Friday, March 30, 2007

A beautiful day in the park...

Join community families and friends at the Armory Park Music Festival and Community Picnic on Saturday, March 31, from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. This totally FREE family-friendly event includes group yoga and tai chi from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; community drumming from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; live music from noon until 9:00 p.m. and a free dinner for all at 5:00 p.m. A diverse selection of live musicians are scheduled, including local artists Spirit Familia, SKITN, Infernal Racket, De Nada, Batucaxe, Fuzzy Warbles, S'ruti and special guests featured throughout the day. Bring the kids, drums, a blanket or lawn chairs; celebrate the diversity of the Tucson community with a peaceful day in the park. No alcohol; leashed service animals are welcome. For more information please call Armory Park at 520-791-4865.

Sponsored by Tucson Parks and Recreation-Armory Park, Wholesome Productions and KXCI 91.3 FM.

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Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland

A 90 minute film and storytelling presentation by Mark Hosler, founding member of Negativland, with Q and A to follow. No lawyers were harmed in the making of this event!

Solar Culture Gallery
April 13, 2007
Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.

31 E. Toole Ave.
Tucson, Az. 85701

Tickets are $10.00
Phone 520-884-0874


Pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the art of collage, creative activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic and funny critiques of mass media and
culture, so-called “culture jamming” (a term coined by Negativland way back in 1984).... even if you've never heard of Negativland, if you are interested in any of these issues you’re sure to find this funny and inspiring presentation worth your time and attention.

Is Negativland a “band”? Media hoaxers? Activists? Musicians? Filmmakers? Culture jammers? An inspiration for the unwashed many? A nuisance for the corporate few? Decide for yourself in this presentation that uses films and stories to illustrate the many
creative projects, hoaxes, pranks and "culture jamming" that Negativland has been doing since 1980.

Most famous for getting sued for their “U2” single, Negativland have had many years of fun being a thorn in the side of the corporate media and entertainment biz. They’ve released a gazillion CDs, do occasional tours, make little movies, and were the subject of San Francisco filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s 1995 feature film “SONIC OUTLAWS”.

Negativland isn't just some group of merry pranksters; its art is about tearing apart and reassembling found images to create new ones, in an attempt to make social, political and artistic statements. Hilarious and chilling.

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For high rez images, go to

For more about Solar Culture, contact Steven Eye:
Phone 520-884-0874

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World's Largest Pencil / One Cup Of Java

Our final One Cup of Java Challenge for the week: In Canada, they tend to be yellow; in Germany, green; in Brazil, green and black; in Argentina, black, or maybe black and red if you get a really nice one. Australians usually make theirs red. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – based on the clues provided, name this common item available around the world in a variety of colors, but most often found in the US to be yellow.

Your One Cup answer: The pencil

Bonus Blog Trivia: The self-proclaimed "World's Largest Pencil," pictured here, can be found in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tucson Music Melee Deadline April 9th

The deadline for entries in the Tucson Music Melee is April 9th!

KXCI is teaming up with KMSB Fox 11 for this year's Tucson Music Melee, a contest and concert to find Tucson and Southern Arizona's best musician or band.

The winner of the Tucson Music Melee, sponsored by Volkswagen, will take away more than the honor of claiming the top spot - they'll also take away a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle!

Even if you don't win, the Melee offers tremendous opportunity for exposure, with all entries posted on Additionally, top finalists compete in a concert in June at the Rialto Theatre, sure to be packed with Tucson's top local music fans.

For complete information on the Tucson Music Melee, including instructions on how to enter, please visit

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Hillary, Barack & Johnny Cash / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: There’s news out today that Al Gore, who couldn’t claim the White House but has since claimed an Oscar, is now going to receive an honorary Emmy award for his contributions to television. He’ll need to get nominated for reading one of his books, though, if he expects to ever pick up a Grammy. Two men who did serve as U.S. presidents have won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word. Bill Clinton was one, for reading his autobiography My Life. Your One Cup question this morning – to name the other former president to win a Grammy, who won for reading something other than his autobiography.

One Cup Answer: Jimmy Carter won earlier this year for reading Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis. Carter is pictured here during his Navy years.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Carter actually tied for the award; he shared this year's Grammy with Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis for their Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Other winners of the Best Spoken Word Grammy include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Johnny Cash, Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, Al Franken, Magic Johnson, Gilda Radner, Orson Welles and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

4 Local CD Release Parties This Week

There's a little something for everyone this week, as no less than 4 local bands/musicians will be unleashing new albums, with corresponding release parties to celebrate.

