Thursday, May 31, 2007

Seven Wonders Of Southern Arizona Contest

KXCI is proud to announce the Seven Wonders Of Southern Arizona contest, an online vote that will select our community's "can't do without" treasures.

The competition is modeled after the international vote (currently underway) to select a new worldwide list of the Seven Wonders of the World.

At KXCI, we believe our list will be better! Who needs Mount Everest when A Mountain will do? Stonehenge is no more odd than the "Axe Man" at Glenn and Stone. And Mission San Xavier del Bac was 190 years old before the Eiffel Tower was inagurated (and it's made of steel - boy that must have been hard!).

Those three wonders - and 41 more just like them - are waiting for YOUR VOTES right now in the contest. First round voting ends June 15th, so it's important you vote today.

The winning wonders will all receive plaques honoring their accomplishments and a KXCI advertising package to help encourage even more people to see their wonderfulness.

You can vote by clicking the "7 Wonders of Southern Arizona" button on our homepage at, or simply click here:

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Tucson Music Melee Finalists Announced!

The finalists have been chosen in the FOX 11 Tucson Music Melee, sponsored by Chapman Volkswagen. The finalists are Gaza Strip, Untitled Hero, Sinphonics, Inamorato and 56 Deluxe. They’ll square off Friday, June 15th at the Rialto Theatre in a KXCI benefit concert. Tickets are available now at the Rialto and they’re just five dollars! We want to see a big crowd of KXCI fans at the Rialto on the 15th because Fox 11 is taping the concert for a television broadcast in July.

The Music Melee is a contest to determine Tucson and Southern Arizona's top emerging musical talents.

The Rialto box office is open weekdays, noon to 6, at 318 East Congress in downtown Tucson. The box office number is 740-1000. Visit them at

Learn more about the FOX 11 Tucson Music Melee at

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Amanda Shauger produces Migrant Trail segment for Free Speech Radio News

I am delighted to report that I produced a
4 minute feature for Free Speech Radio
News today, Wednesday May 30th about what
I observed on the first Day of the Migrant
Trail. Here is a link to the program that
my piece aired on. You can down load
the program if you would like to from
this website. The Migrant Trail piece is
the last one of the program.
This story will be archived indefinitely.

Also, there was a great picture from the Migrant
Trail on the front page of the website
that should be up today, May 30th until tomorrow,
May 31. The picture was taken by Scott Griessel.
I did a quick web search and it turns out he
posted a bunch of pictures from the Migrant Trail
on his flckr site. There's even a couple of pictures
of me, trailing behind the walkers with a Franciscan
encouraging me to get a ride in one of the shuttles.

This is the third year that I have attended the first day
of this event. I easily walked the 5 miles the last two
years, but for some reason, the heat really hit me hard this
year. It was "only" in the 90s and there was 20-30 mph gusts
of wind. I just couldn't drink enough water. I felt kind
of off just from driving to Sasabe in my Buick without air

I didn't even really realize that I was the last one walking
until the Franciscan brother told me. I sort of thought that
there were a few other stragglers further back than me, but
he insisted that they had all gotten rides to where the rest of
the walkers were. The walkers stop every mile and a half or so
to refill their water or eat snacks with electrolytes. So,
I thought maybe it would be a good idea after all to catch a
ride in one of the support vehicles. Even after a brief ride in an
air conditioned vehicle and drinking water, I just didn't feel
refreshed. I got out and watched the support team prepare
the next stop and then I decided to lay down in the van and I dozed.
Finally, when we drove to the final camping spot for the
evening and the sun had dropped a wee bit, I perked up.

If I were a migrant that day without the level of support that
the folks on the Migrant Trail have, I would have been toast.
I had access to water and a ride and I still felt pretty wiped
out. It was a real eye and heart opener.

You can see the walkers conclude their pilgrimage at 11:30 Sunday,
June 3 at Ramada #3 at Kennedy Park near Mission and Ajo.

