Wednesday MidDay Medley with Dwight Frizzell + Johnny Hamil + Instant Karma + JLTAB

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Reverend Dwight Frizzell + Johnny Hamil
+ Instant Karma + Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from Ivory Blue, Calvin Arsenia, Krystle Warren and more.

Dwight Frizzell

At 10:15 Mark talks with Dwight Frizzell about his upcoming Helios performance on Wednesday, June 19, at 12:00 Noon, at Kansas City Art Institute. Dwight Frizzell is a Professor at KCAI, and is an internationally recognized artist whose work combines video, performance, installation, music, audio art, and writing. His projects emphasize research and a commonality between the fine and performing arts. Frizzell’s work about his boyhood neighbor, Harry S. Truman, was featured in the Peabody-awarded “Lost and Found Sound” series broadcast on National Public Radio. Frizzell has produced an opera based on the life of Charles Darwin. In addition to his B.F.A. degree from KCAI, he holds a terminal fine arts degree in Sound Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb

At 10:35, members of the band Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb join us in the 90.1 FM Studios to share music from their debut release, Merriam Shoals Sessions Vol. 1. Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb play the 2019 MIDFEST at the Bluemont Hotel, 1212 Bluemont Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas on June 15 at 2:15 PM, with multiple bands playing on three stages. More info at

16 year old Johnny Hamil

At 11:00 Kansas City based musician, composer, and teacher Johnny Hamil joins us to share new music from his upcoming third GAV7D release, Punk Funk Polka. Johnny plays in the band Pamper The Madman, and his band Mr. Marco’s V7 plays the first Thursday of the month at The Ship. Johnny Hamil is also a teacher of bass players and he was recently featured in the latest season of Queer Eye on Netflix. Johnny Hamil’s annual KC BASS Workshop is June 25 through June 29 at Shawnee Mission North High School in the music department (park in West parking lot). The KCBW Bass Orchestra concert is the final night June 29th at 7:00 PM and features workshop participants performing with faculty. More information at

Instant Karma

At 11:30 Cole Bales and Cody Calhoun of the Kansas City based band Instant Karma join us to share a new recording they’ve just completed. Members include: Cole Bales on vocals & guitar, Cody Calhoun on guitar, Branden Moser on bass, and Zach Harris on drums. Instant Karma will play their last live show on Saturday, June 22, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO for SoundMachineKC with Pink Royal, and The Maytags.

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WMM Playlist from June 7, 2017

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2017, So Far
+ Marion Merritt + Nico Gray +
Chase the Horseman + Dwight Frizzell

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Mysterious Clouds – “Visions of 10”
from: Panic on the Non Meridian / Haymaker Records / May 26, 2017
[For this release the band writes: “Crazy times call for crazy music. Panic is a reflection of the turmoil in our hearts, minds, and country. Sometimes you have to embrace the wild times to get a clear mental picture of how to make thing better.” Mysterious Clouds is one of the musical projects of Kansas City, Kansas based post-punk psychedelic musical artists, Dedric Moore and Delaney Moore and special guests. The brothers are also founders of the critically acclaimed band Monta At Odds. Mysterious Clouds also releaxed the EP, Clear Reflection, February 3, 2017. Their song “Clear Reflection” was also include ion the Haymakers records compilation, Fairgounds Vol. 2 Released March 24, 2017.]

[Mysterious Clouds play Replay Lounge, in Lawrence KS, Friday, June 9, w/ Karma Vision, and Wild Eye.]

3. dead dads club – “5cheeselasagna”
from: Cupid Talez / dead dads club / May 20, 2017
[On January 27 dead dads club released, the 11-song, “Dead Dad Money,” and since the release of the 8 song “Cupid Talez,” on May 20, dead dad’d club released the 8-song “:0,” yesterday, June 6. Dead Dads Club is 17 year old KC based songwriter Alice who self produces her acoustic pop music in her bedroom.]

4. Lovergurl – “My Body”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 9, 2016
[The Kansas City based 4-piece band, Lovergurl caught our ear with their synth pop sound and lyrics reflecting social and political messages with hip hop and punk elements. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge, is 25 years old and is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from the B52s, The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Lovergurl guitarist and vocalist, Heather Andrews is also 25. She was born and raised in Rhode Island, and moved to Kansas City in 2011 and fell in love with the city.]

10:06 – Pledge Break #1

5. Making Movies -“Brave Enough (feat. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)”
from: I Am Another You / Making Movies / Expected May 26, 2017
[3rd full length release: from Kansas City based 4-piece band and made up of two sets of brothers: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Andres Chaurand on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico.]

[Enrique Chi of Making Movies is performing at KKFI Collaborations June 30, The Folly Theatre.]

[Making Movies will be performing with Ensemble Iberica, Thursday, July 27, at recordbar.]

6. Calvin Arsenia – “Experience”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / Expected: February 14, 2017
[Calvin Arsenia premiered these songs in a live show at recordbar last November. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, bango, guitar and harp Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Greenwood Social Hall 1750 Belleview, Sun June 11, at 7:00 PM in a Solo Concert Show that will be Recorded for a later release]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Boulevardia, Saturday, June 17, on the Greenville Acoustic Stage at 3:00 pm.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays KKFI Collaborations with Quixotic on June 30, The Folly Theatre.]

7. Pageant Boys – “Ease Me”
from: Shadowboxing EP / The Record Machine / May 19, 2017
[On what was originally slated to be a short trip to Istanbul, Alex Sheppard started recording music with his girlfriend’s laptop and a bluetooth headphone mic. None of Sheppard’s previous musical efforts incorporated electronics in a major way; “It was born of necessity,” says Sheppard. The songs on his new EP, Shadowboxing, came out of those original sessions. The songs are a sensual and almost effervescent approach that combine R&B elements with electronic and processed instrumentation. While in Istanbul, Sheppard established a routine in collaborating with a close friend and poet. He said they developed a fairly specific daily routine for working on music, with the intent of finishing songs, regardless of their quality. “I would wake up at 8 in the morning and start the song and get the chord structure. And then at 10, he would wake up and I would show him what I had. I’d make breakfast, and then I’d show him the melody I wanted for the vocal line. He’d go down and start writing the lyrics, we’d eat breakfast, and he’d have the lyrics written after we got done with breakfast. At 1, I’d start recording the vocals. It was a good schedule.” Sheppard has been writing and recording for the last decade even though he is just in 20’s. Before Sheppard started performing and recording as Pageant Boys he released several albums as Alexandre. Shadowboxing is the maturation of Sheppard’s artistic vision and introduction to a larger audience.]

10:25 – Pledge Break #2

10:32 – Underwriting

7. Chase the Horseman – “Modern Ruins”
from: from new recordings / Chase the Horseman / May/June 2017
[Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more.]

[Chase the Horseman plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 10, with Nation of Language, Bedroom Wounds, Y The Ghost, and The Black Creatures.]

10:39 – Interview with Chase the Horseman

Chase the Horseman thank you for being with us on WMM.

The song “Modern Ruins” is from a new recording project you are working on for release later this year?

In February you released a digital album of 16 songs called Covers & Others, with all proceeds going to the ACLU.

“Modern Ruins” is also the name of a short film you composed the music for. You’ve composed music for over 36 films (short films and full length films.) How did you get started working in film?

Last time Chase the Horseman was on the radio show, was with Teri Ann Quinn who he helped on her debut EP recording, Moons and Meltdowns, as producer, engineer, performer.


