Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tom Hayden to Speak in KXCI Benefit Thurday, December 4

KXCI Presents

An Evening with Activist and Author Tom Hayden

Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 7:00PM
Location: First Christian Church, 740 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719
Cost: Tickets $5-$10 (All proceeds benefit KXCI.)
Ticket Outlets:; KXCI Offices, 220 S 4
th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

After 40 years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden still is a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through greater citizen participation.

In keeping with that tradition, we are pleased to bring Tom Hayden to speak about his career in activism and politics in a benefit for KXCI on Thursday, December 4th at the First Christian Church Sanctuary.

Tucson's Community Radio 91.3 KXCI celebrates 25 years of broadcasting with special events spanning 25 days between November 22 and December 16. We're proud to commemorate our history of providing the Old Pueblo with an unsurpassed blendof eclectic music, public affairs programming and unswerving support of local music. More information about this and all scheduled events is available at

Contact: Amanda Shauger

520-623-1000 ext. 17
Complete Biographical Information about Tom Hayden is available at:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

25 Years Of Top Albums

Each weekday leading up to our anniversary celebration, KXCI held a listener contest to pick the best album of each of our 25 years. Your winners:

1983: U2, War.
1984: Spinal Tap, This Is Spinal Tap.
1985: Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms.
1986: Paul Simon, Graceland.
1987: U2, Joshua Tree.

1988: The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One.
1989: Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time.
1990: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Ragged Glory.
1991: Nirvana, Nevermind.
1992: (tie!) k.d. Lang, Ingenue and Neil Young, Harvest Moon.

1993: The Cranberries, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
1994: Johnny Cash, American Recordings (Vol. One).
1995: Radiohead, The Bends.
1996: Johnny Cash, Unchained.
1997: Radiohead, OK Computer.

1998: Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
1999: (tie!) Moby, Play and Santana, Supernatural.
2000: O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.
2001: (tie!) Zero 7, Simple Things and Cake, Comfort Eagle.
2002: Neko Case, Blacklisted.

2003: Calexico, Feast of Wire.
2004: Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News.
2005: Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise.
2006: Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, All The Roadrunning.
2007: Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kevin Pakulis - Live@5 and Sunday's Blues Festival

Tune in Friday, October 17th, to Live@5 on The Homestretch for an in-studio performance with Kevin Pakulis on KXCI. He'll be part of the lineup for Sunday's SABHF Blues Festival (see below).

KXCI is proud to be a big part of this weekend's FREE BLUES FESTIVAL at the Reid Park bandshell, put on by our friends from the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation.

Sunday, October 19th 11am to 7pm

Nothing beats a daylong, outdoor blues festival in beautiful Tucson - except a FREE daylong outdoor blues festival in beautiful Tucson! We hope you'll be able to join us out there all day long, but if you can't, be sure to tune in to 91.3FM for our tape-delayed broadcast.

Performers at this year's festival include the Kevin Pakulis Band, Stefan George, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Grams and Kreiger, Ada Redd Austin and headliner Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys. There will also be a performance by Blues Challenge winners Lefty Larry and The Blues Avengers. Learn more at

Be sure to stop by the KXCI booth to say hello and grab a special Blues Festival only t-shirt, plus your chance to win FREE tickets to see Taj Mahal this Tuesday night at the Rialto!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

"Tangled Up In Blue" Chosen Top Dylan Songs

Thanks for voting in our completely unscientific poll of Favorite Bob Dylan Songs. By a slight margin you chose "Tangled Up in Blue" over "All Along The Watchtower" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'"

Congratulations to our Bob Dylan CD winners: Elva, Robert & Kenny. The Bob Dylan contest is now closed, but watch the blog next week for more "vote and win" contests!

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Support KXCI: Basha's Shop & Give Program

You can support KXCI Community Radio when you register your Basha’s Thank You card during their Shop and Give promotion, now through March 31st. After you register KXCI as your charity of choice, we’ll earn a donation from every purchase you make at Basha’s. KXCI’s five digit code is 24279.

If you registered us last year on your Basha’s card, thank you – but you need to re-register us this year, too!

