Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mini-Program Time Changes

Along with the program schedule changes taking effect at KXCI on Monday, November 5th, a number of our mini-programs will begin airing at a new time beginning on that date.

Each of our mini-programs is listed below with its new schedule:

Earth & Sky, Monday through Friday, 6:58am; Saturday and Sunday, 9:58am

StarDate, Monday through Friday, 5:58pm; Saturday and Sunday, 4:58pm

Hightower Radio, Monday through Friday, 1pm following Democracy Now!

A Poet's Moment, Monday, 9:58am; Wednesday, 2:58pm; Wednesday, 7:58pm; Saturday, 7:58am; Sunday, 2pm

Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey, Monday, 2:58pm; Tuesday, 9:58am; Tuesday, 7:58pm; Saturday, noon; Sunday, 6pm

Arizona Trails, Tuesday, 2:58pm; Wednesday, 9:58am; Thursday, 7:58pm; Saturday, 2pm

Flicks, Monday, 7:58pm; Friday, 9:58am; Friday, 2:58pm

Weekend Spotlight, Wednesday, 4:30pm; Thursday's at 7:45am, 9:58am, 2:58pm, and 4:30pm; Friday's at 8:45am, 4:30pm, 7:58pm

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What's Really Scary On Halloween?

What's really scary on Halloween? A six-year-old full of sugar at 9pm. Have a happy, safe, and non-coma inducing celebration.


Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge question: On this Halloween morning, your One Cup question - what was the first individually wrapped candy to be sold commercially in the U.S.? A couple of clues - the candy is more than 100 years old, for most of its years was available in only one flavor, always sticks in my teeth, and was named for inventor Leo Hirschfield's daughter.

Answer: Tootsie Rolls

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This Week's Live at 5's

Join us on-air this Wednesday for an early version of our Live at 5 segment, airing in the 4pm hour on Wednesday to accomodate the 5pm Bob Dylan special.

Our special guests this Wednesday are Coyote Grace, a Seattle-based folk-rock duo who are making a return visit to Studio 2A. Coyote Grace are performing at Wingspan on Friday, November 2nd.

On Thursday we welcome Canadian folk-rock duo Tegan and Sara into Studio 2A for a Live at 5 performance in advance of their show Thursday night at The Rialto. Tegan and Sara will share songs from their great new album The Con.

And stay tuned Friday for a "hoped-for" live performance from a very special band - we haven't been able to officially confirm this performance, so you'll just have to tune in Friday's The Home Stretch for a special announcement.

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Featured Album of the Week: Neil Young's Chrome Dreams II

Neil Young's newest album on Reprise is entitled Chrome Dreams II. It's this week's featured album of the week on Your Morning Brew. Tune in each weekday at 8:20am for a fresh cut from this great new album from the legendary folk-rocker.

From "Recorded using analog gear, with Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina, pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith, and Rick Rosas on bass, CD2 manages to sound both home-grown and experimental. It's the work of an artist still not afraid to take chances, who also knows what his strengths are and doesn't stray too far from them."

From "...this has a shagginess and tattered heart that's been missing from his work for a long time."

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Aayyyy! / Tuesday's One Cup question

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge asks you to name the actor, director, and author celebrating his 62nd birthday today. He overcame learning disabilities as a child to earn a Masters degree from Yale, then became a TV star in the 70s, most famous for a supporting role that he won over Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. After that show ended in 1984, he moved on to become a successful director and producer. In the last couple of years, he’s alternated between TV work – most recently playing a lawyer on Arrested Development – and his successful children’s book series, starring the character Hank Zipzer. His most recent book is entitled “Barfing in the Backseat: How I Survived My Family Road Trip.” Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – based on the clues provided, name this now 62-year-old star, whose road trips on television were mostly taken on Steve McQueen’s motorcycle.

Answer: Henry Winkler (aka Fonzie from Happy Days).

Bonus Blog Trivia: The motorcycle from Happy Days had been the same one used for Steve McQueen's triumphant ride in The Great Escape.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

The Blues Are Bountiful

In addition to this Saturday's free Bookman's Party in the Park with Chicago Blues Reunion and The Insomniacs (see early blog post or to go to, fans of the blues have another great opportunity to catch blues music this weekend - and support the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation in the process.

SABHF will hold a blues and barbecue fundraiser on Sunday, November 4th at The Boondocks, 3306 North First Avenue, from 5 to 9pm. There you'll enjoy great food and some of Tucson's finest blues musicians, including Anna War, Danny Krieger, Arthur Migliazza, Tom Walbank, Gabe Martinez and many more.

Learn more at See you there!

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19th Century Recycling?

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in history, 1886, New York City held the first ever one of these – and the event is still generally associated with the Big Apple. In 1886, the event was held spontaneously for the opening of the Statue of Liberty. In the ensuing 121 years, they’ve been planned and held for everyone from Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II to Sammy Sosa and Wrong Way Corrigan. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – what first occurred on this date in 1886 in New York City and has happened at least 175 times since? One clue: if the event happened today, it’s namesake item would not be used.