The Cherry Tree Parade – writer, performer 2007-2008 – Self Titled E.P. 2009
*The Low End – performer, producer, mixer, engineer 2009-2010 – House Fire E.P. 2009
Lower 48 Single 2010
*The Heat Index – producer, engineer, mixer 2010 – Horsehead E.P. 2010
*The Vowels – mixer/performer 2011 – Alligator Pear L.P. 2011
*Fake Natives – producer, performer, mixer, engineer 2011 – Self Titled L.P. 2011
*Towers – writer, performer, engineer, mixer, producer 2010-Present – For Whatever We Were & What Will Never Be L.P. 2012
*Clairaudients – guitar, keyboards, aux-percussion, vocals, writer 2013-

*Teri Quinn – Producer, engineer, performer – Moons and Meltdowns E.P. 2016
*Narkalark – Producer/Engineer – Narkalark Ep II released November 18, 2016
*Molly McGlaughlin – Producer/Engineer – A Beautiful Dying 2017

Chase the Hoarseman plays Bottleneck in Lawrence on Friday, August 18, at 8:00 pm.

Chase the Horseman plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 10, with Nation of Languge, Bedroom Wounds, Y The Ghost, and The Black Creatures.


9. The Whiffs – “Never Be Free”
from: Take A Whiff / High Dive Records / March 1, 2017
[Kansas City based power pop 4-piece band featuring members of Conquerors, Wet Ones, and Nubiles. Zach Campbell on bass & vocals, Rory Cameron on gutar & vocals, Nic Allred on guitar & vocals, Jake Cardwell on drums. Recorded and mixed by Vincent Lawhon at Element Studios, Kansas City, MO]

[The Conquerors play Boulevardia, Saturday, June 17, on the Chipoltle Homegrown Stage at 3:40 pm.]

[The Whiffs play Tito’s Sound Machine, Sun, June 18, at recordBar, 1520 Grand w/ St/ Pé, Count Tutu]

10. Red Kate – “Urban Church” (Vinyl)
from: Red Kate – Stiff Middle Fingers split 7″ / Black Site Records / April 8, 2017
[Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Brad Huhmann – Guitar, Desmond Poirier – guitar/vocals. The band writes, “With the election of an authoritarian narcissist to the White House and white supremacy again on the rise, this hard, fast and angry polemic on the current state of affairs has turned out to be unfortunately prescient.” The KC based Punk Rock and Roll band, Red Kate has been rocking venues since 2007. In the review of their debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shawn Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.”The band’s first full-length album, “When the Troubles Come” was released on Replay Records in 2013. Last year the band released their follow up full – length record, “unamerican activities,” on Kansas City’s coop record label, Black Site. Both releases were recorded and engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab. Red Kate includes bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan on drums, & vocals, Desmond Poirier on guitar & vocals, and most recently Brad Huhmann left the band, and Shaun Hamontree joined the band on rhythm guitar.]

10:53 – Pledge Break #3

11:00 – Station ID

11. Krystle Warren – “Get A Load”
from: Three The Hardway / Parlour Door Music / expected Spring, 2017
[Krystle Warren was born June 13, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri. She now lives in Paris. Krystle released the first single “Thanks and Praise” from her new album on May 22. She shared with us a few other tracks we could play. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing arts Series of Johnsons County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and do all of the vocals and back up vocals. Krystle was on the show several times last year where she shared the inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz fro Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, The Swan Silvertones and more. Krystle Warren is originally from Kansas City. Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to The Beatles albums Rubber Soul and Revolver. Krystle Warren graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in Kansas City and collaborating with local jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and New York City, Krystle was signed to a French recording label, Because Music, and moved to Paris and released her album “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played numerous French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world, touring with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time you May Embrace” a recording from a 13 day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Mark fisrt interviewed Krystle Warren on The Tenth Voice in 2002.]

12. Kemet the Phantom – “After My Money”
from: Lexus Nexus / Center of Attention / April 12, 2017
[Produced, mixed and mastered by Kemet the Phantom who wrote about this recording, “Two years ago my uncle was turned up missing from his home in Chicago. My family would have never believed the news we received on April 11, 2017, the day before his birthday. We were informed that his DNA matched that of a body that was found shortly after he was reported missing. This is my attempt to grapple with the reality that I will never see my beloved and genius uncle again. Released just a month after the release of, The Invisible Man. Kemet The Phantom’s other full length release on Center of Attention Records. Kemet Coleman is Kemet the Phantom, a Kansas City based musicians who calls himself a rap Artist, actor, and Urbanist. Kemet is a member of the Hip-Hop duo COA (Center of Attention) and is the lead singer of the 8-member Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet, shines as a complete showman embracing a James Brown-esque persona via syncopated vocals, rhythmic dance moves and dapper costume style. Kemet the Phantom is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act.” Kemet created the first ever Kansas City mayoral candidate rap song for the Sly James for Mayor campaign in 2010. A University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, created “Gold and Blue” for UMKC’s sports teams, which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university. More information at:]

[The Phantastics play Boulevardia, Friday, June 16, on the Chipolte Homegrown Stage at 3:00 pm.]

6. Broken Arrows – “To Try To Touch The Earth Again”
from: Extended Play EP / Broken Arrows / March 18, 2017
[KC/Lawrence based 5-piece band, formed by Mike Penner on lead guitar & vocals; Bill Ryan on lead guitar, keyboards & vocals; John Chevalier on bass guitar & vocals; Barry Lee on guitar & vocals; and Dave Storms on drums. Broken Arrows got together to play a Neil Young Tribute at Davey’s Uptown in 2015. They received such a positive reaction and enjoyed playing together so they decided to continue as a band. This song was written by Calvin Russell, Barry Lee sings lead vocals.This song was written and sung by John Chevalier, with backing vocals by Mike Penner and Bill Ryan.]

11:05 – Pledge Break #4

14. Of Tree – “Feel It”
from: Sorry We’re Chosen [EP] / Of Tree / June 1, 2017
[Of Tree is vocalist/guitarist Benjamin Parks and violinist Laurel Morgan who write folk music with a pop edge provided by the technology of looping and sampling. Parks’ deep vocals coupled with Morgan’s sensitive vocals, fiddle playing and dynamic layered strings take the listener deep into themselves and to, perhaps, places once forgotten. Of Tree began in 2009 and has taken many forms as it has evolved over time, including a full 5 piece folk band and, at one time, a classical trio backing Parks’ voice and guitar.]

[Of Tree play The Brick, 1727 McGee, Fri, June 9 w/Abandoned Bells, Andrew Ashby & John Bersuch.]

15. Momma’s Boy – “Sleepin”
from: Liquid Courage / Independent / February 17, 2017
[Momma’s Boy is an Indie Surf Pop 4-piece band from KCMO, formed December 2015, and made up of former members of Rev Gusto: Peter Beatty on guitar & vocals, Shaun Crowley on guitar & vocals, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Anthony Hernandez on bass. This song is also included in a new cpompilation by Justin mantooth and Westend Recording Studios called Amplify KC that also has songs from The Conquerors, Toughies, The Whiffs, The Cave Girls, Rev Gusto, and Katy Guillen & The Girls.]

