Friday, May 1, 2015

Message to KKFI 90.1 FM radio programmers on show promotion

Here are the web and media statistics for the month of April 2015. 

You'll see that the KKFI website has a healthy 40% increase in Pageviews over the past 7 months. This means more station listeners are going to the website to read about upcoming program episodes and download podcasts.

You work hard to produce and engineer your KKFI show, and you can get more listeners by promoting your show. Here are some tips to promote your music or public affairs show. 

  • Post a program episode to the KKFI website at least one week before your show, then share the episode web link (URL) on your social media spaces like Facebook, Twitter. Better yet post your next 2 to 3 episodes. Remember: The episode image should be a minimum of 550 pixels wide by 320 pixels high.
  • Post the episode URL to the timeline of your guests' Facebook page. Tweet about your show with "@" mentions of your guests' Twitter account.
  • Upload an audio archive of your public affairs show WITHIN 24 HOURS of the broadcast time. It's fresh content, so don't let that audio file linger in Logger too long. Contact Bill S for a volunteer to help you.
  • Post a link to your audio podcast -- again -- to your Facebook and Twitter followers.


KKFI 90.1 FM Audio Archive Downloads
Top Ten Downloaded in April 2015
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Top Ten Downloaded - All Time - Jan 2015 through April 2015
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KKFI 90.1 FM Program Episodes Page Views
Top Ten Viewed in April 2015
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/program-episodes/45876/ (ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Erin Zona, Anna Marie Tutera)38
KKFI 90.1 FM Page Views
Top Ten Viewed in April 2015
Audio ArchiveDate Published
/ (home page)7,594

Monday, February 2, 2015

Barriers to Food Assistance: Immigrants Less Likely to Apply for Food Stamps

A discussion about food stamp outreach at Harvesters taught me to remember the difficulty many working poor people face when making ends meet. The trend in the charitable food assistance world shows a steady pattern of people living in poverty and with food insecurity. Many individuals neglect to apply for SNAP benefits even though they are eligible for those benefits. An AmeriCorps worker performing SNAP outreach duties at Harvesters shared how Kansas City, Kansas residents have increasingly applied for food stamps because of the instructions provided to social service workers at El Centro. The outreach worker shared how even immigrants with permanent residency status neglect to apply for these government benefits over fears they could lose their path to citizenship, despite situations which allow non-citizens to receive benefits.

Mizzou Food Security Department Releases "Healthy Shelves" Booklet

The Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security at the University of Missouri released a booklet offering "tips and strategies for linking food pantries and community partners to get healthier food onto the shelves of pantries and into the homes of food pantry customers" in January 2015. Download the 24-page PDF document for information on healthy nutritious food options.

Food Stamp Application Transparency: Missouri Could Learn From New Jersey

Missouri SNAP/food stamp applicants needlessly wait longer than expected when they apply for well-deserved food assistance because application are hand-written and submitted by mail. Anything that can be done to help workers fill a gap in stagnant wages helps Missouri communities. New Jersey has pending legislation that would provide information to SNAP applicants on when their application was received.

“There is a hunger crisis in New Jersey that is being made worse by a mismanaged food assistance program that leave some families without food waiting up to six months for assistance,” said Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union in a January 26, 2015 article. “It is unconscionable to make families and children go hungry that long.”

In Misssouri applicants are required to mail or deliver in person hand-written applications to a Social Services office. Once applications are sent, people applying do not receive a notice that Missouri office received the applications. In fact, applicants are instructed to be ready to receive an "interview phone call" to determine eligibility. Missing the phone call could eliminate the applicant from receiving the food assistance benefits. It's a guessing game where your application is in the process.

The New Jersey example is a good idea for Missouri legislators to consider, which would expedite SNAP applications and provide much needed transparency to the applicants.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Public Forum on Food and Farm Policy on February 23

Organizers with Empower Missouri, formerly the Missouri Association of Social Welfare, and Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri will hold a public forum titled "There’s No Plate Like Home: Health, Food &Power." The event will be Monday February 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 100 in the Inman E. Page library at Lincoln University, 712 Lee Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri.

Here are details of the event from the organizers:

This public forum will examine the connections among health, food, farming, and public policy with an aim to promoting local, sustainably-grown food, healthy food choices and availability, and the public policies surrounding these concerns.

We will look at:

  • the programs and projects that promote healthy, locally-grown food, its access, and its producers and growers in communities throughout Missouri. 
  • how public policies and the actions of corporations affect our access to locally-grown, healthy food, and the sustainability of agriculture and the environment. 
  • do we have programs and policies that protect and enrich our air, soils and water, and help sustain the environment in which we all must live?

One of the forums highlights will be a review of the St. Louis Regional Food Study that encompassed 32 counties in Illinois and 27 in Missouri surrounding approximately a 100-mile radius of St. Louis. This area and the study was dubbed the “The Foodshed.” The data contained in this study is vast and invaluable in understanding the state of food, agriculture and environment in areas of Missouri and beyond.

Sponsored by Empower Missouri (formerly MASW); Empower Missouri Hunger Task Force; and Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

Speakers include:

Kathleen ‘Kat’ Logan Smith is the Interim Executive Director for Food Works that focuses its work primarily in southern Illinois. In this new position, Kat develops programs and collaborations that connect new and existing growers with the support and education they want. As well, she is responsible for managing the Southern Illinois Farming Network and the Southern Illinois Farm Beginnings® farmer training course, and serves as project coordinator for many other Food Works initiatives.

