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   Winds of Change was originally a weekly radio program airing on Community Station 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City from 1989 to 1994. It featured Underground and Progressive music of the 60's & 70's which had a huge influence on the emerging Alternative Music scene. The program, which I produced and hosted, began broadcasting on June 9, 1989. A few months later, friend Jack Phinney (d.2013) joined in as co-host, adding his expertise in English Art Rock and early Punk along with his unique sense of humor. Jack had been active in the Concert scene in K.C., and as an employee of a couple of concert promoters had lots of first hand knowledge and interesting anecdotes to add to the show. Later other co-hosts and local Record Store owners and others in the music scene would join in.   The show featured the music of such varied artists as: Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa, John Prine, Soft Machine, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Touch, Moby Grape, Captain Beefhart, T.Rex, Janis Joplin, Nilsson, Sex Pistols, The Doors, Hawkwind, Talking Heads, Arthur Brown, Dave Edmonds, King Crimson, The Clash, Patti Smith, MC 5, Cream, etc.

   The music choices were obscure by today's Classic Rock standards, but was that heard on Underground and Progressive radio stations and patterned after shows like Beaker Street with Clyde Clifford. That program, which aired on 50,000 watt clear channel station KAAY 1090 AM out of Little Rock Arkansas from 1966 through 1972, is considered by many to be the first "Underground" radio program in the U.S.. Although it aired on an AM station, it greatly influenced the "Free Form" and "Progressive" radio formats that followed on the FM side of the dial. 

   It was a desire to relive those early days of "Underground" radio that pushed me first into the broadcasting field in 1977, and then into producing "Winds of Change" in 1989.

   But this site is not about that little show which ultimately means nothing.  It is about the music of an era now long gone and nearly forgotten:


Bob Olson

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