NUR-D PERFORMS BENEFIT SHOW OCT. 28

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN

Catch a Nur-D show and support local radio on Friday, October 28, 5-9 p.m., at Urban Growler Brewing (2325 Endicott St.).
“I love Nur-D’s energy and stage presence!” said WFUNA co-founder Katey DeCelle. “WFNU has been playing Nur-D’s music since the release of his debut album, but I hadn’t seen him perform live until recently. At the Central Honors Philando event this summer, Nur-D performed and I was blown away. Not only is he an incredibly talented performer, but he got the crowd moving and added even more positive energy to the event. I knew I wanted him to play our fundraiser as soon as I saw him play!
Expect dancing and lots of energy. “You’re not going to see me hiding anything from you, and I’m playing like it’s my last day on the planet,” Nur-D said. “Lights, colors, sounds – at every show, the plan is to try and wow you. My team, my band and I do everything in our power to ensure that everyone who attends a Nur -D have a safe space to be themselves. Dance, sing, cry, laugh, shout – you don’t have to worry about looking cool or doing the right thing. what you should be is yourself.
Shimmer will host the Halloween costume party which will include a costume contest, vendors, food truck, DJs and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children enter for free. The show benefits two local radio stations, WFNU 94.1 which serves the Frogtown area and KRSM 98.9 which serves south Minneapolis.

LOCAL RADIO STATIONS DISCOVER NEW MUSIC
Nur-D enjoys local radio stations like WFNU and KRSM, which were among the first to air his music.
“Local radio is what breaks the following. It’s the first step into the world of wild music,” Nur-D said. “It’s the first interaction that many young artists have with music as a commercial enterprise, which is extremely valuable. Local radio allows a newcomer to a region to take its pulse, to feel what it is, to hear how it speaks. As an artist, this can help you find like-minded creators in your area and allow you to inspire those around you.
DeCelle added, “Local radio excites me because it shines a light on the art and leaders of our community that mainstream media sometimes lacks. We provide free broadcasting and journalism training for community members, giving residents control over the stories they want to tell and a platform to share their talents. I also really like that we hear music and news from our neighbours! »
The Oct. 28 benefit merges two large communities: Frogtown and South Minneapolis. “On the Twin Cities community radio stage, most radio hosts know their show and the station they’re on, but don’t have the opportunity to meet other hosts outside of their station,” said said DeCelle. “This will be the first time WFNU and KRSM have collaborated on an event, and I’m thrilled to have the WFNU hosts meeting the KRSM hosts.”
Nur-D appreciates the passion with which these two radio stations must elevate their community. “It’s rare to feel that a company or an organization sometimes has a loving heart for people. Often one can feel like a commodity, the necessary thing to keep the lights on. And while that’s true to some extent, he always felt that KRSM and WFNU do so much of what they do because they love it,” Nur-D said.
“It’s not something you can find everywhere. It’s really special to see and be a part of it.