11:19 – Interview with Dwight Frizzell

Dwight Frizzell, of the KC based “groovy polyphonic jazz/dance” band, Black Crack Revue, now in their 35th year, joins us to talk about The National Audio Theatre Festivals, 5th Annual, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival, June 8 – June 11, in Kansas City. Frizzell works as an assistant professor at The KC Art Institute, is a founding member of the newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, and is host & producer of “From Arc To Microchip” Wednesdays at 11:30 PM on 90.1 FM. BCR play The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on June 8, at 9:00 PM. More info at:

Dwight Frizzell, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Dwight Frizzell, of the KC based “groovy polyphonic jazz/dance” band, Black Crack Revue, now in their 35th year, BCR play The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on June 8, at 9:00 PM.


16. BCR – “Thunder Perfect Mind”
from: Unreleased track from current BCR recording sessions / BCR / June, 2017
[BCR is Black Crack Revue, formed 35 years ago in Kansas City]

[BCR play The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on June 8, at 9:00 PM.]

11:30 – Underwriting

11:31 – Pledge Break #5

17. Hermon Mehari– “Cold (Feat. Kevin Johnson”
from: Bleu / Unlabeled Publishing / March 17, 2017
[Debut solo release from Kansas City based jazz trumpeter. Hermon Mehari featuring Logan Richardson on saxophone, Aaron Parks on piano, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone, Rick Rosato on bass, Ryan J. Lee on drums, and a guest appearance by Kevin M. Johnson on vocals. Hermon Mehari grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, home of Lincoln University. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City Music Conservatory. In 2015 he finished first, at the prestigious Carmine Carusa International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. Hermon was a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2014 he released the CD “Our Journey” with Diverse, which was recorded in Paris featuring Logan Richardson on alto saxophone. Hermon was also the winner of the 2008 National Trumpet Competiton and placed second in the International Trumpet Guild competition in Sydney, Australia. He splits his time between touring and playing all over the world and creative projects in Kansas City. Hermon has collaborated with Cat Mahari on BAM! the Workshop, he is also a founding member of Diverse Jazz, Diverse Trio, and The Buhs. He also plays with Peter Schlamb, Making Movies, John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons. Hermon was featured on the world-renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson’s 2013 release, “Check Cashing Day”. More information at:]

[The Hermon Mehari Trio plays La Fontaine de Belleville in Paris on Sat, June 10 at 4:30 to 8:00 PM]

18. Jametatone – “Too Late”
from: Empty Bliss / J. Ashley Miller / March 21, 2017
[New EP from Jametatone, the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who also records with his band as Metatone. J. Ashley Miller is the The 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. J. Ashley Miller is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. Jametatone opened all four shows last Friday and Saturday night at The Outburst KC, where Calvin Arsenia performed his 2017 Release Catastrophe Unplugged with guest musicians Beau Bledsoe, Fritz Hutchinson, Mark Southerland, and artist & vocalist Seth M. Jones. You can view more of Ashley’s work at]

19. Erica Joy – “All In My Head”
from: Erica Joy, Introduction / Independent / February 3, 2017
[Erica Joy on vocals, Britt Wild on lead guitar, Khitam Jabr on acoustic guitar. Recording and produced by Kyle Ward at Counterpoint Studio.]

11:48 – Pledge Break #6

20. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “Sunshine Girl”
from: Summer / Scott Hrabko / June 23, 2017
[3rd full length album release and follow up to his 2015 release Biscuits and Gravity. Scott Hrabko on vocals & guitar; Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, lap steel, and baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on lead guitar; Josh Arnold on bass & vocals; and Tim Higgins on drums, with guest artists: Brett Hodges on fiddle, Havilah Bruders on vocals, Dan Bliss on guitar, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals, Bart Colliver on piano and accordian, and Kevin Dolan on mandolin. Recorded in part and mixed in full by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound.]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play a CD Release Show, Friday, June 23 at 7:00 PM at The Brick]

21. The Ovaries-eez – “Sand”
from: Moon Birth / Whatever Forever / January 6, 2017
[Lawrence Kansas, based vocal trio. The Ovaries-eez second full length was recorded, mixed, & mastered by Dual Diamonds on Whatever Forever. Guitar and vocals by Monica George and Johni Lacore and Amber Hansen on vocals, with Jim Martin on Instrumentation, Brett Grady on viola. Songs written by The Ovaries-eez: Johni Lacore, Amber Hansen, Monica George.]

[The Ovaries-eez play Replay Lounge o the Patiom in Lawrence, KS, Sat, July 11, at 6:00 pm]

22. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. For 13 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is also the proprietor of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More at:

Nico Gray has been placing the needle on the record before he was able to read and turn pages of a book. Rooted in Kansas City, and growing up in front of a radio, he is a former theatre actor, performance artist, writer, and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant, where he serve Union Station. Nico is an avid concert goer, his search for his own “Original Music Soundtrack” to his life has transplanted him to the brownstones of Chicago, the rooftops of Paris, the sea-side of Marseille and the balconies of NYC.

Marion Merritt, and Nico Gray, joined us for our Spring Fund Drive Show, to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio, “The Voice of The Community.”

Next week on June 14 Marion Merritt returns as Guest Producer to share new musical discoveries, and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Also next week Scott Hrabko joins us to share music from his new full length release Summer.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios,

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WMM Playlist from May 31, 2017

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, May 31, 2016

That’s Soooo Fabulous!
(Our Annual LGBTQIA Pride Show)
+ KC Pride Fest June 2–3-4 + The 71st Annual Tony Awards!
+ Claire Adams, Ross Brown, Jerad Tomasino & The Crossroads Flock Part

We celebrate The Pride Season with our annual show, “That’s Soooo Fabulous!”

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Judy Garland – “Intro / Keep Your Sunny Side Up”(outtake)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

3. Cyre – “Holiday (Circuit Mix)”
from: Gay Classics – Outrageous / Hot JWP / 2001

4. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Lesbian”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records / 1994

5. Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”
from: Bambi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Buena Vista Pictures / 1996 [1942 Disney]

6. Lily Tomlin – “Obscene Phone Call”
from: This Is a Recording / Universal Records / 1971
[The album consists of comic sketches of Tomlin in her most famous character, Ernestine, the nosy, aggressive, and sharp-tongued telephone operator. The album’s tracks include monologues in which Ernestine tangles over the phone with Joan Crawford, Gore Vidal (“Mr. Veedle”), Martha Mitchell, and J. Edgar Hoover. It was recorded live at the intimate Ice House in Pasadena, California. The album, Tomlin’s first, won her a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. Tomlin became the first woman to win this award for a solo recording (in 1962 Elaine May won for an album with Mike Nichols; in the years since only Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Griffin among female comedians have won the award.) The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums list, the highest charting solo comedy album by a woman ever on the chart.]

7. Sharron Alexis – “Please Don’t Be Gay”
from: Sordid Lives (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Varese Sarabande / 2001

8. RuPaul – “I Met Him on the Dance Floor (Interlude)”
from: Realness / RuCo / March 2, 2015 [RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), best known as simply RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Previously, he was a fixture on the Atlanta and New York City club scenes during the 1980s and early 90s. RuPaul has on occasion performed as a man in a number of roles, usually billed as RuPaul Charles. RuPaul is noted among famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both “he” and “she” have been deemed acceptable. “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” He hosted a short-running talk show on VH1, and currently hosts reality television shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U.]

