Wednesday, November 07, 2018


This Thursday, November 9th, we'll be remembering the life of Paul McCartney, who died on that day in 1966.  We'll also be celebrating the incredible sacrifice made by William Campbell, a Canadian Paul McCartney lookalike that stepped in and became McCartney as part of an elaborate international cover-up.  Why the cover-up?  Because if the world found out that the "cute" Beatles died there would be an unprecedented wave of sorrow sweeping the globe.  That sorrow would result in the potential suicides of scores of teens.

MI-6 engineered the cover-up and swore The Beatles to secrecy, but they couldn't handle the guilt over deceiving their fans.  The band decided that they would let the world know what really happened on that cold November night, but through secret messages communicated via album covers and songs.  Beatles fans started decoding the messages three years after Paul's death, and the story broke worldwide.  Finally, the world would know that Paul was dead.

Flash forward to 50 years later, and Shuffle Function did a day long expose on KMSU that revealed the facts about Paul's death.  Shyboy Tim did a series of blogposts that detailed all of the clues, allowing you, the listener, to decide for yourself if Paul was really dead.  We're publishing links to them in this post so that you can read them and come to your own conclusions about this incredible rock and roll mystery.

Tune in on Thursday, November 9th, between six and nine a.m. for the most incredible conspiracy in Rock and Roll history!

Paul is Dead:  The Introduction
Paul is Dead:  The Story
Paul is Dead:  Strawberry Fields Forever
Paul is Dead:  Sgt. Pepper
Paul is Dead:  Magical Mystery Tour
Paul is Dead:  The White Album
Paul is Dead:  Yellow Submarine
Paul is Dead:  Abbey Road
Paul is Dead:  The Solo Material Evidence

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween to all of our Radio Heroes and Shuffle Functioneers! It has been a fantastic month and today is the final day of our countdown blogposts. I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of you Radio Heroes who pledged to KMSU and helped us meet our Fall Pledge Drive Goal. I have said it before and I will say it again, KMSU has the best listeners in the world! I would also like to thank our Polka To You Puke regulars - Ambrose, Charlie, Katie Jo and Maude. It wouldn't be the same without all of your laughs and sing-a-longs and it is one of our favorite days of radio each and every year. Also a big thanks to Hilltop Hy-Vee for the donuts that morning. I also want to thank our Grind-Fu Cinema cake artist Amber Rahe. She out does herself year after year, and this Tingler cake stands out as one of the best! Be sure to scroll down a ways if you have not yet seen pictures and videos of Amber's cake. Also a hearty congratulations to all those brave souls who received a Certificate of Survival at Grind-Fu and to everyone that came out for the fun night. This has been an epic October month, and I am sad to see it go. We wish you all a safe and fun Halloween and we will see you all in the morning for Dora Hall's 118th Birthday party!


Tuesday, October 30, 2018



Shelley and I are big Houdini fans.  He's a larger than life character, even though he's been dead for over 100 years.  His name is synonymous with magic and illusion, but part of his career was dedicated to spiritual detective work.  Harry Houdini was not a person that believed in seances and mysticism, and he felt that people that practiced such things were merely preying upon the gullible and grief stricken.  He would travel around the world to attend sittings (in disguise) being conducted by people claiming the ability to contact the spirit realm, and then he would proceed to debunk everything they did.  Part of this was because of how he felt about spiritualism, but he also did it because he missed his Mom.

Let me explain.

Harry Houdini was a poster boy for guys that love their Mom.  Cecilia Weisz (Weisz was Houdini's real last name) was his rock and foundation, and when she died his grief was profound and dangerous.  He desperately missed for her, and if there was any way for him to reach his beloved mother, then he was going to find it.  While he worked to debunk the mediums, he also hoped that he could find one that was the real deal, because then they would be able to help him speak to his mother again.

Houdini never did find a medium he couldn't debunk, and the search appeared to be over when he died on Halloween in 1926.  He left the ultimate test of whether or not the living could contact the dead to his wife Bess.  Harry pledged to her that he would do everything he could to do contact her after his death, and that would definitively prove that contact with the afterlife was possible.  For a decade his wife Bess would hold a seance on Halloween and attempt to contact Houdini, but her attempts were unsuccessful.  The last seance was held in 1936, and it was recorded so we can hear what these things were like.