For the walk itinerary visit

For more information call 520.770.1373 or write

I hope that you are all well,

Amanda Shauger
Producer 30 Minutes

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Am I Blue? / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup question: We’re still burning through our leftover 80s trivia. Today’s One Cup of Java Challenge is, for lack of a better word, “smurfy.” Your question today: on the 80s children’s television series The Smurfs, what was the name of the evil wizard that was always trying to defeat the Smurfs?

Answer: Gargamel
Bonus Blog Trivia: A 3-D, computer generated Smurfs movie is expected to hit theatres in November, 2008. John Lithgow is rumored to have gotten the voice over part for Gargamel. Smurfy!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

"The One Cup Of Java Challenge Was Filmed Peformed Before A Live Studio Audience"

Today's One Cup question: We’ve still got a few questions left over from our salute to the 80s back on May 17th. This morning’s One Cup of Java Challenge question is about the television show “Cheers.” Especially during the early years of the series, the Cheers gang often played pranks on and sports against another Boston bar – and that bar usually ended up on top. Your question this morning, left over from the 80s - name the rival bar from the television series Cheers.

Answer: Gary's Olde Towne Tavern.

Bonus Blog Trivia: "Cheers" finished absolutely dead last in the Nielsen ratings the week it debuted in 1982. Had that happened today in the profit-driven money money world of commercial TV, it would have been cancelled the next morning, but instead it was allowed to grow and find an audience, becoming one of the classic comedies of the 80s.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Norm's real first name was Hillary.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Yoko Ono + Ronald Reagan = Charity Event? / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup question: On this date in 1986, many many people but not enough people participated in a now infamous charity event that didn’t ultimately raise much more for charity. Celebrity participants included Brooke Shields, President Reagan, Yoko Ono, Tony Danza, Bill Clinton and Bob Seger. Your One Cup question this morning – to name this event held 21 years ago today.

Answer: Hands Across America

Bonus Blog Trivia: More successful on this date in history, in 1977 the film Star Wars was released.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Fat Lady Has Sung: Membership Drive Ends

KXCI's May Membership Drive concluded Wednesday morning just after 9am when the station reached its goal of $91,300 with a flurry of last hour calls on Your Morning Brew.

We thank everyone who made a pledge of support during the campaign. If you didn't, you can always pledge online at; just click "Pledge Now" at the top of any page.

The KXCI Membership Office will be open this Saturday (5/26) from 10am to 1pm and again on Memorial Day Monday from 9am to noon to give you extra time to pick up premiums, pay pledges, and visit the station your support makes possible.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Membership Drive: Last Day!!!

As of 6:40am the membership drive has just $2942 to go to reach our $91,300 goal.

You can help right now with a call at (520) 623-1000.

Remember - membership support is the single largest form of support at YOUR Community Radio, and each dollar raised is multiplied through grants, local business support, etc. Every dollar you give truly helps the station you love.

Call today: (520) 623-1000.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

KXCI Board Election Candidate Forum

The staff and board of directors of KXCI invite you to a Candidate’s Forum and Public Meeting on Thursday, May 31, 2007, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 South Fifth Avenue.

This public event is to introduce you to the five candidates running for three available seats on the board, as well as serve as a public meeting to introduce you to KXCI’s new General Manager, Ryan Bruce, and answer any questions you may have.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

You DO Have To Say You Love Us / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup: On this date in 1966, the highest-charting single in Dusty Springfield's career landed on the music charts, eventually working its way up to #4 on the pop list. Your question this morning - name that highest charting Dusty Springfield song.

Answer: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

Of course, you CAN say you love us with a call during the May Membership Drive: (520) 623-1000. We're in what we hope our the final 48 hours of the drive. You can helop ensure that it the end with your call today!

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Live@5 - Soul Of John Black - Friday 5/18

Tune intoday for a Live@5 performance on The Homestretch from JB Bigham of the Soul Of John Black. They have a gig Friday night at Plush with Tom Walbank opening.

