Friday, June 27, 2008

KXCI Powered Down: Friday Update

Work continues on transmitters that are co-located with KXCI on Mount Bigelow. This maintenance work requires us to power down at various times to limit the radiation exposure of workers on the transmission tower.

On Friday night at midnight, we will cut power to about 50%, a change that will last until about 5am Saturday morning. We have been informed, however, that planned Saturday power cuts are no longer needed, leaving us at full power after 5am Saturday.

Again on Saturday night at midnight, we will cut power to 50%, again until 5am on Sunday morning, with no further power reductions planned for Sunday.

No power reductions are called for on Sunday night or on Monday.

If you lose KXCI reception, know that free webstreaming of most programs is available at (click "Listen Live"). You can also use the SAP function on your cable television in the Tucson area to listen to KXCI; first tune to Access Tucson public access television and then utilize the SAP function. It takes a little practice!

This schedule could change based on the workers' progress or weather on the mountain; visit this blog for updated information as we receive it. And as always, thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Teen DJ Showcase, Sunday June 29 2-6pm

Be sure to tune in to KXCI on Sunday, June 29 from 2-6pm 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 Ginger and I to work with these talented young people. I think you will enjoy what they have to offer.

This week camp was open to ages 13 - 16. The 8 young men who participated learned many aspects of radio production including music selection, board operation, vocal presentation, FCC regulations and more!

They've been working hard to prepare 30 minute sets of music to play on Sunday with a wide range of eclectic songs chosen by the kids themselves.

We know you will be impressed and entertained!

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Holy Music Melee, Batman!

Fox 11 KMSB and KXCI Community Radio 91.3FM are again teaming up to present the Tucson Music Melee, powered by Scion, on July 11th at the Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson.

The people have voted, and the entries narrowed to five local music finalists competing for the honor of winning the Melee. Those finalists are:

rock sauce
Less Than Famous
King Karl
Stand Alone

Learn more about the Music Melee at
We think we're going to have a very good show this year. Mark your calendars; we'll want to see you at the Rialto on July 11!! And remember - all the proceeds from the concert benefit your Community Radio, KXCI!

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Stonewall Day Friday on KXCI

This Friday, June 27th, KXCI will honor the 39th anniversary of Stonewall with special Stonewall Day programming from 7am until 6pm. Both the schedule of on-air hosts as well as the music and content for the day will feature GLBT and GLBT supportive community members, GLBT artists and their music, history, highlights, information, and spoken pieces from and about the gay community locally, nationally, and gay pride & Stonewall Day.

Spoken pieces include:
Cathy Busha from the U of A’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Justin Naffzinger – President of Delta Lambda Phi (the gay fraternity at the U of A)
Diane Stapleton – local entrepreneur and owner of Rainbow Planet
Jai Smith – creator of the ‘Walking Names Project’
Jason Cianciotto – the new Executive Director of Wingspan
Kat Beck – Vice President of Students Promoting Respect for Individuality Through Example (SPRITE)
Kellie Olson from the Pride Law Alliance at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the U of A
Penelope Starr – Program Coordinator for Wingspan’s Senior Pride
Richard Di Russo – Coordinator for the GLBT Services division of the Pima County Library
Shari Goettel, James Scott Pignatella, and Bruce Cameron from Desert Voices.

The day’s on-air hosts include:
Randy Peterson from 7-10am on ‘Your Morning Brew’
Newly minted music mixer Jaime G from 10 til noon
Susie B from 1-3pm
Mark Rosenbaum (host of ‘Jazz Sundae’) from 3 – 6pm on 'The Home Stretch.’
Democracy Now will still run at 12 noon, of course!

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KXCI Powered Down: Wednesday update

Do to high winds, repair work near the KXCI transmitter site (which has required us to reduce power to 20% during the day) has been postponed. KXCI is, at 10am Wednesday, currently operating back at full power. Work is expected to continue Thursday, and the schedule may now require us to power down in the evenings as well, over the weekend.

Stay tuned to KXCI and visit this blog for updated information, and thank you for your continued patience.

