Welcome to KKFI’s Story!

KKFI started broadcasting as a 100,000-watt FM station on 90.1 on the FM dial in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, February 28th, 1988 at about 10:00 AM. KKFI observes its anniversary every year with many events.

This website celebrates the work of hundreds of volunteers and the contributions of thousands of listeners who have kept KKFI going through the years.  It chronicles some of the history, facts, and, interesting anecdotes about the struggle to get the community radio station going and keep it on the air.

This is a bare-bones record of the accomplishments of hundreds of non-paid volunteers who kept the dream of community radio alive. Many deserve recognition and it is hoped that they will add to this history website with their own stories of the stories to start and keep community radio going in Kansas city.

In this website there are newsletters, program guides, photos, posters, video clips of the first day of broadcast and anniversaries, and audio MP3s of material broadcast on KKFI. The record is incomplete, but will be added-to as new material emerges.

Remembering Gil Werner

Services for Gil were held Saturday 8/24 at 10:00 AM CDT on August 24, 2019 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, located at 1001 East 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64110. Afterwards, a reception and celebration of Gil’s life was held in the Parish Hall adjacent to the Church. Refreshments and light nosh will be served.

An evening of story telling about Gil with his friends occurred at 3707 Pennsylvania after 7:00 PM around a campfire that evening.

Fact of the Day

The struggle to put KKFI on the air started in earnest in 1981 when negotiations had to happen with KTSR, the Nazarene station; KGSP, at Park College; and KIEE, a commercial station. The long and drawn out legal work with KTSR will be placed on the KKFISTORY site soon for people to read. It is an amazing story. The letter below highlights attempted negotiation with the Nazarene station which ultimately ended up with them going off the air.

KTSR’s non response helped it become doomed as a radio station.

Ascertainment Event

MID-COAST RADIO PROJECT, INC. and FRIENDS OF COMMUNITY MEDIA
SPONSOR KKFI ASCERTAINMENT COMMUNITY FORUM
Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Annex Room
WELCOME
M.C. Richardson Coordinator and Consultant
Teresa Wilke Ascertainment Background Kathy Peters Mission Philosophy
Co- Hosts
Benita Morrow: Guess Who’s Coming to Kansas City: Public Affairs
Benita Morrow: Guess Who”s Coming to Kanas City, Urban Connections
COMMUNITY SPEAKERS
Dr. Joahn Ha ll MD MD Home Care LLC
Neil Rudisill Health Initiatives Manager
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
Elisa Redworth Farmers Market Manager
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
Larry Lester Noirtech Research, Inc.
Karen P. Boyd, Executive Director
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
Kent T. Diggs, President
Northeast Kansas City Historical Society
Mike B. Rollen, Community Garden
Quiema Spencer, President
Heartland Women In Trades
Lewis Duiguid, Free- lance Writer
Diane Euston
T. Green Kent
SAVE THE PASEO
Mamie Currie Hughes-Rogers
Pat Harris-Shelby
Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
LaDonna Ali
Central Bank of the Midwest
Ben Sharda, Executive Director
Kansas City Community Garden
Rob Reiman
Director, Fruit Trees KC Community Garden

THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS & PARTICIPATING PROGRAMMERS & SPONSORS