9. Company – “Opening: I Hope I Get It”
from: A Chorus Line – Original Cast Recording / Columbia / 1975

10. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Pro Choice”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records / 1994

11. Grace Jones – “The Crossing (Ooh The Action…)”
from: Slave To The Rhythm / Island Def Jam Records / 1985

12. Al Franken and Phil Hartman – “Daily Affirmation Theme”
from: Original Soundtrack to: Stuart Saves His Family / Milan / 1995

13. Hedwig & The Angry Inch – “Tear Me Down”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hedwig & The Angry Inch / Hybrid / 2001

10:15 – That’s Sooo Gay

14. The BTC Orchestra – “The Liberace Fanfare”
from: Behind The Candelabra (Music from the HBO Original Film) / Elektra / May 20, 2013
[2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh about the life of pianist Liberace and the secret affair he had with young Scott Thorson, based on Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace (1988). It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013. It aired on HBO on May 26, 2013 and won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. It was released theatrically June 7, 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film features Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorsen.]

28 Jan 1978, Los Angeles, California, USA — Liberace spoofs a day in his own life during a television special, including a scene where he baths in his $55,000 marble bathtub. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

15. Liberace – “The Impossible Dream” [Vinyl]
from: Liberace Sends You Love [3 record set] / Brookville Records – ABC Records / 1974
[Born in West Allis, Wisconsin, his career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, motion pictures, television, and endorsements, Liberace became world-famous. During the 1950s–1970s he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world and embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage. He publicly denied being gay during his lifetime, and sued those who said he was. Towards the end of his life his chauffeur, Scott Thorson, sued him for palimony. He died of an AIDS-related illness in 1987.]

16. Jim Nabors – “It Takes All Kinds To Make The World Go Round”
from: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. / Sony / 1965
[Jan. 29, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that Jim Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Jan. 15, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington. An urban legend maintains that Nabors married Rock Hudson in the early ’70s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader. At least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the legend originated with a group of “middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach” who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness “the marriage of Rock Hudson & Jim Nabors,” at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming “Rock Pyle.” Those who failed to get the joke spread the rumor. Hudson was also gay but closeted, and because of the fear that one or both of them might be outed, Nabors & Hudson never spoke to each other again.]

10:22 – The Music from Kansas City Pride Fest 2017

17. Frenchie Davis – “Stand (By Me)”
from: Stand (By Me) – Single/ Frenchie Davis Music Group / October 9, 2015
[Franchell “Frenchie” Davis was born May 7, 1979, and is an American Broadway performer and a soul, dance/electronica, and pop singer. She first came to public attention in 2003 as a contestant on the singing competition show American Idol. Davis began performing in Rent on Broadway soon afterward, and was a member of the cast for four years. In 2011 Davis reached the top 8 on the first season of singing competition The Voice. Davis was born in Washington, DC and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Howard University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.]

[Frenchie Davis plays KC Pride Fest, Sun, June 4, at 6:00 at The Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park.]

18. Betty Who – “Mama Say”
from: The Valley / RCA Records / March 24, 2017
[Betty Who is Jessica Anne Newham who was born on October 5, 1991, She is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician based in the US. She is signed to RCA Records. Who is best known for her 2016 single, “I Love You Always Forever” which peaked inside the top ten in Australia.]

[Betty Who plays KC Pride at Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park, Sat, June 3, at 10:40 PM]

10:30 – Interview with Bill Svoboda

Bill Svoboda serves as Producer for KC Pride Fest, June 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, at Berkley Riverfront Park under the guidance of the KC Diversity Coalition, the not-for-profit service organization that presents KC Gay Pride. Bill started his career over 25 years ago in the event planning industry working for the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce. In 2002 he started EventPros, Inc., planning Festivals, Corporate and Association events all over the country. He was one of the original producers of the KCRiverFest and the KC Marathon – Health & Fitness Expo. Bill also produces the KC Jazz Festival.
Bill Svoboda thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City PrideFest, at Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Dr. KCMO.
Friday, June 2nd, Saturday, June 3rd, and Sunday, June 4th / More Info:

Friday, June 2nd 6:00 PM – Midnight – Emcee: Dirty Dorothy – 6 to Midnight

6:00 PM Rozz Smith
6:01-7:45 DJ Chef Nguyen
8:15-9:15 Material Girl
9:45-11:45 DJ Citizen Jane
9:45-11:45 Men of Skin

Saturday, June 3rd, 12:00 Noon – Midnight – Emcee: Widow Von’du – Noon to 5pm / Emcee: Flo and Melinda Ryder – 5pm to 12 AM

12:00 PM Rozz Smith
12:40-1:20 Logan Bradley
1:50-2:50 Radial Red
2:55-3:10 Tucker William
3:15-3:20 Kate Cosentino
3:25-3:30 Morgan Messer
3:35-3:40 Dove
3:45-3:50 Scarlett Webb
4:15-4:20 Sapphire Reign
4:25-4:30 Nikita Wood-Rowe
4:35-4:40 Rozz Smith
4:45-5:05 Buttwiser’s Bash
5:10-5:25 Black Pride
5:30-5:45 The Ratchet Housewives of Westport
5:50-6:05 Shauna Knapp
6:20-6:50 Heartland Men’s Chorus
6:55-7:15 Mayor, Congressmen
7:30-7:45 Transfinity KC Chorus
8:00-8:15 KC Sunshine
8:30-9:00 Missie B’s
9:30-10:15 Well Strung
10:40-11:25 Betty Who

Sunday, June 4th: Noon – 7:00 PM- Emcee: Monique Heart – Noon to 5:00 pm / Emcee: Buddy & Budweiser – 5pm to 7pm

12:00 PM Rozz Smith
12:01-12:45 DJ DJ
12:45-1:15 Project Pride
1:30-2:30 Lovergurl
2:45-3:00 Sidekicks
3:30-4:30 Mad Libby
5:00-5:45 David Hernandez
6:00-6:45 Frenchie Davis
6:50 Thank You / Closing Speakers

The Commerce Bank Kid’s Zone: Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm (Included with festival ticket) – All ages are welcome. Includes the Ironman obstacle course, Tinker Bell moonwalk, Dual Slide and Triple Lane Fun Run! The zone also features a face painter, balloon artist, and circus performers. Outside of the zone look for Renaissance Fair characters, the LGBTQIA Youth Hangout, and a professional kite flyer!

LGBTQIA Youth Hang Out: Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm (Included with festival ticket) – Games, prizes, music, photo booth and goodie bags!

Food Fair: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Food trucks and other local cuisine

Market Place: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Vendor and Sponsor Booths

Body Shop: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Workshops and Free Health Checkups

Animal Adoption Booths: Sat & Sun, 12 to 6:00 – Dogs, cats, birds available for adoption

KC Gay Volleyball: Sunday (Starting at 1:00pm) – Players will be participating in exhibition games on multiple courts set up on the grass on the west side of the grounds.

Sand Volleyball Tournament: Saturday (10:30am to 5:30pm) first ever partnership between Bistro Brigade and the Kansas City PrideFest. Proceeds benefit AIDS Walk KC. All genders, orientations, and ages 18+ are encouraged to sign up. Festival ticket included. Register Here: (Watchers are welcomed!)

Renaissance Festival Characters will be roaming: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Gay Pride Kansas City is a mix of volunteers and board members who represent a wide cross section of the Kansas City LGBTQIA community. What motivates these individuals is their drive to offer the Kansas City LGBTQIA community great informational and educational events which move the community forward.