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Almost Ani Time...

You have one day left to save a few dollars by getting your Ani DiFranco tickets in advance. Ani plays the Rialto Theatre Thursday night in a KXCI benefit concert. Tickets will be a few dollars more on the day of the show. Advance tickets to see Ani DiFranco tomorrow night are available at the Rialto box office, 740-1000, or at Click this link to go right to the ticketing site:

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Tucson Music Melee 2008

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tooting Our Own Horns

A word of thanks to KXCI from a Tucson community organization, this time from the organizers of World Refugee Day last week in our community:

Thank You again for giving us Matt Moon :).

He was WONDERFUL!! WRD was a huge success with well over 500 people in attendance, lots of food (community potlucks work in this town! Yeay!!), great music, dancing, an unbelievable drum circle! And Matt's MCing truly helped make the night.

All my best to you and your fantastic crew at KXCI,

(from Kelly Nafie, Project Specialist, Lutheran Social Services Refugee Resettlement Program)

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Sunday, June 22, 2008


Due to repair work by other stations that share space with KXCI's transmitter on Mount Bigelow, we have had to reduce power to about 20% during the daylight hours, beginning Sunday, June 22nd at 7am.

This power reduction significantly impacts your ability to hear KXCI on many receivers, especially those radios in homes and offices. Car radios are generally less impacted, although car radio listeners will also notice the change.

Work on the mountain is expected to last one to two weeks, with daily power downs between roughly 7am and 5pm.

KXCI continues to offer free webstreaming at (click "Listen Live") that has not been impacted by the cut in power.

Additionally, this may be the perfect time for you to explore another way to receive KXCI in your home. If you are a Cox or Comcast cable subscriber, please flip your TV dial to Access Tucson public access television (channels 98/99/120 on Cox; 72/73/74 on Comcast). Using your SAP audio feature, you should be able to listen to KXCI through your television set. Each TV and audio set-up is a little different (some remote controls have SAP buttons, others require you to go to audio setup, for example) but with a little effort you should be able to find the radio station you love, compliments of our friends at Access Tucson.

We will post further updates on the power down situation as they become known. Thank you for your patience over the coming days!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Board of Directors Election Results

We would like to congratulate Susan Banes, John Kosa and Michael Thornton Wyman on their election to the KXCI Board of Directors.

The results of the election will become official upon their receipt by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 19th at 5:30pm. The meeting is at St. Marks Church, 3809 East Third Street in Tucson.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday's One Cup of Java

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little American political history for today’s One Cup of Java Challenge. On this date in 1858, 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln gave one of his most famous speeches, in which, paraphrasing from the Bible, Lincoln said of the nation and slavery: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – this famous speech was given at a campaign rally. What office was Lincoln running for in 150 years ago today, and what was the result of the election?

Answer: He was running for the U.S. Senate – and he lost!

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tucson Music Melee

The time has come to find Tucson’s best undiscovered band!

Voting in the Fox 11 Tucson Music Melee, powered by Scion, starts Monday, June 16th.

Go to (click here: starting Monday to watch the band videos and vote for your favorites. There’s a new group of bands every day next week.

The top 5 bands in the voting play the Rialto on July 11th in a KXCI benefit concert.

Support local music, learn more and vote at

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World Refugee Days, local events!

Our community marks World Refugee Day on Friday, June 20th with a cultural festival and potluck at the Dunbar Museum and Cultural Center, 200 West 2nd Street.

The event features dancing, drum circles, children’s games, food and world music. Our own deejay, Matt Moon, emcees the event.

Your cost to attend? A dish to pass representing your cultural heritage.

Learn more about the World Refugee Day festival and potluck by calling Kelly at 721-4444.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Top Guitar Songs Countdown

Earlier this week the fine folks at Rolling Stone magazine published their list of the Top 100 Guitar Songs of All Time. We won't comment on their (mostly) smart selections - but we will share some of them with you!

