Tuesday, October 23, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOGPOST #23: I've Never Seen A Pumpkin Used Like This Before


Just outside of Quebec they grow massive pumpkins for contests, which is not unheard of, but then they do something crazy with them. They carve the pumpkins up, hallow them out and then they head out to the Becancour River to race them like boats in a regatta! This is called the Potirothon, a combination of the word for pumpkin and marathons. It looks like a really fun way to spend a late September afternoon.







If you'd like to see more of this silly fun just follow this link to a vimeo video of the 2014 Potirothon.

Shelley

Monday, October 22, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN POST #22: YOU'VE GOT TO WEAR YOUR 3-D GLASSES!



FROM THE DESK OF SHYBOY TIM:

When I was a kid I never fully appreciated SCTV.  Growing up it seemed like Saturday Night Live always got the hype, and yet there's really no comparison today when you look at the both of them.  The original Saturday Night Live gets proper credit for being a trailblazer in late night comedy, and it pretty much invented the contemporary sketch show, but it seems like much of its reputation is through rose colored glasses now.  If you sit and watch all of the episodes now, you can see that the show was just as hit or miss as nearly every season of SNL.  They just get credit because they were the first.

SCTV, on the other hand, is always pretty consistently funny.  Part of this could be because they had the luxury of being filmed vs live, so they could do retakes and edit if something fell flat.  Even so, their satire and parody is virtually always dead on, and it's rare that the characters and performances don't succeed in making me laugh.

The conceit of SCTV is that it was actually a struggling television station, and that the sketches you saw were programming on the channel.  Like many channels in that era, there was a late night horror show, in this case it was Monster Chiller Horror Theater, and the host would appear in costume and show classic (and not so classic) horror films.  Also like many horror hosts in that era, the character was played by one of the news team.  The SCTV host was Count Floyd, who was played by newscaster Floyd Robertson (played by Joe Flaherty).



Count Floyd always played exceptionally crappy movies on Monster Chiller Horror Theater that were creations of the SCTV cast. These films were almost always in 3-D and featured Doctor Tongue (played by John Candy) as the villain.  Like many 3-D movies, they really didn't have much of a story, other than setting up excuses for having things fly at the camera.  The SCTV horror movies were all intentionally terrible, and they often left Count Floyd at a loss for words when he tried to appear excited about what he was showing.  Usually he just tried to get the viewers excited to send in money to pay for their 3-D glasses.

Here are a bunch of Monster Chiller Horror Theater sketches, including the special Count Floyd intro that he did for Rush's Grace Under Pressure tour, which was the first concert I saw without parents.  Enjoy these clips, and remember that you've got to wear your 3-D glasses!


Sunday, October 21, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOGPOST #21: I Have Become An Alamo Drafthouse Fan!


Yesterday Shyboy Tim and I jumped in the car and ran up to the new Alamo Draft House Theater in Woodbury for Dismember The Alamo. I was incredibly excited for the day because I'd been hearing for years about this legendary movie theater chain forever. Let me tell you Shuffle Functioneers - it did not disappoint! First of all, I love being able to have cocktails and adult beverages while watching movies - I highly recommend the Cosmo #2. If that wasn't already pretty darn cool - the food is fantastic. I had a Juicy Lucy burger and Tim had Hatch Chillies Macaroni and Cheese. Then since we were there to see four films all day, we got bottomless popcorn. But it wasn't just plain old popcorn. It had truffle oil and Parmesan cheese on it. You eat up a big bowl of it, then put out an order slip on the front of the table and they bring you a refill. Pretty slick and amazingly tasty. This special event was called Dismember The Alamo, and it consisted of a curated four film festival of horror films from the AGFA (American Genre Film Archive).


