 414 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.