Join us Friday morning from 9am to 10am, when Your Morning Brew plays back songs #20 to #11 on the list, featuring artists like Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and Neil Young.

Then, Friday from 5pm to 6pm, join Kristi on The Home Stretch as she spins selections #10 to #1 from the list, with choices from Cream, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, among others.

Get ready to rock this Friday on Your Morning Brew and The Home Stretch!

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KXCI Board Meeting & Agenda June 19th

KXCI Board of Directors Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 19, 2008, 5:30pm
St. Marks Presbyterian Church, 3809 East Third St.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend!

I. Call To Order

II. Attendance, Schedule Next Meeting

III. Review and Adoption of May 15, 2008 minutes (5 minutes)

IV. Board of Directors Election – certification of election results, seat new members

V. Board of Directors Officer Nominations and Elections
a) President b) Vice President c) Treasurer d) Secretary

VI. Committee Reports
a) Board Development (5 minutes)
b) Personnel Committee (5 minutes)

VII. Old Business
a) Board appointments, tabled appointment of W. Tornow

IIX. New Business

IX. CAB and Volunteer Representative Reports (5 minutes each)

X. GM Report / Financials (5-10 minutes)

XI. Strategic Planning Committee Presentation (time as needed)

XII. Call To Audience (3 minutes per person)

XIII. Executive Session (as needed)

XIV. Adjournment

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Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in music history, 1970, Janis Joplin debuted her new, and final, backing band at a concert in Louisville, Kentucky. Sadly, she would not get much time with that band, dying just a few months later. Your Challenge this morning: name that final band for the legendary Janis Joplin.

Answer: The Full-Tilt Boogie Band.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Fifty years ago today, Eddie Cochran released "Summertime Blues," a tune that would become one of the biggest hits of his too-short musical career. Eddie's version hit #8 on the charts. Three other artists have also charted with versions of the song; two of those versions landed in the pop Top 40. Your challenge this morning: name those bands, one of whom hit #14 in '68, the other #27 in '70.

Answer: Blue Cheer and The Who. Country star Alan Jackson hit the #1 spot on the Billboard country charts with his version in 1994.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Last night, Ken Griffey Jr. became the sixth player in major league baseball history to hit 600 home runs in their career. You can hit one out of the park if you know the answer to today's One Cup question: who are the five other men to hit more than 600 homers in their major league baseball careers?

Answer: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Don Jenning's last night as host of Locals Only

Tonight , Monday June 9th will be the last night Don Jennings will host the show he created on KXCI 10 years ago, Locals Only.
Chango Malo will be on the program airing their live performance from last Sunday's farewell to Don show a Club Congress. They are also in for an interview and will likely be turning the tables on Don, asking him questions on this, his last program. Tune in 8 to 10 pm to help celebrate 10 years of Locals Only!

Also in tribute to Don Jennings, today's Live@5 on The Homestretch will feature past songs and and a recent interview segment between Don and Mike Mihina of Lovemound.

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Weekly Album Features

This week's deejay picks on two of your favorites, Your Morning Brew (7-10am) and The Home Stretch (3-6pm):

GLOBAL EXPRESS (7:20am on Your Morning Brew)
Esperanza Spalding, Esperanza
This Portland, Oregon native records the music she finds inspring, Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. The multi-talented youngster (23 years old, and already a professor!) sings in English, Spanish and Portugese, while also playing bass, setting her own arrangements, and producing this album, her second full-length offering. The various tracks evoke folks ranging from Milton Nasciemento to Ella Fitzgerald.

FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK (8:20am on Your Morning Brew)
Duffy, Rockferry
We'll leave this description to our own Bob Girth, host of Monday night's The Hub on KXCI, who made this album his featured choice on Your Morning Brew a few weeks back: "Stax/Motown influenced pop sound, with a neo-soul voice that is more Dusty Springfield than Amy Winehouse - these are strong songs, consistent and confident."

