It never takes very long before I tell folks about the nonprofit community radio station I’m involved with, KFAI Fresh Air Radio, 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 St. Paul and online at kfai.org. I joined its board of directors this year after volunteering there for the past 28 years. I’ve had 3 shows there, and occasionally do a little late-night psychotic programming. What follows is a little “official” blurb I wrote up:
After first hitting the airwaves on May 1, 1978, we remain a true, independent voice for the Twin Cities community. “One world, two frequencies,” is a motto we love to use. Our programming crosses many musical boundaries and broadcasts in thirteen languages. We exist to serve the underserved and promote the ideals of democracy and social justice. We run this station with five paid staff and 450 volunteers – we’re truly “people powered!” We have the oldest, longest-running LGBT program in the U.S., and award-winning news and public affairs programming. Democracy Now! is also one of our daily morning programs http://www.democracynow.org.
KFAI features a community access program which airs every Sunday called The Wave Project, where we provide the engineers and airtime, you provide the content. Applications and more information on The Wave Project can be found at http://kfai.org/waveproject.
BEYOND THE DIAL – KFAI also features several web-only programs – after all, there are only so many terra-hours. Our web-exclusive programs are “released” (or should we say “unleased?”) every Thursday.
All of our shows stream live on the web, and then are archived for two weeks so you can download programs and not miss a single minute of our broadcast schedule! See http://kfai.org/schedule. KFAI welcomes any and all community feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve our broadcasting and your listening experience.
KFAI does not play commercials, and is listener-supported, with over 2,100 members who represent 25% of the station’s support. http://kfai.org/about/support-kfai KFAI also receives support from the CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Minnesota, the McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Otto Bremer Foundation, area corporations and program underwriters. http://kfai.org/underwriting.