Saturday, April 29, 2017


The day after a Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go always feels weird.  After four months of prep and 24 hours of sleep deprived chaos there's this calm that we don't really know what to do with.  I got about 14 hours of sleep, and that mostly did the trick for rest, but this marathon was the roughest physically for both Shelley and I.  We don't have any reasons for why that was, because there's no such thing as typical for these things.  Doing the same thing always gets different results, so predicting how we'll feel or how things will go is pointless.  The important thing is that we survived.

This was the first time that we've done the Pledge Drive A-Go-Go at the tail end of the marathon.  Usually it has been during the first Thursday and Friday of the drive, but Gully wanted to try something different this year.  Change is always weird, but I was excited to go into it with an idea of how much the station needed to raise to hit the big goal.  The station staff and other people we talked to were into the idea, so we changed it up.  Honestly, the extra week to get mentally prepped for the big day was pretty welcome!

This entire drive had been defined by the power of the matching grant.  We had several area organizations, businesses, and individuals that stepped up and wanted to make their donation more effective by using it to double the pledges from generous KMSU Radio Heroes.  The effectiveness of these matching grants was apparent from the first day of the drive, when KMSU raised $3000 during the morning show alone!  Every day we had grants of different sizes put into play, and KMSU listeners rose to the challenge at every turn.  Their belief in the station and the importance of an independent media voice in the community was backed up with their pledges, and it was inspiring and humbling.  I've said it before and I'll say it again:  KMSU listeners are the greatest in the world!

The day of the marathon started out with an anonymous $2000 matching grant.  The donor said we had until 8:00 a.m. on Friday to hit the goal, and if we raised the necessary $2000 from listeners KMSU would hit the $30,000 needed for the entire drive.  This was intimidating, because Radio Heroes had already been so generous over the past week, but we believed that they would step up and match it.

By the time the marathon began we were down to $1500 left to raise.  Pledges of all sizes started coming in, chipping away at the amount and pushing us closer to the goal.  By nine p.m. when Radio Roulette began we only needed a few hundred dollars to reach the goal.  Maybe it was the fact that this round of Radio Roulette was possibly the greatest round ever played, but the goal was met before the end of the hour!  By ten p.m. on the second to last night of the drive KMSU had met its total drive goal!  This, however, left us in an unprecedented situation.

In years past we've tended to end pledge drives when we've hit these goals, but this year was different.  After Gully set the drive goal there were suddenly some major expenditures that appeared on the horizon.  The board in the main broadcast booth has begun acting glitchy, with buttons sticking and faders malfunctioning.  If you think of the transmitter as the engine of the station, then the board is the steering wheel, and you can't really operate things without that.  On top of this, there is a MAJOR component with a fancy robot name that has begun acting up.  It's the part responsible for getting the radio broadcast to the tower, so it's kind of a big deal.  That piece alone costs around $6000!    Needless to say, a station like KMSU is not drowning in funds, so there was no other choice but to keep going if we hit the drive goal.  We needed some rainy day funds, and the forecast predicted storms that were not too far off.

We kept pitching, and listeners kept giving.  Even during the early morning hours people were calling and texting with their pledges.  People pledged for Jandek, which always thrills us!  We felt a little less pressure as we rolled through the night because the goal was met, but knowing how expensive these upgrades and repairs the station needs will be still gave us a sense of urgency.

The all vinyl morning show always gives us a shot in the arm because we have to start digging through crates for music and talking a bit more between songs.  Adding to this was a new wrinkle:  At six a.m. we were presented with a $5000 matching grant that had to be hit before six p.m.  If we hit that goal KMSU would have an additional $10,000 for the Rainy Day fund, which was almost exactly what we'd need to cover the major bills that are coming up.  It goes without saying that it was game on.

