Wednesday, April 16, 2014


This morning during the show we were joined by Sam and Kassie, who put together some great videos for the Minnesota State University, Mankato community.  They wanted to do a feature on the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A Go Go (which is happening in ONE WEEK!), and lord knows we want to do whatever we can to get the word out there about KMSU and why it's a station worth supporting.

Here's the end result, and we hope you guys enjoy it!  If seeing two red faced DJs doesn't loosen up your wallets, then I don't know what will! 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Finally, a website for people on the go that can't be bothered to do things like actually read.  This vaguely reminds me of the April Fools joke that NPR played where they posted an article on their website with the headline "Why Doesn't America Read Anymore".  The entire body of the article explained that it was an April Fools Day joke about how people only read headlines and don't bother to read the content.  The comments then went on to prove that exact point.  Kind of genius, actually.

TL;DR WIKIPEDIA doesn't follow the same premise, but it does give condensed versions of Wikipedia articles for those of us that don't have time to read an entire damn article.  I've already found some favorites and I hardly lost any time for making status updates and taking selfies!


Saturday, April 12, 2014


The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A Go Go is nearly here!  We have loads of stuff planned for the week of the marathon, but we also have quite a bit scheduled for those 24 hours that we'll be lieve on the air!  Here's a handy schedule so that you can plan your sleep accordingly:

Thursday, April 24th @ nine p.m. and Friday, April 25th at noon!

The game so nice we play it twice!  Tune in for two intense rounds of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette.  We draw numbers to pick the record we play, flip a coin to select the side, and roll a ten sided die to determine the song we play. IT'S COMPLETELY RANDOM RADIO!  We have no idea what the radio gods have in store for us.  Sometimes it's one of the greatest hours of radio ever produced, and other times it makes you curse the birth of Marconi.  Either way, Radio Roulette is full of surprises, so don't miss it!

Friday, April 25th @ two a.m.

Why two a.m.?  Because two a.m. is the perfect time for Jandek, whose songs can inhabit that murky and mysterious hour, and they take you to a haunted and personal place.  We've been featuing Jandek: Sounds Of Insomnia for a number of years now, and it's always one of our favorite parts of the marathon.  We turn off all the lights in the station, and we've left only with the faint flow of the control board and the strobe of the telephone when it rings.  We encourage you guys to tune in, particularly if you aren't already a Jandek initiate.  This could be the time that it all finally clicks.

This year we're featuring a recording that we've never played during Sounds Of Insomnia.  We think it's one of Jandek's most powerful and intimate performances, and its' the one that convinced Shelley that she needed to purchase everything in Jandek's catalog.  Seriously, it's great stuff.

Friday, April 25th from four to six a.m.

Last year we set an hour for Gary Campbell (aka Maverick Slim) to come in and do an all Sun Ra set, but an hour just wasn't enough time.  That's why this year we've set aside TWO HOURS for Sunrise With Sun Ra!  It's a great way to get your bearings before we head into...

Friday, April 25th from six to ten a.m.

We are going to play nothing but vinyl for four hours Friday morning!  It wakes us up, plus it gives us a chance to dig into some things that might not normally make the playlist.  Both Shelley and myself have been working to find some real gems, in addition to any Record Store Day finds, to play for you guys that morning, and hopefully they will convince you that KMSU is a pretty special place on the radio dial.

At some point we'll also be doing the MacArthur Park sing along, so start flexing those pipes and get ready for the broadway style breakdown!

Friday, April 25th @ 1p.m

Are you kids hip to The Frye?  You will be soon! Ann and Joe will be joining us for an hour of special pledge related programming.  They'll be singing favorites, and spinning a few favorites, too.  Check them out on the interwebs and the Facebooks!!

Friday, April 25th from two to four p.m.

I'd apologize in advance, but we have too much fun up here during Club Carl Karaoke to feel any regret over it.  From two to four our host will be Tune Town Hero Carl, as KMSU hosts, friends, and family belt out karaoke over the airwaves!  It's a lot of fun, and we hope you join us.  Make a pledge and you can sing, too!  Meet your favorites hosts, hang out, and help keep us awake for the home stretch of the marathon.

After this, it's all DJs for themselves.  It got pretty ugly last year.  Who knows what this year will bring?

If you have any questions, drop us an e-mail at, or just give us a call during the morning show.  The 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go is almost here, gang!  Tense up!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Congratulations to new Grandparents Tom and Chantill (of Tom and Chantill fame)!  They just welcomed new KMSU listener (and granddaughter) Lilliana Marie to the world .  Get ready to be spoiled, Lilliana!


Tuesday, April 22nd
six a.m. to nine a.m. @ KMSU

Come up to KMSU and get a free book!  On Tuesday, April 22nd during the morning show, we'll be celebrating World Book Day by giving away the joy of reading.  Swing by the station during the Morning Show and we'll give you a book.  No strings attached.