Stefan George is well-known around Tucson (and abroad) for his blues, rock, and folk offerings, but his latest release finds him exploring the genres of country and bluegrass. To make the trip, he's enlisted the help of an all-star cast of Tucson musicians, including Tommy Larkins, John Convertino, Steve Grams, Tim Wiedenkeller, Neil Harry, and many more. Blue House is the end result from Stefan George and The Fellow Travelers, and the new album will be revealed this Thursday evening (March 29th) at Plush, with most of those same guest musicians appearing on-stage. Local favorites Loveland will open the bill.

The fun continues on Friday night (March 30th) with a trio of Tucson's up-and-coming young bands in an all-ages show at Solar Culture. Japanesian Barbie, the 2005 winners of the AZ Daily Star's High School Battle of the Bands, will be unleashing their latest release, Poka Dotted Zebra Stripes. Their quirky and clever tunes are peppered with classical, jazz, rock and pop stylings, and is reminiscent at times of They Might Be Giants or Ween. They'll be joined on Friday night by the 2007 winners of the AZ Daily Star Battle of the Bands, Kool Shades, who will entertain with their high-energy rock, reggae and ska, and the Manhattan Address with their melodic blend of progressive and alternative rock.

Back over at Plush on Saturday night (March 31st), Lagoon is set to unveil their latest album, Dose, which reveals a slightly darker and moodier side to this quartet's indie rock offerings. They'll be supported on their special night by local alt-rock band, The Iods. Everybody attending will receive their own copy of Dose with the $6 cover, and this just might be the prescription to lift you out of your musical doldrums.

You can wind up the weekend with yet another local CD release party, as Sabra Faulk will showcase her funky and soulful folk-rock tunes on her latest album, 28 Churches 5 Bars, in a Sunday shinding at Boondocks Lounge. The evening will also feature special appearances by many other fantastic local musicians including The Wayback Machine, Namoli Brennet, Mitzi Cowell, and more.

As an added bonus this weekend (as if 4 CD release parties wasn't enough!), former Tucsonan Mike Semple (Dog & Pony Show, Friends of Dean Martinez, Giant Sand) will be headed back to the Old Pueblo to show off the brand new release from his latest project, Secretary Bird. Opening up the show will be prog-rockers Mostly Bears, and local alt-country band Creosote, fronted by Semple's former Dog & Pony Show bandmate, Jason Steed. It all goes down Friday, March 30th, at Club Congress.

Show your support for local music by getting out for one (or all!) of these celebrations. And keep your eyes and ears peeled, as April brings more local CD release parties from The Deludes, Will Elliott, and more!

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Cesar Chavez Day, Friday... Music, Interviews, Mariachi!

Tune in to KXCI on Friday, March 30 for special programming honoring the life of human rights leader Cesar Chavez. Bob Diaz, host of "The Chicano Connection" starts the music at 9am and Danny Meza will take over at 11am. DJ Javier of "Sabor Del Barrio" brings his finest from 1-3pm. Then at 5pm a very special "Live @ 5" performance from Juan Aguilar and Justin Enriquez from Mariachi Tierra Del Sol! Also, listen throughout the day for interviews with various individuals who carry on the struggle for justice and equality in our community.

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Asylum Street Spankers - Live@5 - March 28th

The Asylum Street Spankers are back on the road in support of their brand new children's record, "Mommy Says No!" While this is definitely a record for kids, being the Spankers, that expands out to include kids of all ages.
They stop in for a "Live@5" performance today on The Homestretch and they'll performing tonight, March 28th, at Plush on 4th Ave.
For twelve years now the Spankers have been playing their high energy, crowd pleasing, mostly acoustic mix and match of country blues, jump jazz, ragtime, vaudeville, hip hop (and hick hop), acoustic mash-up, new and old cover songs and amazing originals around the world.

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Norman Bates And After School Specials / One Cup Of Java

Tune in for your chance to win with the One Cup of Java Challenge, weekdays at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew.

Wednesday's question: Name the actor, celebrating his 37th birthday today, from a listing of the names of characters he has played in films. Those character's names include Wes Mantooth, Peter LaFleur, Trent Walker, Luke Zoolander and Norman Bates.

Answer: Vince Vaughn (frequent wrong guess: Ben Stiller, who was Derek Zoolander).