Presented by: Kansas City Divercity Coalition: PO Box 32413, KCMO 64171
Phone: (816) 960-3400 / Email:

KC Pride Fest – June 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, at Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO, presented by KC Diversity Coalition, a not-for-profit service oganization. For more information about tickets, vendors, directions, events, or to volunteer, visit:

10:45 – “Just say the lines and don’t bump into the furniture.”

I think my parents had a tougher time hearing that I wanted to become a Theatre Major than when I told them I was Gay. Please know, that I believe the theatre is full of all sexual orientations, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender…just like the rest of the world. The theatre, however, is Queer friendly, accepting of LGBTQIA, it has always been a place where so many gay kids found their freedom and identity. The theatre gave gay kids their first glimpse into a world not found in their sheltered, small towns. Here in this next set is a song from Noel Coward from a album I found in my college library my freshman year. The plays of Noel Coward were captivating to me, the lyrics, wit, and diction of Noel Coward in action, is a treat.

After Noel we’ll hear Paul Lynde from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Bye Bye Birdie,” followed by Charles Nelson Reilly talking about his experience in “Bye Bye Birdie” while auditioning for “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Charles Nelson Reilly was playing three parts in Bye Bye Birdie winner of The Tony Award for Best Musical of 1960. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying won the Tony for Best Musical in 1961 and Reilly won The Tony for his portrayal of Bud Frump.

10:47 – Songs about “Tots” and “Kids” and “Coffee”

19. Noel Coward – “What’s Going To Happen To the Tots”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[Born Dec. 16, 1899 / died Mar. 26, 1973. English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise”. Coward did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward’s diaries & letters, published posthumously.]

Paul Lynde

20. Paul Lynde & Marijane Maricle -“Kids”
from: Bye Bye Birdie! (Original Broadway Cast) / / 1960
[Paul Lynde’s sexual orientation was an open secret in Hollywood, although, in keeping with the prejudices of the time, it was not acknowledged or discussed in public. In a 2013 radio interview, Dick Van Dyke recalled the wrap party for Bye Bye Birdie. A series of men gave short speeches, each one praising Ann-Margret and predicting success and stardom for the young actress. When it was Paul Lynde’s turn to speak, he began, “Well, I guess I’m the only one here who doesn’t want to fuck Ann-Margret.” In 1965, Lynde was involved in an accident in which a young actor, reputed to be his lover, fell to his death from the window of their hotel room in San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The two had been drinking for hours before 24-year-old James “Bing” Davidson slipped and fell eight stories, an event witnessed by two policemen, yet the event was largely kept out of the press, thus saving Lynde’s career. Despite his campy television persona, Lynde never publicly came out as gay and the press generally refrained from commenting about it. In 1976, a People magazine article on Lynde featured him and Stan Finesmith; the latter was dubbed Lynde’s “suite mate” and “chauffeur-bodyguard.” In the 1970s, this was as close as the press would come to hinting at his sexuality.]

21. Charles Nelson Reilly – “The Audition”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

22. Charles Nelson Reilly, Claudette Sutherland, Company -“Coffee Break”(CD#22) (2:36)
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

23. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags”(sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

10:59 – 71th Annual Tony Awards

We heard Charles Nelson Reilly talking about his audition for “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” winner of The Tony Award for Best Musical in 1961. Charles Nelson Reilly would go on to star in the 1964, world premiere of “Hello Dolly,” written by gay composer Jerry Herman, who has won several Tony Awards for his musicals “Mame” and “La Cage Aux Folles.” This year “Hello Dolly” has been produced on Broadway, for the fifth time and starring Bette Midler in the title role.

One of the most diverse awards shows on television, has always been, The Annual Tony Awards, to recognize achievement in Broadway Theatre. The 71st Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 11. Hosted by Kevin Spacey, the ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and will be televised live on CBS.

For many Queer kids growing up in rural areas, this broadcast was the biggest night of LGBT programming. Shows like “Torch Song Trilogy,” “A Chorus Line,” “Avenue Q,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Normal Heart,” “Rent,” “Angels in America,” “Kinky Boots,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and “Hairspray,” are just some of the Broadway plays and musicals that tell the stories of LGBT people. The live television broadcast gave queer, theatre-nerds like me, a glimsp into the world where we could find ourselves.

On June 1982, on my 19th birthday, I remember watching television with my father as Harvey Fierstein won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play that he wrote called Torch Song Trilogy, about a gay drag-performer and his quest for true love and family. The play also won for Best Play, and I watched as producer John Glines as he made his historic Tony speech acknowledging his lover and co-producer, Larry Lane. It was a new world.

This year the 71st Annual Tony Awards will be honor nominees for Best Play: “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” starring Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper (who was born in Kansas City), and Jayne Houdyshell (who was born and raised in Topeka) all are nominated for Tony Awards; “Indecent,” written by Paula Vogel; “Oslo,” and the play “Sweat” which is also the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. For Best Musical, the nominees are: “Come from Away,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Groundhog Day The Musical,” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.”

For Best Revival of a Play, the nominees are: “August Wilson’s Jitney,” “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” and “Present Laughter” written by Noel Coward. And for Best Revival of a Musical, the nominees are: “Miss Saigon,” “Hello Dolly.” and “Falsettos” starring openly gay actor Andrew Rannells who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and originated the role of Elder Price, in the musical “The Book of Morman,” and is nominated again this year, and is in the same category as another “Book Of Morman” veteran, openly gay actor Gavin Creel, for his role as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly, a role originated by gay actor Charles Nelson Reilley, 52 years ago.

In celebration of the 2017 Tony Awards, we present a scene from Present Laughter, but not from the the 2017 production starring Kevin Kline, instead from the playwright himself Noel Coward, who wrote 38 plays, more than 300 songs, and multiple musicals, revues, and operettas. Present Laughter has been produced on Broadway four times and we’ll hear a scene from the play from a recording called, “Duologues” featuring actress Margaret Leighton, from 1957. From there, we will hear Christian Borle & Andrew Rannells, singing, “What Would I Do?” from “Falsettos,” followed by Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel & 2017 Broadway Cast of “Hello, Dolly!” performing “It Only Takes a Moment.” All nominated for 2017 Tony Awards.