Answer: October 29, 1886, was the first "ticker-tape parade" in New York City.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Explorer Richard Byrd is the only three time recipient of a ticker-tape parade. Among sports teams, the New York Yankees have been honored seven times. The picture below shows the honoring of the Apollo 11 astronauts passing through the historic route known as the "Canyon of Heroes." Plaques now line the route honoring the accomplishments of most of the 175 ticker-tape parade recipients.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Hillstomp - Live@5 - Friday Oct. 26th

Tune in for a Live@5 performance on The Homestretch from Hillstomp, Portland Oregon's Mississippi delta-blues stomp-rock duo. They are on tour in support of their new release, After Two But Before Five, and will be opening for Southern Culture on the Skids at Plush this Friday, Oct. 26th in a KXCI Presents show.
Press info below-

Hillstomp's new album, After Two But Before Five, captures the energy of live performance while introducing new songs in Hillstomp¹s growing reportoire of "Bucket'n'Slide Rock'n'Roll". Recorded on two nights in Eugene & Portland, Oregon, the CD displays the ferocity of their fans and the electricity their live show.

Drawing heavily from north Mississippi trance blues, a bit from the hills of Appalachia and stealing energy from punkabilly, Portland Oregon duo Hillstomp create a raucous hill country blues stomp with a fiery youth and vigor. It comes clanging and tumbling out of an assortment of vintage mics, buckets, cans and BBQ lids drenched in rambunctious slide guitar.

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Elvis, Frank, Johnny, Willie, Babs

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little music history for today’s One Cup of Java Challenge. Elvis Presley is the King – at least, he’s the King of the Billboard music charts, where he holds the record for having the most different albums on the various Billboard charts. Elvis landed 114 different albums on the charts. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question – who has landed the second most albums on the charts, at 83? Two clues – like Elvis, our #2 guy had a Hollywood film career to go along with his musical career, and like Elvis, he’s had at least one child follow him into the musical world.

Answer: Frank Sinatra

Bonus Blog Trivia: The remaining Top 5 album charters are Johnny Mathis (73), Willie Nelson (57) and Barbra Streisand (54).

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bob Dylan Specials Continue

Each Wednesday at 5pm (through November 7th), KXCI presents a one-hour special on the career of the legendary Bob Dylan.

Join us on October 31st as we present "Bob Dylan: Shelter From The Storm," hosted by Patti Smith.

In the 1970s and 80s, Bob Dylan continued to expand his artistic world. His songs ran the gamut, from very personal stories to Homeric epics and everything in-between. By the late 70s, Dylan became a born-again Christian, and for several years he sang only religious material. By the late 80s, Dylan had supported Live Aid, Farm Aid, and joined the Traveling Wilburys. In this hour, we 'll hear highlights from this period of dizzying artistic and personal growth. Interviews include Bill Flanagan, Roger McGuinn, David Mansfield, Ray Benson and David Gans.
That's "Bob Dylan: Shelter From The Storm" this Wednesday, October 31st from 5-6pm, as part of The Home Stretch.

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Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin - Live@5 - Thursday 10/25

Tune in to The Homestretch for a Live@5 performance from Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin. They are nationally renowned musicians who reside right here in southern Arizona and are celebrating the release of their new CD, So Long Arizona. More info below.

Peter McLaughlin & Chris Brashear
Bluegrass CD Release Concert
with Special Guests Tom Rozum & Todd Phillips

National Flatpicking Champion Peter McLaughlin and high lonesome fiddler Chris Brashear are joined by special guests in a bluegrass CD Release Concert Saturday, Oct. 27, celebrating their new CD, “So Long Arizona,” at the new Presidio San Agustin de Tucson Park in downtown Tucson (corner of Church and Washington Streets, just west of the YMCA) 133 W. Washington St.

Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin weave seamless sibling-like vocal harmonies with intricate arrangements and stunning virtuosity on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Their songwriting is informed by their mutual love for the desert, canyons and rivers and high country of Arizona, with story songs of miners, prospectors, river-runners and the history of the region. They are joined by Tom Rozum (Laurie Lewis Band) and Todd Phillips (David Grisman Quartet & Psychograss).

Peter McLaughlin has lived in Arizona for 30 years. He attended Northern Arizona University, earning a B.S. in Geology in 1980. During the 70s, he formed the fiery bluegrass band Flying South with Tom Rozum. The band was among the most popular in Arizona. Peter is also an avid river-runner, logging dozens of trips down southwestern rivers. In the early 80s he attended the University of Arizona and received a Masters degree in Watershed Hydrology. Peter toured with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street for many years. Today Peter is a Senior Planer with the City of Tucson and tours with the Perfect Strangers.

Missouri fiddler Chris Brashear is an accomplished vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is best known for his high-lonesome tenor harmonies and exceptional mastery on the fiddle. Chris writes new songs that sound old. He has toured Italy and the United States. He has recorded one solo album, tours with Perfect Strangers and Robin and Linda Williams. “So Long Arizona” is the second album co-written with Peter McLaughlin.

Due to a scheduling conflict at Old Town Artisans, the performance is held one block away at the new Presidio San Augustine de Tucson Park at the corner of Church and Washington Streets, downtown, just ½ block east of Old Town Artisans, across from the YMCA.