We had no idea what four movies we would see until each film hit the big screen (and it's a REALLY big screen), so the suspense was a lot of fun. The theme of the night was "knock-off" movies, and as it turns out, I'd seen two of the four films. One of them I'd not seen since Junior High School, so I'd pretty much forgotten it. Fortunately I believe I can give you a little taste of what we experienced yesterday on the big screen. I sadly can't share with you our gift bags though. You simply had to be there!
Our gift bag for the day.

My goodies (minus some more candy that I ate yesterday).
So here are the four films that we watched yesterday in this exact order as we slurped down grasshopper boozy shakes and ate truffle oil Parmesan popcorn. The first film I had never seen before, and is an Evil Dead knock-off for certain. It is drenched in the 1980's, and contained a lot of big laughs from the Alamo audience. It is truly ridiculous! Welcome to Demon Wind.



The next movie was a blast of nostalgia for me, and I had just mentioned it this week on the morning show. It is called Madman and it is a knock-off of the Friday The 13th films. When I was in Junior High we had a sleepover at my house. My friends and I watched this movie and then later that night when we tried to go to sleep someone would inevitably whisper the words "Madman Marz" and we would all scream out in terror. I didn't sleep all night long! Unfortunately this film isn't free to watch on youtube. It is a 99 cent rental. I think it is worth it - this was a lot of fun to see on the big screen, with a bunch of laughs and screams.



The best take away from this film is the unbelievable theme song of the film. You can hear it below, and don't be surprised when you hear it later this week on the morning show!



The third movie was the weakest of the four, just because it was probably 45 minutes longefr than it needed to be. But it was also the least well known. It was called Don't Panic and was from Mexico. We had a hard time guessing what knock-off this was. There was Ouija Board components, dream components, and supernatural slasher components so I'm just not sure. The only clue we were given about what this film could be is the words "Dinosaur Pajamas". As it turns out, that is a great clue.



Last but by all means certainly not least was the fourth film on the bill, which turns out to have been Return Of The Living Dead. We screened this for Grind-Fu Cinema just a few years back so it was fun to see it once again. This film was a lot of fun to see with the Dismember The Alamo crowd and was a great way to end the day.

 

I heartily suggest you get up to the Alamo Drafthouse as soon as you can. I was concerned with the fact that you order food from your seats and that means staff are walking in front of you, but the distraction is so minor and the payoff is great so don't let that stop you. There are some great films up there for Halloween this month, including a live score performance of Nosferatu this Tuesday night. Here is a link to their web page. Today I am sitting at home dreaming of truffle oil parmesan popcorn and wishing I was there once again. Oh well. I'll be back again.

Shelley


Saturday, October 20, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN POST #20: THEY'RE NOT SCREAMING AT YOU, THEY'RE SCREAMING WITH YOU!


FROM THE DESK OF SHYBOY TIM:

Back before the interwebs and spoilers and 2500 screen releases, movies were sometimes slower to get around.  There would be word of mouth and reviews, but it wasn't easy to get instant information about new things in entertainment.  When Halloween first opened it was regarded as a low budget drive-in film, and it played on double features with z-grade movies.  It debuted in Kansas City, for crying out loud, and then moved to a handful of larger markets.  It wasn't until a half year later that it was placed in theaters across the country. 

It was after the movie received a wider release in 1979 that a fan brought his tape recorder to a screening of Halloween to record the music.  What he ended up capturing is a theater full of fans getting freaked the hell out by what's going on the screen, and the amazing thing is that Halloween STILL gets this reaction in theaters 40 years later.  Thumbs up emoji, John Carpenter!

Anyone see the new Halloween movie?  Please tell me it is better than the Rob Zombie disasters.

Friday, October 19, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOGPOST #19: They are coming to make a commercial of you Barbara!



