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264: KC Tenants Power

264: KC Tenants Power


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by KC Tenants Power  Political Director and KC Tenants Organizing Director Wilson Vance.We discuss Kansas City voters passing Question 2, authorizing a $50 million bond for affordable housing, upcoming listening sessions to create a 2023 People's Platform (take their latest survey at , evictions during winter and COVID, the 4,000+ city-wide tenant union, and the future of affordable housing in Kansas City. On October 13, City Council passed a resolution guaranteeing the bond money will be directed to Kansas City’s Housing Trust Fund to create and preserve housing at or below 30% area median income (AMI), or between $550-$750 in rent. Vance, a South Indian Mound neighbor, is passionate about outreach in Northeast Kansas City and other neighborhoods that are underrepresented.
263: Art as Mentorship

263: Art as Mentorship


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're sitting down with Art as Mentorship's founder Enrique Chi and Operations Director Peter Beatty.Art as Mentorship is a Northeast Kansas City-based non-profit organization that takes an innovative approach to fully grasp young students’ full potential through music programs. They envision an inclusive community where under-represented artists are emboldened to raise their voices through music.Enrique and Peter share info about the upcoming Rebel Song Academy, the heart of their programming. The 12-week music camp takes an innovative approach to exploring young artists’ full potential through creativity, mentorship opportunities, and fostering their inherent sense of exploration and achievement. Students work directly with industry-professional mentors to write, record, publish, and perform an original song. Find more info at
262: Urban Hikes KC