Bluegrass CD Release Party
with Peter McLaughlin & Chris Brashear
With special guests Tom Rozum, Todd Phillips and John Zarske
Saturday, Oct. 27, 8pm
$17 advance, $20 door
$10 for students with ID
Tickets at Antigone Books, Plaza Liquors, Enchanted Earthworks
Toll-free 800-594-8499, online
More information at (520) 440-4455

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Bookman's Party in the Park

KXCI 91.3FM is a proud sponsor of Bookman's 30th Anniversary Party in the Park, November 3rd at the Reid Park shell. This free family event features a day of music headlined by Calexico and the Chicago Blues Reunion!


It's Bob's party, so we'll let him have first word: "It's been thirty years since my dad sold a small used book store to me. Who knew that that little store would morph into what Bookmans is today? Not me, that's for sure. I would like to attribute it to my brilliance but, in all honesty, we probably succeeded in spite of me. The real heroes of this story are the hundreds of wonderful people who have worked, and still work, in this endeavor. And of course all of the loyal customers across Arizona who have made our bookstores their own. So as a way to celebrate all those who have made Bookmans possible, let's have a party...on me."

The music line-up is set and includes:

12:00 - 1:30 Local legend Chuck "Wagon" Maultsby And A Few Old Wheels

2:00 - 3:30 The Insomniacs, West Coast jump blues out of Portland, OR

4:00 - 5:30 Chicago Blues Reunion (an all-star lineup of musician's musicians)

6:00 - 8:30 Everyone's favorite desert rockers Calexico

There will be vendor and organization booths on-site, affordable food, beverages, and beer, and even a special Kids' Area, with jumping castles, activities, and much more. You can also expect other surprises. Learn more at

Come early, stay late, and have fun - and be sure to stop by the KXCI booth at Bookman's Party in the Park!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Democracy Now!, Music Mix, and other program time changes

Effective Monday, November 5th, KXCI's daily broadcast of Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman will move to 12:00 noon. It currently airs at 3pm.

Because of the change, the following changes will also take effect to KXCI's weekday schedule:

Your Morning Brew (currently 6-9am) will air weekdays from 7am to 10am.

The Music Mix will air from 10am to noon, followed by Democracy Now!.

KXCI's eclectic music programming will continue with the afternoon Music Mix from 1pm to 3pm, followed by The Home Stretch program from 3pm to 6pm.

All previously 11am to 1pm Music Mix volunteers will occupy the 10am-noon slot on their respective days.

Again, these changes take effect on Monday, November 5th.

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A Trivia Question For Our Comrades

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Comrades, today’s One Cup question asks you to name the name of the man who named names on this date in 1947 during his appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, singling out three of his employees as “Communist agitators.” Coincidentally, those same three employees were union organizers at this man’s company. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – name this famous employer, later revealed to also be an FBI informant, whose employees probably did not find their jobsites to be "the happiest place on Earth."

Answer: Shame on you, Walt Disney.

Bonus Blog Trivia: More than 300 screenwriters, producers, directors, actors and actresses would eventually be blacklisted for their alleged ties to the Communist Party. The Screenwriters Guild is still working to correct the credits for many films from the 50s and early 60s that were at the time credited under false names.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

KXCI Member Discount: ATC's "Touch The Names"

The Arizona Theatre Company is presenting "Touch The Names: Letters to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial" through November 4th at the Temple of Music and Art, downtown Tucson.

KXCI members can enjoy a $5.00 discount on the purchase of tickets when ordering through the ATC box office at 622-2823.

Described as an "evening full of inspiration and understanding that will touch your heart and move your soul," the performance was conceived by Randal Myler and Chic Street Man. Myler directs this performance, which features music by Chic Street Man.

Learn more and see a schedule of performances at

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Dwight Yoakam: Great Music, Questionable Movies

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Singer and sometimes actor Dwight Yoakam is celebrating his 51st birthday today. Our One Cup focuses on his film career, which has ranged from great or solid performances in films like Sling Blade and Panic Room to perhaps the worst film of his career, a 2000 release that was shot here in Southern Arizona. Despite a cast that included Dwight, Peter Fonda, Vince Vaughn, Billy Bob Thornton and Pee Wee Herman - or maybe because of the cast - the film was widely panned by critics. Dwight might have blamed the director for his performance - except Dwight directed the film, too. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name this AWFUL Dwight Yoakam film, shot here in Southern Arizona. Bonus points if you suffered through it or worked on it.

Answer: South of Heaven, West of Hell.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

BICAS Art Auction

The BICAS Art Auction Fundraiser is November 18th at ArtFare, 55 North Sixth Avenue.

Featured art includes sculptures, paintings, functional crafts, jewelry and more made from recycled bicycle parts or with bicycle themes. Auction bidding ends at 9pm sharp, but come early to enjoy music, entertainment, and food.
All proceeds benefit BICAS recycling, education, and art programs.
For more information please click

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Monday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup question: On this date in music history, 1966, the first all-female group to have an album hit #1 did so when their 11th album replaced The Beatles’ Revolver on the top of the charts. The women would enjoy two weeks at the top before their album was replaced by the soundtrack to Dr. Zhivago. Your One Cup question this morning – name this group.

Answer: The Supremes, hitting the top with The Supremes A' Go-Go.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Subsequent Supreme's #1 albums were their greatest hits album and 1969's TCB.