The eponymous debut album by The Soul Of John Black, the group fronted by John "JB" Bigham and co-produced by Chris Thomas, earned rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Interview, Blender, Billboard and New Yorker magazine. Rolling Stone hailed it as "amazing (the harbinger of)... a whole new brand of soul." The album introduced Bigham's songwriting expertise and unique guitar technique on acoustic, electric and slide as well as his gritty, openhearted vocal style. Its soul, hip-hop, funk and Afrobeat influences established Bigham as an adventurous artist, a man who wasn't afraid to take risks in pursuit of his musical vision. On his sophomore release, "The Good Girl Blues", Bigham is the sole producer, switching gears and refocusing on the roots of African American music – the blues.

JB's musical history boasts an impressive resume. He's written songs for Miles Davis and played percussion in the Davis group. His track "Jilli" is featured on "Amandla", the trumpeter's last studio album. He also appears on the recently released Davis DVD, Live In Paris, recorded at the 10th Paris Jazz Festival. Bigham played guitar and keyboard for the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone for eight years, contributing songs, guitars, keyboards, background vocals and production expertise to the albums "The Reality Of My Surroundings", "Give A Monkey A Brain" and "Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge". Later on, he toured as a side man and played on sessions with artists as varied as Eminem, Dr. Dré, Rosey, Joi, Nikka Costa, Bruce Hornsby and Everlast.

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Punctuation Rocks ! / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today’s One Cup question asks you to name the one specific thing that the following bands have in common: Motley Crue, Queensryche, Motorhead, Blue Oyster Cult, and Spinal Tap. Again – what specifically do the bands Motley Crue, Queensryche, Motorhead, Blue Oyster Cult and Spinal Tap have in common?

Answer: The umlaut. The band's proper names should be expressed as Mötley Crüe, Queensrÿche, Motörhead, Blue Öyster Cult and Spinal Tap, which should have an umlaut over the "n" but no geek at Microsoft has yet to sneak that character function into a program so you'll just have to print out this post and draw it in yourself.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Not really bonus trivia, just something to share. The This Is Spinal Tap film was promoted with the tagline, "Does for rock and roll what The Sound of Music did for hills."

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Live@5 - Jon Rauhouse - Thursday 5/17

Tune in to The Homestretch for a live performance at 5pm in Studio 2A from Jon Rauhouse. KXCI is presenting the Bloodshot Records CD release party for Jon's third album, Steel Guitar Heart Attack, Thursday night at Plush.

Jon Rauhouse, Arizona's legendary sideman, has lent his considerable talents on the the steel guitar and Hawaiian guitar to tours and recordings by Neko Case, Old 97's, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Calexico, the Waco Brothers, and Giant Sand. Tommy Connell and Members of Calexico join Jon on Steel Guitar Heart Attack for a romp through the instrumental styles of western swing, jazz standards, Hawaiian music, classic country and lounge. Neko Case, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan and Rachel Flotard stop by for guest vocal appearances as well, on this unique and eclectic release.

"After years as a respected sideman, Rauhouse has now stepped out and recorded an energetic mix of covers and originals that provides a much-needed elixir of brightness and wonder to a long somber alt-country crowd." - Pop Matters

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Rat Packs And Brat Packs / One Cup Of Java Challenge

In preparation for our 80s music celebration today on the Music Mix (9am-3pm) our One Cup of Java Challenge this morning asks you to name the actress who was in both The Facts of Life on TV AND one of the classic movies of the 80s, The Breakfast Club. Again, your task – name the actress who in both The Facts of Life and The Breakfast Club, and, seemingly, in just about every other movie on the 1980s.

Your One Cup Answer: Molly Ringwald

Bonus Blog Trivia: Molly was one of the 8 core members of Hollywood's "Brat Pack" of the 80s, along with Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez. The name was a spin off from Frank Sinatra's circle of friends in the 1960s The Rat Pack - which itself was taken from Humphrey Bogart's 1950s entourage The Rat Pack.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: While it's not known that the Brat Pack did much to advance society, Sinatra's Rat Pack rightfully deserves credit for helping to break down racial discrimination in Las Vegas clubs. Rat Packers like Sinatra, Dean Martin and Joey Bishop stuck together, refusing to play any couple that wouldn't allow their buddy Sammy Davis Jr. on the stage as well.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

This Bola Tie Is Not Ironic!