24. Noel Coward – “Present Laughter” [3 minute excerpt]
from: Noel Coward Duologues (feat. Margaret Leighton) / Caedmon Records / 1957
[Present Laughter is a comic play by Noël Coward in 1939, first staged in 1942. The plot follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his estranged wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid-life crisis (since he has recently turned forty). The story was described by Coward as “a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics.” In the 1970s Peter Hall wrote “what a wonderful play it would be if – as Coward must have wanted – all those love affairs were about homosexuals”. Whether or not Coward would have agreed, in the 1940s the transformation of real-life gay relationships into onstage straight ones was essential. The play nevertheless contains many references to Coward’s own life. Monica is “unmistakably Lorn Loraine”, Coward’s long-serving and much-loved secretary. Morris has been seen as Coward’s agent and sometime lover Jack Wilson, and Henry as Binkie Beaumont. Liz, played originally by Joyce Carey, is thought to be based partly on the actress herself, who was a member of Coward’s inner circle. During 1956, Coward abandoned Great Britain for tax reasons, becoming a permanent resident of Bermuda. He bought a chalet in Les Avants, Switzerland, in 1959, and that became his primary residence as of 1964, although he continued to live much of the time in Jamaica. Meanwhile, he returned to playwriting with two of his works, both billed as light comedies, playing in London: South Sea Bubble (April 25, 1956) and Nude with Violin (November 7, 1956). The latter also had a production on Broadway that Coward directed and starred in, his final appearance as an actor in New York. It opened November 14, 1957, and ran 80 performances, followed by a West Coast tour in 1958, during which it alternated with Present Laughter. Prior to that, however, Coward also had been “in New York,” as the title for a follow-up for Noel Coward at Las Vegas put it, recording the studio LP Noel Coward in New York in the fall of 1956 for release on Columbia in 1957. The same season, he and actress Margaret Leighton made spoken word recordings for Caedmon Records of scenes from his plays, plus the second act of The Apple Cart, in which they had appeared together in London in 1953. The LP Noël Coward & Margaret Leighton in Noël Coward Duologues, and after a 2nd recording session of Coward’s poetry in January 1958 came The Apple Cart & Poems by Noël Coward. In 2005, these recordings, along with other recordings of Coward’s writings performed by Simon Jones, were gathered together by Caedmon into the 5-CD set The Noel Coward Audio Collection.]

25. Christian Borle & Andrew Rannells – “What Would I Do?”
from: Falsettos (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) / Sh-K-Boom Records / December 16, 2016
[Falsettos is a musical with a book by James Lapine and William Finn, and music and lyrics by Finn. The musical consists of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, the last two installments in one trio of one-act Off-Broadway musicals (the first was In Trousers). The story involves Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason, his gay lover Whizzer Brown, and his neighbors Cordelia and Dr. Charlotte. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, of which it won Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It was revived briefly on Broadway in 2016, and this revival performance has been nominated for five Tony Awards. The 2016 production opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on September 29, 2016 in previews, and officially on October 27, directed by Lapine. Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block and Brandon Uranowitz play Marvin, Whizzer, Trina, and Mendel respectively. Other cast includes Tracie Thoms as Dr. Charlotte, Betsy Wolfe as Cordelia, and Anthony Rosenthal as Jason. The production shuttered on January 8, 2017. Two performances were filmed on January 3 and 4, 2017, to be repackaged into a presentation for the PBS program Live from Lincoln Center series to be aired at a later date.]

26. Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel & 2017 Broadway Cast of Hello, Dolly! – “It Only Takes a Moment”
from: Hello Dolly! / Sony Music Group / May 12, 2017
[Hello, Dolly! is a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a record held for 37 years. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The album reached number one on the Billboard album chart on June 6, 1964 and was replaced the next week by Louis Armstrong’s album Hello, Dolly! The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won three. The role of Dolly Levi in the musical was originally written for Ethel Merman, but Merman turned it down, as did Mary Martin (although each eventually played it). Merrick then auditioned Nancy Walker. Eventually, he hired Carol Channing, who then created in Dolly her signature role. Director Gower Champion was not the producer’s first choice, as Hal Prince and others (among them Jerome Robbins and Joe Layton) all turned down the job of directing the musical. The musical, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion and produced by David Merrick, opened on January 16, 1964, at the St. James Theatre and closed on December 27, 1970, after 2,844 performances. Carol Channing starred as Dolly, with a supporting cast that included David Burns as Horace, Charles Nelson Reilly as Cornelius, Eileen Brennan as Irene, Jerry Dodge as Barnaby, Sondra Lee as Minnie Fay, Alice Playten as Ermengarde, and Igors Gavon as Ambrose. Although facing competition from Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand, Hello, Dolly! swept the Tony Awards that year, winning awards in ten categories (out of eleven nominations) that tied the musical with the previous record keeper South Pacific, a record that remained unbroken for 37 years until The Producers won twelve Tonys in 2001. After Channing left the show, Merrick employed a string of prominent actresses to play Dolly, including Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey (in an all-black version with Cab Calloway, Mabel King, Clifton Davis, Ernestine Jackson and a young Morgan Freeman), Phyllis Diller, and Ethel Merman after having turned down the lead at the show’s inception. Two songs cut prior to the opening — typical Mermanesque belt style songs “World, Take Me Back” and “Love, Look in My Window” — were restored for her run. On January 19, 2016, it was announced that Bette Midler would play the title role in a Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!. Previews began March 15, 2017, with an opening date of April 20, 2017, at the Shubert Theatre.[23][24] This production is scheduled for a ten month run with the final performance to be that of 14 January 2018. The production is produced by Scott Rudin, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. David Hyde Pierce plays Horace Vandergelder. Other principal casting for this revival includes: Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl, Jennifer Simard as Ernestina Money, Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker, Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde, and[27] Beanie Feldstein as Minnie Fay. Donna Murphy will play the role of Dolly at the Tuesday evening performances beginning in June 2017.]

11:14 – Underwriting

27. Claire & The Classical Revolution – “Enough”
from: In The Blue 7″ EP / Independent / December 12, 2015
[Released on 7″ Vinyl and Digital Download. Song by Claire Adams, Arrangement by Teri Quinn, Produced by Peter Lawless, Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab A 14-piece musical entity with Claire Adams on vocals & guitar, Peter Lawless as conductor, Christina Wince on flute, Teri Quinn on clarinet, Brandon Crawford on bass clarinet, Mark Lauer on bassoon, Jen Oliverio on trumpet, Austin Peiffer on trombone, Joseph Felton on tuba, Erik Hassell on violin, Alyssa Bell on viola, Eman Chalshotori on cello, Sarah Lahasky on contrabass, and Stephanie Williams on drums.]

[Claire Adams plays the Crossroads Flock Party, Friday, June 2, at 5:45 PM]

11:20 – Interview with Claire Adams, Ross Brown and Jerad Tomasino

Claire Adams, Ross Brown, and Jerad Tomasino on the May 31, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Kansas City based singer, songwriter, and musician, Claire Adams, has been an integral part of multiple area bands including: Claire & The Crowded Stage, Appropriate Grammar, and Hidden Pictures. With Katy Guillen the two perform as a duo called Quirk & Ruckus, and with Katy Guillen and drummer Stephanie Williams, Claire performs as a trio called Katy Guillen & The Girls, who last year release one of our favorite full length albums called Heavy Days. Katy Guillen & The Girls are on the road most of the year, on on Saturday June 10 they will play Knuckleheads with Friends! This special, one time evening will feature special guests Chris Meck on guitar, Ryan Heinlein on trombone, Alyssa Murray on keys, and Ernie Locke on harmonica. Kansas City’s very own 2017 IBC winner, Brody Buster, will be opening the show, and will also jump up for a couple tunes!The trio is launching Kickstarter campaign this Thursday for the International Blues

Ross Brown and Jerad Tomasino are co-founders of The Crossroads Flock Party. They are also members of the band Fullbloods, who last year on February 26, 2016 released one of our favorite albums of the year, “Mild West” on High Dive Records. Claire Adams, Ross Brown and Jerad Tomasino join us to discuss The 6th annual Crossroads Flock Party! this Friday, June 2, at 5:00 to 11:00 PM, at 19th & Wyandotte, in KC’s Crossroads!