Anyone that listens to public radio will inevitably start to feel drive fatigue.  Since we had already been in the drive for a week and a half, and since so many Radio Heroes had given so generously during this period, we had no idea what to expect.  All we knew was that it would be fantastic to fill this Rainy Day fund up so that the station didn't have to struggle when the time came.  The best part of this situation, though, was that KMSU listeners understood how real this need was for us to meet this goal.  The phones never stopped ringing and people kept giving.  I get choked up just thinking about it.

We had another round of Radio Roulette at noon on Friday, and then at four The Frye came in to help us out.  They've been great supporters of KMSU over the years, and it's always a treat to have them stop in to help us pitch.  The incredible thing about this situation, though, is that we only had to raise a couple hundred dollars to hit that matching grant.  Sure enough, within about 20 minutes the grant was met, and KMSU had raised an additional $10,000 in funds.  By the end of The Frye's appearance KMSU was well past $41,000 total funds raised, and the phones didn't stop ringing.  It was amazing.

Shelley and I were completely exhausted at this point, and the excitement of the entire marathon and pledge drive came crashing down on us.  Even the CD players started giving up, and the last hour was kind of a glorious mess.  Still, there was joy in the room and in the station.  This turned into the most successful pledge drive that KMSU has had in the sixteen years that we have been doing the show.  It was a glowing example of what can be done when community comes together for something that they believe in.

We want to thank Team Sister (Carrie, Cindy, Honorary Sisters Scooter Polanski and Ben) and surprise Team Sister Member Stacy, Shelley's twin, who drove all the way from Tennessee without telling us just so she could participate in a Pledge Drive A-Go-Go.  Thanks to Gully for helping out and believing in our crazy ideas.  Thanks to The Frye for musical support and making us laugh to tears in the 23rd hour of the drive.  Thanks to Weggy's, Dunkin' Donuts, and Pagliai's Pizza for feeding us.  Thanks to Shelley's mom for the world's best Maid-Rites and potato salad.  Major thanks to all the people, organizations, and businesses that bet on KMSU listeners and put up very generous matching grants to help us hit so many goals.  I'm sure there are many others that I'm missing with my hazed brain, but believe us when we say that you are all the best.

Most of all, thanks to all the KMSU Radio Heroes that always go above and beyond to help keep this wonderful little radio station on the air.  Your generosity is such a major driving force behind everything we do, and we're grateful and humbled by it.  I've said it a million times before, and at least once in this post, but KMSU listeners are the greatest in the world.  Anyone who says otherwise is a fool.

Also, Nikko and John were two Radio Heroes that stayed up and checked in with us through the entire marathon.  You guys are nuts, but thank you.  We appreciated the company.

Don't forget that Grind-Fu Cinema returns TONIGHT with a crazy action double feature.  The Guy From Harlem (back for the seventh year by popular demand) and For Y'ur Height Only, featuring 2' 9" action hero Weng Weng.  Also, this double feature is FREE, so please go so we can thank you in person!  It's going to be so much fun, and Grind-Fu audiences are the best.



Saturday, April 29th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato






Friday, April 28, 2017


1) Doobie Brothers-what a fool believes
2) 10cc-the things we do for love
3) Atlanta Rhythm Section-so into you
4) Boston-more than a feeling
5) Boz Scaggs-lido shuffle
6) Jay Ferguson-thunder island
7) Pilot-magic
8) The Babys-every time i think of you
9) Looking Glass-brandy

"Good Night Everybody"!


We met the $5000 matching grant during The Frye's appearance, and that turned your pledges into $10,000!  This pushed the total raised so far over the $40,000 mark!  
Thank you, Radio Heroes!

HOUR TWENTY-TWO (3-4 p.m.)

1) The Who-a quick one (while he's away)
2) Sly & The Family Stone-everyday people
3) XTC-generals & majors
4) Shonen Knife-on top of the world
5) Friends of Distinction-grazin' in the grass
6) LCD Soundsystem-drunk girls
7) John Cale-people who died
8) James Brown-get up, get into it, get involved

HOUR TWENTY-ONE (2-3 p.m.)

