Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Roger Mikulas Benefit and Rockin' Dance Party

The Roger Mikulas Benefit and Rockin' Dance Party is Saturday, August 11th starting at 8pm at the Boondocks Lounge, 3306 North First.

Local musician Roger Mikulas suffered a head injury during the Folk Festival last May. He and his family have been having hard times since then, and some special Tucson musicians and volunteers are stepping up to the plate to offer emotional and financial assistance in a benefit and rockin' dance party. The public is invited and advised that it will be a sweaty night of fun for all. You have been warned...boots or birkenstocks, you are gonna dance.

The Wayback Machine opens the show, followed by the humble yet fabulous Kevin Pakulis. For this gig Pakulis is partnering with a special guest, the effusive and energetic Ned Sutton. Headlining is the The Last Call Girls, performing traditional country with a Chick-a-billy twist and original heart-wrenching tunes by Nancy McCallion.

You can enjoy all this talent AND support the Mikulas family at the same time on Saturday, August 11 starting at 8:00 p.m. Suggested donation of $10.00; advance tickets available now at the Boondocks. All proceeds will support Roger and his family during his recovery.

CAN'T COME TO THE PARTY BUT STILL WANT TO HELP THE MIKULAS FAMILY? Bless your heart. Call Elaine Schramm at 520-409-9900.

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Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Question: Today’s One Cup question goes underground. The Channel Tunnel, or “chunnel” is the name of the relatively new underwater rail tunnel connecting France and Britian. It opened in 1994. The first underwater auto traffic tunnel between two nations dates back to 1930, though. At just under a mile in length, it’s still in use, seeing about 30,000 cars a day. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – name the two countries connected by the first underwater auto traffic tunnel.

Answer: The U.S. and Canada (the Detroit-Windsor tunnel)

Bonus Blog Trivia: The Detroit-Windsor tunnel was actually the third built in that area between the two countries; the first two were specifically railroad tunnels.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Newest Public Service Messages

SOLAR TOUR. Want to reduce your utility bills? The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is offering day-long tours on solar energy on August 18th and 25th. You’ll visit energy efficient homes and learn about solar incentives. The tour includes a solar-oven cooked Sonoran lunch. To register or for more information call 883-3030.

REFUGEE HELP. You can help refugees resettling in Tucson. Individuals and families from Africa and Southeast Asia need your help learning English and understanding our customs to become more self-sufficient in our community. This is a great opportunity for you to gain a fantastic cross-cultural experience! Learn more about volunteer opportunities by contacting Kelly at Jewish Family and Children’s Service, 795-0300, extension 253, or visit http://jfcstucson.org/refugee_services.htm.

ENERGY HOGS. Do you have energy hogs in your home? Wherever energy gets wasted, the energy hogs are there. To find out how you can fight energy hogs, visit http://www.energyhog.org/. You’ll find fun, games and tips on making your home more energy efficient.

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"Elizabeth, I'm coming home!" / One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1975, labor leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, never to be seen or heard from again. Your question this morning – where is Jimmy Hoffa? OK, that’s probably too hard for a Monday morning, so your One Cup of Java Challenge instead – to name the restaurant Jimmy Hoffa was taken from. The restaurant phonetically shares its name with a famous American comedian and television star.

Answer: Hoffa was taken from Machus Red Fox restaurant. Redd Foxx, by then a long-time stand-up comedian, was at the time the star of Sanford and Son.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

DJ Job Shadow Program for a Visually-Impaired Teen

A couple of months ago, I met a new friend named Holly, who works with visually-impaired children and teens. She took on a summer job called Project Freedom, a two-week in-residence program at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind designed to teach independence and job skills to visually-impaired teens. Holly mentioned that one of their students, who I will call Big D (his chosen DJ name) wanted to be a DJ.

I offered to design a DJ job shadow program at KXCI. Big D and I spent one morning taking a tour of the KXCI studios, talking about how radio works, making playlists, and the importance of following FCC rules. To give Big D a taste of commercial radio, I arranged for a tour with Jennie G at 92.9 The Mountain, who by the way got her start as a KXCI DJ. At the Clear Channel cluster of radio stations, Big D met Jorge, an audio production engineer, who also got his start at KXCI. Jorge introduced Big D to another audio production engineer named Gaston, who is also visually-impaired. The second day of the program Big D and I made a demo CD where he introduced and played some songs. We also produced a station ID spot that got aired on KXCI. Big D sent me a thank you note in Braille which I will share with you.