I have been reading a behind the scenes book on the making of Night Of The Living Dead by author Joe Kane, and it has been a fun look into the fantastic film. I have learned that George Romero made this movie with a number of co-workers from Latent Image. In order to save money they utilized all the volunteers they could get to play the living dead, as well as some of the bigger roles in the film. In fact the actors who portrayed the Cooper "Get In The Basement" family were already seasoned veterans with George Romero, having starred in a number of their commercials. Karl Hardman and Marilyn Eastmen played the Coopers in Night Of The Living Dead. Marilyn Eastmen also did all of the makeup for the film, since Tom Savini was serving his country in Vietnam. Karl Hardman's actual daughter played his onscreen daughter Karen - the little girl who has a parent buffet at the end of the film! Below I have the entire film available for your viewing plessure, and below that you can find a number of commercials made before Night Of The Living Dead by George Romero. Enjoy!


Shelley

Thursday, October 18, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN POST #18: FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON ME, BUT FOOL ME TWICE...


FROM THE DESK OF SHYBOY TIM:

In my last Halloween post I wrote about broadcasting hoaxes that attempted to realistically portray a paranormal or alien event.  The granddaddy of these events was Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds.  Welles deviated from the radio norm of a conventionally scripted and performed radio drama, and instead presented the story as a live radio presentation of an actual alien invasion, complete with interrupting news alerts and "on location" reports from where the alients were attacking.  The overall effect is very realistic, and it resulted in panic from many listeners around the country.  Welles was forced to apologize to an angry nation for leading them to believe that they were in any danger.

Was the broadcast truly that terrifying?  Consider the times.  The world was on the verge of breaking into war, and the people weren't as media savvy as they are now.  I'd almost compare the perception of this broadcast to how some people react to things on the internet now. If it's on there, it must be true!



The War of the World was (and still is) a landmark of how powerful the media can be, and it illustrated just how wild the imagination can run with the proper encouragement.  The broadcast was the gold standard for media hoaxes, and it would be insane to try and replicate it, right?  That didn't stop WKBW from giving it their best shot thirty years later when they did their own version in 1968.


WKBW Program Director Jefferson Kaye was a huge fan of the original War of the Worlds presentation, and he had always wondered what it would sound like if it was made with modern broadcasting technology.  An updated script was written, but it was soon discarded after it was discovered that the station news crew couldn't act.  They then decided to work with a loose outline and having the crew rely on their news and broadcasting experience to tell the story.  They described the story events as they would a live news event, and the result was successful enough for them to attempt it on the air.

The show began at 11:00 p.m. on Halloween night, 1968.  After an initial introduction, the station continued like it was a typical Top 40 radio broadcast with news breaks.  The initial break described explosions on the surface of Mars, but then went back to playing music.  Eventually there was a break that reported on explosions outside the city.  When the reporters went to report on them, the coverage went non-stop, and then all hell broke loose.

Even though the program was promoted heavily leading up to broadcast, listeners still believed that the horrible events being described were real, with calls to the station getting so heavy that the Program Director had to interrupt the broadcast with a disclaimer that restated that this was a work of fiction.  Despite this, police were called into action, and the Canadian military just across the border mobilized troops at the bridge between Buffalo and Lake Erie, Ontario.

Job well done, WKBW.  Job well done.

The whole thing is very well done, and the performances are more compelling than you'd expect from a bunch of non-actors.  WKBW went on to do four more productions over the next three decades, including one on the 30th anniversary that preceded the state of New York declaring Buffalo the War of the Worlds capital of the world.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

THE FALL PLEDGE DRIVE HAS BEGUN! CHECK OUT THE SWAG!


The KMSU Fall Pledge Drive has begun, and we're incredibly excited to reveal the premiums that we have available to you as thank you gifts for your generous donations. Call, give, choose.  It's just that simple. So here's the list - and it's a big one. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop us an email at shufflefunction@hotmail.com

$25  Premium Pledge - FINDERS KEEPERS 15: SOUNDALIKE SOUNDS CD




Mr. Specific strikes again with a colossal collection of Monster Party songs!  What is a Monster Party song?  It's a song that wants very badly to cash in on the success of the Monster Mash, so it lists what all the monsters are up to at any given time.  How many of these songs hit it as big as Bobby "Boris" Pickett did?  If you guessed one, you've guessed too high.  This CD needs a good home, and you look just intelligent and attractive enough to provide it.  CALL NOW!