Bob Girth breaks out his boombox and spins some of the forgotten gems of the Reagan Era this Thursday 11:00am—1:00pm. It’s the first annual Totally Awesome, Majorly Not Lame, Humongously Gnarly, Bodaciously Righteous Acid-washed Parachute Pants 80’s Music For Sure Fest. Get on your thinking Kongol for 80’s trivia and win valuable swag.

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Debra Winger, Phone Home / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today’s One Cup of Java Challenge asks you to name the famous actress turning 52 today. Born on this date in 1955 in Cleveland, this actress is almost as famous for the roles she didn’t play as for the roles she has taken. She turned down the female leads in Peggy Sue Got Married, Broadcast News, Bull Durham, The Fabulous Baker Boys and A League Of Their Own. She has appeared on screen several times with her now ex-husband Timothy Hutton and her current husband, Arliss Howard. Her several year disappearance from films was the subject of a documentary about ageism in Hollywood. Your One Cup question this morning – based on the clues provided, name this now 52 year old actress, who got her start on TV playing Lynda Carter’s younger sister on “Wonder Woman.”

One Cup Answer: Debra Winger

Bonus Blog Trivia: Winger was the uncredited voice of E.T. in that film.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Winger so hated her time on "Wonder Woman" that she spent more than her salary on lawyers trying to get out of her contract.

Bonus Blog Trivia #3: Despite turning down lead roles in two of the most famous baseball movies of all time, Winger must be a baseball fan: her son with Arliss Howard is named Babe Ruth.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Love Among The Rodents / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today’s One Cup question deals with famous film couples. Long before Bogart and Bacall, before Fred and Ginger, before Bennifer, another famous film couple hit the big screen to entertain audiences. Their first film together, “Plane Crazy,” was released on this date in 1928. Still together after 79 years and, according to publicists, married although sometimes they play a dating couple on film, this famous film pair can be seen in person today at their official homes in California, Florida and Japan. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – to name this famous film couple, on screen together for the first time 79 years ago.

Your One Cup answer: Mickey and Minnie Mouse

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Monday, May 14, 2007

KXCI Celebrates The 80s (Seriously!)

Join us Thursday, May 17th for a "very special episode" of the Music Mix, 9am-3pm, when KXCI Community Radio celebrates great music from the 80s.

Yes, there was some - and we've found it and are ready to share it with the world.

Music Mixers Amber and Ginger will be joined by Bob Girth, host of The Hub, for this "awesome" look at the 80s that will have you "chillin' in your crib" for six hours.

The special Music Mix promises to be "gnarly" "mint" "fly" "fresh" and "to the max" with great music, trivia, and more.

See you Thursday, dudes.

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Frank Sinatra Trivia / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge: Today’s One Cup question deals with the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, who died 9 years ago today at the age of 82. He had made his last public singing performance on February 25th, 1995, and the song that he closed that final show with is also the song title inscribed on his headstone. Your One Cup question this morning – to name that song, whose title suggests that Frank was planning a few gigs in heaven.

Answer: The Best Is Yet To Come. The image shown here is from

Bonus Blog Trivia: Among the items that Sinatra is purported to have been buried with include a flask of Jack Daniels, a Zippo lighter, a roll of dimes, a packet of cigarettes and a note from his daughter Tina. Eulogies at the funeral were given by Gregory Peck, Tony Bennett, and Frank Jr.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

PLEDGE TODAY: (520) 623-1000

Today's One Cup question: In honor of our own deejay Susie B, who will "super sized" today with a four hour music mix from 11am to 3pm (twice the normal Susie!), our One Cup question this morning asks you to name the star and director of the award-winning documentary "Super Size Me."

Answer: Morgan Spurlock

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mick Nicked Over Songs Picked / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Pledge today: (520) 623-1000 for our MAY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Today's One Cup question: On this date in 1963, a soon-to-be famous band known for its songwriting recorded its first songs - both covers. One was a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," the other a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Want To Be Loved." While the band would eventually release versions of both songs later, their initials efforts were both rejected by their record label. Your One Cup question this morning - based on the clues provided, name this famous band, which to date has landed at least 22 songs on the Billboard pop Top 10.