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Tucson Museum of Art League Fundraiser

The Tucson Museum of Art League presents the 2007 Treasure House Event - with more than 7,000 sq. ft. of antiques and unique treasures - on October 27th and 28th in Tucson.

“This year’s Treasure House sale is one of our biggest ever and really a shopper’s dream,” says Tucson Museum of Art League spokesperson Ann Stables. The annual sale usually has about 5,000 sq.ft of merchandise but this year’s space is over 7,000 sq. ft. and is “filled wall to wall.”

Held every fall, the Tucson Museum of Art League’s Treasure House sale is a much-anticipated event that offers bargains on antiques, quality furniture, china, crystal and unique collectibles that are donated locally by individuals and estates. Run by the League’s volunteer members, all proceeds go directly to the Tucson Museum of Art in support of exhibitions and art education.

Stables says of special note this year are many interesting furniture and accent items donated by prominent Tucson interior designer, Larry Hayden. There is also a large section of ethnic art and collectibles and an abundance of occasional chairs.

“Every year the merchandise is different”, says Stables, “but we sell out every time”.

The two-day sale takes place Saturday, October 27 from 10:00am to 3:00pm and Sunday, October 28 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Because the Treasure House sale is always held in a donated commercial space, it moves to a different place in central Tucson each year. This year’s location was donated by I. Mike Kasser, president of Holualoa Arizona, Inc. and Campbell Plaza. The 2007 Treasure House is located just a few store fronts north of Albertson’s at 2940 N. Campbell Ave. in the Campbell Plaza shopping center near Glenn.

For more information, call (520) 297-9956 or (520) 299-3026.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Two Priests Begin Prison Sentences Anti-Torture Action

Father Louis Vitale, 75 and Father Steve Kelly, 58, on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, prior to court on Wednesday, Ocotber 17. Photo taken by KXCI Member Lee Stanley.

Here is a link to a brief headline that I produced
on October 18 for Free Speech Radio News. You can
download the headline package to listen.
The headline that I produced is the 3rd one down.
I have been following this case since May.
Amanda Shauger
Here is the text:
Two Priests Begin Prison Sentences Anti-Torture Action

Two Catholic priests have begun serving prison
sentences for protesting against torture at an
military base. Amanda Shauger reports
from Tucson

Fathers Steve Kelly and Louis Vitale each began
serving a five month sentence yesterday for
charges incurred in their November 2006 attempt
to deliver a letter denouncing torture to Major
General Barbara Fast, then commander at Fort
in Arizona. Fast was the Senior U.S.
Army Intelligence officer in Iraq
at the time
of the Abu Ghraib scandal. Fort Huachuca
is home
to the US Army Intelligence Center and School.
The two priests pleaded "no contest" to
trespassing charges and
of failure to
obey an officer after the presiding judge
threw out the possibility of a jury trial
or the use of official documents from the
Abu Graib scandal in their legal defense.
Father Kelly, speaking before the start
of his incarceration:

(clip) "We will keep trying to stop the
teaching and practice of torture whether
we are sent to jail or not. We have done
our part for now. Now it is up to every
woman and man of conscience to do our part
to stop the injustice of torture."
Father Kelly and Father Vitale refused
to negotiate for a supervised release
as it came with conditions that would
have barred their association with any
members of groups that risk arrest as
part of non-violent direct action

For FSRN,I'm Amanda Shauger in Tucson, Arizona

More information about this case is available at

Links to 30 Minutes programs on this topic:

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Upcoming KXCI Bob Dylan Specials

Each Wednesday starting October 17th, KXCI will air a special one-hour program on the career and legacy of Bob Dylan. These extra-special broadcasts will be in the final hour of The Home Stretch, 5-6pm Wednesday. The specials are hosted by the legendary Patti Smith.

On October 24th, the special is "Like A Rolling Stone." With the mantle of folk protest singer off his shoulders, Bob Dylan launched into a flurry of creativity in the mid-1960s. His sound exploded with electric instruments and a blend of folk, rock, blues and gospel influeneces. By the late 60s, Dylan was singing country music like he had grown up in Nashville. His lyrics still commented on the world, but through a wider lens that mixed personal reflection with mystical and surreal images. In this hour, we'll hear how Dylan found his own unique voice, and how that changed rock and roll for a long time to come. Interviews include Sean Wilentz, George Wein, Roger McGuinn, Anothy DeCurtis, Greil Marcus, John Hiatt, John Cohen, Ray Benson, Josh Ritter, Bill Flanagan and Garth Hudson.

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Heeeeeeere's.... Joey

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Earlier this week we asked a question about Saturday Night Live. Today we tackle another late night programming staple – The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Johnny was fond of taking nights off, and during the final years of the show he had three different “permanent” guest hosts: Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling, and Jay Leno. In his earlier years, he used a variety of friends and colleagues to fill in on his nights off. One of those friends, a stand-up comedian and sometimes actor, holds the record for most guest hosting spots, filling in for Johnny Carson 177 times. Your One Cup of Java Challenge – name this frequent Tonight Show guest host whose name has been in the news quite a bit in the last 24 hours.

Answer: The great (and now late) Joey Bishop.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Other frequent Tonight Show guest hosts include Bob Newhart (87 times), David Brenner (70) and Jerry Lewis (52).