PICK OF THE WEEK (4:00pm on The Home Stretch)
Amos Lee, Last Days at the Lodge
Some folks know Amos Lee because he opened for Bob Dylan for most of one of Dylan's tours a couple of summers ago. Other folks know Amos Lee because of "Sweet Pea," a song on his album that was featured 7 billion times in a cell phone commercial (Sweet Pea, you're the apple of my eye... yeah, you know the song we're talking about). At KXCI, we know Amos Lee because he makes damn fine albums that cross a Bill Withers soul sensibility with Norah Jones-esque pop. Enjoy this Philly native's newest album, his third release on Blue Note.

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Membership Drive Ends, Lowered Goal Hit Monday Morning

The KXCI membership drive ended on Monday morning at about 9:20am when our generous listeners helped the station hit the goal of $50,000.

The goal had been readjusted from the station's initial hope of raising
$67,000. The goal was lowered in response to the current economic situation in our community. Simply put, your Community Radio will learn to do more with less, in the hope that by being here for our listeners now, you'll be here for us down the road.

Thank you to everyone who pledged during the campaign (or in the early renewal mail campaign). Thanks also to our great volunteers, on-air and off-air, and the staff for making this campaign a success. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

KXCI Kids Deejay Class

We’re still looking for a few more students for our Teen Deejay Class, running the week of June 23rd. Teens will learn all about radio broadcasting in a fun, hands-on setting here at the station, and will graduate the deejay class by hosting their own show on the air at KXCI. The week-long class is $150. KXCI members are eligible for a discount. Learn more about the Teen Deejay Class at our website (click here: or by calling Ginger, 623-1000, extension 12.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Board Election: June 12th Deadline to Vote

The deadline for KXCI members to vote in our annual Board of Directors election is fast approaching. Ballots must be postmarked by Thursday, June 12th to be valid. If you are a KXCI member who hasn’t already voted and you need a replacement ballot, you can print one by clicking the “Board of Directors” link on our website at (click here: Again, the deadline to vote is this Thursday, June 12th.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Triple Crown Winners / One Cup of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: This weekend, Big Brown will attempt to win horse racing's Triple Crown with a victory at the Belmont Stakes. The last horse to win the Triple Crown of horse racing was Affirmed in 1978. Baseball has its own Triple Crown, of couse, when one individual leads the league in batting, home runs and runs batted in. This hasn't been accomplished since 1967. Your One Cup question this morning: name major league baseball's last Triple Crown winner; you can just name him and not worry about spelling his last name.

Answer: Carl Yastrzemski

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Monday, June 02, 2008

R.I.P. Bo Diddley

The legendary Bo Diddley, whose distinctive playing style influenced too many musicians to mention, died Monday morning at the age of 79. Diddley had suffered a number of medical problems over the past few years, including both a stroke and heart attack last year.

To learn about Diddley's music and his incredible impact, we recommend his listing (

and his profile at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website (

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It's New Member Monday at Your Community Radio, KXCI.

If you've never been a KXCI member, or haven't been for a few years, we like to welcome you to the KXCI family of supporters with a special offer (today only!): Pledge whatever you can, and we'll match it dollar-for-dollar with existing membership gifts, and you'll get ALL of the premiums!

For example, a gift of $91.30 normally gets you two thank you gifts (plus a third if you use your credit card). Today as a new member, that $91.30 gift doubles, getting you five thank you gifts (and a sixth if you use your credit card).

That's just one example and one pledge level - to learn more, get one of our great volunteers on the phone right now at (520) 623-1000, they'll tell you everything you need to know about supporting KXCI and about NEW MEMBER MONDAY!

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How Much Fits In The Sack Of Rome? / One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little ancient history for today’s One Cup of Java Challenge. On this date in 455, an East German tribe entered Rome and for 14 days vandalized the city, taking treasures, citizens as slaves and burning down at least some of the buildings in the most famous of the so-called “sacks of Rome.” At least one church was vandalized, and other buildings, arts and public areas were vandalized, too. While specific details of the vandals attack have been lost to history, we do know the name of the German tribe responsible for vandalizing Rome. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name this group of vandals.

Answer: Those vandals were the Vandals.

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