"Dear Dan,
Thank you for letting me go to the radio station and I really enjoyed learning about being a DJ. You're a cool person and I respect you. I also want to say that you're good at telling me all the good things a DJ can do. I just wanted to say I had a good time with you. Tell Amanda I said hi and maybe someday I might work sooner or later. I told my mom about you and she said she got the e-mail [with contact information for Gaston, who will serve as a mentor]. Thanks buddy.
Yours truly, Big D"

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup question: Our final Simpsons question for the week is about the family patriarch, Homer Simpson. When he isn’t holding any of the hundreds of other jobs he’s has on the show, Homer works in the nuclear power plant. Your One Cup question this morning – in what often-referenced sector of the plant does Homer work?

Answer: Sector 7-G

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

KXCI Presents: Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - July 26th

Another artist that KXCI has championed from the start is Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter. They have been favorites of Starrtracks and The Music Mix for years. Their unique sound of ethereal alt country showcases the lovely vocals of Jesse as well as the guitar playing and writing skills of Phil Wandscher, formerly of Whiskeytown.
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter are performing tonight at Plush along with The Moaners, a swamp blues duo led by Melissa Swingle (former front woman of Trailer Bride), and Tom Walbank. Show starts at 9:30pm.

Although their tour schedule doesn't get them in town in time for a live performance at KXCI, tune in to Live@5 on The Homestretch for a song or two from a previous performance in our Studio 2A.

"On their third offering, Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter widen their musical palette... far more world-worn this time out. She's raspier, digging into the meat of her lyrics more and stubbornly holding on to her syllables to open her lyrics enough to let her intent and emotion drip from them like raw, bittersweet honey. this is the most satisfying offering from Sykes and her band yet." 4 stars - All Music Guide

"...a slow-burning gem of a record as insidious as poison ivy... an exercise in understated majesty, like Low or Cowboy Junkies with added twang and ground in pepper." 4 stars - Uncut

"Low-tech trash-blues duos like the Black Keys are loosely patterned after the droning Delta-rooted mating call of RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Similar though less harsh, the female Moaners have a hypnotically sultry, sirens-like rhapsody that sweetly entices potential lovers before striking the lethal blow. Led by the fuzzy slide guitar stimulation of ex-Trailer Bride frontwoman Melissa Swingle and powered by the swampy, voodoo swing of drummer Laura King, the Moaners avoid slobbery, in-your-face seduction and gut-bucket cock-thrusting in favor of a stripped-down slash-and-bash aesthetic of lust, yearning and romantic dissatisfaction, more charismatic, subdued and haunting than the whiskey-soaked horniness of their male counterparts." - Harp

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Kodos And Kang

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: The Simpsons movie opens tomorrow. As we continue our look at The Simpsons this week for the One Cup of Java Challenge, our question this morning deals with the aliens, Kang and Kodos, who make appearances in most Halloween episodes and at other times on the show. Both names – Kang and Kodos – are directly lifted from characters that appeared in another, much shorter-lived television series that also became a movie – several movies, in fact, with more on the way. Your One Cup question this morning – what other famous television series had characters named Kang and Kodos?

Answer: Star Trek – Kang was a Klingon warrior; Kodos the Executioner a Hitler-like human character.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Kodos also lends his name to the warlord in the Sonic the Hedgehog game.

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Teen DJ Showcase Noon to 6pm Sunday, July 29

Be sure to tune in to KXCI on Sunday, July 29th from noon t0 6pm to hear our Teen DJ camp graduates do their thing. Each student will produce a half hour program...from selecting the music to operating the equipment. It has been a delight for Laurie Starr and I to work with these talented young people. I think you will enjoy what they have to offer.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Stick of Gum, Duct Tape, and a Paper Clip

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: With The Simpsons film coming out this Friday, our week-long trivial look at the show continues this morning on the One Cup of Java Challenge. Today’s question deals with Marge’s sisters, Patty and Selma. The sisters have a favorite television star and actor. Your question this morning – to name that actor and the title character he played on T.V. from 1985 to 1992.