1) Trident Warrior-sealed in a grave
2) Redd Kross-any hour every day
3) Faux Jean-g-a-go-go
4) The Beatifics-junior's farm
5) English Beat-mirror in the bathroom
6) Spoon-tear me down
7) Bingo Gzingo-is this the chicken market?
8) Tiny Tim-the other side
9) Legendary Stardust Cowboy-i love my bed

HOUR TWENTY (1-2 p.m.)

1) T.L. Barrett & the Youth For Christ Choir-like a ship
2) The Flamingos-i only have eyes for you
3) The Happies-wahaka
4) Leonard Cohen-anthem
5) Dondero A Cappella Choir & Pop Concert Instruments (featuring Soloist Thea Beemer)-with or without you
6) David Bowie-Heroes
7) Prince-the beautiful ones
8) Merry Clayton-a song for you

HOUR NINETEEN (noon-1 p.m.)

1) Mel Tillis-coca~cola cowboy
2) Eric Burdon & The Animals-skypilot
3) Johnny Paycheck-jukebox charlie
4) Sergio Mendes-never gonna let you go
5) Creedence Clearwater Revival-lodi
6) Stealers Wheel-stuck in the middle with you
7) Christopher Cross-alright
8) New York City-i'm doing fine now
9) Paperlace-black eyed boys
10) Paul Anka-my best friends wife


1) A+D-deceptafreakon
2) Bee Gees-nights on broadway
3) Andy Kim-rock me gently
4) Leonard Cohen-iodine
5) Ben Folds-not the same
6) Beach Boys-do it again
7) The Stooges-no fun
8) Danny & The Darleans-can't kill the rooster
9) Cheap Trick-up the creek

HOUR SEVENTEEN (10-11 a.m.)

1) Dora Hall-i got you babe
2) They Might Be Giants-pet name
3) Dick Kent-octopus woman please let me go
4) Leonard Cohen-suzanne
5) Johnny Nash-i can see clearly now
6) Margo Guryan-sun
7) Kelley Stoltz-are you my love?
8) The Replacements-sixteen blue
9) Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds-when will i be loved?
10) Lou Reed-crazy feeling

HOUR SIXTEEN (9-10 a.m.)

1) Grant Hart-now that you know me
2) The Beatifics-this year's jessica
3) Kelley Stoltz-underwater's where the action is
4) The Brothers Rap-the revolution
5) All Them Witches-alabaster
6) Meic Stevens-rowena


1) Death-freakin out
2) Slade-gud'bye t'jane
3) Shad O'Shea-goodbye sam
4) Yo La Tengo-here to fall
5) Modern Lovers-i'm straight

HOUR FOURTEEN (7-8 a.m.)

1) Parallax Project-do ya?
2) Pete Klint Quintet-shake
3) Ray Charles-unchain my heart
4) The Remains-don't look back
5) Pretty-mustache in your face
6) Richard Harris-macarthur park
7) Harry Nilsson-jump into the fire


HOUR THIRTEEN (6-7 a.m.)

1) Ken Bower-i will survive
2) Michael Jackson-wanna be starting something
3) Soft Boys-i wanna destroy you
4) Dwight Twilley Band-looking for the magic
5) Julie Ruin-brightside
6) Charlie Ryan-hotrod Lincoln
7) Danny & The Darleans-you're driving me insane
8) Bongo Party

HOUR(S) 11 & 12 (4-6 a.m.) Sunrise with Sun Ra

Gary's eyes are probably closed because he's just as sleepy as us.