Bonus Blog Trivia: Vince Vaughn once did an ABC After School Special on steroids. Other After School Special alumni include Ben Affleck, Jodie Foster, Kristy McNichol, Jorja Fox and Marion Ross from Happy Days.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Frank Zappa Meets The Care Bears / One Cup of Java

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge question, heard weekdays on Your Morning Brew at 8:20AM:

Forty years today The Turtles were on the top of the Billboard pop singles charts for the first and only time in their career. The band was Happy Together with the #1 song of the same name - but would break up a few years and a few lesser hits later. The group's two lead singers, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, but also recorded five albums as a famous duo. Your One Cup question this morning - out of the shell of The Turtles (pun intended), what was the name of Mark and Howard's duo, which recorded albums like Illegal, Immoral, and Fattening?

Your One Cup answer: Flo & Eddie

Bonus Blog Trivia: In addition to their work with Zappa and as Flo & Eddie, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan did musical work for children's television programs like Strawberry Shortcake and The Care Bears!


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Monday, March 26, 2007

Pink Floyd & Carole King / One Cup Of Java

On this date in 1980, seven years after its release, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon broke the record for the longest-charting pop album of all time. It would eventually log more than 14 years on the charts. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – at the point at which Dark Side Of The Moon broke the record in 1980, what 1971 landmark album HAD held the record for the longest-charting pop album of all time, at 308 weeks, or almost six years on the chart?
Your One Cup answer: Tapestry by Carole King
Bonus Blog Trivia: After learning that the band Medicine Head was releasing an album called Dark Side Of The Moon in 1972, a year before their release, Pink Floyd decided to change their album's name to Eclipse: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics. After Medicine Head's album failed, Pink Floyd went back to their original choice - the rest, as they say, is history.
Bonus Blog Trivia #2: While it spent 741 weeks on the charts, Dark Side spent only ONE week at #1 on the album sales chart - the week of April 28th, 1973. It took over the #1 spot from Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies, and was itself replaced by Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite. Conversely, Tapestry spent 15 weeks in the top spot.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Brett Dennon - Live@5 - Friday March 23rd

Tune in to Live@5 on The Homestretch for an interview and performance with Brett Dennon.
He has recently released a new record, So Much More, on Dualtone Records and
at each performance on his Love Speaks tour, Brett is partnering with non-profits to spread his message of love and compassion. KXCI is sponsoring the show and Tucson Clean & Beautiful and No More Deaths will be the non-profits being represented at Club Congress this Friday night.

Friday March 23 - Tucson AZ - **ALL AGES SHOW **
at Club Congress - 311 East Congress
7PM show Brett Dennen * Ted Lennon opens*

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Willy Mason - Live@5 - Thursday 3/22

Tune in to Live@5 on The Homestretch for an interview and performance with Willy Mason.

At 22 years old, Willy Mason already has a few years touring under his belt in support of his critically acclaimed album, Where The Humans Eat. He now has a brand new release, If The Ocean Gets Rough, that comes out this week on Astralwerks Records. New songs like Gotta Keep Walking and We Can Be Strong reflect the roving and changing times of his last few years on the road and his coming of age. His songwriting has grown stronger with more grit, yet still retains the universal imagery and innocence that made his last release so compelling. If The Ocean Gets Rough also captures Willy with a full band sound. It is a family affair featuring his brothers, friends and mother, as well as guest vocalist Rosanne Cash, who has publicly sung his praises. Willy Mason stopped by the KXCI studios on his way to Phoenix, on tour with Sondre Lerche.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cesar Chavez Day Programming-Fri., March 30

Community Radio Station KXCI 91.3 FM Tucson explores the legacy of Cesar Chavez beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 30, the day before what would have been his 80th birthday.

We’ll feature interviews with local educators, community leaders and activists as well as historical segments from TUSD students. These spoken word spots will be interspersed through a border blend of music that will include selections from the United Farm Workers’ movement, soulful sounds of that turbulent time period and contemporary socially relevant songs.

Bob Diaz, host of KXCI's "Chicano Connections" will get the music going at 9:00 a.m. Music mixer Danny Meza continues from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. DJ Javier, host of "Sabor del Barrio" will make a special appearance from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Bob Diaz will return to the airwaves to co-host The Homestretch with Kristy Lloyd at 5pm.

Cesar Chavez was a 2nd generation American who was born and died in
Arizona. He was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa. On Friday, March 30, KXCI will observe the legacy of the man who continues to provide inspiration to millions of people, Cesar Chavez.

Producer Amanda Shauger explained, "It has been personally rewarding for me to work on this project and to meet people who were touched by Cesar Chavez. Last year’s immigration rallies throughout the country and locally and the continued debate on immigration reform make this broadcast even more compelling and timely."

