Thursday, August 31, 2006

Today's Live@5 - Redlands

Local group Redlands are on for Live@5 this afternoon. They celebarate the release of their CD "The Water's Rising" on Friday at Plush along with Low Ones and Ten Percenters. Although the CD is the product of frontman Daniel Thrall's time spent in Seattle, the group became fully formed after his move to Tucson in late 2004. Redlands haves since become a favorite on the local scene as well as with KXCI's own Don Jennings, host of Monday night's Locals Only. Expect great indie songwriting in the vein of Iron and Wine, Elliott Smith or the Mountain Goats.

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La Rocca, Sept. 2nd - Plush

Ireland answers the great impact of the ripened Scottish multi-layer pop-rock scene on Tucson when La Rocca comes to Plush this Saturday, September 2nd. Who can forget Camera Obscura’s delightful performance at Plush in July? Now La Rocca takes a shot at rockin’ the corners of 6th Street and 4th. Unlike Scottish counterparts Camera and Belle & Sebastian, La Rocca possesses only four pieces, but beautifully constructs similar melodic layers. After the release of their four-song EP Sing Song Sung in February, word began to spread about this new Dublin outfit. La Rocca have since brought two songs from the buzz-worthy EP, title-track “Sing Song Sung” and “Sketches,” into their new full-length LP, The Truth. The new record establishes La Rocca as a promising young band, grinding out a path to identity through their witty keyboard-driven pop melodies, ensemble-style rock guitar, and charmingly cynical lyrics. The Truth offers a variety of pace, shifting from light, fast pop sounds to slower, more introspective folk tunes carried by singer and chief songwriter Bjorn Baillie. Expect nothing less than The Truth when La Rocca jams this Saturday.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New Show - 'Simple Folk' - Begins This Saturday!

KXCI's long-time volunteer programmer and host of Breakfast Cafe is taking a few months off. So... filling the Breakfast Cafe time-slot (Saturdays 6-8am) for the next 13 weeks, we are pleased to present a brand-new show!

The show is Simple Folk... simple, straight forward Folk music, ranging from the era of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger on up to present contemporary artists looming on the Folk horizon. Features within the show will be the 'Folk Spotlight'... a brief illumination (bio) on the lives and careers of some of the best (past and present) of the Folk tradition, featuring a different artist each week. Also, the 'Dewey Decimal Set'... Folk music available on CD from your Tucson Pima Public Library.

This new program will be hosted by volunteer programmer Henry Hallett. Henry has been producing Brainwaves on Tuesday mornings and has been a regular sub on several other shows.

We invite you to tune in for the debut of Simple Folk this Saturday beginning at 6am.

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Shop Basha's, Support KXCI!

KXCI is again participating in Basha's Thanks A Million campaign, running Sept 1st through March 31st. You can help us earn funds every time you shop at Basha's with your Thank You Card.

The extra support Community Radio receives from programs like this is invaluable to our continued success. Especially if you are already a Basha's shopper, spending a minute to link KXCI to your Thank You Card will make a big difference to our the station you love!

Starting September 1st, simply ask your Basha's cashier to link KXCI to your Thank You Card. Our ID number is 24279. Then, every purchase you make for six months helps support our station. It's really that easy!

Thanks in advance for providing another form of valuable support to KXCI!

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Tucson's 231st Birthday Celebration

As you may have heard, Tucson has been honoring its 231st Birthday with a variety of celebrations all over town - for the entire month of August! The reports from organizers Linda Ray and Cele Peterson are that the various celebrations have been very well attended and successful. Pima Air & Space Museum hosted a free day last weekend and over 1000 Tucsonans arrived. The presidio walking tours had been expecting around 20 participants - and over 60 showed up!

On Sunday, KXCI Community Radio was represented at Tucson's Birthday Taredeada - held at El Casino Ballroom. The event was sponsored by Los Desendientes del Presidio de Tucson and featured excellent musical performances from several young mariachi groups and great food!

The celebration is continuing through this weekend. CLICK HERE to see the upcoming events.

The grand finale will occur this weekend with a special Club Congress 21st Birthday Party featuring:

Three nights and two days of music hosted by David Slutes, Al Perry and Howe Gelb. Acts confirmed so far are Dave Alvin, Vic Chesnutt, Doo Rag, Fishbone, Steve Winn & The Miracle 3, Kristin Hersh, John Doe, Richard Buckner, Centromatic, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow players, Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers, Golden Boots, Gila Bend, Steve Poltz, Ian Moore, Friends OF Dean Martinez, Pollo Elastico, Sidewinders, Fraidy Cats, Al Foul and more!