Answer: Richard Dean Anderson as “MacGyver”

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Simpsons Movie Trivia / One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: With The Simpsons movie set to hit theatres this Friday, The Simpsons are this week’s theme on the One Cup of Java Challenge. In 1997, The Simpsons television series became the longest-running cartoon in prime time T.V. history. Your question on this Monday morning – what other long-running prime time cartoon had held the record?

Answer: The Flintstones

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Newest Public Service Spots

Buffelgrass is a non-native fire-prone grass with a foothold in our area. It crowds out native plants and can fuel fires. If left uncontrolled, it will alter the desert. The Buffelgrass Response Center needs help to map infestations and remove them. There is a volunteer orientation Saturday, August 4th from 8am to noon at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. You must be 18 or older. For information visit http://buffelgrass.org/ or call 615-7855, extension 103.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is something almost anyone can do, if they have a willingness to make a new friend and a desire to share fun with a young person through everyday activities. Tucson’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program currently has hundreds of children waiting for adult friends. To learn more about the program and a variety of match options, visit http://www.tucsonbigs.org/

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Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

One Cup of Java Challenge: It’s been just over 10 years since the first Harry Potter book hit store shelves. The newest and final book in the series will be available at midnight tonight. Your question on this Friday morning - to give us the title of the first book, published back in June, 1997. And just so we're clear, we're looking for the title of the U.S. release.

Answer: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In Britian, it was titled "and the Philosopher's Stone."

Bonus Blog Trivia: Randy often wonders if he is the only person in the world not to have read any of these books.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Great Blues-Based "KXCI Presents" Show

The Moaners, with Tom Walbank and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter at Plush, Thursday, July 26th

When it comes to high quality blues-based music, you will not do any better than the “KXCI presents” show on the main stage at Plush on Thursday, July 26th.

First on stage, at around 9:30pm is local blues man Tom Walbank. Tom Walbank serves up piping hot Mississippi Delta Blues, coverig classic songs from Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, among others. In addition to searing slide guitar, Tom Walbank plays a mean harmonica.

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter offer world-worn, sultry, soulful and sometimes dark songs. Fans of the Cowboy Junkies, Lucinda Williams, and Neko Case will enjoy the Seattle-based Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter.

The Moaners have created droning Delta-rooted songs, born from the same blues that inspire Tom Walbank’s music. But here the songs take on a feminine voice much like the country-blues sounds of Wanda Jackson, Exene Cervenka, and Lucinda Williams. The Moaners new album, Blackwing Yalobusha released in March, 2007, was recorded in the old Money Shot studios, where Fat Possum artists like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough recorded their songs. Melissa Swingle and Laura King, who are The Moaners, write, “Being in that studio, smelling its smells and walking among its ghosts, made the music just come out. It was almost as if it was coming from somewhere else, practically jumping out onto the tape. Three days and 300 drinks later we had our album.”

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Donny Russell Birthday Extravaganza

Bring your dancing shoes and all your friends to Nimbus on Saturday, July 28th for a cold brew and a good cause at the Donny Russell Birthday Extravaganza "For The Cure."

From 7pm until midnight, many local musicians including Clam Tostada, the Determined Luddites, and headliner Kevin Pakulis, will perform in the 5th annual fundraiser for the Southern Arizona Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Nimbus Brewery is located at 3850 East 44th St.

Donny's mother is a breast cancer survivor, and each year he celebrates his birthday with his musical friends and family and invites the public. All proceeds benefit the Southern Arizona Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door; very often people give much more. Its a very positive and fun community/charitable event. See you there!

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Hardy Boy Finds Top Of Chart / One Cup Of Java Challenge

One Cup of Java Challenge: A little music history for today’s One Cup question. In the history of the Billboard pop charts, which go back to 1940, only one mother and son have both had #1 songs. The son did it with a song that topped the charts 30 years ago today, his cover version of a song first made popular by The Crystals. Your One Cup question this morning – to name the only mother and son to top the charts with #1 hits. One clue: both of them starred in separate hit 70’s television shows.

Answer: Shirley Jones and Shaun Cassidy (Cassidy's cover of "Da Do Ron Ron " topped the charts for one week, 30 years ag0 today).

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

PEZ - not just for smokers anymore!

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone and Paul Revere are three American historical figures who in 1976 became the only three real people to be featured on an item originally targeted to adult smokers but now marketed to kids as well as adult collectors. I have a friend who has more than 800 different items in her collection of these items. I don’t know if she has a Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone or Paul Revere. I know she has Bugs Bunny, Darth Vader and Wonder Woman. Your One Cup question this morning – to name these collectible items, whose name comes from the German word for peppermint.