Additional information about Cesar E. Chavez and local events is available at

For an interview or questions about this announcement, please contact KXCI's special programming producer, Amanda Shauger:

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Vote: Fox Theatre Summer Series

The Fox Tucson Theatre is looking for help selecting its summer classic film series.

Last summer 27 films were screened in the Fox's first-ever summer classic film series. To help determine the films this summer a ballot is now available at and at the theatre, 17 West Congress downtown.

Nominees include Dr. Strangelove, West Side Story, On The Waterfront and more recent classics like Footloose and Shawshank Redemption.

The top voted films will be screened at the Fox on weekends this summer.

The deadline for ballots to be submitted in March 31st. The final schedule of films will be announced in late April.

"We think that the Fox is the best place to see a classic film and some shows last summer were near sellouts," says Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation executive director Herb Stratford. "We want to let people experience their favorites in the Fox."

The 1929 Fox Tucson Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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TKMA Fundraiser April 1st

The Tucson Kitchen Musicians' Association Spring Fundraiser happens Sunday, April 1, from 1 to 6:30pm at Old Town Artisans, 201 North Court Avenue in downtown Tucson. Admission is $8 with discounts available.

Proceeds will benefit the 22nd Annual Tucson Folk Festival, May 5 and 6th, downtown.

This year's fundraiser includes a Singer-Songwriter Circle, beginning at 1 p.m. Expect to hear some of your favorite Tucson artists: Larry Armstrong, Stefan George, Eric Hansen, Anne James, Lindianne Sarno, Duncan Stitt, Shorty Stubbs, Michael Tanzillo, Kathleen Williamson and perhaps a few surprises. Rotating in and out of the circle, each artist will perform 2 or 3 original songs.

After the Singer-Songwriter Circle, these groups will perform:
BK Special, featuring Bobby Kimmel
Stefan George and Lavinia White
None Too Soon, including Hank Childers, Nancy Lynn Bright, and Brad & Gail Fritz
Kevin Pakulis, with or without Larry Lee Lerma on bass
The Determined Luddites, featuring Dan Hostetler, Dan Davis, RandiPantera and Donny Russell

The event ends with a jam hosted by the Determined Luddites.

Food and beverages will be available for sale at Old Town Artisans during this afternoon of acoustic music.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

KXCI Featured at Social Media Conference

I was proud to be asked to participate as a panelist at the AZ Entrepreneur Conference on Social Media in Phoenix on March 1st. My presentation was a case study on the KXCI blog - the one you are reading right now - and the effectiveness of blogging and podcasting for non-profit organizations.

Here's a photo:

That's me... the 2nd from the left! The other panelists were: Max Fose IWS Now the web-campaign manager for John McCain; Kevin Donnellan Cold Stone Creamery the head Advertising Executive for the ice-cream empire; and Ben Gordon R&R Partners who has run successful ad campaigns for large corporations like Nike, AT&T, Coke, and the city of Las Vegas.

The keynote speaker for this event was Robert Scoble of the famous blog Scobleizer. He is a former Microsoft Executive who left that company to form and to become the #1 blog reader on the planet (this fact was proven by Google stats) and one of the most read bloggers on the planet. He also let everyone in on the hot new Web 2.0 sensation - Twitter - check it out!

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Hear New R.E.M. Single!

To coincide with their induction tonight (Monday) into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, R.E.M. and the Save Darfur campaign have released the Georgia rocker's cover of John Lennon's "#9 Dream."

You can it played today for the first time at 4:30pm today (Monday) on KXCI's The Home Stretch with Kristi Lloyd. The single will be played throughout the week as well on various KXCI programs.

The single is the first release from the upcoming album "Instant Karma: The Campaign To Save Darfur," a new project from Amnesty International.

According to the press release from Amnesty International, "the project is designed to focus attention and mobilize activism around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan. It combines the power of John Lennon's music recorded by some of the world's best-known artists, together with cutting-edge forms of instant activism by Internet and mobile technologies."

More than 300,000 people have died in Darfur, and 3 million more are currently at risk.

The full album will be released in June and feature contributions of Lennon covers by U2, Green Day, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, The Cure and many others.

To learn more about the crisis in Sudan, visit

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Live@5 - Luca, Arthur Migliazza, Round The House, Patty Griffin

Tune in to The Homestretch this week for a great lineup of performances during "Live@5".

Tuesday- Luca - Great local indie band will be in playing songs to warm up for their show this Friday at Club Congress. This special show will be a live recording for an upcoming album!