262: Urban Hikes KC


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Lisa Peña and Jenny Hines of Urban Hikes KC, a walking tour company helping you explore around downtown Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. The guides have 13 tours, some of them seasonal, and recently added a Hilly Historic Northeast tour and even a bike tour! Tours cover a variety of topics, including history, culture, street art, an urban scenic byway, many familiar Kansas City landmarks, and even a few hidden gems! Find more info about their upcoming Historic Northeast tour at
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, sponsored by the Kansas City Museum, we're joined by Dr. Jacob Wagner, who teaches Urban Planning and Design at UMKC. He is the faculty founder of the UMKC Center for Neighborhoods - a research and outreach unit dedicated to building the capacity of neighborhood leaders and advocates in Western Missouri. In this episode Wagner discusses Kansas City's status as a UNESCO City of Music and a member of UNESCO Creative Cities Network.  Kansas City received this designation in 2017 and remains the only UNESCO City of Music in the United States.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Jolt Lighting and KC Parks and Rec to discuss the upcoming Winter Magic light display on Cliff Drive.  The drive is approximately one mile long and completely adorned with game-changing holiday light displays. They chat about the display, extra fun activities, logistics, and even a sneak preview night for the neighborhood! Listen for all the details.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Neighborhood Services Department Director Forest Decker. We discuss upcoming programs to help neighborhoods accomplish their goals and the recently awarded Rebuild KC Grants. Northeast nonprofits, like Mattie Rhodes Center and Jerusalem Farms, and neighborhood organizations like Lykins, were among the 211 recipients. For more information on their projects, read this week's issue of the Northeast News.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast we're getting a sneak preview at the Northeast Kansas City Historical Society's Ninth Annual Fall Homes tour. This year, they're focusing on Gladstone and Benton Boulevards in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood. The six houses, apartment complex and church show off a variety of the neighborhood's historic architecture. Purchase tickets now at for the October 15 tour.
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we’re at Eleos Coffee with Refuge KC founder Rich Casebolt. Refuge KC is a Christian ministry that welcomes New Americans to Northeast with Gospel-focused ministry. The organization, founded in 2016, also fills in the gaps where refugee placement organizations fall short. For more information, visit
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're talking to the staff of the Kansas City Museum, who are tasked with managing the Home of the Whole Story. Within that role, they are conscious to hire a thoughtful and diverse staff who hold each other accountable, challenge norms within the museum industry, and focus on making all visitors feel welcome. Listen to learn more about how each member of the team made their way to the Kansas City Museum and how their hiring practices have evolved as the Kansas City Museum was restored and reopened.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're at the historic Elmwood Cemetery with Northeast resident Brad Finch. He's starting a business to clean up overgrown and deteriorating headstones, restoring dignity and improving the appearance of the grounds he often walks. He is focused on respectful, preservation minded low-impact cleaning using only National Cemetery Association approved methods and materials. With Elmwood Cemetery's 150th anniversary is around the corner, Finch is one of a group of dedicated volunteers working hard to maintain the sprawling cemetery and aging headstones. Finch's website is, and more information about the October 1 celebration can be found about Elmwood Cemetery at
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival talking to Bob the Incredible Juggler and Chris Cole. They're in Canterbury every weekend through October 16 for the festival's 45th year. We discuss how they became performers, the diverse and interesting cast of characters that make their way to Kansas City each year, and what their favorite parts of the annual festival are. Keep an eye on Northeast News social media pages for ticket giveaways!
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we’re joined by Anthony Mendolia, a former Northeast resident and business owner. Mendolia shares stories of his family business, Mendolia’s Italian Sausage, and reminisces on growing up in Northeast. He compares Northeast and Independence Avenue then and now, and shares his hopes for the future of his beloved childhood community. Mendolia will be joining the Northeast News team as a volunteer, sponsored by Central Bank of Kansas City, focusing on oral and written history, creating connections and advocating for Northeast.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is at the Kansas City Museum with Chiluba Musonda, Deputy Director of Operations & Organizational Development, and Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, to discuss current and future food programming at the Museum. The Museum renovation included updates to the Soda Fountain on the lower level and the addition of a kitchen and cafe space on the main level. Listen to hear about cultural food programming and future food offerings at Elixir and Cafe at 3218.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Crispin Rea, candidate for Kansas City's Fourth District At-Large council seat. Rea, who grew up on Kansas City's East Side, currently works at the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office in the Special Victims Unit. His priorities include safe neighborhoods, basic city services and economic opportunity.Stay tuned for future episodes with each of our Northeast City Council candidates!
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we’re joined by Justin Short, candidate for City Council’s Fourth District at-large. Justin’s priorities include equitable community development, transportation and climate action. Listen now to learn more about Justin Short’s campaign, and stay tuned for interviews with each of our candidates for City Council!
This week we’re hearing from Kansas City’s Homeless Prevention Coordinator, Josh Henges, as he talks about upcoming plans in the KC area and his position as Homeless Prevention Coordinator. He shares with Northeast News editorial assistant, EllieAna Hale, about what he wishes to see in Kansas City and how the surrounding community can take a more active role in the Kansas City area as we navigate through the homelessness crisis, while also discussing the true issues and state of being of the homeless population in Kansas City. 
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're recapping our summer interns' experience at our local nonprofit paper.Aniaya Reed and EllieAna Hale, both rising sophomores, worked hard this summer to report on local stories, put together a stellar Back to School issue (out August 3!), and build their social media and digital news skills. We discuss their experience and their career and education goals.Their reporting was funded by the Missouri Press Association's internship grant.  Are you interested in interning for the Northeast News? Send us your resume at!
247: Painter Zan Laman

247: Painter Zan Laman


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Reporter Intern Aniaya Reed sits down with Artist Zac Laman to chat about his murals around Kansas City, and his future projects. Listen to learn more about Zac's passion for art and his efforts to spread his work across Missouri's borders. 
On this special mid-week episode of the Northeast Newscast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is interviewing firefighter Chris Hernandez. The Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) is now accepting applications for Firefighter/EMT, as well as civilian positions with the department. KCFD has a history full of traditions, honor and respect among fire departments nationwide. The fire department wants to offer applicants an opportunity to accept the challenge and become a part of over 140 years of fire service excellence. If you’re up for the challenge, visit our web site and click on the job recruitment interest card link:
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is joined by artist Michel Mirabal, whose paintings are on display at the Kansas City Museum through September 25. A selection of Mirabal’s work is brought to the Museum in partnership with Cubanisms: A Cuban Cultural Project, founded by Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commissioners Dálida T. Pupo Barrios (Cuba) and Michael McClintock (USA). The exhibit, “The History Behind the Sheets” is in the Meeting & Education Room on the second floor of Corinthian Hall, is free and open to the public during museum visitor hours.
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Faith Brennan

I really miss hearing Mike on KKFI with Charles Feruzza.

Dec 28th
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