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Hub moves to Monday Nights

The Hub moves into the 10:00pm to midnight Monday night slot (recently vacated by the amazing Al Perry’s Clambake show, now airing Tuesday nights 6:00-8:00pm). The Hub is hosted by Bob Girth. Each week Bob scours the KXCI mail bins to find the freshest new music releases and features only that music on the show. No nostalgia, no oldies, and no classic anything, just cutting edge new rock and pop. Recommended if you like modern music.

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Happy Birthday Chuck Berry !

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: If rock and roll has a father, it’s Chuck Berry – and Dad’s turning 82 today. Chuck Berry had plenty enough hits to go around, but the musicians he inspired usually beat him to the top of the music charts. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning on Chuck Berry’s birthday – name his ONLY #1 pop single, a song that topped the charts 35 years ago next week.

Answer: My Ding-a-Ling

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Newest Public Service Messages

ARCHITECTURE: It’s Architecture Week in Tucson. This year’s theme is “Growing Beyond Green.” There is a home tour on Sunday, October 21st from 10 to 4. The tour focuses on projects that utilize green elements and aspects. Proceeds from the home tour benefit Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are available at the AIA Office, 4633 East Broadway, and all Bookman's locations.

VALLEY OF THE MOON: This Halloween season, bring the whole family for an evening of spooky fun at Valley of the Moon, Tucson’s historic fantasy park. Events are held various nights through October 30th. For an events schedule and directions, visit

MUSIC FOR THE SOUL: On November 8th, Interfaith Community Services presents Music For The Soul at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Music For The Soul features Tucson’s faith communities sharing their traditions in song, dance and chant. Performers include the Jewish rock band Avanim, Mary Redhouse, the Tucson Arizona Mass Gospel Choir and Mariachi San Juan. Tickets are available at and the Fox box office.

MOBILE MEALS: Mobile Meals of Tucson needs volunteers to help drive away hunger. Drivers are needed to deliver lunch Monday through Friday. Meals are picked up at 11am and a delivery route takes about 90 minutes to complete. A valid drivers license and car insurance is required. To learn more or to volunteer, call 622-1600.

SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS: Do you enjoy hiking, rock climbing, biking or camping with others and showing them areas that you enjoy? You could be an outing leader for the Sierra Club’s local Rincon Group. Share your love of the outdoors with others. To learn more about leading a Sierra Club outing, contact Mitch at 722-6860.

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Live, From Tucson... It's Saturday Night Live Trivia

Wednesday's One Cup question: Our One Cup challenge this morning tackles the television show Saturday Night Live. In it’s 32 year history, only two people have been cast members, musical guests and hosts on Saturday Night Live. One of the men to complete that trifecta was Dan Aykroyd. The other man to fill all three roles on Saturday Night Live is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Your One Cup challenge this morning – name that actor, turning 60 today, whose most famous roles were as a British rocker and as a truck driver for the Shotz brewery in Milwaukee.

Answer: Michael McKean

Bonus Blog Trivia: Michael was the oldest new member of the SNL cast in history. The youngest was Anthony Michael Hall.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

2, 2, 2, Lookin' At My Music Charts...

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in music history, 1972, the band that had the most #2 songs in Billboard pop chart history without ever hitting #1 decided to break up. Their lead singer has gone on to a very successful solo career, though he still hasn’t scored a #1 song either. Your One Cup of Java Challenge today: name this band, 1993 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who had seven different songs hit #2 in 1969 and 1970.

Answer: The Avis of rock bands is Credence Clearwater Revival

Bonus Blog Trivia: Those seven #2 songs are Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Proud Mary, Long As I Can See The Light, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Travelin’ Band, and Who’ll Stop The Rain

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Artists who did have #1 hits in ’69 and ’70? Tommy Roe, The Partridge Family, Shocking Blue, Zager and Evans, and Henry Mancini. Also The Beatles, Stones and late-career Elvis.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

"Pet Rock" Dance Festival

"Pet Rock" Dance Festival
Saturday, October 27, 2007
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
The Historic Y
300 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ

Halloween is the perfect time of year to dress up and get down: put on your vintage finery and enjoy non-stop dance and music of the 50's, 60's and 70's with DJ Kidd Squidd while you benefit the Spay and Neuter Solutions of Tucson at the Pet Rock Festival, Saturday, October 27, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the Grand Hall of the Historic Y at 300 E. University Blvd.

Win a prize for your best vintage efforts (i.e. gravity-defying hair; impressive sideburns, poodle skirts, bell bottoms and lovebeads) or come as you are. Enjoy signature dishes and refreshments from local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries; a silent auction of vintage items and art, beat poets and characters from the past. Tucson's gifted Animal Communicator, Linda Johns, will be doing readings for you and your animal friends that have passed, or you've left at home. Local musicologist DJ Kidd Squidd, a Tucson icon for over 30 years, will be spinning the platters that matter...think jitterbug, the twist, swing, and finger pointin' boogie.

The Pet Rock Festival will raise funds for Spay and Neuter Solutions, a local non-profit and all-volunteer organization, dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation and the tragic consequences. Spay and Neuter Solutions has funded over 2700 cats and dogs in Southern Arizona since its founding in the summer of 2003, greatly reducing unwanted litters and homeless animals. All profits from the festival will fund these and other worthwhile efforts to end pet overpopulation.

