Saturday, October 28, 2006


Sorry for the lack of updates. Blogger is being an ass.


The pledge drive is over! Thanks to everybody that took the time to pledge. Every one of you made a difference. We don't know how the station did over all, but it doesn't look like we made our goal. This is disappointing, but hopefully we'll make up the lost ground during the Spring pledge drive.

Tuesday we're welcoming Trick-Or-Treaters to the station during the morning show, as we mark Halloween in Shuffle Function style. We'll both be all costumed up, because that is so effective on radio, and playing Lux Interior's Purple KNIF show. The Purple KNIF show features Lux playing his favorite records from his collection, with loads of sound effects and goofy radio antics. What you'll be hearing is him essentially playing the songs that madeThe Cramps. It's great stuff, so we hope you'll listen.

We'll have candy for anybody that swings through that morning, plus we'll be giving away four Shuffle Function Trick-Or-Treat bags on the air. We both love Halloween, so we tend to go overboard when we put stuff like this together. Be sure to listen for your chance to win one!

In the spirit of Halloween, here's a clip that I saw on Aint It Cool News of a Toronto stage production of Evil Dead: The Musical. ENJOY!


Friday, October 20, 2006


Thanks to everyone that called this morning to stop the madness. If you were one of the folks that wasn't up early enough, Shelley and I were playing some really terrible music until folks called and pledged to KMSU. We're talking You Light Up My Life here, people. It wasn't pretty, but we had to do it. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The drive ends on Monday, and KMSU is not even close to meeting its goal. The station relies on listeners for 30% of its operations budget, and donations are pretty light right now. Believe me, everyone up at the station knows how tight money is. Pledge drives are reminders for the KMSU staff that we are desperate and not beneath begging. Or playing Debbie Boone.

Please keep the generosity going. Call the station today or through the weekend and pledge your support. There's loads of swag, plus a few of the program directors for a day left at the 100 dollar level. You can also drop us and e-mail at and let us know you want to contribute. We'll fill out the paperwork and send you a bill. Super easy.

Thanks to everyone that has pledged your support. It means the world to us, and it boosts our confidence as the drive nears the end. If you haven't pledged, please don't hesitate to do so.



Wednesday, October 18, 2006


We're half way through the pledge drive now, so thanks for your patience and support. The station still has a long way to go to hit the goal. Please, if you are considering whether or not to make a donation, we'd like to encourage you to do so. We've heard from quite a few folks that are just joining KMSU for the first time, and many that have never contributed to public radio ever. THANK YOU! We love to hear that. Nobody knows how tedious pledge drives can be like the folks that have to do the pitching, but it is necessary so that we can keep the station on the air.

Also, the Program Directors For A Day are almost gone, so don't wait much longer if you've been mulling it over. This premium is a lot of fun, plus Shelley and I get to meet the folks that are out their supporting independent radio, and that means a lot to us.

The numbers are 389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810. Thanks.


Friday, October 13, 2006


Thanks to everyone that called this morning to support Polka 'Til You Puke III! Your pledges are greatly appreciated. If you are a listener to the show or KMSU and you haven't pledged, scroll down the page to check out the swag options, or visit to check out the station specific stuff. We rely on your donations to help keep this little independent station on the air, so please call and help the cause! You can also drop us an e-mail at with your pledge amount, name, and billing address, and we'll send you a bill.

The pledge calls have been kind of sparse so far compared to the last few drives, but it is still early. I'm not sure where we're at dollars wise right now, but we're a ways away from hitting last years amount. The drive runs until the 23rd, so you have plenty of time to think about how much you would like to donate. If you have any questions about anything station or pledge drive related, drop us a line. We'll do what we can to answer them.

Thanks for all your support, guys!


Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Shyboy Tim (pictured with chins, wearing the fall 2006 Shuffle Function t-shirt) discovers the wonders of the new KMSU water bottle, featuring ACTION LATCH technology!

Whether spinning vinyl, performing open heart surgery, or browsing the brand spankin' new releases at Tune Town, Shyboy Tim (wearing the brand spankin' new KMSU t-shirt) is ready for action, as is his KMSU water bottle with ACTION LATCH technology!

Get your own KMSU water bottle with ACTION LATCH technology! Pledge $100 and you can get your choice of KMSU or Shuffle Function t-shirt and the water bottle! You will be unstoppable!

Call 389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and pledge your support! Scroll down the page to see all the Shuffle Function premiums, or visit to see all the station premiums. Volunteers are standing by!


You guys really came through today with the pledges. It is pretty humbling to hear just how much you love this little station that could. Please keep up the good work! The drive goes on until October 23rd, ending with a day long auction. Check out for swag, and scroll down to the previous entry for the Shuffle Function swag.

