Thursday, April 19, 2012


One week from today, beginning at 6 pm on April 26th and ending at 6 pm on April 27th,  Shyboy Tim and I will be starting our 10th year of Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Gos. The marathon fills us with many emotions. Primarily we are excited at the opportunity to do everything in our power to help support something that we believe in with our heart and soul - KMSU community radio. But in the back of our minds there always lurks the fear of failure, of just getting too tired and unable to proceed. It hasn't happened yet (knock on computer wood), but you just never know! As control freaks of the highest degree, this kind of uncertainty drives up crazy, but it also adds to the mystique of doing 24 hours of live radio. I like to compare it to the old introduction to ABC's Wide World of Sports:


as it begins you see numerous great feats of strength and will, only to be followed by a series of epic bone crushing fails. So far we have never skied off the edge, but the thing is, you just never know!

In addition to rocking the pledge lines and playing music we love, we have a number of great events going on within the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go. Here is a run down for the marathon. Feel free to print this off and tape it to your fridge, pass it along to friends, or memorize it by heart.

6 p.m. Thursday April 26th - the festivities begin with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy proclamation.

This is the first round of diving into the K-Tel records and let the Radio Gods determine the play list. We draw numbers from magic hats, flip coins and roll dice all to see which songs get played. It can be an old favorite or an old nightmare, you just never know! Pledge during this hour and you can pick a number.

MIDNIGHT - the Velvet Underground sings Sister Ray and signals the start of the witching hours.

We have been doing this for years and years and it has become one of our favorite parts of the marathon. We encourage you to turn off all the lights in the house and maybe light a few candles while we play music from this mystery man. We will also be offering music CDs during this hour straight from a Representative of Corwood himself!

6 to 9 a.m. Friday April 27th is ALL VINYL HOURS
these are the hours that we are typically on the air and we celebrate it playing the music format that we cut our teeth on, vinyl records. We play new stuff in our collections and much loved and played favorites as well, but it all has the hiss and pop of vinyl.


We give the Radio Gods another chance to rock,or to redeem themselves from the night before! Again we grab all of the K-Tel records, magic hats, coins and dice and see what happens. Don't forget - if you pledge during Radio Roulette you can pick a number and see what happens.

1 to 4 p.m. on Friday -  LIVE KARAOKE WITH "CLUB CARL"
This is something we have never attempted before, but another opportunity for you to get involved with the marathon and the KMSU pledge drive. If you come up to the station and make your pledge of $25 or more you can pick out a song from the booklet (over 300, 000 songs available) and sing along live on the air! Carl from Free Form Freakout and Tune Town has agreed to help host these hours and it should be a lot of fun. Be sure to ask about the "GULLY TWIST" - it is our station manager's secret weapon of mass pledge drive domination!!

2 to 5 p.m. Friday April 27th - TAILGATING AT KMSU

Everyone is invited to come up to KMSU and tailgate out in the back parking lot as the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive comes to an end. The St Peter Food Co-op is going to be catering - HOT DOGS FROM PRAIRIE PRIDE!!!!!! from 2 to 5 p.m. (or while supplies last) and you can meet and greet other KMSU radio show hosts and listeners. We don't get many opportunities to get together as a station, and so this is a treat. Tim and I will be plugging away at the final hours of the marathon - so feel free to stop by the studios and make your pledges or get a quick tour.

6 p.m. Friday April 27th
We wrap up the marathon with the words of Elvis Costello's "What's so funny about peace love and understanding" and literally call it a day.

Please don't forget that you are invited to tune in and participate in all of this. KMSU listeners are amazing, and one of my favorite parts of pledge drives is being able to connect with you and meet you. Together we do make great radio! If you have any questions about these events please don't hesitate to contact us at


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