The Historic Y is located at 300 E. University Blvd. at the corner of 5th Avenue in the West University neighborhood, just one-half block from 4th Avenue and one-half mile from both Downtown and the U of A Main Gate Square. Free parking.

Advance tickets: $25.00 at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue and online at Tickets are $30.00 at the door. $15.00 of each ticket is a tax-deductible donation.

To help at the festival, provide refreshments, offer items for the silent auction please e-mail For more information about this event, please call 795-3262
or go to

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Going Out On Top / One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in history, 1951, the show I Love Lucy debuted on CBS. It ended its run in May, 1957. It that final season, it was the highest rated show on TV, making I Love Lucy the first show to go off the air as the highest rated show of the season. Since then, two other TV series have ended the season on top on the ratings – and gone off the air. One of these shows ended its run in 1968, the other in 1998. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning, with two possible winners – name a show other than I Love Lucy to win the season ratings in what would be their final season. One clue: both shows have the name of the star in their title.

Answer: The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dr. Dan's Road Show this Tuesday 10PM

Tune in this Tuesday, October 16th at 10PM for Dr. Dan's Road Show

Dr. Dan will spin songs from touring artists scheduled to be in Tucson in the upcoming months.

Highlights this week will include the indie rock, jangly pop of The Figurines are from Denmark and will Play Club Congress Wednesday October 17th. I am listening to Sunset Rubdown's For The Pier (and Dead Shimmering) right now, playing at Plush this Thursday. Their music shimmers and staggers its way to brilliance. This band is from Montreal, Canada, and like so many others from Montreal, and is truly talented.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games

KXCI is a proud sponsor of the Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games, November 2nd through the 4th at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 North First Avenue.

In addition to great music, games, highland dancing, vendors and kid’s activities, this year’s festival includes a Friday night catered dinner and Ceilidh (that Gaelic for Great Party!).

You can also win tickets to fly to Scotland - click here to learn more:

Learn all about the Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games at

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Ian Moore - Live@5 Friday Oct. 12th

Tune in to The Homestretch today for a Live@5 interview and performance from Ian Moore.
Ian is passing through town to celebrate his new release, To Be Loved, on Justice Records. Ian Moore is a singer songwriter known for both the depth and range of his voice as well as the sonic depth and range of the music he creates. To find out more, hear him live this afternoon on the radio at 91.3 FM or down at Club Congress tonight.

Ian Moore at Club Congress, Friday Oct. 12th. Creosote and Golden Boots open the show, doors at 9pm.

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Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Al Gore has been named a winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). However, he is not the first former U.S. vice-president to receive this honor. Your One Cup question on this Friday morning - who was the first former U.S. vice-president to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Answer: Teddy Roosevelt, who won while he was President for his work on peace treaties. Roosevelt had been V.P. before taking over the White House.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Thought For Your Penney's

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1929, the first U.S. retailer to have a store in every one of our then 48 states opened in their 48th – Delaware. Their very first store is still open in Wyoming, though the company is now headquartered in Texas. Tucson has two of the roughly 1,050 location still in operation by this company. Your One Cup question this morning – name this retailer, the first to have stores in all 48 U.S. states in 1929.

Answer: JC Penney

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Devendra Banhart - Live@5 - Wednesday Oct. 10th

Tune in to The Homestretch this Wednesday for a special Live@5 performance from Devendra Banhart and his full band.

Devendra has been one of the leaders of the "freak folk" movement. A genre of new musicians that use the roots of folk's past as a springboard for new creations that are at home in the campsites of indie rock.

Devendra and band take the stage at the Rialto Theatre. Hecuba opens the show at 8pm.

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SABHF Blues Festival, October 21st

The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation's FREE family-friendly day-long Blues Festival, featuring national and regional artists, is Sunday, October 21st at the Reid Park bandshell.

Performances run from 11am to 8pm and include:

11:05am - The Reed Family featuring Francine Reed
12:25pm - Train Wreck (2007 SABHF Blues Challenge Winner)
1:25pm - 56 Deluxe
2:40pm - Del Rey and Steve James
3:50pm - John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
5:15pm - George Howard and the Rhythm & Blues Review
6:30pm - Arthur Migliaaza and New Town
7:15pm - Grande Finale

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Be sure to stop by the KXCI booth, say hi and pick up the brand new Blues Review with Marty Kool t-shirts, designed by Tom Walbank.

If you can't make it to the festival or can't make it all day, KXCI will offer a tape-delayed broadcast of the festival, running approximately 90 minutes behind the "live" action.

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But In A Lonely Room I Cry (Today's One Cup Answer)

WEDNESDAY'S ONE CUP OF JAVA CHALLENGE: On this date in music history, 1970, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles released the only song that would get them to the top of the US pop charts while Smokey was still with the group. Your One Cup question this morning: name this first #1 song for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the only one they’d have with Smokey in the group; a song that lyrically references one of the most performed operas in North America.

ANSWER: Tears of a Clown. Includes the lyrcis: Just like Pagliacci did / I try to keep my surface hid / Smiling in the crowd I try / But in a lonely room I cry / The tears of a clown
BONUS BLOG TRIVIA: The post-Smokey Miracles had a second #1 hit in 1976 with "Love Machine - Part I." This was later a big hit as a tune for Thelma Houston.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Today's One Cup Question Is Monumental!

