Monday, February 27, 2012

Locals Only Volume Six and Seashell Radio Monday night!

Our newest compilation, 91.3FM KXCI Presents: Locals Only Volume Six – Live From Studio 2A, is here! It is available exclusively to KXCI members: call 520-623-1000 to make your donation or click the Pledge Now link at, all donations of $91.30 or higher are eligible for a thank you gift. Members can also pick up the compilation with their orange Gift Cards at the station, 220 South 4th Ave. Locals Only Volume Six – Live From Studio 2A features 16 performances from the time that Dr. Dan hosted Locals Only. The artists on the compilation are: Brian Lopez (feat. Salvador Duran), The Division Fix, Young Mothers, Dead Western Plains, Gabriel Sullivan & Taraf de Tucson, The Tryst, The Modeens, Logan Greene & The Bricks, Key Ingredients of African Soul, Ferrodyne, Amy Rude and Heartbeast, Jazz Telephone, Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, Seashell Radio, HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS, and Ashbury.

Tune in to Locals Only Monday night at 9pm to hear Seashell Radio in Studio 2A. Fen and Courtney will play some songs, talk about their new record and share their favorite brownie recipe.

Previous Locals Only performances are podcast and streamed at only/


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gomez and Hey Rosetta! in Studio 2A and KXCI Presents!

It 's an international double header today in Studio 2A on The Home Stretch and tonight at The Rialto Theatre.
Tune in to KXCI Community Radio Thursday afternoon for live performances from Canadians Hey Rosetta! at 3:30pm and the UK's Gomez at 5:30pm. The both play Thursday night at The Rialto Theatre in a KXCI Presents! show.


Scheduled Broadcast Outage - Friday 10am

UPDATE: KXCI has just learned that we will NOT be going off the air Friday morning; the work has been rescheduled for next week. Thanks and stay tuned!

KXCI has been informed that service work on our transmitter site on Mount Bigelow has been scheduled for Friday morning, February 23rd, with an anticipated start time of 10am.
The work - to fix a broken dehydrator line that protects our equipment on the mountain - will require KXCI to either be completely off the air, or operate under only 10% power, so that crews can work near the equipment without radiation exposure concerns.
During the work, expected to last around four hours, KXCI will either be completely off the air or only attainable with stronger antennas. Free live webstreaming at will not be impacted, and we would encourage you to use the web to listen to the station you love! Likewise, you will be able to continue to use KXCI through your iPhones and services like the Tune In Radio app on other smartphones.
Friday morning is also the start of our spring membership drive, and this unexpected wrinkle does present a complication. But we've overcome a lot more than this over the years! Phone volunteers will be available at 520-623-1000 or web pledging is likewise always available: click here to donate online.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thanks For Your Pledges of Support During Our POWER HOUR!!!

Thanks to all who made our POWER HOUR a success! This was our second best hour of fundraising in KXCI history. We raised $7000 to help KXCI connect the communities of Tucson and Southern Arizona to each other and to the world with informative, engaging and creative community-based radio programming.

The KXCI Spring Membership Drive resumes on Friday, February 24th. Your  pledge online anytime is always appreciated! Just click "Pledge Now" at the top of any page. 


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Call KXCI on Friday, February 17th Power Hour from 8am-9am

Call 520-623-1000 this Friday, February 17th from 8am to 9am to pledge your support to KXCI! Our 2nd ever POWER HOUR is sure to be a 60-minute frenzy of fundraising on Your Morning Brew.

Serving as the unofficial kick-off of the Spring Membership Drive (which starts February 24th), the Power Hour will focus all of our intentions and fundraising energy into a one hour period. We need your help to reach our goal of $14,000 in one hour.

We sincerely hope that you will join us with a call on Friday morning, be it a new, renewing or additional gift, or that you'll pledge online ANYTIME (yes - even right now!) with a web pledge at Just click "Pledge Now" at the top of any page. 

A dozen phone volunteers are sharing their morning to answer phones to ensure that KXCI's POWER HOUR is a success; they've been promised juice and coffee, donuts, and plenty of calls. Join in the fun with your pledge of support to KXCI!


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Studio 2A performances from Jake Shimabukuro and Jerry Riopelle

Thursday, Feb. 9th we have special in-Studio 2A performance and interviews with Jake Shimabukuro at 3:30pm and Jerry Riopelle at 4:30pm on The Home Stretch.

It’s rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music…on the ukulele. Jake plays Thursday night, 7pm at The Rialto Theatre in a KXCI Presents! show.

Jerry Riopelle is an Arizona regular since 1974, includes heavy doses of rhythm and blues, rock and country flavored with a unique mix of jazz and reggae sounds in his tunes. Riopelle’s hits include: Walkin’ on Water, Red Ball Texas Flyer and Naomi’s Song. Riopelle is a huge part of Arizona’s Music Legacy. Jerry performs Friday at 8pm in Downtown Tucson as a part of the KXCI sponsored Big Arizona Centennial Celebration!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

KXCI Presents! The Lemonheads, Scott Huckabay & Jake Shimabukuro

Several KXCI Presents! shows come our way this week. Stay tuned for your chance to win tickets at 91.3FM or

Tuesday  Feb. 7th, The Lemonheads will perform their classic 1992 album, It's A Shame About Ray, in it's entirety from start to finish at Plush. Doors open at 8:30pm.