THE BEGINNING OF WFUNA 94.1
Philip Gracia helped co-found WFUNA. “When I was young, I listened to the radio ear to ear and pretended to do a play-by-play of the sport I was listening to,” he recalls. “Radio announcers have always captured my attention as they have shared the sport in detail throughout history.”
But he didn’t think he could do his job with it.
“The barbershop is a community gathering space in the black community. My boutique, The Grooming House, is no different. That’s where I heard about WFUNA from another patron who wanted to do a show. It was then that I realized that my love and interest in radio could be something that I actually did,” Gracia recalls. “Within days we were at the radio station recording our first show ‘Real Talk With Real Brothers.'”
WFUNA started small with a very small place in a collaborative retail building in Frogtown that basically consisted of a table with broadcast equipment. From there, the small nonprofit moved to rental space in the basement of a church in Frogtown. “Here we were able to begin to establish a more permanent presence for our volunteer presenters, but access to the building and the size of the space limited how our volunteers could engage and how we could grow our programming. “, Gracia said. “WFUNA currently has an office suite in the Capitol Ridge Building that allows access to all of our programmers and has increased the security and professionalism of our operations.”
In 2021 WFUNA added a mobile app which significantly expanded its listening audience. It offers on-demand programs that offer more visibility to broadcasters without geographical borders. This app has also played a role in allowing WFUNA to venture into paid advertising with local businesses who can place ads on the app.
Gracia appreciates how local radio serves the community. “Recently I saw a poll that indicated the future of radio included the two main categories like podcasts and local radio. There is a need and a desire for our listeners to hear news and music from their communities. Community radio provides a unique opportunity to bring underrepresented voices to the airwaves. WFUNA has also been very involved in engaging our youth in radio programming to tell their stories and develop their skills. »
WFUNA continues to provide free radio training to community members. Community members can sit on the board, fundraise, write grants, and plan events. To learn more, email station [email protected] or browse WFNU.org/contact.
WFUNA will host its second annual Frogtown Radio Gala Dinner at DeGidio’s Restaurant on Monday November 14th. “This event was a huge success for WFUNA last year and we are excited to do it again!” said DeCelle. “Stay tuned to WFNU and wfnu.org for more gala news.”

KRSM 98.9 STARTED
WFNU and KRSM started around the same time. They were part of the advocacy work of several media monitoring organizations, including Hope Community, Voices For Racial Justice, Little Earth of United Tribes, Main Street Project and the Native American Community Development Institute, as well as a volunteer base of over of 100 neighbors. KRSM was officially launched in November 2017. It is located in South Minneapolis at the Phillips Community Center.
Listen to 98.9 FM if you are within metropolitan area listening range. Alternatively, download the KRSM Radio app for Android or iPhone, or at www.krsmradio.org. To volunteer, contact us through the website.
KRSM’s mission is to provide a platform to elevate the voices, stories and cultures of these communities with a history historically ignored, distorted and erased by mainstream media; and serve as an on-ramp to jobs in broadcast media, audio recording/engineering/production, investigative journalism and voice-over work.
Andrea Pierre was approached by Brendan Kelly, the founder of KRSM, to volunteer when she first started. Initially, she helped with committee work, but felt the need to have her own show. She volunteered at the station for six years before becoming station manager.
She has always loved the media and attended camps as a teenager for journalism and reporting. “I’ve listened to the radio all my life,” Pierre said. “Growing up in Saint Paul, we used to put a wire hanger on to boost our signal to hear KMOJ in the 80s back home. It was exciting to hear voices on the air that I could relate to that sounded like the conversation of the elders at the kitchen table.
There is another full-time employee in charge of the KRSM Youth Camp and a part-time person who manages the website and programming. “We are a very small team so my days are hectic. I can meet the community in the morning, have lunch at our transmitter site in the afternoon and in the evening with our young people doing narrative work,” Pierre said.
KRSM is growing. They will celebrate their fifth anniversary and expand the “Ladders to Leadership” model with the KRSM Youth Internship.
“I love how both WFUNA and KRSM have genuine connections to the communities they serve,” Pierre said. “We constantly get feedback on the unique programming we have on KRSM. People can hear programs and advertisements in multiple languages ​​and on topics they can relate to from their peers. »

HELP SAVE COMMUNITY RADIO
“WFUNA is funded by donations from our listeners, grants and subscription sales. We’re a small nonprofit with two part-time employees, so the planning and success of fundraisers like these are crucial to helping us stay on the air,” said co-founder DeCelle.
“It is difficult to maintain consistent funding as a low-powered FM because we operate solely through grants, subscription sales and community donations,” Pierre observed. “We have been excluded from receiving public funds like other stations. WFNU and KRSM have so much alignment when it comes to our values, what we do, how we support local artists, and how we are stewards of historically ignored voices. It made sense to start working together to save community radio.

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