Bashas' Thank You card gives you reduced prices on over 3,000 items throughout their stores every week and money-saving programs throughout the year.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Molehill Orkestrah's new CD & Live@5

Tune in for Live@5 on The Homestretch this Thursday, October 8th, for a Studio 2A performance from the Molehill Orkestrah.

Molehill Orkestrah have an excellent new release entitled Language of Bones. This local ensemble fuses the world sounds of Eastern Europe and the Middle East with rock, jazz and classical styles and influences. The new release even blends americana, blues and Afro-Cuban into the mix. Molehill Orkestrah's Tucson gypsy sound typically, as on songs Dromos, Vino Blanco, Sila and Cabin Bat, has tempos rising from gentle string intros to a danceable frenzy over the course of a song. Language of Bones has sweet and mellow moments in the songs Red River and Dance With A Stranger and others are uptempo right out of the gate such as Pojaca, Riding Through The Woods, La Cumparsita and the New Orleans drenched Wet Dog. Taboo, unlike it's name, is not to be missed and one song, Crossroads and Gravestones, steps outside the usual instrumental territory with bluesy vocals that fit right in with their Tucson gypsy sound. Interestingly, the vocals remind me of the band The Hammertoes who often played with Molehill Orkestrah during the bands earlier performances eight to ten years ago. In fact Molehill Orkestrah will be celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band with an All Souls Procession after party at Club Congress on November 9th. Molehill Orkestrah is a global stew brewed in our own backyard!

CD Release show Wednesday, October 8th, at Plush with Chris Black.

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Book Featured On Democracy Now!

On Wednesday's Democracy Now!, Amy interviews Loretta Napoleoni, author of Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality.

If after listening to the interview, you are interested in learning more from the book, you can pick it from - where your purchase will directly support KXCI Community Radio! Just click the link below to head right to the book at Amazon:

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Reclaiming Our Airwaves

Derechos Humanos & Wingspan
invite you to:

An Evening with Rory O'Connor
Author of
Shock Jocks:
Hate Speech and Talk Radio

America's 10 Worst Hate Talkers
and the Progressive Alternatives

Saturday, October 11, 2008
7:00 - 9:00 pm
First Christian Church Fellowship Hall
740 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ

A reception and dessert will accompany the lecture
$15.00 requested donation / $5 for students
If you are unable to attend, a generous donation would be greatly appreciated

Please join us for a lecture and reception with Rory O'Connor, author of the recently published
Shock Jocks: Hate Speech & Talk Radio as he discusses the rise of the right wing dominance of America's airways, and alternatives that are available to our communities to reclaim them.
O'Connor is also the co-author of the Nukespeak: The Selling of Nuclear Technology in America, a regular online columnist for AlterNet and MediaChannel, and also writes the popular "Media Is A Plural' blog (

Proceeds will benefit Derechos Humanos and Wingspan

To RSVP, please call: 520.770.1373

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Featured Album of the Week: Bob Dylan

As a special treat this week, Your Morning Brew and The Home Stretch are featuring the same album all week long: the new official Bob Dylan bootleg, Tell Tale Signs.

The 2-disc set captures 27 mostly unreleased tracks focusing on Dylan's late renaissance period, beginning in the mid 80s and continuing through the 90s. Disc One will be featured this week on Your Morning Brew at 8:20am; Disc Two will be featured this week on The Home Stretch at 4pm.

The album releases October 7th and includes a 60 page booklet. If you'd like to purchase it through (where a portion of your purchase will benefit KXCI!) please click the link below.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Michael Franti Podcast Available

Michael Franti stopped by KXCI on Sunday, September 28, a few hours before Spearhead took the stage at the Rialto Theatre. I just posted the podcast here on our Podcast Jukebox.

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Wednesday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge:
105 years ago today, Americans tangled with Pirates in the very first one of these, with the Americans over the course of a few days eventually coming out victorious. The battle wasn’t held at sea but rather at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, and Exposition Park. Your One Cup of Cup of Java Challenge this morning – based on the clues provided, what was held for the very first time 105 years ago today?

The first game of the World Series. The Boston Americans eventually prevailed over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5 games to 3 games.

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