I was disappointed to read Steve Penn’s column about KKFI (5/15, Local, “Change at KKFI-FM is a sad refrain”), I love the blues and enjoy the jazz programming more than what I hear on other area stations.
KKFI has been increasing the amount of time it devotes to alternative news programs because there is a crying need for news and information not provided by the mainstream media. That is why the program “KC Media WatchDog” is one of its most popular shows. KKFI listeners obviously appreciate these programs and have said so with their donations.
As Mr. Penn mentioned in his column, KKFI’s mission statement says, “...educate our audience ... provide a channel for ... issues...that have been overlooked, suppressed and under-represented by other media.” That is exactly what the station is doing with its increased focus on alternative news programming.
If The Star, and other local news media, would do more to bring us the under-reported news that KKFI’s listeners are looking for, perhaps KKFI could devote more airtime to music.