Notes from 1/11/20 video conference

Friends of Community Media

Notes from the 1/11/20 video conference meeting

Because of the difficult road conditions due to bad weather, the meeting scheduled for this day has been rescheduled for Saturday 1/18/20, 2:00 PM at the KKFI annex room, 39th & Main rear door.

Spencer Graves , and Tom Crane met at KKFI and Craig Lubow met remotely over computer.  The video conference was over Zoom software which worked well allowing video of everyone to be seen and heard.  Craig provided music during the conversation.

Spencer briefed us on possibly becoming an affiliate of ProPublica.  Potentially, an assistantship could be funded through this source for FCM with a local university.  This could possibly be done through NAIRC (National association for computer reporting).  Spencer has made contacts but has had no response.  This week, he will follow up with results for the 1/18 meeting.

It was suggested that we collaborate with the Kansas City Press Club, and Tom will follow up with them this week.

Proposed for a forum as mentioned earlier – “Media in a Time of War” – with Amy Goodman which could be a fundraiser for FCM and KKFI.  Tom will speak with Bill Clause on this to be reported on the 1/18 meeting.

Craig made some contacts for a presentation we had discussed earlier on “Religion and the Media”.  Looks like the All-Souls calendar is booked until March.  He will follow up on those contacts and speak with Richard about the All-Souls calendar.

FCM Saturday meeting 1/11 is encountering snow.

Friends of Community Media is scheduled to meet 2 PM tomorrow, Saturday 1/11 but there is a major snow storm coming. Those with snowshoes are welcome to come to a possible video conference Spencer is setting up, with ProPublica. He will send info out to our group. Since some people can’t participate with this, FCM will meet next Saturday 1/18 at the KKFI Annex Room 39th & Main Rear Door at 2 PM.

FCM and KKFI Ascertainment

M.C. Richardson, president of United Minority Media Association has set up another “ascertainment” program to be held at 5:15 at the KKFI Studios 39th & Main (rear door). Sponsored by UMMA, FCM and KKFI, the event invites people from the community to learn about community radio and express their concerns. The program is below.


KKFI ASCERTAINMENT COMMUNITY FORUM  Thursday, October 24, 2019         RADIO STATION’S ANNEX ROOM 39th & Main (rear door)  5:15 PM

      PROGRAM  –   6p.m.-8 p.m.  Refreshments Available

Welcome:    M.C. Richardson Coordinator and Consultant

Ascertainment Meaning & Purpose  Teresa Wilke & Station’s Mission/Philosophy

Public File Importance and how to Access


M.C. Richardson                Bennita Morrow

Host/Executive                   Co-Host  “Guess Who’s Coming to Kansas City”,                                                                 –                                             Urban Connections

Tom Crane President Friends of Community Media, Time Keeper

Speaker’s Five Minute Presentations With 3 Minutes Q&A

(1)Garrett’s Adult Day Care Program,  Tynaise Ward Director

(2) KC Tenants,  Diane Charity, Tenant

(3)Save The Paseo, Diane Houston Director

(4)Cosmetologist and Education Institute Consultant, Dr. Annetta Vertreese

(5) Ask Dr. Nelson Network, Dr. Wanda J. Nelson, President

(6) Associated Hairdressers, Cosmetologist and Barbers of State of Missouri,  1ST Vice President Dr. Sue Cartwright

(7)Honorable Martina Peterson Municipal, Court Judge, Kansas City, Missouri

(8) G.I.R.L., Miss E

(9) Community Activist,  Linda Brown

(10) MOVE, Muradaheyadeen

(11) LOVE,  Dejuana M. Lee, Presiden

(12) ZanCan,  Zandra Baheyadeen, Personal Assistant & Conicierge

Requested Potential Speakers

Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council

League of Women Voters

Labor Beacon Newspaper





NEXT KKFI Ascertainment Community Forum

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at station 5:15 Doors Open

You are encourage to call Station 816 931-3122

Leave a message to the attention of M.C. Richardson

David Barsamian Information

David Barsamian will speak at an FCM benefit at All Souls Unitarian Church 4501 Walnut in Kansas City. He will be speaking on “Democracy and the Media”

A Link to The Boulder, Colorado weekly giving biographical information on David is below:

People who wish to order tickets on may search for the event by using the keywords “Barsamian” or “Media and Democracy”. Tickets are also available at the door.

David Barsamian Bio

David Barsamian Photograph

One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 34th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest books are with Noam Chomsky: Global Discontents: Rising Threats to Democracy and Edward Said: Culture and Resistance. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media and global rebellions.

David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, San Francisco and elsewhere.

Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to “the world’s largest democracy.”

As a kid, David was a bit of a rebel and frequently played hooky from school. Growing up in New York in the shadow of the Armenian Genocide sparked an interest in history and politics. His first interview was with his mother, Araxie. He says, that interview was the most difficult he has ever done. He then went on to do a series of interviews with survivors.

He says he was further radicalized when his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team moved to Los Angeles. He said, “That’s all I needed to know about capitalism.”

People who wish to order tickets to the David Barsamian event October 30th event at All Souls using may search for the event by using the words “Barsamian” or “Media and Democracy”. Tickets will also be available at the door.