1) sea of sound
2) rocket #9
3) heliocentric
4) outer nothingness
5) dancing in the sun
6) the realm of lightning
7) the satellites are spinning
8) the shadow world
9) the blue set
10) big city blues
11) blues on planet mars
12) enlightenment
12) astro black
14) love in outer space


If you have been tuning into the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go for awhile now, then you know that KMSU met the Pledge Drive goal of $30,000 before the end of the first Shuffle Function Radio Roulette. Pat yourselves on the back Radio Heroes - this is a fantastic feat. Our station manager Jim "Gully"  Gullickson has urged Tim and I to continue on and surpass that goal amount, and that is exactly what we have been doing since hitting the goal. Pledge by pledge we have been topping that goal, and we were more than happy to continue doing just that, but then we got a phone call from Radio Hero Philip. He has thrown down a $5,000 Matching Grant Challenge that must be met by 6 p.m. tonight. Wait - this is so important that I want to make sure you got it.


If we hit this challenge, we will have raised over $40,000 for the KMSU Spring Pledge Drive! That would help us replace and fix several pieces of equipment that have just started acting up, and prevent us from having to dip into our reserves for that. THIS IS HUGE KMSU listeners. We need all remaining Radio Heroes on deck for this - call or text us at (507) 389 - 5678 to make your pledge. Every pledge amount is doubled courtesy of Philip's pledge, making it the perfect time to call with your support. I don't need to remind you that if we don't hit it by the time the Pledge Drive is over, Philip's Matching Grant Challenge simply disappears. That cannot happen! Call now and help us crush this Matching Grant Challenge!


HOUR TEN (3 - 4 a.m.)

1) Iron Butterfly - In A Gadda Davida
2) Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam
3) Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Are You The One I've Been Waiting For?
4) Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
5) The Who - Young Man Blues
6) Ruth Brown - Lucky Lips
7) INXS - Don't Change

HOUR NINE (2-3 a.m.) JANDEK: Sounds of Insomnia

nancy sings
part II atlanta saturday
love denied
van ness mission
you wake up dead men
i went to hell
point judith

HOUR EIGHT (1-2 a.m.)

1) Jackie Lomax-sour milk sea
2) The Beatles-old brown shoe (stereo)
3) Simon & Garfunkel-only living boy in new York
4) LCD Soundsystem-sound of silver
5) Tim Hutt-the lottery song
6) Talking Heads-born under punches (the heat goes on)
7) Del The Funky Homosapien-mistadobelina
8) Public Enemy-brothers gonna work it out

HOUR SEVEN (Midnight-1 a.m.)

1) Velvet Underground-sister ray
2) Leonard Cohen-waiting for the miracle
3) Black Sabbath-war pigs
4) Nico-the end

HOUR SIX (11-Midnight)

1) Redd Kross-born to love you
2) Joousma-queen medley
3) Leonard Cohen-tower of song
4) Bob Dylan-groom's still waiting at the alter
5) Muddy Waters-mannish boy
6) Dub Rifles-bomb shakes the dance hall
7) Funkadelic-hit it and quit it

Thursday, April 27, 2017

HOUR FIVE (10-11pm)

1) Tobin Sprout-to wake up june
2) The Kinks-village green preservation society
3) Husker Du-books about ufos
4) Leonard Cohen-i'm your man
5) Shadowy Men On a Shadowy Planet-you spin me around
6) Quintron-miniature breakdown
7) Shirley Bassey-light my fire
8) David Axelrod-holy Thursday
9) Harry Nilsson-turn on your radio

HOUR FOUR (9-10pm) Shuffle Function Radio Roulette

1) George Duke & Stanley Clark-sweet baby (Feelin' Good)
2) Charlie Walker-don't squeeze the sharmon (Kooky Tunes)
3) Harry Chapin-cats in the cradle (Super Gold Hits)
4) Fats Domino-aint that a shame (Rock & Roll Show)

5) Tina Turner-let's stay together (Chart Busters)
6) Raydio-you can't change that (Hitline)
7) The Emeralds-rivers of Babylon (Bird Dance)
8) Alan Parsons Project-games people play (High Voltage)
9) Johnny Cash-i would like to see you again (Country Sunshine)

It was during Shuffle Function Radio Roulette that we hit that $2000 goal and met the $2000 matching grant!  THANK YOU, RADIO HEROES!  YOU ARE THE BEST IN THE BIZ!