Claire Adams, Ross Brown, and Jerad Tomasino, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

The 6th annual Crossroads Flock Party! June 2, 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, 19th & Wyandotte

Arc Flash 5:00 PM
Claire Adams 5:45 PM
HighWesthus 6:30 PM
The Whiffs 7:15 PM
Dreamgirl 8:00 PM
Natural Man & the
Supreme Court 8:45 PM
Reptil 9:30 PM

Performances & Installations – Pop-Up Charlie’s Big Idea – Kansas City’s favorite gilded doodle wizardPop-Up Charlie will be taking your responses to one of his burning questions and giving them life on paper. Made possible by our friendly neighbors at Missouri Bank.

Escapist Skateboarding Demonstration/Free Skate – Catch some serious skating business going down right across from the main stage starring our friends from Escapist Skateboarding. Bring your deck and this completed waiver over for a free skate!

Lucia Aerial Performing Arts – Don’t look down! Witness the spectacle of Lucia Aerial Performing Arts students as they put on three late evening performances.

Free Bike Valet- Roll up to Crossroads Flock Party like a VIP and have your bike safely stored by BikeWalkKC’s Bike Valet, made possible by Boulevard Brewing Company.

Food & Drink – Grab some street food from local food joints Mildreds, The Sundry, and The Bite, then wash it all down with beer and cocktails from the Flock Party bar, made possible by our friends at recordBar.

28. Arc Flash – “Future”
from: High Dive Records presents Belly Flop / High Dive Records / April 22, 2017
[High Dive Records Complilation feturing 27 tracks from the band’s on their label including: ACBs, Bummer, Shy Boys, The Fog, Fullbloods, The Conquerors, Empty Moon, Psychic heat, Rooftop Vigilantes, Fourth of July, Organized Crimes, Ghosty, Arc Flash, The Whiffs, Sbacky, Bonzo Madrid, and PINKO. This song is also on Arc Flash’s 2017 full length, Carbon Copy, released March 31, on High Dive Records. Arc Flash are James Tomblinson on guitar & vocals and Mark Osman on drums. The duo is based in Lawrence, KS.]

29. Claire and the Crowded Stage – “Dance Rock”
from: Kamikazee / Independent / July 20, 2013
[All songs by Claire Adams. All arrangements by The Crowded Stage: Claire Adams vocals, ukulele, guitar; Katy Guillen guitar, vocals, mandolin; Brent jamison keys, vocals; Katelyn Boone bass, vocals, keys; Peter Lawless accordion, bass; Jerod Rivers percission; Stephanie Williams drums; Teri Quinn clarinet, guitar. (additional members include Ben Byard, Mark Laurer and Russell Thorpe. Tecnicolor was Recorded in Kansas City mixed at Sangha Studios by Claire Adams, mastered at Weights+Measures soundlab by Duane Trower.]

30. ANOHNI – “Watch Me”
from: HOPELESSNESS / Secretly Canadian / May 6, 2016
[ANOHNI is formerly known as Antony Hegarty or Antony, an English-born American singer, composer, and visual artist. She is best known as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Anohni was born in 1970 in the city of Chichester, England. Her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981. In 1990, she moved to Manhattan, to study at New York University, where she founded the performance art collective Blacklips with Johanna Constantine. Entering a musical career, she began performing with an ensemble of NYC musicians as Antony and the Johnsons. Their 1st album, Antony and the Johnsons, was released in 2000 on David Tibet’s label Durtro. Their 2nd album, I Am a Bird Now (2005), was a commercial and critical success, earning Anohni the Mercury Music Prize. In 2016, Anohni became the 2nd openly transgender person nominated for an Academy Award; she was nominated for Best Original Song, along with J. Ralph, for the song “Manta Ray” in the film Racing Extinction. HOPELESSNESS, is a dance record with soulful vocals & lyrics addressing surveillance, drone warfare, and ecocide. A radical departure from the singer’s symphonic collaborations, the album seeks to disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics. ANOHNI on vocals, beat programming, keys, piano; Daniel Lopatin on beat programming, keys; and Ross Birchard on beat programming, & keyboards.]

David Bowie

31. David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
from: A Reality Tour / ISO – Columbia – Legacy / January 25, 2010
[Recorded November 22-23, 2003, Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. Originally written for a mooted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, “Rebel Rebel” was Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. The song is notable for its gender-bending lyrics (“You got your mother in a whirl / She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”) as well as its distinctive riff, which rock journalist Kris Needs has described as “a classic stick-in-the-head like the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction'”.Transsexual rock artist and former Bowie associate Jayne County claims that “Rebel Rebel” was based in part on County’s own song “Queenage Baby”, which was recorded in January 1974 by Bowie’s Mainman Records, but not released at the time. The song later surfaced on the independent 2006 release Wayne County at the Trucks, and some critics, upon hearing the track, echoed County’s claims. The 2004, live version features David Bowie – vocals, guitars, stylophone, harmonica; Earl Slick – guitar; Gerry Leonard – guitar; Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Under Pressure”; Sterling Campbell – drums; Mike Garson – keyboards, piano; Catherine Russell – keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals. A Reality Tour was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie in support of the Reality album. The tour commenced on 7 October 7, 2003 at the Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark continuing through Europe, North America, Asia, including a return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 1987 Glass Spider Tour. The tour grossed $46,000,000, making it the ninth-highest grossing tour of 2004. At over 110 shows, the tour was the longest tour of Bowie’s career. Bowie played Kansas City, May 10, 2004, at Starlight Theatre. I was there, seven rows from the stage.]

32. Lou Reed and John Cale – “Small Town”
from: Songs For Drella / Sire – Warner Bros. / 1990
[Dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol Superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol’s crowd. The song cycle focuses on Warhol’s interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol’s first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs on the album are, to some extent, in chronological order.]

33. The Smiths – “Handsome Devil (John Peel Session 5/18/83)”
from: Hatful of Hollow / Sire / November 12, 1984

34. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Next week on June 7, we present The Best of MidCoastal Releases of 2017 …So Far, with special co-hosts Marion Merritt & Nico Gray, plus special guests Chase Horseman and Dwight Frizzell.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios,

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WMM Playlist from: August 29, 2012

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Guest DJ – Mark Titus Returns! + Clover Noir Live!

1. Don Richard & Cast of The Rocky Horror Show – “Time Warp”
from: Live At The Unicorn / Mark Titus Field Recordings / June, 1990

In our first hour, Mark Titus returned to Wednesday MidDay Medley for part two of his Guest DJ Special! Last May, Mark joined us to share music from the Pembroke Hill Glee Club from 1968, music from DMZ, the Boston based punk band, and music from the KC Chorale in Kirkwood Hall. Mark Titus joined us to share stories for his journeys, and musical performances from the past 25 years.