Answer: Pez dispensers. Pictured here is the "Daniel Boone."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Dave Mason: This Is Your Life!

Our One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning is about Dave Mason, the other Rock and Roll Hall of Famer playing the Fox Tucson Theatre tomorrow (along with Stephen Stills). You know Dave Mason was a member of the band Traffic, for which he was inducted into the Rock hall. You may not know that in the '90s, he was also briefly in another famous band that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He joined them well after they were famous and well after they stopped being successful. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – to name this other band, whose sole album with Dave Mason was entitled “Time,” an album that failed to chart.

Answer: Fleetwood Mac, a band almost as famous for its lineup changes as its music.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Prior to the formation of Traffic, Dave Mason met Steve Winwood while Mason was working as the road manager for the Spencer Davis Group.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Mason was also a member of Delaney & Bonnie, and when he joined Fleetwood Mac in the '90s, Delaney & Bonnie's daughter Bekka Bramlett also came on board as the lead singer.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson Tour KXCI

On Friday the 13th (a lucky day, as it turns out!) some of the children from the Tucson Boys and Girls Clubs toured the KXCI studios to learn about radio, music, and careers in radio broadcasting.

While at KXCI, the kids even recorded a public service announcement for the Boys and Girls Clubs - be sure to stay tuned for those spots.

The tour was conducted by program director Ginger Doran, pictured here in front of the KXCI offices with the children.

More information on the Tucson Boys and Girls Clubs is available at http://www.bgctuc.org/.

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Cream With Your One Cup Of Java?

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker announced they were forming Cream. In their 28 months together, they produced countless rock-blues tunes, and their four albums consistently appear on rankings of the top rock albums of all time. They had three Top 40 hits on the U.S. charts, including one that hit the Top 5 in 1968. Our winner this morning will be the first to name that Cream Top 5 tune, from their album Disraeli Gears.

Answer: Sunshine Of Your Love.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Book Review: Guitar Man: A Six-String Odyssey

Guitar Man: A Six-String Odyssey. A book review by KXCI's Dr. Dan.

The author, Will Hodgkinson, lives in England with his wife and two young children and is in his mid-thirties. He is a freelance journalist, writing for the likes of The Guardian, Mojo, Vogue, and The Daily Telegraph. Hodgkinson loves the guitar, but has never picked up the instrument. Inspired by Davey Graham’s “Anji,” Hodgkinson decides to learn the play the guitar, but even more interesting, commits to a debut concert in only 6 months time.

Using his music industry contacts, he approaches several musicians and asks them for tips on how to play. Artists such as Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Devendra Banhart, and James Williamson from The Stooges. He even gets a guitar lesson from several of these independent artists.

He plans a trip to the States to tour several important guitar-centered sites. On his first stop, he lands in Florida just as a huge hurricane is bearing down on Orlando, but still manages to get The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn to teach him Eight Miles High as McGuinn’s wife Camilla prepares to evacuate their home. He travels to a crossroad in Clarksdale, Mississipi, and prepares to sell his soul to the devil just as Robert Johnson is said to have done. He gets a private lesson from Fat Possum’s Model T. Ford, who did not pick up a guitar until well into his fifties.

For the guitar enthusiast, or music aficionado, this book provides an interesting look into the history of the guitar and how it has contributed to folk and rock n roll. Most importantly, it provides a ray of hope to those of us trying to learn the guitar, or advance our playing, well into mid-life.

KXCI recieves a percentage of any amazon.com purchase placed via a link on the KXCI website...Thanks!

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Kids DJ Camp Sunday, July 15 from 2pm-6pm

Madi, Holly, April, James, Zalman, Logan, and Tobias have spent this week learning how to produce a radio progam at KXCI- from selecting music and constructing sets to operating the equipment in the on-air studio.

Be sure to tune in to KXCI on Sunday, July 15th from 2pm-6pm to hear their finished products. Each student will broadcast a 35 minute program that s/he has created.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wednesday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

One Cup Question: It was on this date in 1960 that a soon-to-be-famous French toy went on sale in the United States. Now remembered as one of the classic toys of the baby boom era and still popular today in a variety of sizes, the toy featured aluminum powder and styrene beads. It was a bit player in both the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 films, not speaking but still communicating. Your One Cup question this morning – based on the clues provided, name this toy, now available in a Sponge Bob Squarepants model.