There will also be movie screenings all weekend with independent films such as High And Dry, Border Radio, Before The Music Dies, New York Minute, She Towers Above, Bargain Town and many others.

For complete details check out Hotel Congress.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

KXCI offices closed starting Monday 8/25

The KXCI offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, August 25th, while we undergo extensive work to the hardwood floors in our beautiful 100+ year old home on Fourth Avenue.

The work will not have any impact on our broadcasting, although deejays will be forced to repel from the roof to reach the studio. :)

Work is expected to last through Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned to 91.3FM for information on our re-opening and your chance to see the improvements to our cozy abode.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Check out The Asylum Street Spankers today @ 5pm on The Homestretch!

The Spankers are a band out of Texas that truely bends typical genre descriptions. Rooted in old-timey front porch music, they blend bluegrass, punk, rock, swing and so much more for an breath sucking combination that has electrified audiences worldwide.

They perform tonight at Plush!

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New KXCI Polls

We invite you to visit the bottom of the KXCI Home Page and take our new polls! There are several questions that rotate every time you visit the site, so be sure to scroll down and submit your vote. Only one vote per IP address is allowed and the results are shown after you make your selection. Thanks in advance for your participation!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Onda Suave goes FUNKY SUAVE tonight

Hey, gang, check out Onda Suave tonight.

I'll be off but Jason of The Connection will be the guest host tonight. He promises a funky suave show. Latino funk. Latino soul.

So tune in and, heck give him a call, from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

--Ernesto Portillo Jr., host on Onda Suave

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Looking for KXCI t-shirt photos

Are you a KXCI member? Do you own a KXCI t-shirt?

If the answer is yes... consider sending us your photo - wearing a KXCI t-shirt - and we may use it to help promote KXCI Membership!

How? Just click the link below and attach your image.


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Monday, August 21, 2006

Locals Only host quoted in NW Explorer

Don Jennings was quoted one week ago in Tucson's Northwest Explorer regarding MySpace and its effectiveness for local musicians...

"Don Jennings, a volunteer disc jockey on KXCI community radio, closely follows local music and said MySpace provides an interesting outlet for artists like Jenkins and DeCicco.

"With both Music Video and Musica Obscura, they don't have particularly dynamic live performances, but MySpace allows them to shine directly through their music," Jennings said. "So while they don't draw large crowds locally, they've got a decent following in the Web world."

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Tune in for Locals Only tonight (beginning at 8pm) featuring local singer/songwriter Courtney Robbins with a performance and interview.

Local bands scheduled to appear in the weeks to come: River Roses, Luca, Mitzi Cowell and many more!

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Music Director Weekly Spotlight

This week we spotlight two weekend shows: Louisiana Red and Devotchka.

Saturday 6:30, an early show at Club Congress with blues legend Louisiana Red. Not as well recognized as many other bluesmen his age, most of which have passed on; Louisiana Red is nonetheless a formidable player in the blues ranks. His blues have the authentic feeling of someone who has lived it. Red’s music is steeped in the Delta and Chicago blues and he is the rare performer that continues, in the vein of Lightnin’ Hopkins, the tradition of live spontaneous composition. Red recorded his first sides for Chess in 1949 and may not be as well known in the states because of his long term residency in Europe. We have a rare chance to catch him in Tucson this weekend with Phoenix harmonica player Bob Corritore, who produced Louisiana Red’s latest CD No Turn On Red, for Hightone Records. Marty Kool, of KXCI’s own Blues Review, said of the disc “this is as real as it gets.” Nuff said.

Sunday, Devotchka brings their unique brand of gypsy fueled indie rock to Club Congress. This Tucson and KXCI favorite from Denver was once named the “#1 unsigned band in America” by the College Music Journal. Devotchka mixes Eastern European melodies, cabaret flamboyance, carnival and mariachi textures with punk attitude. This band can flat out play and may whip a crowd into a dancing frenzy. Local French favorite Naim Amor opens the show along with Thrift Store Cowboys.

Another Hot Spot:

Tuesday: Corb Lund at Plush. This country Canadian recently won the Juno award (Canadian Grammy) for "Roots/Traditional Album of the Year. On his latest release he reminds me of Todd Snider but more Canadian (i.e. less attitude, more country/traditional sound). Outstanding local whiskey troubadours Loveland open the show.

- Duncan Hudson, KXCI Music Director

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Wow! We are getting some amazing donations for our on-air auction October 13 th and 14th!
If you have an item you'd like to donate, call me at 623-1000 x14 more info Sept. 1st. JIll

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KXCI Featured in Dusted magazine Top 10!

Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists compiled by their favorite artists.