Do you have any great books you would like to donate to World Book Day?  We're accepting donations through the 21st.  Bring the books by the station and we'll make sure they go to good homes.  NOTE:  We are looking for great books to give to great radio heroes.  Things we're not looking for:  Out of date text books, old computer manuals, and things of that nature.  World Book Day is about spreading the joy of reading!  We promise your books will go to good homes.

If you have any questions about World Book Day or how to donate, give us a call at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810, or drop us an e-mail at


Thursday, April 03, 2014


Saturday, April 19th
9 a.m. to close

630 North Riverfront Drive

Second Christmas is nearly upon us!  Record Store Day has become the official kick off to the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go week.  We can think of no better way to get ready for some serious radio and music geekdom than by partaking in an orgy of new vinyl.  This year is shaping up to be the biggest RSD yet, and the list is the longest we've ever seen.  Check it out and begin dreaming, gang.  It's gonna be a blast.  An expensive one, but a blast nonetheless.

Shuffle Function will be playing a live round of Radio Roulette from 10 to 12, providing a completely random playlist for the shoppers.  It's a real thrill for us to be spinning vinyl at Tune Town and having the best seat in the house for music geek watching as folks find amazing treasures that they can only find in a local independent record store. You can stop by our table and pick a number from our honest to goodness magic hat, and your choice will become part of the playlist!  It's pretty fun, so we hope you guys will stop by and say hi.

Don't forget that 5 pm on the Tune Town stage Royal Atomic will be making their second Record Store Day appearance!  Their first ever gig was last year, and their setlist has become even cooler since then.  Check 'em out!

Hey, who's that mysterious bass player?

After all the excitement of Record Store, we can all wind down with an evening of ROLLER DERBY!  The MAD Girls are taking on the MedCity Mafia from Rochester for their first home bout of the season!  If you haven't yet experienced Roller Derby in 'Kato, you need to do so as soon as possible.  Attendance was high last year, and the bouts were fast paced and exciting.  Basically, it was everything you'd ever want from Roller Derby.  SUPPORT YOUR HOME TEAM!

Wanna know the details for Mankato Roller Derby?  Check 'em out on Facebook, or visit their website.  Better yet, listen to Shuffle Function on Friday, April 18th, when we'll be joined in the studio by the MAD Girls themselves?  They'll be spinning records and telling stories and being amazing as usual, but on the radio.  What more could you want?

As always, if you have any questions about anything Shuffle Function related, drop us an e-mail at

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

we could use a little help

The KMSU Spring Pledge Drive starts three weeks from today, and there are just a few things that we are still trying to wrap up here in Shuffle Function land. Maybe you an help us out with these, and maybe you can't, but you can also do us a big favor by spreading the word around or sharing this link on your facebook page. We are fond of the Do-It -Yourself method of getting the word out there at KMSU, and so anything you can do to help us is much appreciated. Thank you!


I like to think of KMSU as the local Mom and Pop Shop on the radio dial. We are comprised primarily of volunteers, many of which are your friends and neighbors, and are therefore deeply rooted to our community. If you are a local business owner and KMSU listener, than we would love to talk with you about assisting us with a matching grant during the Spring Pledge Drive. It is an opportunity to help us out as well as let our listeners know that your business supports and believes in community radio. If you would like to learn more, please don't hesitate to contact me at or you can speak to Station Manager Jim "Gully" Gullickson at (507) 389 - 5678. Thanks!


On Tuesday April 22nd Shyboy Tim and I will be celebrating World Book Day once again. If you come up to KMSU on that day during the morning show we will give you a book. It is just that simple. World Book Day is a day to share your love of books and reading with another, and that's just what we plan on doing. If you have some books lying around taking up too much space we would be happy to accept them as a donation. We will pass them along to a good home - we promise. Please keep in mind that we are not interested in boxes of old text books that you have had piled up in the basement for years, we are looking for quality, not quantity. If you have any questions just drop us an email at or you can drop them off at the station while we are doing the morning show. Thanks again!

With the largest Pledge Drive goal ever of $40,000 staring us in the face, we need all the help we can get. The KMSU 2014 Spring Pledge Drive begins April 23rd, and the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go begins at 6 p.m. on April 24th and ends at 6 p.m. on the 25th of April. Mark it down on your Goats and Ghosts In Boats In Trees Calendar. 

I can't thank you enough for your help Shuffle Functioneers! 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jandek Houston Saturday

On last week's Shuffle Function Thursday night show we played the entire new Jandek release, Houston Saturday. The album is called "I'm Still Alive" and it consists of one fantastic track called Excited. I sure hope you were able to listen in, because it is yet another amazing release from Corwood Industries. They are truly on a roll. If you missed out, here is a video of the entire performance. Featured is Mike Watt on bass, Stefan Gonzalez on drums and Jandek on electric guitar. I am love with the groove that they lock into about half way through the piece - but you should have a listen and see what you think of it before I share anymore thoughts.

Houston Saturday in the KMSU studio
If you find yourself falling in love with this, don't hesitate to pick up a copy for your collection. You can do so by writing Corwood Industries at the following address:

Corwood Industries
P.O. Box 15375
Houston, Tx 77220