One Cup answer: The Rolling Stones

Bonus Blog Trivia: In 2004, the Stones were selected at #4 in Rolling Stone magazines list of the "The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time," behind only the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Elvis and ahead of the first artist they covered, Chuck Berry at #5.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

IT CAME FROM THE SWAMP !!!! / One Cup of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup question: Name the singer, journalist, commercial spokesman, game show star, Oscar nominee and Tonight Show guest host celebrating his 52nd birthday today. He was born in a swamp on this date in 1955, along with 3265 brothers and sisters. Your One Cup again this morning – to name this now 52 year old celebrity, who also has worked as a construction crew leader on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

One Cup answer: Kermit The Frog

Bonus Blog Trivia: Jim Henson created the "prototype" Kermit from a green woman's coat his mother had thrown in the trash, with ping pong balls for eyes. The original Kermit looked much more like a lizard and didn't become frog-like until his Sesame Street appearances starting in 1969.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: In a VH1 interview, Kermit said his favorite band was Toad The Wet Sprocket.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Special KXCI On-Air Party, Sunday May 20th

You’re Invited To a Special KXCI On-Air Party on Sunday, May 20th!

Dear KXCI Listener,

Join us on Sunday, May 20th from 12 noon until 6 pm for our special on-air party. We’ll supply the music, you supply the guests!

Starting at noon, Rose Lady, host of Rosie's Rhythm Room, has 3 hours of jump, jive, jitter, shake and SWING with "Any Swing Goes."

Then from 3 until 6 pm, the Desert Duke jumps behind the mike for "Desert Duke’s Sunday Stomp," with the best of Rockabilly, Surf Rock, and Rock Roots.

So start sending out those invitations, buying the chips and dip and the spirits of choice, and then roll back those rugs and get ready to do some serious partying. And while you are at it, think about becoming a KXCI member. We would love to have not only you, but all of your party guests call in and become members during this extra special day of programming.

So please join us Sunday May 20th from noon until 3 pm for Any Swing Goes and then from 3 until 6 pm for Desert Duke’s Sunday Stomp. No butts about it, we guarantee that this will be the social event of the season.

Yours truly,

Rose Lady, The Desert Duke and all of us here at KXCI

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Why Did The Beatles Cross The Road? To Get To The Other Side.

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge, heard at 8:20am on YOUR MORNING BREW:

One year ago today, somewhat famous British photographer Iain MacMillan died at the age of 67. Your One Cup question this morning - to tell us what famous photo, featuring four British men and shot in that country, is Iain MacMillan most remembered for?

Answer: He shot the photo used on the cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road.

Bonus Blog Trivia: MacMillan would work with John & Yoko on design artwork for the single Happy Xmas (War Is Over), and in a shot seen here, he shot Paul McCartney for the cover of Paul Is Live, being dragged across the street in a spoof of the more famous shot.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Carey Bell, 1936-2007

Sad news in the blues world, where legendary harmonica player Carey Bell died yesterday at the age of 70.

The following obituary is from our friends at Alligator Records, where Bell released several albums:

Blues harmonica master Carey Bell died on May 6, 2007 of heart failure in his hometown of Chicago, IL. He was 70. Bell – the 1998 winner of the Blues Music Award for Traditional Male Artist Of The Year – was a veteran of both Muddy Waters’ and Willie Dixon’s bands as well as an award-winning solo artist, and a guest artist on countless blues recordings.

Bell's classic, funky and deeply soulful blues place him firmly on the short list of blues harmonica superstars.

Bell was one of the very few harmonica players who didn't learn his craft by listening to old records, but by studying directly under his teachers Big Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs and Sonny Boy Williamson II. It didn't take long for Bell to develop his signature "chopped" harmonica phrasing and deep-blues style.

