Minneapolis Police Chief and Dept. of Justice review report released

The Minneapolis Police Department has released a report from the US Department of Justice about how the city deals with police misconduct. Minneapolis asked for the review as a way to address persistent criticism of how some members of the police department interact with people from minority communities. KFAI’s Rico Morales attended the question and answer forum. Continue Reading

Deadline for KFAI Black History Month programming proposals is Friday, January 9

KFAI will celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with a special day of programming on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The station is looking for dynamic live programming – produced by African Americans – that explores the history of our peoples in America. KFAI would like to invite station volunteers, community groups and community members to participate in this year’s programming. Selected proposals will air beginning on February 17, 2015 at midnight and continue for 24 hours, ending on February 18th, at midnight.  If you or your organization is interested in participating in this year’s programming, please submit an online application, or fill out the following program proposal form and return it to KFAI BHM2015 BOX 74, c/o KFAI, 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454. [Box 74]. http://www.kfai.org/bhm – Click for Online ApplicationThe deadline for submission of a proposal is Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5 pm.  If you have any questions or require assistance in completing this form, please email KFAIbhm2015@gmail.comWhat kind of show(s) or topic(s) can I cover?KFAI is looking for a wide range of program proposals to present voices of African Americans on topics celebrating, relating to, or of particular interest to the African American community.  We’re looking for shows covering music, the arts, public affairs, health, work and business, etc.   Continue Reading

Immigrants cautioned about reform scams in wake of Obama immigration order

Recently, a group of lawyers and community service organizations gathered at Waite House in South Minneapolis to discuss President Obama’s new Executive Orders regarding immigration reform. Many of the attendees had questions about permanent residency in the United States, and one important message of the meeting was a word of caution. It’s too early to apply for a change in status, so potential applicants should be wary of anyone who offers to charge them to fill out papers. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and filed this report. [Audio below] Continue Reading

KFAI’s “Fresh Fruit” celebrates 35 years of queer-focused radio

No doubt this year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival is going to be particularly celebratory, what with Minnesota’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage. It’s also a milestone year for Fresh Fruit, the LBGT-focused radio program on KFAI that first launched in 1978. As an institution, Fresh Fruit has been on the front lines throughout its history: not only covering the important issues that have faced the queer community, but providing an outlet and a voice for LGBT individuals and providing a queer perspective about everything from politics to arts and culture.Dixie Treichel has been a host of Fresh Fruit since the 1990s and is currently working on a new half-hour radio documentary about the program, which will air on KFAI this summer and which will eventually lead to a longer documentary. Treichel has interviewed some of the original members of the collective along with various hosts of the show throughout the years in her ongoing project.Fresh Fruit originally began as a collective, Treichel said, which included four men and one woman: it was called the Fresh Fruit Collective. They were Ted Faigle, Mark (who then went by Maya) Matthiessen, Richard (who then went by Shannon) MacDougall, and Kirk Hoffmeier (who died of AIDS in 1992). Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Occupy Homes Helps Create a Better Neighborhood

On Friday, April 12th an abandoned house in south Minneapolis  was turned into an art gallery, open mic stage, and ‘community center’ for a neighborhood struggling with distressed housing issues. Two months earlier, Jessica English spoke with the neighbors in the area and asked them for their opinions, ideas, and permission to habitate the dwelling with her family. The response was positive and supportive from other residents and with the help of Occupy Homes, volunteers, and friends Jessica has been living in a ‘Home’. The evening’s events and purpose attracted many other local homeowners, renters, advocates, musicians, artists, and media partners. As a volunteer at KFAI Fresh Air community radio I was given the opportunity to participate and record the event for use in relation to many of KFAI’s programs and specifically, “The Morning Blend”. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | First Voices Cut from KFAI

Some bad news – KFAI recently had its board meeting & just hired a new Director who used to work for Minnesota Public (corporate) Radio. They have taken First Voices Indigenous Radio off the air & replaced it with a Chican@ community program on Sunday afternoons…Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Tiokasin Ghosthorse’s program needs to come back to KFAI, because he addresses imperialism, not just the surface issues!  In his excellent book on media, Dr Bob McKesnie famously said that by the late 1920s resources of mediocrity have begun to make their influence felt in radio. In the early 20’s, Radio Showed its unlimited potential for good. In fact the first lecture ever given on the air was in 1921. Thus 90 years ago we realized that broadcasting could be a force for good. But by the late 20’s, commercialism began to rear its ugly head. Even though we had many decades and many examples of excellence in broadcasting, there was always the danger that we would be pushed backward & downward by greed, the race to the bottom, the lowest common denominator, call it what you will… In our own time, here in the Twin Cities, we are engaged in such a struggle. Continue Reading