Wednesday- Arthur Migliazza - Piano player extraordinaire will be performing original songs from his upcoming show, Songs For A Lifetime - A Musical Journey Through One Man's Lifetime. The Tucson performance takes place Sunday, March 11th at Old Town Artisans.

Thursday- Round The House - This local Irish band will be in Wednesday to help us celebrate International Women's Day. They are having a St. Patrick's Day Irish Party this Friday, March 9th at Tucson's Fox Theatre.

Friday- Patty Griffin - This longtime KXCI favorite will be stopping by to kick off the start of a her tour, supporting here brand new release Children Running Through on ATO records.

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CD Review - Kevin Pakulis "Mockingbird Radio"

Review of Local Artist: Kevin Pakulis
CD: "Mockingbird Radio" on San Jacinto Records, 2007
CD Release Party: March 10th @ The Boondocks

It starts out with a bite, and closes with a soft finish,
just like a fine wine. Ahh, but this is better than fine...
it's 41 1/2 minutes and 10 cuts of well composed lyrics.
It's full of depth. It's gritty, yet gentle. It's rootsy 'n bluzy
with elements of soul, americana, and inspiration. It's downright
Wonderful! Kevin has still got his groove on! and he does a great
job with his "lines and rhymes".

The thread of southwestern flavors from his debut CD ("Yeah, Yeah,
Yeah) is carried over. Not to mention the same, talented back-up
band (Duncan, Ralph, and LarryLee) along with a few additional players:
Bo Ramsey does some fine slide guitar ("Minuteman"); Dante Rosano
blows some tasty trumpet ("Minuteman") and just the right amount
of squeeze-box from Gary Mackender ("Mother's Day").

Kevin spends 4 mins+ on a message to the "Minuteman"...along with
that comes his personal 'war is not the answer' msg directed to the
President including the Chorus of Discontents belting out "YOU don't
get it"! It's a strong sentiment.
As I mentioned earlier, this CD is tough, yet tender...and full of depth.
Damn, it's good!

Kevin, Congratulations on this accomplishment.

RoseLady, "Rosie's Rhythm Room"
~~ 10 p.m.-12 p.m. on Twangin'Tuesdays

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Monday, March 05, 2007

International Women's Day Programming Bigger Than Just One Day

Production is humming along at International Women's Day central here at KXCI. The core of the programming will take place from 5am-6pm Thursday, March 8. We'll be featuring women programmers, music by women, herstories and interviews of influential women.

I am delighted to report that we have additional International Women's Day supporters who will be devoting their programs to the cause by featuring women artists in their particular genre.

Tuesday, March 6 from 10-12pm Rosie's Rhythm Room will be sure to feature fine female music with your host The Roze Lady.

Wednesday, March 7 from 4am-5pm, Mele O Hawai'i will feature women artists of Hawaii courtesy of John Putnam.

Wednesday, March 7 from 6-8pm, Onda Suave will feature musica by latinas and a live interview by Ernesto Portillo, Jr.

Ron Cipriani from The Vinyl Frontier says, "I usually play quite a few women artists on my show and since The Vinyl Frontier is on March 8th from 2 to5 am, I can get on the band wagon also. It would be a pleasure."

Thursday, March 8 from 9-11pm, Scott Denton will be playing music by women on Halftime at the Apocalypse.

Dave Bizzo says, "Women will step to the forefront this week on the Medicine Cabinet! YES!" Thursday, March 8 at 11pm until Friday, March 9 at 1am.

Saturday, March 10 from 6am-8am IWD programming will be continued on Saturday's Breakfast Café, where Cactus Cathy will play the music of "The Women I Love" and welcome Tucsonan writer and social activist Lisa Hopper of WorldCare as her guest.

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Win Free Tickets To See THE POLICE In Phoenix

KXCI is offering a free drawing to win a pair of premium tickets to see The Police on their reunion tour. Their local stop is June 18th at US Airways Center in Phoenix. The Police reunion tour is expected to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer concert season.

All KXCI listeners who renew their membership (or become new members) between now and April 1st will automatically be entered into the drawing. You may activate your membership online by clicking here:

You may also call the KXCI Membership Office weekdays from 9am to 5pm at (520) 623-1000, extension 13.

Basic membership starts at just $35 for a year.

No purchase necessary to enter drawing; in lieu of membership, simply return your name and address on a postcard postmarked by 4/1/07 to: KXCI, attn. Membership, 220 South Fourth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. For complete rules, visit Contest Rules at

This offer does not imply endorsement by The Police – but don’t you think they probably would love KXCI, too?

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