$25  Premium Pledge - KMSU mug



Over-sized, bright, and a welcome addition to any kitchen table or desktop, the KMSU mug is back once again. The yellow screams "GOOD MORNING!" and its contents will scream whatever the heck your drink screams. Maybe your previous mug was chipped or broken and you are hoping to replace it? Now is your chance - get one (or two, or three or more) while you can!

$40 Premium Pledge - Cup and a Coaster Combo!

Attention, smart shoppers!  Wanna maximize your pledge drive dollar?  You can save TEN BUCKS while also supporting KMSU when you pledge for both the KMSU mug and Finders Keepers 16!

$50 Premium Pledge - The KMSU Toque!

Get an embroidered Toque with the KMSU logo for a $50 pledge! Now if the word toque isn't ringing any bells, then maybe this picture will help.


Yep - it is one of those!! What all the hipsters are wearing to keep their heads warm and their looks cool. It's a warm purple stocking cap with the KMSU logo emblazoned across the front!  Folks will truly believe that you're a fan of great radio and of keeping warm!






$60 Premium Pledge - Jacob the Bard 10" Lathe Cut Vinyl!


This is the swag that Shuffle Function is most excited about!  In 2010 Jacob the Bard stopped by the KMSU studios and played us a song full of zombie apocalypse survival tips.  'I Will Survive the Zombie Apocalypse' has since gone on to become a beloved Halloween tradition on KMSU, and we get requests for it all year long.  

We have wanted to make Jacob's song available on record for years, and this year that dream finally came true!  For the first time ever, Jacob the Bard's beloved Halloween classic will be available on sweet, sweet vinyl on a lathe cut 10" record, with a B-side featuring Songs To Wear Pants To performing the Shuffle Function Morning Show theme!  This premium is super cool, and SUPER limited.  There will only be thirty of them ever pressed, and then THEY WILL BE GONE FOREVER.  Pledge $60 to KMSU during the Fall Pledge Drive and you can be one of the few people in the entire world that will ever own this amazing slice of Halloween music.



$100 Premium Pledge - Warren Zevon: Original Album Series



Warren Zevon is regarded as one of the great songwriters of all time.  While he never achieved massive commercial success, his songs often did when covered by others, and he inspired scores of your favorite musicians.  The Original Album Series collection brings together his first five albums, and it's the perfect way to discover why so many consider him a genius.  Yours when you pledge $100 to KMSU during the Fall Pledge Drive!

$150 Premium Pledge - Super Warm KMSU Fleece Pullover!


For real, this thing is soft and toasty, and it (along with listening to 89.7 The Maverick) will get you through this long, cold winter that we have heading our way.  It's available in S, M, L, XL and XXL!

$100  Premium Pledge  - Program Director For The Day on Shuffle Function


Have you ever wanted to play radio? Here's your chance! Join Shyboy Tim and Shelley on the Shuffle Function morning radio show and dictate the playlist for the day. You choose the songs from your own collection and you get to hang out with us on the air for two hours as well. You will also receive a KMSU mug, a Finders Keepers 16 CD and a CD copy of your show to play over and over again for your friends who couldn't wake up early.


We enjoy offering this premium so much because it allows us the opportunity to meet our listeners and get a chance to find out what music they are into. It is also the biggest bang for your buck in Shuffle Function land!


Seriously, this is a lot of fun, and we only offer a limited number of these, so don't miss out!  Join us on the show!