Answer: Etch-A-Sketch

Bonus Blog Trivia: Not really trivia, but did you know there's an online Etch-A-Sketch that you can literally waste hours playing with? You can find it at http://www.etchy.org/. It even "shakes" the screen for you if you need to start over!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Newest Public Service Messages

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF TUCSON need volunteers to help tutor adults who wish to improve their English skills through speaking, reading and writing. For information please visit http://www.lovetoread.org/ or call 882-8006.

Get ready to say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TUCSON!” Our city will be 232 years old on August 20th. Groups all over town are planning special events, parties, fundraisers, performances and more. Celebrate our town, its heritage and its special culture. Learn more at http://www.tucsonsbirthday.org/.

NETWORK FOR GOOD is a website where people can donate, volunteer and get involved with the issues they care about. Their goal is to connect people to charities via the internet to deliver resources to nonprofits and communities. Learn more at http://www.networkforgood.org/.

ASTHMA. Childhood asthma affects 1 out of 13 kids under 15, and its responsible for missed days of school, emergency room visits, and 5,000 childhood deaths a year. There is no known cure for asthma, but there are ways to reduce the number of attacks. Call 1-866-NO-ATTACKS or visit http://www.noattacks.org/ to learn how to stop asthma attacks before they start.

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If You're Going to San Francisco... / One Cup of Java

Tuesday's One Cup question: The major league baseball all-star game is tonight in San Fran. For only the second time in their short history, the Arizona Diamondbacks are sending three players to the game. Your question this morning - to name those players.

Answer: Brandon Webb, Jose Valverde, Orlando Hudson.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Only one D-back (Webb) was on the 2006 roster.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Ruby's Roadhouse: Happy Birthday Mr. Guthrie

A message from Ruby, proprietor of Ruby's Roadhouse, Saturdays from noon to 2pm on KXCI:

"Hello everyone! In a rare fit of organization and advance planning, I have decided the topic for Ruby's Roadhouse next Saturday (July 14). It's Woody Guthrie's birthday - he would have been 95 - and the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, OK takes place the same weekend. I'll play all covers of Woody Guthrie songs, with a few originals, too. Not sure what to call it, other than "Happy Birthday Mr. Guthrie". He was a powerful artist; one of America's best."

Tune in for this extra special program this Saturday from noon to 2pm, only on your Community Radio, 91.3FM KXCI.

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Elvis In A Makeup Factory? / One Cup of Java

Monday's One Cup question: On this date in 1977, 30 years ago today, Elvis Costello quit his day job in a cosmetics factory. It wasn't that risky a move - his debut album was going to be hitting stores just two weeks later. (It wouldn't hit the U.S. market until spring, 1978). Your One Cup question this morning - name Elvis Costello's debut album.

Answer: My Aim Is True.

Bonus Blog Trivia: In 2003, VH1 chose My Aim Is True as the 80th greatest album of all time; in the same year, Rolling Stone called it the 168th greatest album of all time.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

"Seven Wonders of Southern Arizona" winners announced

After more than 2300 votes cast, KXCI is proud to announce the winners in our "Seven Wonders of Southern Arizona" contest, sponsored by Nimbus Brewing Company.

Those seven entities (with weblinks to help you learn more!) are:

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (http://www.desertmuseum.org/)

Tohono Chul Park (http://www.tohonochulpark.org/)

Sabino Canyon (http://www.sabinocanyon.org/)

Kartchner Caverns State Park (http://www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/kartchner.html)

San Xavier del Bac Mission (http://www.sanxaviermission.org/)

Mt. Lemmon (http://www.mt-lemmon.com/)

Saguaro National Park West (http://www.nps.gov/sagu/)

Winners received a plaque presented during our The Home Stretch program.

Thank you to everyone who voted and to all of our 44 nominees - like KXCI, they're all treasures of our community to be shared and enjoyed!

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Alliance For Climate Protection Concert

You're invited to a local music concert on Saturday (July 7) benefiting the Alliance for Climate Protection.

Performers include Anne English, the Zeke & Jesse Show, Rambling Cow Persons, Fred Terry and more. Earth-friendly vendors and more for the whole family.

7-10pm at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 East River Road (just west of Dodge).