Mark Titus has been involved in the video industry for more than 20 years. What started as videotaping family events led to the creation of Titus Video in 1985. Gradually Mark has expanded his focus to include performance art archiving, training videos, coach and highlight DVDs for high school, college, and professional sports. For more information you can visit:

2. Karen Errington – “Gorgeous”
from: Live at Bar Natasha / Mark Titus Field Recordings / May 3, 2008

Sandra K. Davies and Karen Errington

3. Stephanie Roberts with Vi Tran & The Cast of BOOM! – “Like A Prayer”
from: Live At The Polsky Theatre – Charlotte Street Generative Performing Fellowship Awards / Mark Titus Field Recordings / Oct. 2010

10:30 – Underwriting


4. Gamelan Genta Kasturi with Dwight Frizzell – “Angels and Demons at Play”
from: Live At La Esquina “Angels & Demons at Play” / Mark Titus Field Recordings / Feb. 25, 2011

5. Erin Bates Preston & Band – Music from “Titus Andronicus”
from: Live At The Living Room Theatre / Mark Titus Field Recordings / June 2012

6. Iris DeMent & Greg Brown – “Honky Tonkin’”
from: Live At The Folly Theatre – Benefit for Inner City Services / Mark Titus Field Recordings / 11-11-11

7. Karen Errington – “Two and Four” & “Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce”
from: Live at Bar Natasha / Mark Titus Field Recordings / May 3, 2008


8. The Clementines – “Bayou”
from: The Clementines / Independent / August, 2012
[Single from upcoming full-length release]
[We first met The Clementines as a duo Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer when they played LIVE on our April 25 show. Since then they’ve added Stephanie Williams on Drums, and Travis Earndshaw on Bass. Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, MO, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO, and studied Special Education with Music at Metropolitan MO CC, in KCMO. Nicole told The Pitch (Jan. 10, 2012 article): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs,” she says. “And I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school, and I went to school for a year at Missouri State for music education. But I’ve never been in a committed band before this one.” Nicole told David Hudnall of The Pitch: that her vision for the Clementines was initially inspired by the Irish folk duo the Swell Season. “I had just seen them in concert before I put up that ad,” Springer says. “They’re just so passionate, and I wanted to do something that had that much soul in it. It’s the same reason I like Aretha or the Gossip.” Tim Jenkins grew up in KC. Studied at UMKC. He has been playing music for over 10 years. He is a fan of “geek rock, like ’70s prog stuff.” “I usually bring in a song,” Springer says, “and Tim will tweak it and add solos and sometimes a riff — he helps complete it.” More info at:]

[The Clementines play The Riot Room at 4048 Broadway, KCMO, TONIGHT, with One Headlight High, The Strive, Le Grand, and Calling Home.]

9. Making Movies – “Twenty Years”
from: Aguardiente [EP] / The Record Machine / June 2012
[The Record Machine pressed a limited number of 7-inch vinyl, 4 song EP. The digital release was June 5. More info at: Today is the birthday of Juan Carlos ]

[Making Movies play in concert at The Royals Local Music Showcase by Ink Magazine Today at 6:00pm at Kauffman Stadium before The Royals take on the Detroit Tigers. Game starts at 7:10pm.]

10. TEEN – “Come Back”
from: In Limbo / Carpark Records / August 28, 2012
[from Aaron Johnson’s review on Former keyboardist for Brooklyn based Here We Go Magic, Teeny Lieberson teams up with two of her sisters and two of her favorite gal pals to create TEEN. An array of floaty textures and chanty vocal harmonies combine with a set of elctronic inspired tribal percussion, to create a synth driven psychadelic soudscape written with pop sensability. Their debut LP ‘In Limbo’ (set for release Aug 28 on Carpark Records) was mixed/produced by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and recorded in Teeny’s childhood friend/former bandmate Maia Ibar’s family barn in rural Connecticut.]


11. Clover Noir – “Scent”
from: Single Use Muse / Independent / September 2012
[from their upcoming full length release.]

11:19 – Interview with Clover Noir

The KC acoustic indie rock trio, Clover Noir are the second band we’ve presented this year that was formed with the help of Craigslist. Ben who writes the bands songs decided to post an ad for collaborating musicians on Craiglist where he met Shylette who brought her improvisational violin playing to compliment Ben’s tunes. With Ben’s encouragement, Shylette brought in a Natasha and the trio was formed. Clover Noir join us to play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Fresh from their KC Fringe Theatre performances the band is currently getting ready to release their debut full length recording. Clover Noir includes: Ben Rekittke on guitar and lead vocal; Shylette Carson on violin and backup vocals; and Natasha Derakhshanian on violin and backup vocals.


12. Clover Noir – “Push” (LIVE)
also available on: Single Use Muse / Independent / September 2012
[from their upcoming full length release.]


Ben had a whole different musical life before Clover Noir, he was signed with Island Records, working with a band.

Clover Noir recently participated in The KC Fringe Festival doing seven shows, in a rotating schedule, in the same venue, all in 10 days.


13. Clover Noir – “Sly The Nimble Mind” (LIVE)
also available on: Single Use Muse / Independent / September 2012
[from their upcoming full length release.]


Natasha is also are involved with the Kansas City Kansas Community Orchestra a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization where this year, she was elected President of their Board of Directors. Natasha discussed the orchestra and the new scholarship/mentoring program she has created that will give instruments to students who actively participate in the orchestra. More information at:

Clover Noir plays Czar Bar, September 12 at 7:00 PM

Clover Noir also plays The News Room, September 22, at 9:00 PM

Clover Noir is making plans for their debut recording CD Release show. For more information at:

11:42 – Underwriting


14. Prince Rama (Rage Peace)– “So Destroyed”
from: Top Ten Hits Of The End of The World / Paw Tracks / November 6, 2012
[5th release from the Brooklyn-based group as they channel the ghosts of ten different pop bands that died during the apocalypse. Produced by Tim Koh in Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s studio, mixed by Scott Colburn (Animal Collective, Sun City Girls, Arcade Fire), etc. That’s the album cover above, with Prince Rama all dressed up like Motel Memory, one of the highly popular bands we lost during the apocalypse.]

15. Nick Bartlett – “Cursed”
from: from Nick’s demo recordings / Independent / 2012
[Grand Island, Nebraska, singer/songwriter, first started playing guitar at 13. He is a self-taught musician who was influenced by bands like Skid Row, Ratt, Guns N’ Roses, and guitarist Steve Vai. Working like a lone wolf in Nebraska, Nick doesn’t play in a band, and in the recording process he creates all of the sounds by himself.]


(L-R) Singer/Songwriter – Elaine McMilian, Writer – Mel Neet, and Writer – Tom Ryan at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, in June of 2012.

On Monday, August 27, we lost a good friend, and writer, Tom Ryan, who reached out to so many of us through his kind and thoughtful words, and keen observations. Tom was one of those special people who took the time to connect with so many and offer collaboration and guidance. A veteran of the US Military, Tom lived all over the United States and all over the world, including: Australia, Japan, Nigeria, Ireland.

In Kansas City Tom was the creator o Words For Art, where he wrote about artists and art. Tom also wrote two other blogs, he was working on a play, he was a poet, essayist, he wrote screenplays, columns, and stories. Tom was full of ideas and through the last three years, he identified with so many with his amazing brain and sensitive demeanor.

We closed the show with a new song that musician Jason Beers was saving for his new banjo CD. Jason wrote that it was, “Kind of a dream to have Tom Ryan and Betse Ellis record with me.”

We also played a track from Elaine McMilian’s 2011 release, “The Messenger” which includes a song she co-wrote with Tom Ryan called “Lullaby (For Girls).”

Tom always took the time to connect, and we feel his absence, and we will give extra love and attention to our dear friend Elaine McMilian, who we hold in our hearts at this difficult time. Love and peace to you all.


16. Jason Beers with Tom Ryan and Betse Ellis – “Heuristics”
from: Jason Beer’s Recordings / Independent / 2012

17. Elaine McMilian – “Lullaby (For Girls)”
from: The Messenger / Independent / July 22, 2011


18. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

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