$100  Premium Pledge  - KMSU Day Sponsorship

Maybe you're shy and don't want to be on the radio, or maybe you would like us to mark a special birthday, anniversary or artist, then this is the premium for you. Tell us what you would like us to play and add in a personal message and we will design a day of broadcasting for you. It's a chance for you to get creative, while at the same time supporting  KMSU and community radio. If you have some ideas for a day sponsorship, but would like to run them by us first, please son't hesitate to contact us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com

$100 Premium Pledge - KMSU Record Expedition
 

For the fifth year in a row, KMSU will be embarking on an expedition to some of the best record stores in the Twin Cities, and we want you to join us!  An army of KMSU DJ’s and listeners will be hopping on a bus and and scouring some legendary record stores for the stuff that vinyl dreams are made of.  Want lists will be checked off, and collecting itches will be scratched.  To top it all of, we'll be riding in one of the legendary green buses used by the Govenaires Drum & Bugle Corps!  Massive thanks to The Govies for supporting KMSU!

The week after the Record Expedition we’ll all get the opportunity to justify our hardcore record binging by taking over the airwaves of KMSU and playing all the amazing new finds on the radio!  YOU GET TO PLAY RADIO ON YOUR FAVORITE RADIO STATION!  BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  You’ll also get one of the super sweet KMSU hats to make all your friends jealous.

The KMSU Record Expedition is a blast, and we hope you’ll join us!  Pledge $100 to KMSU and hop on the bus to vinyl nirvana. Here are some photos from expeditions past to get you in the mood to pledge!








All of these premiums would make fantastic Holiday gifts, so keep that in mind when you make a pledge. Maybe you have a music geek in the family that would love to play DJ for a day, or maybe you want to pick up the Ramones collection to give to your best friend.  The fact is that you simply cannot go wrong with this swag. As a bonus, your gift will help support community radio and KMSU too!

Once again, the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive runs from Wednesday, October 17th  through Friday, October 26th. Gully set the station's goal at $25,000, so please keep that in mind when you are mulling over your pledge amounts.

The phone numbers at the station are:
389 - 5678
or
1 - 800 - 456 - 7810
or
click on 'Give now!' at kmsu.org!

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOGPOST # 17: Let's Get A Little Bigfooty


While nosing around the on-lines in search of a topic I ran across a link to a new podcast that was described as "the Serial for bigfoot fanatics". That was all I needed to hear. I clicked on the link to Wild Thing by Laura Krantz. That last name rang a few bells my anthropology days and sure enough it turns out that she is related to Grover Krantz, one of the first leading anthropologists to take the idea of bigfoot seriously. The podcast is called Wild Thing and is available for free at this website.


I have listened to the first episode of the podcast, called Grover and I think I am hooked. The series is slowly being released with a new episode every week, but you can see what is to come. Laura Krantz plans on really digging into the world of bigfoot, with interviews with believers and skeptics, scientists and pop culture icons. There also promises to be some bonus material as well. If you are a interested I suggest you fallow the link and start the series as soon as you can.


It has been a couple of years since I have actively looked for bigfoot films that were heading for the big screen, and it appears that I have missed a few. However, after watching these trailers I think it is pretty safe to say that there appears to be a major lack of ingenuity out there. What there is an abundance of though is B film actors getting some work. Enjoy these thoroughly ridiculous trailers and remember this - BIGFOOT IS ANGRY!



Shelley

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN POST #16: AN ACTUAL (OR NOT) HAUNTING ON TV!


FROM THE DESK OF SHYBOY TIM:

We're big fans of anything paranormal related, and one thing that we tend to get nerdy about is ghost hunting shows.  Lately our fandom has been more over how much these shows have to stretch to try and come off as legitimate, but in the past we had been known to buy into what they were selling.  The early seasons of Ghost Hunters seemed like they were trying to do actual research, and there was no denying that the hosts of Most Haunted were scared out of their wits over what they perceived as real paranormal activity.  And, of course, we loved Derek Acorah, the Most Haunted spiritual medium, who was always getting possessed by dramatic ghosts.  Here's proof:



As fun as the "real life" paranormal shows can be, it's always fun to see a dramatized program that goes the extra mile to come off as an actual haunted event.  Halloween hoaxes striving for realism have a proud tradition stretching back to the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds that Orson Welles produced.  Many listeners were tricked into believing that the planet was actually being invaded by aliens, and newspapers reported on the panic that followed.  The outcry was so great that Welles was forced to issue an apology for causing such concern.