Carey Bell Harrington was born in Macon, Mississippi on November 14, 1936. A fan of Louis Jordan, Bell originally wanted a saxophone, but economic realities forced his grandfather to buy him a harmonica instead. He taught himself to play by the time he was eight, and began playing professionally with his godfather, pianist Lovie Lee, when he was 13. In 1956, Lee convinced Carey that Chicago was the place to be for aspiring bluesmen, and on September 12, 1956 they arrived. Almost immediately, Bell went to see Little Walter perform at the Club Zanzibar at 14th and Ashland. The two became friends and Walter delighted in showing the youngster some of his tricks. Carey went on to meet and learn from Sonny Boy Williamson II, but it was Big Walter Horton who really inspired him and became his mentor.

Carey learned his lessons well but by the late 1950s and early 1960s the gigs were drying up for harp players as the electric guitar began to take over as the predominant instrument of Chicago blues. Bell decided to increase his worth by becoming a bass player (learning the ropes from Hound Dog Taylor). He quickly mastered the instrument and began getting gigs as a bassist with Honeyboy Edwards, Johnny Young, Eddie Taylor, Earl Hooker and Big Walter. While playing bass in Big Walter's band, Bell studied every harp trick in the book first-hand from one of the all-time great harmonica players.

Bell, back on harp full-time, recorded behind Earl Hooker in 1968 for Arhoolie. By 1969 Bell was fronting his own band. His friend, harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite brought him over to Bob Koester at Delmark Records in 1969, who promptly signed Bell and recorded Carey Bell's Blues Harp. Bell spent 1971 traveling and recording with Muddy Waters (he can be heard on Muddy's The London Sessions and Unk in Funk albums on Chess). Willie Dixon chose Bell for the featured role in his Chicago Blues All-Stars, with whom Bell worked regularly throughout the 1970s, both touring and recording.

Even though Dixon kept Carey busy, Bell still found time for his own projects. In 1972 he teamed up with his friend Big Walter and recorded what was to be Alligator Records’ second-ever release, Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell. In 1973 he made a solo album, LAST NIGHT, for ABC Bluesway and was featured in 1978 on Alligator’s Grammy-nominated Living Chicago Blues series (both with his own band and playing behind Lovie Lee).

By the 1980s Bell had established himself worldwide as a giant among blues harmonica players. He recorded albums as a leader and as a sideman for a variety of labels both in the United States and Europe, and was constantly playing live. In 1990 Bell, along with fellow harpslingers Junior Wells, James Cotton and Billy Branch, got together and recorded the Blues Music Award-winning Alligator album, Harp Attack!

In 1995, Bell's very first full-length solo album on Alligator, Deep Down, secured his reputation as a modern blues legend. His follow-ups, 1997’s Good Luck Man (which received a Blues Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year), and 2004’s Second Nature (an acoustic album recorded with his guitarist/vocalist son Lurrie Bell), pushed the blues farther out with Bell’s rich vocabulary of deep grooves and contemporary sounds. Most recently, in 2007, Delmark Records released Gettin' Up Live, a CD/DVD featuring Bell once again performing with his son Lurrie.

Funeral arrangements are still pending. Bell fathered 15 children and is survived by 10.

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Early Renewal Goal Within Reach

KXCI's membership drive starts Wednesday (May 9th) with a goal of $91,300, money needed to continue the operation of our non-profit station.

Within that goal, we have a goal of raising $20,000 in early renewals BEFORE May 9th.

We're happy to report that with two days to go, we have $17,824.30 in early renewals.

With just more than $2000 to go, we're hoping we can count on YOUR support today!

Renewing or joining for the first time is easy. You just call the membership office at 520-623-1000, extension 13, or easier still - pledge online at


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Friday, May 04, 2007

Live@5 - Sisters Morales - Friday 5/4

Tune in to The Homestretch for a live performance in Studio 2A from this Saturday's Folk Festival headliners, Sisters Morales.

Expatriate Arizonans Lisa and Roberta Morales will bring their band, Sisters Morales, to Tucson from San Antonio, Texas, to perform at the 22nd Annual Tucson Folk Festival. The Morales sisters were born and raised in Tucson surrounded by a blend of musical styles. Since leaving Tucson to pursue their passion for eclectic music full time, Sisters Morales have shared stages with Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Merle Haggard, Walter Hyatt, Alan Jackson, Allison Kraus, Patty Loveless, Delbert McClinton, Dale Watson, and many others.

