KKFI 90.1 FM is significantly different from other area radio stations and programs that have a community focus, and this is the reason why I support the community radio station.
makes KKFI different is that the hosts of
several shows are active members of communities tapping into their
networks or communities at a different level -- artists making art,
musicians creating music, activists molding social action.
radio shows on the KKFI feature topics and guests that are anchored in our local
community, like "Eco Radio KC," produced by Steve Mann, active in the urban farming movement. And several music shows allow musicians to discuss and perform
their music. In some cases the program host is a musician, like jazz musician Jeff Harshbarger, host of Jazz Afternoon on Wednesdays.
Hosts of public affairs programs interview local government
officials, community organization representatives, and activists for a
variety of causes. One example, the "Arts Magazine," a KKFI weekly show on Mondays at Noon, features information and interviews
with representatives and actors from theatre companies. Other shows focus on the
culture and contributions of ethnic groups -- Latino, Persian-language,
Native American, to name a few -- airing news and voices from these
shows on other Kansas City stations have a community focus, namely KC Currents on KCUR, “La
Revista” on KUKC, an affiliate of Univision cable television, Kansas Public Radio has
the “Kansas Health Series,” while KPRT-AM 1590 has “Highlights in Health”
with representatives of Samuel U Rodgers Health Center in Kansas City.
But KKFI is immersed in community affairs -- “embedded” radio -- providing not just a different mold but also a crucial spirited interest in art and community. In a phrase, KKFI is anchored by community members sharing their community
This approach is just one more reason to support KKFI during its on-air Winter 2012 Fund Drive held February 2-12 with a goal to raise $75,000. To support KKFI during the fund drive call 888-931-0901 or donate online at http://kkfi.org/donate.php.
Member of the KKFI 90.1 FM Board of Directors