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John Doe Live On Starr Tracks, Monday 7/9

Former X leadman John Doe, who has enjoyed a prolific solo career in the roots-rock genre, is scheduled to be Laurie's guest this Monday night on Starr Tracks.

John Doe plays Plush (http://plushtucson.com/) Monday night in a "KXCI Presents" show. A long-time KXCI favorite, he's touring in support of his new album A Year in the Wilderness, out now on Yep Roc records.

Starr Tracks airs each Monday night from 6-8pm on KXCI 91.3FM.

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From Underwear To Oscar Winner

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Actors have been portraying the “Fruit of the Loom” guys in undergarment commercials since about 1975. Your question on this Friday morning – what four fruits are portrayed?

Answer: An apple, green grapes, purple grapes, and a leaf (or fig leaf)

Bonus Blog Trivia: Before he was an Oscar-winning actor, F. Murray Abraham (Oscar winner for "Amadeus") played the leaf in the commercials.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Public Service Spots and Links

MOBILE MEALS OF TUCSON needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to the homebound in the Tucson area. Volunteers are especially needed at noon time. If you can hlep, contact Mobile Meals of Tucson at 622-1600.

ADOPTION: There are currently more than 100,000 children in the nation's foster care system waiting for adoption. You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent! To learn more, visit http://adoptuskids.org/. For information in Spanish, please visit http://adopte1.org/.

The world's only historic fantasy land garden park, VALLEY OF THE MOON, is open for special historic tours and entertainment on July 21st from 7 to 9pm. Admission is free. The whole family is welcome to enjoy the secret grottos, stone fairy houses and winding paths built in the 1920's. Valley of the Moon is at 2544 East Allen Road. 323-1331. http://tucsonvalleyofthemoon.org/

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP presents the 2007-2008 Season Auditions for actors age 8 to adult, July 14th at their location at 5317 East Speedway. For more information on the auditions and requirements, call 327-0160 or visit http://www.livetheatreworkshop.org/

MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS is a non-profit group that provides early literacy programs and services for disadvantaged children, birth through age 5. They’re looking for volunteers to spend time each week sharing their love of reading with young children. To learn more about Make Way For Books volunteer opportunities and programs, visit http://makewayforbooks.org/ or call 721-2334.

Spend your free time making a difference in the lives of youth! The BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF TUCSON needs responsible, caring volunteers to work with children in their clubhouses. To learn more about current volunteer opportunities with the Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as other ways you can support their programs, visit http://www.bgctuc.org/how_to_help/

The SAHUARO GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL has openings left in a variety of summer camps and programs for girls ages 6 to 17. You don’t even have to be a Girl Scout to attend. To learn more, call 327-2288 or vist http://www.sahuarogsc.org/camp/index.htm.

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Seventy Years Ago Today / One Cup of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup question: A little sports trivia for today’s One Cup question. You know Jackie Robinson was the first black player in baseball’s modern era, breaking the color barrier early in 1947 with the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers. It was on this date in 1947, 70 years ago today, that the American League color barrier was broken by the second black player in baseball’s modern era. Your One Cup question this morning asks you to name this second player, the first black player in the American League, who made his debut 70 years ago today with the Cleveland Indians and well elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1998.

Answer: Larry Doby

Bonus Blog Trivia: Doby was also baseball's second black manager, after Frank Robinson, and the third American player of any race to play in Japan.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Fireworks, BBQ and Randy Newman Tunes / One Cup of Java Challenge

Your 4th of July One Cup question: On this date in 1970, the syndicated radio show "American Top 40" debuted with host Casey Kasem. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning asks you to name the the song, written by Randy Newman but in a version recorded by someone else, was the first #1 song on the first episode of Casey Kasem's "American Top 40."

Answer: "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Three Dog Night

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Happy Middle Day!

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Today is July 2nd. We’ve completed 182 days this year, and after today, there are 182 left, making today “middle day.” In honor of middle day, our One Cup question this morning asks you to name the band whose most memorable song was “Stuck In The Middle With You.”


Bonus Blog Trivia: Used during the infamous "ear" scene in Reservoir Dogs, the song is introduced on the radio by a deejay voice by comedian Stephen Wright: "Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty were a duo known as Stealers Wheel when they recorded this Dylanesque, pop, bubble-gum favorite from April 1974, that reached up to number five, as K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies continues."

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