HOUR THREE (8-9pm)

1) Barry Williams-cheyenne
2) Prix-girl
3) Some Girls-poor man's you
4) Florence Foster Jenkins-die zauberflote
5) Graham Bond-neighbor neighbor
6) Reverend Solomon & The Glory Bound Singers-didn't it rain
7) Jane's Addiction-stop
8) Ben Lee & Liz Phair-away with the pixies
9) Leonard Cohen-dance me to the end of love
10) Boomtown Rats-i don't like mondays

HOUR TWO (7pm-8pm)

1) Motorhead-leavin' here
2) Velvet Underground-i'm waiting for the man
3) Tamrons-Wildman
4) Leonard Cohen-bird on a wire
5) Francoise Hardy-je changerais d'avis
6) Half Japanese-bingo ringo
7) Yo La Tengo-sugarcube
8) The Moonrakers-baby please don't go
9) Tom Waits-fish in the jailhouse

did you want to be a Program Director For The Day, but we already gave them all away?

We have a special top secret password for you to use when you call and pledge to KMSU to be a Program Director For The Day. We have given away all of them, but we still want to have them available during the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go.

Here is the password: TEAM SISTER

With this $100 pledge you get to come up and join us during the morning show for two hours. You get to control the playlist as well. You will also get a brand new KMSU Radio Hero t-shirt, the new Mr. Specific DVD, and a copy of your radio show. Call now and use the secret password to help us meet this matching grant challenge! The number to call or text is (507) 389 - 5678. Thanks Radio Heroes!

Hour One-Twenty-Four (24) Marathon A-Go-Go

1) Hello Konnichiwa
2) Legendary Stardust Cowboy Intro
3) David Jones & The King Bees-liza jane
4) First Base-i've got a girl
5) The Legendary Stardust Cowboy-play my guitar
6) Leonard Cohen-so long, marianne
7) John Doe-the golden state
8) Wilco-bob dylan's 49th beard
9) Gun-sunshine
10) Kelley Stoltz-little girl
11) The Beatifics-almost something there



We have an anonymous matching grant for $2000 that we're up against!  Every dollar you pledge up to $2000 will be matched, and that will turn the total dollars pledged into $4000!  Right now we are less that $4000 away from hitting the total goal for the ENTIRE pledge drive, so it's crucial that we meet this matching grant!

Please call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 with your pledge!

The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go is underway!.  We're hoping you'll take some time and make a donation to help us hit our $30,000 goal for the drive.  $30,000 is nothing to sneeze at, but we're true believers in the station and its place in the community.  With your generosity over the years we were able to finally get a new transmitter for the station, which is sending a strong signal across our broadcast area.  THANK YOU!  Your kindness means everything to us.  With that huge improvement we're continuing to send a strong signal throughout our broadcast area, and that wouldn't be the case without your help.  Now we need to continue building on that.

We've been able to keep building and growing KMSU over the years, and it's a completely different station from than Shuffle Function started up 16 years ago.  The schedule is evolving, and we've appreciated all the feedback you've given us about it.  KMSU needs to continue building and evolving to reach a diverse audience, and the funds raised during these pledge drives are going to help us in our mission to serve the community.

Please take a moment and consider the place KMSU holds in your life.  If you listen to the station regularly, if you've found shows that you know and love, then you're probably a true believer, and you realize that what KMSU offers to you and the community can't be found anywhere else.  This kind of programming can only continue with the generous support of our listeners, and we hope you'll give us a call or pledge online to help us out.  Any amount makes a huge difference, but we have some great swag available at different pledge levels to hopefully nudge you towards making a contribution.  And now...



Mr. Specific strikes again with another DVD featuring his unique video forays into the fringes of society, and this one promises to be the creepiest yet!  Every Spring, just in time for pledge drive, a nondescript brown paper bag with an unmarked DVD arrives at the Shuffle Function office door.  Don't miss out on the 9th weird installment!