Thursday, Feb 9th, finds two instrumental string masters in Tucson. Scott Huckabay brings his mesmerizing solo guitar performance to Solar Culture at 9pm.

Jake Shimabukuro, whose virtuoso ukulele playing fuses jazz, pop and traditional Hawaiian music, performs at The Rialto Theatre. Doors open at 7pm.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Zydeco Nation Black History Month Special on Tabasco Road, Sun. Feb. 12th @6pm

Tune in to KXCI on Sunday, February 12th from 6 to 8 pm for a very special Tabasco Road show. From 6 to 7 pm, KXCI and Tabasco Road will air a radio documentary celebrating the Zydeco Nation and Black History Month. This one-hour special produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman tells the story of the great migration of French-speaking Louisiana Creoles who moved across the country in search of a better life; a movement that brought the Creole culture, food and music to Northern California.

This documentary features stories and songs by musicians Queen Ida Guillory, Andre Thierry, Andrew Carriere, Mark St. Mark, R.C. Carrier, and Wilbert Lewis, along with interviews with Zydeco dancers Ray Stevens, Lena Pitre, Warren Semien and many others.

  And after the documentary, the festivities will continue until 8 pm with the Desert Duke hosting a Zydeco Fais Do-Do in our little studios in the Arizona Bayou; a party "GAWR-ON-TEED" to have you dancin' up a storm to the best Zydeco music around, be it from the California, Louisiana or worldwide bayous!

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Martin Sexton live in-Studio 2A & Bob Marley's birthday on The Home Stretch

Monday, Feb. 6th, The Home Stretch celebrates Bob Marley's birthday from 3-4pm with guest Music Mix DJ, Jennifer Zimmerman.

Martin Sexton stops by for an in-Studio 2A performance and interview at 5:30pm. He's on tour in support of his new ep Fall Like Rain (he felt these songs were relevant to today an wanted to get them out right away) but this is his only performance in Tucson! Martin Sexton will be playing the Compound Grill in Phoenix on Feb. 7th.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Austin Vickers, John Lennon Experience & John Francis - all are guests Friday on The Homestretch

Friday's The Home Stretch, with new host Jennie G!, is packed with guests today.
3:30pm we have Austin Vickers, producer of  the film "People vs The State of Illusion". It will premiere at the Loft this weekend, a Movies That Matter Tucson.

4:30pm The John Lennon Experience - "Starting Over" The Lennon Experience creates a fantasy concert with John... after the Beatles. Performing his solo career hits as well as the Beatles' blockbusters. This show comes to The Fox Theatre, Saturday, February 4, 7:30 pm.

5:30pm John Francis is a passionate singer-songwriter who has won awards for his socially conscious lyrics.
The interview precedes his 7pm concert held at St.Andrew’s Episcopal Church (545 S. 5th Ave.), right around the corner from the radio station in Tucson. John says, "It is a beautiful sanctuary with Southwestern and Anglo-Catholic iconography, and breathtaking acoustics. I’m unplugged tonight; not even using a microphone."


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

KXCI Airs Locally Produced Black History Month Segments

KXCI is honored to broadcast locally produced Black History Month segments through February 26 at the following times:

Monday through Friday 9:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 4:30 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am and 7:30 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Since 2006, we have partnered with TUSD's African American Studies Department, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, educators, and community members to record brief segments about influential African American people and events. These pieces include historic and contemporary figures such as authors, inventors, women, artists, poets, doctors, educators, sports figures, and more. Local, national and international segments have been featured. We will be broadcasting our archives and adding new pieces this month. Please follow the links to enjoy previous recordings from 2006, 2010, and 2011.


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Featured Albums Of The Week

Global Express (7:20am, Your Morning Brew) Ana Tihoux, La Bala The Chilean hip-hop artist collaborated with Oscar-winning Uruguayan composer Jorge Drexler to fill out the sound on her follow up to the break-through album 1977.

Featured Album of the Week (8:20am, Your Morning Brew) AND National Pick of the Week (5pm, The Home Stretch) Various artists, Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan There are so many great songs on this 4-CD set that we made it a featured album on both shows! Sales of the disc benefit Amnesty International.

Local Pick of the Week (3:30pm, The Home Stretch) Various artists, Tucson Songs: Exciting New Sounds From Southern Arizona The rest of the world discovers what we already know - Tucson is home to an amazing array of great musicians. This disc is a recently released European compilation.

Classic Cuts of the Week (4pm, The Home Stretch) Al Green, Let's Stay Together We debut this new feature on The Home Stretch - along with our new host, Jennie G! - with an album that turns 40 years old this week. Let's Stay Together spent 10 weeks at #1 on the R&B charts.