One of the best produced TV ghost hoaxes was done by the BBC in 1992.  Ghostwatch was produced like a live television broadcast that was investigating a home that was alleged to be haunted by spirits.  The story is based on the legendary Enfield poltergeist that terrorized a family (and was later proven to be a hoax) in England.  The realism of the Ghostwatch was enhanced by the use of actual BBC hosts and personalities appearing as themselves to present the show.  Everyone involved does a very good job of slowly kicking up the tension, and by the end the effect is genuinely terrifying.  Viewers were caught completely off guard by the realism of the show, and BBC switchboards were jammed with calls from terrified viewers.  The BBC has refused to rebroadcast the program, though it has received a home video release in the UK, and it is available to stream via Shudder.  I did a post with the entire program embedded in it last year, so you should watch it if you haven't already.


One of the more recent television hoaxes was never actually broadcast on television at all, but the creators did everything they could to make us believe that what you see really happened.  the WNUF Halloween Special was released in 2013, but it claims to be a VHS recording of a WNUF television's Halloween Broadcast from 1987.  The sets and costumes are all period correct, as is the technology.  The station graphics are all era correct cheesiness, and the "recording" looks low quality and glitchy like VHS recordings could be.  The filmmakers even went so far as to produce fact TV ads that run throughout the film.

Storywise, it's relatively similar to Ghostwatch, in that a TV crew visits a haunted house to investigate claims that the spirit of a murderer inhabits the house.  As things get weird, they bring in a Catholic priest that is versed in exorcisms, and then they decide to hold a seance.  Anyone watching at home would be screaming "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!?!" when they introduced those elements, because these things never go well, but whatever.




The WNUF Halloween Special really does come off as a recording of an actual TV broadcast, and the filmmakers really nailed the realism of the broadcasting from the era.  One thing that they did to generate word of mouth, as well as play up the realism of the film, was to leave VHS copies of the film laying around at a VHS collector convention so that people would stumble across them and discover the horror by accident.  This is a genius call back to the pre-YouTube era where viral videos were traded on videotape from collector to collector, resulting in glitchy, low fi copies making the rounds.  Somebody did their homework on this film.

I was unable to find a decent presentation of the WNUF Halloween Special floating around for free.  The one embedded below is zoomed in and sped up to avoid the YouTube copyright cops, but it is available to rent on Amazon, if you're so inclined.

Monday, October 15, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOGPOST # 15: Jacob The Bard's I Will Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Now On Vinyl

WE HAVE BEEN KEEPING THIS A SECRET FOR SO LONG! 


But now we can share the big news with all of you. Shuffle Function will be offering (for the first and last time) I Will Survive The Zombie Apocalypse by Jacob The Bard on ten inch lathe cut vinyl for the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive. This is going to be a very small pressing of 25 copies so we are giving our faithful listeners a big heads up because once they are all spoken for, they are gone. The A side is Jacob The Bard and the B side is the Shuffle Function Morning Show Theme Song. It is pretty sweet if I do say so myself! The records themselves are still being made, but Shyboy Tim designed the record label, and we plan on having them in the sleeve pictured below as well.

The story behind this song is pretty special. We had not met Jacob when he joined us in the studios to do his Program Director For The Day, but he had called us prior to that morning and asked if it was okay for him to bring in his guitar and sing a song. Naturally we said yes, and when he performed this song on the air I am pretty sure that both of our jaws were on the floor. It is such a great song! We always record the two hours of radio that PD4Days share with us. That morning I was so disappointed to find out that the compression rate on the computer we recorded it on was set at the wrong level. We had just had magic in the studio, and I thought it was all lost. But it ends up it was a happy accident. The recording sounds like a lone survivor singing over the airwaves to a world filled with brain eating zombies. It was perfect! I Will Survive The Zombie Apocalypse by Jacob The Bard has become a listener favorite and an often requested song, which is why we are so pleased to be able to offer it to you on vinyl for the KMSU Pledge Drive.