This week:

"Black Fiction

Tim Cohen, chief songwriter for the Bay Area psych-pop outfit Black Fiction, has gained a reputation as something of a weirdo. Like the Ween brothers, he's got a penchant for comic mayhem to balance his undeniable pop sensibilities. Like current toast-of-the-coast retro-pop deconstructionist Ariel Pink, he's the unstable product of a wide range of perenially fashionable influences (Brian Wilson, '70s R&B, primitive synth pop). But he's too thoughtful, disciplined and broad-minded in his assimilation to be reduced to his quirks. Ghost Ride, Black Fiction's ambitious debut, heralds an excitingly unpredictable new talent and is already winning flyover fans. Black Fiction seems built to outlast the hype.

#7. KXCI 91.3 FM - Tucson
Cross the desert and be welcomed by a harem of music junkies"

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

KXCI Cell Phone Recycling Program

Ever wonder how to get rid of your old, unneeded cell phone - considered toxic waste, so you can't in good conscience just toss it in the trash?

KXCI has the answer. We've started a new cell phone recycling program that helps the environment AND makes money for KXCI.

Through the Wireless Alliance, old cell phones donated to KXCI will be wiped clean, refurbished, sold on the used market, and/or melted down to recapture their minerals (meaning they won't have to mine more).

KXCI will make on average $3-4 per phone, and KXCI has NO costs in the program.

You can learn more by visiting and clicking the "Donate That Phone" link. Through that website, you can enter your phone model and it will give you instructions on how to return the phone.

But I can do you one better than that - you can just drop the phone in the cell phone recycling box at the station, 220 South Fourth Avenue in Tucson. You don't have to do anything else, and when we have enough phones, we'll just ship the whole box to the Wireless Alliance, again at no charge.

How 'bout it? Clean out those junk drawers, closets and cubby holes and get those old phones working again - working for YOUR Community Radio KXCI.




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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Board of Directors Meeting

The next meeting of the KXCI Board of Directors is Thursday, August 17th at 5:30pm. This meeting is at the Rio Nuevo conference room, 52 West Congress Street in downtown Tucson. The meeting is open to the public and you’re encouraged to attend.

The conference room is on the second floor (above Enoteca.) Access to the second floor is through the stairwell just east of Enoteca, or if needed, by elevator through the downstairs lobby. All on-street metered parking spaces are free after 5pm. The best places to park are on Congress St (east or west of Church Ave), on Church Ave (north or south of Congress St.), on Pennington St., and on Stone Ave.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

How Public Broadcasting is Funded

KXCI is a Community radio station, but most of our funding follows the same model as Public Broadcasting. Here is an excerpt from an interactive website created by and for public broadcasting stations to increase awareness among listeners and members about Federal Funding and the potential cuts that Congress is currently debating.

We invite you to become more educated about funding of public and community radio and consider contacting your Congressional Representatives to "tell them public matters."

How Public Broadcasting is Funded
Funding for public broadcasting is based on partnerships: with listeners and viewers; with community leaders and institutions; with business underwriters and foundation supporters; and with the Congress. Federal financial support for public broadcasting remains a critical financial cornerstone for local public television and radio stations.

Federal "Seed Money"
The federal financial contribution to public broadcasting in 2006 is approximately $535 million, which is nearly 20 percent of public broadcasting's total annual revenue. From this federal investment, which equates to just $1.53 per American per year, America's public broadcasting stations leverage some $2.4 billion in programming and services through resources from other sources. A typical public broadcasting station receives 13.5 percent of its total annual revenues in the form of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which receives 100 percent of its annual budget from the Congress.

Other sources, including viewers and listeners, business and foundation underwriters, state and local governments, contribute more than 85 percent of the average local public broadcasting station's annual revenue. National distributors of programming, like NPR and PBS, receive the majority of their funding from annual dues paid by local member stations.

Advance Appropriations
The concept of "advance appropriation" is a very important element of federal support to public broadcasting. Simply put, an "advance appropriation" is a decision made by the Congress to allocate future year funding during the current funding year. For example, public broadcasting's funding for the coming fiscal year, 2007, was actually approved by Congress two years ago. And, the funding request currently pending before Congress requests funds for fiscal year 2009.

For the past 30 years, Congress has supported "advance appropriations" for public broadcasting to help insulate our programming and other content from politically motivated interference. This advance funding concept has been an important part of public broadcasting's fabric of independence, integrity, trust and reliability.

The Federal Funding Process
Earlier this year, the Administration proposed a budget containing $201.5 million in cuts for public broadcasting- nearly a 38 percent cut . Over the next few months, Congress will begin to approve actual spending amounts for programs like public broadcasting. The U.S. House of Representatives usually begins this process, during "mark-up" sessions in the subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee. It is critical that supporters of public broadcasting actively communicate with Congress before the appropriations subcommittees finalize their funding recommendations.