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1888, the building that was, albeit briefly, the tallest structure in the world was opened to the public. Now 119 years old, you can still visit and go inside. I have. 555 feet tall and 40 years in the making, this one-time tallest structure is still a popular tourist destination. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning - name this structure, 40 years in the making, whose construction was slowed in part by fundraising difficulties, anti-Catholic bias, and the U.S. Civil War.

Answer: The Washington Monument.

Bonus Blog Trivia: On top of all the other problems experienced during construction, the anti-Catholic "Know Nothing" party had representatives steal the plaques donated by the Pope, causing Congress to withdraw the appropriations it had made for construction.

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Route 66: The End Of The Road

From Michael Hyatt, host of Route 66 on KXCI:

This Tuesday night from 8 to 10pm marks the 20th anniversary of me hosting Route 66. In fact it will be exactly 20 years to the minute when I retire at 10pm.

You heard it right, I'm retiring from the KXCI airwaves at the end of this Tuesday's program. It's been great fun and a rewarding experience, but it's time to open the space for new blood.

Rose Lady will move into the 8 to 10 slot.

I'll be celebrating my 20th anniversary with Kidd Squidd as my guest, as he was during my first show on October 9, 1987.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Not A Popular Album At All

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in musical history, 1988, for the first time in 741 weeks, something "musically speaking" was no longer true. The key to the question is the 741 weeks. Your One Cup question this morning: what was no longer true for the first time in 741 weeks, back on this date in 1988?

Answer: For the first time since landing on the Billboard 200, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was no longer on the charts.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

KXCI and Club Congress present TAMHA Night!

Seven of Tucson’s finest musical acts join forces this Friday at Club Congress to support the Tucson Artist And Musician Healthcare Alliance. We invite everyone to come down see some great music and find out what TAMHA is all about. If you are an artist or musician this could be particular interest to you – we want you to come down and sign up with the group and get connected with the hundreds of other artists and musicians who have already joined the cause to find affordable healthcare for the creative community of Tucson.

TAMHA is an alliance of artists, musicians, medical professionals, politicians and arts advocates who are dedicated to finding and advocating for healthcare resources in our community. Chief among ours goals is to be an information resource as well as a funding mechanism for artists and musicians who would otherwise not know about or have access to proper healthcare. As we move forward, we are trying to gauge the interest and number of interested creative people who feel this is an important part of sustaining and nurturing the arts community in Tucson. Sign up and awareness events like TAMHA Night give us a great way to do this.

We hope you will come down, find out what we are trying to do and enjoy a great night of music!

Free of charge

Hosted by KXCI's Laurie Starr

Tom Walbank
Al Perry And The Cattle
Little Sisters Of The Poor
Lemon Drop Gang
Bread and Circus
Silver Thread Trio
Amy Rude

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Nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada.

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in history, 1582, what happened in the nations of Portugal, Spain, Poland and Italy?

Answer: Nothing. Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, October 5th, 1582 does not exist in those countries' history.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Locals Only Performance Archive

KXCI and Locals Only have launched a new performance archive for the live segment of Locals Only. If you can't always tune in on Monday nights, but want to hear what you missed, then check out the new Locals Only archive! It debuts this week with Monday's performance and interview with Funzalo recording artist Luca.

Additionally, you can subscribe to the feed to be notified when new performances are available for download.

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Nancy McCallion CD Release Party

Nancy McCallion CD Release Party
"Live at the Auld Dubliner"
Saturday, October 20, 2007
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
The Auld Dubliner
800 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ, 85719

Nancy McCallion, former singer/songwriter and front woman for the Celtic-Norteno-folk-rock band, The Mollys, returns to her roots with a new live CD and an all-star Irish Pub band.

Local heavy-weights appearing on "Live at the Auld Dubliner": former Mollys’ accordion player and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Schramm; Tammie Award winning guitarist Danny Krieger; virtuoso violinist Heather Hardy and long-time bluegrass fiddler Tom Rhodes. The CD was recorded live in May of 2007 by Jamie Waddell of Blue Dakota.

The party starts at 9:00 p.m. at the Auld Dubliner, 800 E. University Avenue, on Saturday, October 20 and continues until the wee hours. Schramm, Krieger and Rhodes will join Nancy McCallion for bang-on-the-table pub revelry and cry-in-your-Guinness ballads; expect powerful new takes on McCallion's original slice-of-life songs.

Imported directly from Dublin, the Auld Dubliner features traditional Irish fayre from Coastal and Southern Ireland by Executive Chef Matt Hewitt. (Think Corned Beef, or Bangers and Mash...but my favorite is the Fried Fishies!) The full bar includes Guinness on draft and an impressive selection of traditional Irish Whiskies.

Call the Auld Dubliner at 206-0323 or visit www.aulddubliner/Tucson/ for additional event information and directions.
See ya there...
Ellie May

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The Water's Edge

"The Water's Edge" is a new theatrical drama running October 19 - 21 at Pima Community College West's Proscenium Theater. This effort is the first full-length production by local playwright Linn Lane in many years. The director is Gayle Swanbeck.

