Go 96.3 Releases Go Show 1 Lineup

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Banks will perform as part of the Go Show 1.

The promotional push for Go 96.3 continues. After bringing hosts on the air this week -- Jason Nagel, BT, Barb Abney, Linnea Mohn, and Thorn Skroch -- the station already has its first live music event planned.

Dubbed Go Show 1, the invite-only concert is scheduled for March 13 at Aria in the Warehouse District. It features a trio of acts that reflect the station's modern-rock playlist.

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Barb Abney Hired by Go 96.3

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Barb Abney at her new digs.

Former 89.3 the Current on-air host Barb Abney has just announced via Twitter that she's picked up a new gig. On Thursday afternoon, it was announced that she has joined the recently reformatted Go 96.3 (formerly K-TWIN).

Due to a "programming decision," the Current replaced Abney with midday host Jade Tittle in late January. Abney joins K-TWIN vets Jason Nagel and Brian "BT" Turner on the Go staff. She will host the 8 a.m. to noon slot on weekdays until a morning show is announced, and then move to 9 a.m.

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You Do Not Cuss on A Prairie Home Companion

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Robbie Fulks and his dog didn't give a shit about the censors during his A Prairie Home Companion visit.
Not typically the source of hell-raisin', FCC-thwarting audio, Garrison Keillor's folksy radio program A Prairie Home Companion got in hot water for a word aired during this past weekend's taping.

Guest musician Robbie Fulks -- country songwriter, dog lover, "a casually amazing singer," according to NPR, and don't forget sinner -- was the culprit.

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Lizzo Sends Support to Barb Abney

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Lizzo performing at First Avenue with Caroline Smith last fall.

Following Tuesday's news that 89.3 the Current had let longtime midday host Barb Abney go, her friend Lizzo put out a message of support. Like countless other Twin Cities musicians offering their condolences, her message comes back to Abney's tireless championing of the local community.

In a heartfelt Facebook video, the rapper recalls crossing paths with Abney ("bursting with energy, bursting with light") at a Lizzo & the Larva Ink gig at Cause in the days before the rise of the Chalice, GRRRL PRTY, and her solo career. "I firmly believe that a lot of my success in the Twin Cities comes from Barb's gift of gab," she says.

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Barb Abney Ends Run at 89.3 the Current

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89.3 the Current host Barb Abney
After nearly nine years at 89.3 the Current, Barb Abney has parted ways with the station.

On Tuesday, the midday host made an announcement via Twitter in the late afternoon saying, "I loved my job." Subsequently, Minnesota Public Radio confirmed that she had been let go, and that it was a programming decision made by the Current's management.

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The Current's Reddit AMA: 10 Best Comments

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Did Current listeners pay for Billy Idol's performance at Turf Club? Find out within.

Earlier this week, 89.3 the Current decided to open up to the masses as part of their rather large, 10-day 10th anniversary celebration. Unlike their public music meetings over at Amsterdam, the notorious Ask Me Anything forum on Reddit allowed for direct interactions with the station under the cloak of anonymity.

Both superfans and (mostly polite) antagonists came out to cheer and jeer. Everything from Thin Lizzy to Hozier to the shrinking (or not shrinking) playlist got some time in the conversation, which is up in full here. Here are our favorite exchanges.

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It's the End of K-TWIN As We Know It

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The logo on the right seems to be signifying the new direction of 96.3 FM.

The 96.3 frequency on Twin Cities FM dials has ended a three-year stint as K-TWIN.

As of January 1, the station has been stunting with a computerized voice touting a new "local radio station" set to debut on Monday, January 5, at 3 p.m. Update: The new station format debuted with the voice saying "Welcome to the new format."

So, what is it?
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Why Twin Cities Radio Needs KFAI

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Toki Wright (left) with Shade 45's Sway Calloway.

Toki Wright is a rapper, community organizer, educator, and host of Soul Tools Radio on KFAI. He and collaborator Big Cats released Pangaea earlier this year.

In late November, Minnesota Public Radio ran a story declaring "KFAI could run out of money next year." The word was out.

It's true that if the community-run station (90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul) doesn't meet its more than $100,000 deficit it is in danger of closing its doors in 2015. What exactly would be lost?

Rather than hiding under the radio console as a depressing theme song is cued up, this is an opportunity to tell KFAI's unique story. It's the story of radio waves providing a lifeline. It's a story of our community's diverse and underrepresented voices that can't afford to not be heard.

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Why BOB 106.1 is the best Twin Cities country radio station

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Loretta Lynn is one of the many amazing aspects of BOB.

It will surprise no one who knows me that my Buick's radio presets are all country stations -- with the exception of KOOL 108. The Current? Yeah, no. KDWB? Only on occasion. Country is my preferred genre, and one station always rises above the others.

That's BOB 106.1. It's an elusive station, with fair reception in most parts of the metro. (It comes in great in central Minnesota!) I can never dial it up on my regular kitchen radio. So why am I so addicted to a radio station that sometimes leaves me high and dry? Here are a few reasons.

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Now That's What I Call Music! has 50 (!) installments

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The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happening in popular music. But with the music industry having so many well documented issues, why is it that Now has managed to not only stay afloat, but flourish?

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