Take action now by visiting

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Back On-The-Air!

Here's a big THANKS to Ralph who high-tailed it up the mountain this morning to help get KXCI back on-air! We certainly appreciate the dedication of our engineers - and we know you do, too!

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Off The Air; Webstreaming Continues

As first reported here yesterday, KXCI continues to experience system modulation problems with our transmitter on Mt. Bigelow, damaged during the storms about 10 days ago. We are off the air as of 9am Tuesday morning while our engineers work to correct the problems. Free webstreaming continues through, just click "Listen Live" at the top of our homepage. Thank you for your patience and be sure to check back at 91.3FM this afternoon.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

KXCI Signal Modulations

Our engineers are working on re-establishing the digital signal at our transmitter on Mt. Bigelow today. If you notice that KXCI is broadcasting at a lower volume or some drop-outs occur... don't worry. We hope to have these issues resolved by the end of the day.

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Music Director's Weekly Spotlight

Hey there,
KXCI Music Director weekly update spotlighting shows coming to town and some cool new releases. One release/show combination from a cool new band in town this week.
Take care,

This week we spotlight The Aggrolites. They have a new self titled album on Hell Cat records and are coming to Club Congress on Wednesday August 9th. I love old school reggae, ska and rock steady, the classic sounds of Jamaica from the mid 60s to the mid 70s. Artists like the Skatalites, the Ethiopians, the Wailers, the Upsetters, and Toots and the Maytals. The Aggrolites are a new band from California that pay homage to these sounds and do it so well. Their album of all original songs sound like they could come right out of late 60s Jamaica, but with a different edge that must come from a new generation and the influence that implies. They call their music dirty reggae, a new sound built on those classics. Make no mistake though, this is no fourth wave of ska, nor second or third wave for that matter. This sounds like a band that truly loves the music it draws inspiration from and would rather carry on that tradition, than just rip it off. If you dig the sounds of ska, reggae and rock steady, this show is not to be missed. With openers Bonegun and SKITN, Tucsons own purveyors of island sounds, it should be a great dance party and all ages to boot!

*Tune in for Live@5 Wednesday on the Homestretch, when the Aggrolites perform live in Studio 2A.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

General Manager Search Update

At their meeting last night (8/3/06) the KXCI Board of Directors voted to reopen the search process to hire the station's next General Manager. No timeline for the search was set.

KXCI Membership and Community Outreach Director Randy Peterson will continue in the role of acting general manager during the second search. Peterson, one of two finalists to be interviewed for the permanent position, has announced that he will not be a candidate in the second search process.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

KXCI GM Meet & Greet Recap

This past Sunday, KXCI hosted a Meet & Greet at the station to introduce two candidates for the General Manager position. This open house event was an opportunity for members of the station and the community to ask the candidates questions and provide input to the Board of Directors.

The event was attended by KXCI staff, volunteers, board members and members of the community. It is estimated that between 20 and 30 folks stopped by within the 2 hours of the event. Bagels, coffee, juice and pastries were served.

We would like to thank everyone that attended!

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12 Angry Men

Tired of Hollywood blockbusters that cost half a billion to make and $50 for your family of four to see? Head over to Cinema La Placita tonight (Thursday, 8/3) at 7:30pm for an outdoor screening of the 1957 Best Picture Oscar nominee "12 Angry Men," starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, a pre-Quincy Jack Klugman and the recently deceased Jack Warden. A true film classic that holds up half a century later! Cinema La Placita is at La Placita Village downtown. $3 donation helps keep the films coming - speaking of which, next week's film is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Bring out yer dead!

Be extra sure to tune in for today's The Home Stretch on KXCI, featuring a "12 Angry Men" trivia question for the Big Question at 4:20pm.

See you there!

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Alternative News Sources for the Middle East Conflict

We have compiled a list of links to other media sources for different perspectives on the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

Please click on the links below:
Link TV's Mosiac Program - compiles and translates daily news broadcasts from around the Middle East.
An Israeli site that reflects Israel's military thinking.
Israel's most popular newspaper.

Naharnet News
Lebanese News

Dar Al Hayat
Published in Beirut and London and represents the secular and/or Sunni Arab viewpoint.

There are a huge number of blogs from the conflict zone. Here are links to a few of them:

Live From An Israeli Bunker

Lebanese Bloggers

Lebanon Heart Blogs

Beirut Notes

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

West Indian Girl will perform live on the The Homestretch Wednesday at 5pm! They are performing at Club Congress later that evening with Year Of Acceleration.

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Board of Directors Meeting

The next meeting of the KXCI Board of Directors is Thursday, Aug. 3rd at 5:30pm at the Tucson Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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