Because their music is considered so eclectic, they have shunned traditional labeling such as folk, country, or Latin and call their style “no borders” music. No Borders music allows for a unique blend of cultures and influences. People in the music business including radio stations have tried to put them into a neat little package – genre-wise – but the truth is, they play it all. They have been called a female Los Lobos combined with Bonnie Raitt and were named best folk/acoustic group by the Houston Press. In addition to Lisa and Roberta Morales, the band includes David Spencer on guitar and Vicente Rodriguez on percussion. They will be helping the crowd celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the Plaza Stage in El Presidio Park at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2007.

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If You're Going To San Francisco / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup question: Forty years ago tomorrow, a song called “the anthem of the era” was released. That song was “San Francisco.” You can prove that you've worn flowers in your hair by being the first to answer today’s One Cup question. What musician recorded, released and rode the song “San Francisco” to a top 5 spot on the charts in 1967?

Today's One Cup answer: Scott McKenzie

Bonus Blog Trivia: The song was co-written with The Mamas and The Papas' John Phillips. The pair later collaborated on writing The Beach Boys hit "Kokomo."

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Tim Wiedenkeller and The Wyatts are guests on The Homestretch

Stopping in this Thursday May 3rd for "Live@round5" are local artists The Wyatts and Tim Wiendenkeller.

The Wyatts are celebrating their new release, The Continuing Saga of the Wyatts, Volume I. The CD Release Party is this Saturday, May 5th at 10pm to be held at O’Malley’s on Fourth Avenue in Tucson, Arizona. Neil Harry, Arthur Migliazza, and Jeff DeLavergne will be joining forces with the fearsome foursome of Roscoe, Jimbo, Boo and Clyde to round out a seven piece band for the entire two-hour set! Plus vocalist Terra Flores will sit in for a two duets and one Tanya Tucker classic! Folowing The Wyatts performance will be a closing set from Haley Jane. Doors open at 10pm with the show starting shortly thereafter. There will be NO COVER for this 21 & over event! (O’Malley’s- 247 North 4th Avenue, 623-8600)

Tim Wiedenkeller is releasing his song "The New Old Pueblo" (We No Peel Nopal No Mo')that features Lalo Guerrero and Travis Edmonson as well as Lalo's son Mark and Mindy Ronstadt. Tim is the local headliner for this year's Tucson Folk Festival, and will perform at 8:30 pm Saturday on the Main Stage (AKA Plaza Stage). A single release CD of Tim's most popular vocal song, "The New Old Pueblo," will be available at this event. Tim will also hosting a series of After-Hours Shows this Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6. These musical variety shows will feature several diverse and captivating guests each night at the lovely Leo Rich Theatre. Time is 9:30-11:30 pm. Downtown at the Tucson Convention Center.

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A Darin Who Wasn't On "Bewitched" / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge, heard at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew:

On this date in 1959, the first Grammy awards were announced. Winners of the Big Four categories included Domenico Modugno for Record of the Year AND Song of the Year Volare, and Frank Sinatra for Album of the Year for Come Dance With Me!. The other major Big Four category, Best New Artist, wasn't added until the next year, for the 1960 Grammys. Your One Cup question today - to name the first musician to win the Grammy for Best New Artist. He was 1960's best new artist, despite the fact that in 1958, a song that he had co-written with his mother, Splish Splash, had already sold more than a million copies. Again, your One Cup question - name the first musician to win the Best New Artist Grammy.

One Cup answer: Bobby Darin

Bonus Blog Trivia: Born Walden Robert Cassotto, he became "Bobby Darin" for his music career. "Bobby" as a play on his middle name (he almost chose "Waldo") and reportedly, "Darin" after seeing a restaurant sign for Mandarin Chinese food where "MAN" was burned out of the word Mandarin. He later claimed to have picked "Darin" out a phone book.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Live@5 - Robert Earl Keen - Wednesday 5/2

This Wednesday evening KXCI presents Robert Earl Keen and Junior Brown in a special co-headlining show at The Rialto Theatre. Both are longtime favorites of KXCI DJ's and listeners. Tune in to The Homestretch today for a Live@5 performance from Robert Earl Keen.