Tomorrow morning we'll attempt to reach the spirit of Harry Houdini via Shelley's spirit box during our annual airing of Lux Interior's Purple KNIF show.  We celebrate every Halloween by airing this record of Lux interior playing records that influenced The Cramps, and it's always a treat.  Speaking of treats, kids of all ages should swing by the KMSU studio between six and nine a.m. on Wednesday so they can trick or treat!  No costume necessary, but they are absolutely encouraged.  C'mon, grown ups!  How often do you get to trick or treat anymore?  It's free candy!

Houdini's medium busting activities are thoroughly covered in virtually any biographies about him.  Two noteworthy titles are The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, and Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss, by Kenneth Silverman.  For a more in-depth look at his spiritualism investigations, you should read The Witch of Life Street: Seance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World, by David Jaher.  This one deals extensively with the history and mass acceptance of spiritualism in the early 20th century, and it goes into great detail about how mediums plied their trade.  Also, the cover glows in the dark, which is pretty awesome.

Monday, October 29, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOGPOST #29: Nostalgia For The Shuffle Function Zombie Survival Kit

In 2010 we had a fantastic item that was a Shuffle Function exclusive for the Fall Pledge Drive. It was a Zombie Survival Guide Kit that we compiled for our listeners and it is one of my favorite swag items ever. Mine is still sealed and sitting on my bookshelf in the living room where it is easily accessible just in case. How many of you out there reading this still have yours?

There were quite a few items inside - and I documented them all. I know there is a check list inside, but a visual reminder doesn't hurt. Also I have not broken the seal so I can't remember what's inside. I do suppose the "lunch" canned meat has probably expired. Oh well.

good for everything - duct tape

fire starters

a little something to hide that not so fresh zombie smell

a map to Iowa - because we all know that we should go to Iowa when the shit hits the fan

canned goods

this is important - disinfectants for all those zombie loving germs 

a fire starter back up - a magnifying glass to start a fire just in case
I loved this premium so much. When I was working on the blogpost about the history of Amber's Grind-Fu cakes I came across the photos and I loved that this years Shuffle Function themed special swag came from a song that was made this same year and is also zombie related. We definitely love our zombies on Shuffle Function!


Sunday, October 28, 2018


The final Grind-Fu Cinema of 2018 took place last night, and it was a blast!  We had three great William Castle films, lots of folks in costume, and yet another brilliant cake from Amber!  While the finished cake is remarkable, it's also fascinating to see how she puts it all together.  

This year Amber took her inspiration from The Tingler, which was the first film of the night.  The Tingler stars Vincent Price as a scientist that is trying to discover why our spine tingles when we're terrified.  His theory is that there's a paraside that latches onto our spine and begins to crush it when we're scared.  So yeah... this is hard science.

The cake Tingler begins as a formless lump of cake.  Because this is Amber, we're getting more than just delicious cake, though.  She carved out an area in it for a pump that will come into play later.  

The other part of the Grind-Fu cake is based on the most iconic image from The Tingler.  During a scene where a character is scared to death, director William Castle created a tub filled with blood that has a hand rising out of it.  The film is otherwise black and white, but Castle filmed this scene on color film, and he painted everything in the scene black and white so the bright red blood in the tub would be in color.  I've seen The Tingler many times, and I had always assumed that he tinted the blood and shot the scene in black and white like the rest of the film.  

The tub began as a simple form.  If you didn't know what the film was about, you'd have no idea that it was about to become such a gruesome cake.

This is what the cake looked like when it was delivered to the Grind-Fu theater.  Because the hand in the tub is solid and had to be inserted into the cake, Amber needed to install it when the cake was delivered.  Once that was taken care of, she needed to add more blood.  Of course she had to.

Thank you to everyone that came out to Grind-Fu Cinema this season!  The 2019 season will start up in the Spring, and we hope to have another great lineup for you.  Thank you for supporting the series, and thank you for supporting KMSU!