May 2019 Roundup

KFAI May Roundup + Mayfest Partner; KFAI logo with vintage sparking signal tower; record with flower & vintage bee

Roundup in May for KFAI Radio

KFAI is "Fresh Air Radio" – a nonprofit FM radio station powered by hundreds of volunteers, and donations from folks just like you. More than 2,700 listeners contribute about 25% of its income.

The station operates at 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul, and streams online. They are governed by a volunteer board of directors and managed by a small paid staff. Most impressively, they're operated by 300+ volunteer programmers, producers, engineers and personalities passionate about sharing their interests and voices. These people lovingly bring you adventurous and innovative music, news, arts, and community programming!

Celebrating Diversity & Variety

KFAI is truly eclectic radio without boundaries. You might find country music, a show about LGBT issues, a reggae program, an hour of spoken word readings, the Democracy Now national news, Latino (or Hmong, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Somali, French, Indian, Native, and more) programming. Plus Blues, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronica, Rock, World, Roots, Folk, Metal, Punk… The station prides itself on being a different radio station almost every hour and there's something for everyone on the schedule.

One of the KFAI volunteer DJs works at the co-op! Travis Ramin hosts Travo Ramo Fa Fa Fa, an irreverent rock show that brings back the spirit of wild, crazy and stupid late night radio with bip bam boom, and also a little ha ha ha and whaaa?? Check it out: Thursdays, Midnight to 2:00 am, or listen on KFAI archives.

40+ Years In Your Ears

Setting the stage: it's the '70s and our Hampden Park Co-op predecessors (St. Anthony Park Foods, Green Grass Grocery, SAP TOO) were going through their transitions. During that same social and cultural era, in 1978 KFAI went on the air with a tiny 10-watt signal. The first studio was in the belfry of the Walker Community Church near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis (also the first home of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre).

Over the past four decades, KFAI's studio moved to the 2nd floor of the old Butler Drug store on Lake St. to their current home in the Bailey Building on the Cedar-Riverside corner. The main transmitter has traveled, too: from the roof of the original Seward Co-op, to the Foshay Tower, to the IDS Building.

Small But Mighty Radio Network

KFAI is part of the community radio network called AMPERS (Association of MN Public Educational Radio Stations). There are 18 AMPERS member stations throughout MN, and broadcasters here in the cities include: KBEM, KMOJ, and KUOM (Radio K). Dial in to expand your horizons – and especially useful to know when you're on a road trip outstate.

Mission Statement

KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.

A mission worth supporting with your spare change in May, or take it a step further and become a member of KFAI!

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More about KFAI on their website.
More about Travis Ramin on his Facebook page.
Plus KFAI partnered with the co-op at Mayfest with Travis & Blanche Fubar spinning tunes; read more on this post!

Posted by Christine DeMars • May 2019