Jacob The Bard on that magic morning in 2010.
A lathe record is different from the typical vinyl as well. Think of a lathe as an artisan made record because each individual copy is made by hand, unlike the vinyl pressing plants. It's a fascinating process that I first became familiar with when Dave from Free Form Freakout started releasing lathe vinyl on Round Bale Recording. Giving Jacob's special song the special lathe treatment seems to be a perfect match. Below is a great video illustrating the process.


The KMSU Fall Pledge Drive kicks off this Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. when Shyboy Tim and I take to the airwaves. I have a feeling that this is going to be a popular premium, and like I said there is a very small amount available. I'll say it again too, once they are gone they are gone. So be sure to act sooner rather than later. Shyboy Tim also made a great video for the song, which you can see below, I love watching it because I am so excited about this special premium. Have a listen for yourself!



Shelley

THE FALL PLEDGE DRIVE SWAG IS HERE! THE FALL PLEDGE DRIVE SWAG IS HERE!


The KMSU Fall Pledge Drive starts this Wednesday, October 17th, and we're incredibly excited to reveal the premiums that we have available to you as thank you gifts for your generous donations. Call, give, choose.  It's just that simple. So here's the list - and it's a big one. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop us an email at shufflefunction@hotmail.com

$25  Premium Pledge - FINDERS KEEPERS 15: SOUNDALIKE SOUNDS CD




Mr. Specific strikes again with a colossal collection of Monster Party songs!  What is a Monster Party song?  It's a song that wants very badly to cash in on the success of the Monster Mash, so it lists what all the monsters are up to at any given time.  How many of these songs hit it as big as Bobby "Boris" Pickett did?  If you guessed one, you've guessed too high.  This CD needs a good home, and you look just intelligent and attractive enough to provide it.  CALL NOW!

$25  Premium Pledge - KMSU mug



Over-sized, bright, and a welcome addition to any kitchen table or desktop, the KMSU mug is back once again. The yellow screams "GOOD MORNING!" and its contents will scream whatever the heck your drink screams. Maybe your previous mug was chipped or broken and you are hoping to replace it? Now is your chance - get one (or two, or three or more) while you can!

$40 Premium Pledge - Cup and a Coaster Combo!

Attention, smart shoppers!  Wanna maximize your pledge drive dollar?  You can save TEN BUCKS while also supporting KMSU when you pledge for both the KMSU mug and Finders Keepers 16!

$50 Premium Pledge - The KMSU Toque!

Get an embroidered Toque with the KMSU logo for a $50 pledge! Now if the word toque isn't ringing any bells, then maybe this picture will help.


Yep - it is one of those!! What all the hipsters are wearing to keep their heads warm and their looks cool. It's a warm purple stocking cap with the KMSU logo emblazoned across the front!  Folks will truly believe that you're a fan of great radio and of keeping warm!






$60 Premium Pledge - Jacob the Bard 10" Lathe Cut Vinyl!


This is the swag that Shuffle Function is most excited about!  In 2010 Jacob the Bard stopped by the KMSU studios and played us a song full of zombie apocalypse survival tips.  'I Will Survive the Zombie Apocalypse' has since gone on to become a beloved Halloween tradition on KMSU, and we get requests for it all year long.  