The last two shirts that we offered for the Spring pledge drive were the most popular we've ever had, so we turned to Kaitlin Baumann, the woman that created those popular designs, to come up with something equally amazing.  She didn't let us down!  This year's shirt shows "RADIO HEROES"! The true radio heroes are KMSU listeners like you, who believe in this station and what it can do, and your donations and support are your super powers!  Pledge this for this shirt and the whole world can see your official radio title screaming across your chest.  LOOK OUT, COMMERCIAL RADIO!  THIS SHIRT HAS CLAWS!

Kaitlin dun good.  All the cool kids will be wearing the new shirt, so obviously that means you!  Available in S to 2XL.  Wanna see more of Kaitlin's work?  Sure you do!  Visit

$50 - KMSU HAT

For only $50 you can wear your KMSU pride dramatically on your noggin!  This hat features the KMSU logo across the front, and comes in Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large.  It's a nice classy grey, so it goes with casual togs or with that tux/gown you're gonna be wearing to the opera.  Fits on even the biggest head!

For the thrifty listener who wants to save a buck but score some sweet premiums!  You will receive the new Shuffle Function t-shirt PLUS the Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television #10 DVD.  It doesn't take a math genius to see that this is one heck of a deal!

KMSU is one of the rare spots on the dial to carry World Cafe, and this DOUBLE DISC SET  collects some of the recent amazing in-studio performances from both old and new musical favorites, as well as classic performances from the past quarter century of amazing shows!  This is the set to get.

The Cadillac of premiums, this allows you to join us during the morning show for two hours and control the playlist!  You bring your music collection and get to play DJ and we just push buttons and talk too much.  With this you also get the brand new KMSU t-shirt, the new Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television #10 DVD, and CD copy of your two hours of radio infamy to share with family and friends.


We don't have to tell you how badly 2016 sucked.  Too many legends left us, and that includes Leonard Cohen, who past away last November.  Many musicians are hailed as poets, but Cohen was a poet hailed as a musician.  He began his career writing poetry and novels, then moved into a musical career in his thirties.  His work is deep and powerful and explores and that is beautiful, painful, and difficult about humanity, and it's hard to not be moved by his work.  

Bruce Eder wrote of him on Allmusic: "One of the most fascinating and enigmatic - if not the most successful - singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen retained an audience across six decades of music-making, interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration, all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him.  Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon), he commanded the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who continued to work in the 21st century, which is all the more remarkable an achievement for someone who didn't even aspire to a musical career until he was in his thirties."

True enough.

When you pledge $100 to KMSU during the 2017 Spring Pledge Drive you can get Leonard Cohen: The Complete Studio Album Collection.  That's ELEVEN albums that Cohen recorded between 1967 and 2004.  Virtually every great work the man produced can be in your collection, PLUS you'll help keep KMSU, a radio station that proudly plays Leonard Cohen, on the air!

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack (a crack) in everything
That's how the light gets in
                                      - Leonard Cohen

You can sponsor an entire day of radio on KMSU with this premium.  Commemorate a birthday or anniversary, surprise the music geek in your life, treat the new graduate, or celebrate the music of your favorite musician!  These are just a few ways that you can use a KMSU Day Sponsorship.  A personalized message will also be read throughout the day so the whole world knows that you are a super cool person that supports independent radio!

There's the swag!  Drop us a line with questions, but most of all drop us a line with your support! Remember, the 2016 Pledge Drive THIS WEDNESDAY at six a.m.!  Give early and give often!  We are counting on you!


Thanks for being the best listeners in the world!


There's a free Grind-Fu Cinema this Saturday, April 29th, at seven p.m. in Wiecking 220 Auditorium, right here on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  We're screening The Guy From Harlem for the seventh year in a row, followed For Y'ur Height Only, starring 2' 9" action hero Weng Weng.  Both movies are COMPLETELY FREE!  Bring your friends, brings some snacks, and settle in for a night of incredible movies!

CALL 507-389-5678 or
1-800-456-7810 to pledge!