507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810. CALL NOW!

Just a quick reminder that this Friday the 13th is Polka Til You Puke! Two hours of Polka and pledging. It warms the soul or something.

A couple of additional non-station related Friday the 13th things:

Friday night at one a.m. Turner Classic Movies is turning the airwaves over to Rob Zombie, who will be hosting TCM Underground, a weekly celebration of B-movies. It kicks off with a double feature of Ed Wood's Bride Of The Monster and Plan 9 From Outer Space, and the following week features a RUSS MEYER double feature of 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!' and Mudhoney. Incredible films as far as the eye can see. Follow this link to the TCM press release, for the full schedule.

At 10 pm that night BBC America is premiering the new Steve Coogan (I'm Alan Partridge, 24 Hour Party People) series Saxondale. Steve plays a former roadie that packed it in when DJs replaced actual bands. The British reviews have been great, but then again they also like Little Britain, which I have yet to warm to. Still, Steve Coogan is pretty terrific, so i can't wait to see for myself.

Once again, pledge to KMSU and help keep independent radio alive in your own backyard.

507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fall Pledge Drive Swag-O-Rama

Pledge Drive time is in the air, and have we got the swag for you! If you have any questions concerning the following information, please don't hesitate to ask. You can call us at the station at (507) 389 - 5678, or 1-800-456-7810. Or if you prefer, email us at

Viva La Community Supported Radio!!!!!!

Fall 2006 Pledge Drive Premiums

$25 - A Capella-Lypse Now CD
The A Capella-lypse Now: Arrangements For Voice and Painkillers CD is yet another collection of insufferable sounds handcrafted by Shuffle Function artisans. This time the collection is a combination of spoken word and a capella performances that are awkward, uncomfortable, inappropriate, sad, and hilarious. Guaranteed to make you laugh, as well as clear the room when the party is over.

$50 - Shuffle Function or KMSU T-shirt

There are two brand new designs for fall 2006. The Shuffle Function shirt is a black tee with two color design that announces “I’m artsy fartsy, and I support community radio!” The KMSU shirt is on a white/black ring T and says much the same thing.

On demand, some past Shuffle Function t-shirt designs are still available. Ask Shyboy Tim and Shelley when you pledge for the specifics.

$65 - Rag and a Coaster Combo
Formerly known as the Cheap Bastard Combo, with this pledge level you will receive the brand new Shuffle Function t-shirt AND a copy of A Capella-lypse Now : Arrangements For Voice and Painkillers CD. A premium level especially suited for the savy shopper in you!!

$100 - Program Director For A Day
Limited to 20 per pledge drive, this popular premium allows the listener to program an entire Shuffle Function Morning Show for two hours one weekday morning. Shyboy Tim and Shelley will push buttons and talk too much, but the listener gets to control the musical destiny of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. They will also receive a Shuffle Function or KMSU t-shirt, their choice of A Capella-lypse Now CD or Shuffle Function Theme vinyl, as well as a CD copy of their show.

$100 - Day Sponsorship
For $100 a listener can sponsor an entire day of broadcasting on KMSU. This is a unique way to commemorate something significant: A person, birthday, anniversary, etc. In the past we've had people commemorate things like the passing of a loved one, the birthday of a favorite musician, and the fishing opener. The person pledging can help craft a special dedication to be read through the day, as well as select songs that they would like to hear.

$100 - T-shirt/KMSU Water Bottle combo
The listener can receive their choice of KMSU/Shuffle Function t-shirt and the new KMSU Water Bottle, with ACTION LATCH! The push button release on the KMSU Water Bottle demands attention and proudly announces “I’m thirsty, and ready for action!”

$100 - R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, & Country

This is a brand new hardcover 240 page collection of legendary comic book artist R. Crumb’s portraits of important and influential Blues, Jazz, & Country musicians. Beyond Crumb’s loving portraits of music icons, the book also contains a 21 track CD of songs by the musicians personaly chosen by the artist. The forward for the book is written by Terry Zwigoff, director of Crumb, Ghost World, and Art School Confidential.

From the publisher: Anyone who knows R. Crumb's work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music trading card sets he created in the early to- mid-1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exclusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself (featuring original recordings by Charley Patton, "Dock" Boggs, "Jelly Roll" Morton, and others). A bio of each musician is provided, along with a full-color original illustration by the cartoonist. A characteristically idiosyncratic tribute by an underground icon to the musical innovators who helped inspire him, R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country is a must-have collection for Crumb aficionados, comics fans, and music lovers alike.