The play tells the story of a friendship between Marina (a Boston lesbian) and Tod (a survivalist Southern family-man). When Marina escapes the pain of a recent break-up by visiting her old friend, Tod, three disturbing secrets unfold.

"The Water's Edge " will be presented at the Proscenium Theater, PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. October 19 - 21, 2007. Friday and Saturday performances: 7:00 p.m.; Sunday: 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $13.00; discount available for bulk ticket sales.

Tickets available at:
Antigone's Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue, 792-3715
WomanKraft Art Center, 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976
Proscenium Theater Box Office, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 206-6986

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

KXCI Volunteer Orientation

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at KXCI? Our monthly new volunteer orientation is Saturday, October 6th at the KXCI studios, 220 South Fourth Avenue, beginning at 11am. Learn more under the "Volunteer Orientation" tab at You can also learn more by calling our G.M., Ryan Bruce, at 623-1000, extension 11.

See you there!

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Almost Live At Five: Josh Rouse Fri 10/5

This past Saturday, singer-songwriter Josh Rouse was in town for a performance at Club Congress. Earlier that day, he sat down with us in Studio 2A for an interview and performance. We'll be airing that recording this Friday on The Home Stretch for our Live at 5 segment.

Join us as Josh talks about his great new album, Country Mouse City House (recorded in just six days!), an upcoming music cruise with folks like Lyle Lovett, and how he might have been a college student here in Tucson. Josh shares two songs from his new album and does a heartfelt cover of a classic Dylan tune you won't want to miss.

That's "almost" Live at 5, this Friday on The Home Stretch!

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Newest Public Service Messages

Here are the newest public service announcements (PSAs) provided free to non-profit organizations as a service of your Community Radio KXCI.

TUCSON MEET YOURSELF: Celebrate the richness and diversity of our community at Tucson Meet Yourself, October 12th through the 14th at El Presidio Park downtown. Sponsored by the Cultural Exchange Council, this free, family-fun festival has entertainment, folk arts, special events, and ethnic food from more than 20 regions of the world. Learn more at

VALLEY OF THE MOON: This Halloween season, bring the whole family for an evening of spooky fun at Valley of the Moon, Tucson's only historic fantasy park. The fun begins October 11th and continues through the 30th. For an events schedule and directions, visit

PIMA COUNTY LIBRARY / GED PROGRAM: Pima County Public Library offers free GED classes and testing that is open to all. The next 8-week session begins at Valencia Branch, 202 West Valencia Road, on Monday, November 12th. Space is limited. For additional information call 791-4811 or visit

BUSTAN: There will be a fundraiser for BUSTAN on Thursday, October 18th at 6pm at Temple Emanu-El. Bustan is an Israeli organization of Jews and Arabs that combines social and environmental justice work with sustainable technology. A Middle Eastern dinner will be followed with a multi-media presentation by Bustan’s founder and director. The event is free, with donations requested. Learn more at

WOMAN KRAFT: WomanKraft presents "The Water's Edge," a new theatrical drama by Linn Lane, running October 19th, 20th and 21st at the Proscenium Theater, 2202 West Anklam. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm, Sunday is at 2pm. Tickets for “The Water’s Edge” are available at Antigone Books, WomanKraft Art Center, and the Proscenium Theater Box Office. More information at

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Good Morning Captain!

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1955, the television show “The Mickey Mouse Club” made its debut on ABC. That series actually only lasted until 1958. However, on the exact same day in 1955, the longest-running commercial television children’s series also made its debut. Your One Cup challenge this morning – name that longest-running commercial TV children’s series, which ran from 1955 to 1992.

Answer: Captain Kangaroo. "Sesame Street" has since become a longer-running children's show, albeit on public television.

Bonus Blog Trivia: The Captain's jacket - and his friend Mr. Moose - are on display at the Smithsonian.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Although he always looked old enough to be the grandfather to his audience, actor Robert Keeshan started playing the Captain when he was only 28 years old!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


To celebrate the release of our new compilation CD "Live From Studio 2A: Volume 7," we are making that title - and all of our CDs - available for a limited time for just $9.13 each at the

To learn more about or purchase Volume 7 or any of our Live From Studio 2A, Locals Only, or Best of Growing Native titles, visit

All CD purchases benefit your listener-supported Community Radio, KXCI.

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Go D-Backs!

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: With the major league baseball playoffs starting tomorrow (Go D-Backs!) our question this morning is on the World Series. With 26 championships, the New York Yankees have won more World Series titles in history than any team in either league. Your One Cup question this morning: what team was won the 2nd most World Series titles, with ten?

Answer: The St. Louis Cardinals, who won their 10th last year but did not make the playoffs this season.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Did we mention - go D-backs!

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Monday, October 01, 2007

26 Miles, 385 Yards

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Yesterday, Haile Gebrselassie set a record by doing something in 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 26 seconds, something he began to learn to do while traveling to and from school as a small boy. Your One Cup question this morning – what record did Haile set yesterday in Berlin, a place where the same record had been broken four years earlier?

Answer: Gebrselassie (pictured below) now holds the new world record for a marathon.

Bonus Blog Trivia: As a child growing up in Ethiopia, Gebreselassie used to run 10 kilometers to and from school every day. This led to a distinctive running posture, with his left arm crooked as if still holding his books.

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