We have wanted to make Jacob's song available on record for years, and this year that dream finally came true!  For the first time ever, Jacob the Bard's beloved Halloween classic will be available on sweet, sweet vinyl on a lathe cut 10" record, with a B-side featuring Songs To Wear Pants To performing the Shuffle Function Morning Show theme!  This premium is super cool, and SUPER limited.  There will only be thirty of them ever pressed, and then THEY WILL BE GONE FOREVER.  Pledge $60 to KMSU during the Fall Pledge Drive and you can be one of the few people in the entire world that will ever own this amazing slice of Halloween music.



$100 Premium Pledge - Warren Zevon: Original Album Series



Warren Zevon is regarded as one of the great songwriters of all time.  While he never achieved massive commercial success, his songs often did when covered by others, and he inspired scores of your favorite musicians.  The Original Album Series collection brings together his first five albums, and it's the perfect way to discover why so many consider him a genius.  Yours when you pledge $100 to KMSU during the Fall Pledge Drive!

$150 Premium Pledge - Super Warm KMSU Fleece Pullover!


For real, this thing is soft and toasty, and it (along with listening to 89.7 The Maverick) will get you through this long, cold winter that we have heading our way.  It's available in S, M, L, XL and XXL!

$100  Premium Pledge  - Program Director For The Day on Shuffle Function


Have you ever wanted to play radio? Here's your chance! Join Shyboy Tim and Shelley on the Shuffle Function morning radio show and dictate the playlist for the day. You choose the songs from your own collection and you get to hang out with us on the air for two hours as well. You will also receive a KMSU mug, a Finders Keepers 16 CD and a CD copy of your show to play over and over again for your friends who couldn't wake up early.


We enjoy offering this premium so much because it allows us the opportunity to meet our listeners and get a chance to find out what music they are into. It is also the biggest bang for your buck in Shuffle Function land!


Seriously, this is a lot of fun, and we only offer a limited number of these, so don't miss out!  Join us on the show!


$100  Premium Pledge  - KMSU Day Sponsorship

Maybe you're shy and don't want to be on the radio, or maybe you would like us to mark a special birthday, anniversary or artist, then this is the premium for you. Tell us what you would like us to play and add in a personal message and we will design a day of broadcasting for you. It's a chance for you to get creative, while at the same time supporting  KMSU and community radio. If you have some ideas for a day sponsorship, but would like to run them by us first, please son't hesitate to contact us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com

$100 Premium Pledge - KMSU Record Expedition
 

For the fifth year in a row, KMSU will be embarking on an expedition to some of the best record stores in the Twin Cities, and we want you to join us!  An army of KMSU DJ’s and listeners will be hopping on a bus and and scouring some legendary record stores for the stuff that vinyl dreams are made of.  Want lists will be checked off, and collecting itches will be scratched.  To top it all of, we'll be riding in one of the legendary green buses used by the Govenaires Drum & Bugle Corps!  Massive thanks to The Govies for supporting KMSU!

The week after the Record Expedition we’ll all get the opportunity to justify our hardcore record binging by taking over the airwaves of KMSU and playing all the amazing new finds on the radio!  YOU GET TO PLAY RADIO ON YOUR FAVORITE RADIO STATION!  BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  You’ll also get one of the super sweet KMSU hats to make all your friends jealous.

The KMSU Record Expedition is a blast, and we hope you’ll join us!  Pledge $100 to KMSU and hop on the bus to vinyl nirvana. Here are some photos from expeditions past to get you in the mood to pledge!








All of these premiums would make fantastic Holiday gifts, so keep that in mind when you make a pledge. Maybe you have a music geek in the family that would love to play DJ for a day, or maybe you want to pick up the Ramones collection to give to your best friend.  The fact is that you simply cannot go wrong with this swag. As a bonus, your gift will help support community radio and KMSU too!

Once again, the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive runs from Wednesday, October 17th  through Friday, October 26th. Gully set the station's goal at $25,000, so please keep that in mind when you are mulling over your pledge amounts.

The phone numbers at the station are:
389 - 5678
or
1 - 800 - 456 - 7810
or
click on 'Give now!' at kmsu.org!