All in all a pretty sweet bunch of swag. Please call KMSU and pledge your financial support to keep your favorite independent radio station alive and well. We'll accept any amount you are willing to contribute. You can put your pledge on a credit card, be billed, or make payments. You have options, people!

Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810. Volunteers are standing by!

Thanks a ton for all your support, not just financially but also with all your encouragement and feedback. It means a lot to the whole station.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


October. The changing leaves, the costumes, the candy, the scary movies, the randomly determined playlists. I love this time of year. Yes, October means that it is once again time for the scariest possible way to celebrate Halloween:


Thursday, October 26th, and six p.m., we're hauling out Shelley's collection of old Ktel compilations and we're letting the radio gods determine our musical destiny! Thanks to long time associate and Shuffle Function family member Lisa, the collection has nearly doubled, and in very very terrifying ways. Radio Roulette has always been a minefield, but with Lisa's additions to the stockpile it has become potentially lethal.

How does Shuffle Function Radio Roulette work? Well, Shelley has numbered each of her made-for-tv compilations, and then placed those numbers in an actual magic hat. We then draw numbers to determine which LP we'll be playing. Then we flip a coin to determine side A or Side B, and roll a ten sided die from my magic bag of holding to determine the track to be played. It is completely vinyl, completely random, and completely fun. Here's some old Shuffle Function Radio Roulette playlists to give you an idea of what we're in for:

1. Duran Duran - hungry like the wolf
2. Olivia Newton John - if not for you
3. The Olympics - western movies
4. John Valente - anything you want
5. Jan and Dean - fun fun fun
6. Cheap Trick - I want you to want me
7. Doobie Brothers - long train running
8. Steve Forbert - romeo's tune
9. First Class - beach baby
10. Jerry Jeff Walker - up against the wall you red neck mother
11. Gerry Rafferty - baker street
12. Captain and Tenille - love will keep us together
13. Lobo - rings
14. Foriegner - blue morrning blue day
15. Jay Ferguson - thunder island
16. K.C. and The Sunshine Band - keep it comin, love
17. Culture Club - I'll tumble for you
18. Al Stewart - year of the cat

March 30th 2006
Hour Three 8pm to 9pm
Shuffle Function Radio Roulette

1. Jimmy Castor Bunch-Bertha Butt Boogie Part One
2. Lobo-A Simple Man
3. Unknown-Mary Had A Little Lamb
4. Ronnie Dove-One Kiss For Old Time's Sake
5. Kenny Loggins-This Is It
6. Merle Haggard-I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
7. Disco Tex And The Sex-O-lets-Get Dancin'

Hour Nineteen 12pm to 1pm
Shuffle Function Radio Roulette

1.Guy Mitchell-Singing The Blues
2. Steve Forbert-Romeo's Tune
3. Genesis-Abacab
4. The Spinners-Working My Way Back To You
5. Toni Camilla's Bazooka-Dynomite
6. Eric Carmen-Never Gonna Fall In Love
7. Hollies-Stop in In The Name Of Love
8. Elton John-Honky Cat

As you can see, despite the fact that it is random, Steve Forbert came up twice. In a couple of other playlists from an earlier 24 Hour Marathon, we had The Laverne and Shirley Theme pop up twice. Completely unpredictable, but don't let that scare you!

Sadly, Lisa will not be joining us this year for the show. She's ditched Ktel, for reasons well documented, and moved on to a new venture: Radio station compilations. Her new website,, features collections put out by radio stations to promote their formats and DJs. Check it out, and maybe pick up some Radio Use Only swag! Here's a post she wrote on the Record Collector's Guild message board regarding the collection transfer.

Thursday, October 26th
Six p.m.
KMSU 89.7 fm
Listen online @

In other news, please don't forget that the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive is just days away. Stay tuned to this blog for a complete list of swag and the desperate pleading of DJs that adore what they do.


Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I am so pleased to announce the date of our third annual Shuffle Function Polka Till You Puke day!!! Get your Friday the 13th started right with two hours of whoope dee doo polka. From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Shyboy Tim and I will be spinning our polka albums and rolling out the barrell(s) all morning in honor of the KMSU Pledge Drive, and Octoberfest.

The usual suspects will be joining us. Ambrose, Dave, and proffessional polka fanatics The Luskeys will be in the studio, providing live polka music and lots of laughs. Honestly, nothing puts a smile on your face quicker than a good polka - if you don't believe me, tune in on the 13th!!!

We will be taking polka requests all morning (as well as your pledges of support), but feel free to email them to us early. Drop us a note at, and until then POLKA, POLKA, POLKA!!!