Kathleen is a long time food and environmental activist. Most recently, she's consulted on research on Missouri permitted livestock operations and conducted outreach to communities on local food systems. While serving as Environmental Policy Director for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE), she edited the 59-county, bi-state St. Louis Regional Food System Study which examined health, food, and farming with an aim to promote local, sustainable food in Missouri and Illinois. Prior to serving as Policy Director, she was Executive Director of MCE from 2006, which prompted her to turn her attention and skills to work on food systems.

Her career path began while earning her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University, when Kathleen joined efforts in Oklahoma to address toxic waste sites. Along with her environmental work, she has communications experience as newspaper reporter, public relations coordinator, and communications director for progressive public interest campaigns and causes. Kathleen is devoted to advancing sustainable local food systems that nurture health, the environment, and local economies.

Wes Shoemyer lives on his family farm in Monroe County with his wife Cheryl. As a former state senator and representative, Wes has been a champion and a voice for the independent family farmer in Missouri and around the world.

Wes has received a number of awards for his work protecting sustainable agriculture and rural communities, including the Governor's Advisory Council on Agriculture Award, Concerned Agriculturalist of Missouri Award, the Family Farm Leadership Award from Missouri Farmers Union, the Farm Forum Dedicated Service to Rural America Award, and the Rural Health Clinic Recognition of Service Award. He has done significant work globally with Greenpeace.

Agriculture has always been a fundamental part of Shoemyer's life. He is a recipient of the American Farmer degree from FFA, a member of the National Farmers Organization, the Missouri Farmers Union, NEMO Grain Processors, and the Ozark Mountain Pork Processing Plant.

In 2014 he was a key leader in the fight against the ballot measure, Amendment 1. He formed Missouri’s Food For America, a broad coalition of family farmers, environmentalists, food safety advocates, animal welfare organizations and concerned citizens who recognize the long-lasting, damaging effects of the “Right to Farm” amendment. MFFA continues to work educating on important issues affecting family farming, the environment and sustainability.

Dr. Kamalendu B. (K.B.) serves as a Professor of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and as a State Extension Specialist with Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He received his undergraduate education in India, M.S. in Plant & Soil Science from Tuskegee University in Alabama, and Ph. D. in Biology (Plant Physiology) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He was involved in classroom teaching and field research for approximately 15 years, before he got involved in international development work in the mid-1980s. During his 12 plus years stint in Africa, he has served in various capacities in 14 countries.

He presently serves as the Program Leader of the Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program (ISFOP), and as the Co-Coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) program for the state of Missouri. He mentors several junior faculty and reviews grant proposals for USDA and other governmental agencies.

The ISFOP is part of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE), created to help the small farmers and ranchers of Missouri, especially those who are socially disadvantaged and under-served, to raise the level of efficiency on their farms while taking good care of the soil, water and the environment.

Glenn Koenen worked for non-profit organizations for better than 32 years. Most of his career was with organizations providing food and other direct services to struggling families. Glenn was a founding board member and later president of the St. Louis Metro Food Pantry Association. He was also a member of Missourians for Tax Justice and worked on several issue campaigns related to taxation.

In November 2012 Glenn joined the board of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare and became MASW’s Hunger Task Force chair.Glenn has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a magna cum laude graduate in Political Science and Communications from St. Louis University. He and his wife, Peggy, live in Oakville, Missouri.

For more details, contact Barbara Ross, Director of Social Services, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri-Diocese of Jefferson City, P O Box 104626, 2201 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65110. Phone: 573/635-7719. Email:

Join Me in Supporting a Local Treasure -- KKFI 90.1 FM

This message is directed to friends, encouraging you to make a financial donation to KKFI 90.1 FM community radio, one of my favorite KC organizations. I currently serve on the board of directors of KKFI.

KKFI is a community radio station serving listeners in a 65-mile area around Kansas City. It's run by volunteers who have devoted themselves to bringing you the best music, arts, cultural, and public affairs radio programming. In a phrase, KKFI radio hosts bring voices and stories about Kansas City and our world to the airwaves that you won’t hear anywhere else.
The music aired is local and vibrant in genres you rarely hear anywhere else on the radio dial -- reggae, bluegrass, hip-hop, folk, blues, and jazz. The public affairs shows focus on local and national issues with a progressive bent, and the news shows cover topics -- climate change, war and conflict, race, gender, poverty -- from a different angle. 
Most importantly, the radio station airs hopeful stories from people and voices struggling to change their communities and cities.
You have many choices to donate your hard-earned money. Why make a donation to KKFI?
Because KKFI represents the best ways to shine a light on local music, arts and social issues in the Kansas City area. It does this each week by bringing musicians, artists and community organizers into the broadcast studio.
If you currently don't donate, then consider making a $25, $50 or $100 donation during the Winter Fund Drive that runs through February 8. Call in at 888-931-0901 or donate online at
Join with me to voice your support to KKFI with a financial donation today.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kansas Hospitals Make Case for Medicaid Expansion

An NPR news report on the impact on Kansas hospitals because of failed efforts to expand Medicaid aired this week. The report shares how "Governor Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders have shown no interest in expanding Medicaid," while documenting the loss of federal funds and hospitals' case to press Kansas legislators to pick up the Obamacare subsidies. Missing from the report is an update on the impact on the lives of people eligible for health services in Kansas.

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