KFAI originally hit the airwaves on May 1, 1978. Broadcasting from the belfry of the Walker Community Church, its antenna reached out a humbling 10 watts to its listeners, who were presumably limited to the Seward neighborhood. Fast-forward 30 years, and the station now broadcasts from the IDS building and will soon transition to digital format. A commercial-free radio station, KFAI relies on volunteers and contributions from listeners in the community who enjoy a variety of programs. Turn the dial to 90.3 (106.7 in St. Paul) on any given night, and you might hear the news (Free Speech Radio News), debates between journalists (Democracy Now!), local hip hop, rock, and pop (MN Soundtrack), and even updates on Khmer life in Minnesota and abroad (Khmers in Minnesota). This Saturday, KFAI celebrates three decades of success with a live music show. The list of performers feature seasoned local faves, including the International Reggae All-Stars, jazz/folk/blues performer Dakota Dave Hull, and poet, lasso twirler, and fiddler Pop Wagner.
Sat., Nov. 8, 4-8 p.m., 2008