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Mother's Day Big Band Concert

On Sunday, May 13th at 3PM at The Tucson Temple of Music and Art (330 South Scott Avenue), the Arizona Jazz Academy will present a very special big band tribute to mothers everywhere!

Featuring the award winning Arizona Jazz Academy Big Bands including the Kenton Band, The Basie Band, The Ellington Band, The Fletcher Henderson Band and MORE performing jazz and big band hits of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, this big band tribute has something for everyone who loves jazz and mothers!

Mother’s Day Gift Package:
Every mother or grandmother who attends this concert will receive a beautiful gift package that includes a long stem red rose, chocolate covered strawberries, a $25 gift certificate to Metropolis Salons and more!

The AJA Big Bands have won awards throughout the world and having toured throughout the United States, France, Switzerland and Spain. The AJA Big Bands have just been invited back to Europe by the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Paris Jazz Festival and The North Sea jazz Festival to perform summer of 2008. They have also been invited to perform this summer of 2007 in the Montreal and Quebec Jazz Festivals in Canada. In the past five years the Arizona Jazz Academy bands have won more ensemble and individual awards than any other student or professional jazz group in the United States.

Special Guest Artists:
Special guests at the concert will include James Williams on trumpet and trombone, Scott Black on bass, Neamen Lyles on alto sax and Doug Tidaback on trombone.

Tickets are only $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets available at the door or by calling 622-2823.

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It's Only Been 7 Years? / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge: It was on this date in 2000, just 7 years ago, that President Bill Clinton announced that a service previously restricted to military use would be available to the general public. Your question this morning - what service did Clinton announce on this date in 2000? "Can you find your way to the answer?"

One Cup answer: GPS navigation service

Bonus Blog Trivia: In less recent history on this date, General Stonewall Jackson was shot by his own troops in the Civil War (1863); Good Housekeeping magazine published for the first time (1885) and Jack Benny did his first radio show (1932).

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Your Guide to This Weekend's TUCSON THUNDER

For the first time, Downtown Tucson presents TUCSON THUNDER, welcoming the Arizona State HOG Rally and featuring the 22nd annual Tucson Folk Festival.

Experience genre-spanning festivals of music, exhibits, food, crafts, performances, film, motorcycles and more – loads of fun geared toward entertaining the whole community!

For more information on TUCSON THUNDER, visit

For more information on the TKMA Tucson Folk Festival, visit

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Leal Announces Community Media Grant

Tucson City Councilmember Steve Leal (Ward V) cordially invites everyone to Tucson’s community cable channel, Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway, Wednesday, May 2, 11:00 a.m.

“I will be giving a $11,700 Back to Basics award to Access Tucson for a study that looks at a possible future expansion on their building at 124 E. Broadway,” said Leal. “This would be a Community Media Center that could include a diverse collection of media entities enhanced resources.”

The goal of this award is to strengthen community’s resources for participation in the local community

“There is a great need for a Community Media Center,” Leal went on to say. “Access Tucson, KXCI, Pan Left and other communications groups can come together in an integrated form. This would not only make these groups more efficient, it would also spur creativity so I am donating the funds for the study and design work that will be done by the Poster Group.”

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A Brief History Of Spam / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Your One Cup of Java Challenge question: On this date in 1979, an employee of the Digital Equipment Corporation, or DEC, used a new form of technology to send a sales proposal to about 400 people on the West Coast, even though they hadn’t asked him to. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning, which promises to cure all that ails you, grow hair and make you rich – what was that DEC employee the first person to do, 28 years ago today?

One Cup answer: He sent the first "spam" or unsolicited e-mail message.

Bonus Blog Trivia: The use of "spam" to mean unsolicited junk e-mail derives from the famous 1970 Monty Phython TV skit in which Spam is included in virtually every item on the menu. The word Spam is uttered at least 132 times in the 3 1/2 minute bit. This skit is actually now reenacted by local actors almost every day at the Spam museum in Minnesota.

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