Apr. 07.

Middle of the Map Fest: Spirit Is The Spirit Interview

Spirit Is The Spirit at Middle of the Map Fest

Spirit Is The Spirit at Middle of the Map Fest

The music festival section of Middle of the Map Fest has come and gone, and it did not disappoint.

Many great acts played stages all across Kansas City’s historic Westport neighborhood, including Spirit Is The Spirit, a psychedelic folk rock band from Lawrence, Kansas . As one of the last shows of MOTMF, Spirit Is The Spirit played to a packed recordBar crowd last Saturday night. After the show, I got a quick interview with them.

Spirit Is The Spirit has been together for four years with a changing lineup. They have played MOTMF all four years since it’s inception in 2011. Currently, they are working on a few new tracks, some of which they played during their set on Saturday night. Frequenters of the recordBar in Kansas City, the members of Spirit Is The Spirit love this venue, and claim Saturday night’s performance was “the best night we’ve ever played at the recordBar.” Speaking as a member of the crowd, I would have to agree it sounded fantastic. Of all the bands I was able to see at MOTMF, they were one of my favorites. Some bands sound better in the studio, but Spirit Is The Spirit can definitely rock an energetic and even comical live set, at one point jokingly claiming to be the band 98 Degrees. Not that anyone believed them, their joke still received a warm laugh from the audience.

Spirit Is The Spirit has only played in Manhattan once, playing a set in the basement of Auntie Mae’s Parlor, but asked if Manhattan would have them back. Eager to perform again in the Little ​Apple, they jokingly asked if they could play a rooftop house show. It is unknown if Spirit Is The Spirit will ever head west to Wildcat Country anytime soon, but it is assumed they would be well received.

For their next show, they will be playing a special set for the film section of MOTMF on Sunday, April 20th. For this section of MOTMF, bands play songs from different movie soundtracks. With it being 4/20, Spirit Is The Spirit will be playing songs from the movie “Dazed and Confused” at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Kansas City at6:00pm.

—Nick Fief

Photo: K-State Alumni Association Archives
Feb. 24.

The History of Kansas State University’s Radio Station

Photo: K-State Alumni Association Archives

Photo: K-State Alumni Association Archives

Earlier today, on Twitter, the K-State Alumni Association asked if any of their followers knew of someone who had worked for K-State’s radio station.  A number of people started to ask about the station’s history.  To appease that demand, we present “The History of Kansas State University’s Radio Station” written by our own John Forsee.


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Oct. 11.

New Music



“Sugarcane” – Sleigh Bells             Bitter Rivals

Noise pop/electronic duo (I would call it ‘chainsaw pop’) Sleigh Bells released their third album, Bitter Rivals on October 8th. It rides on the heels of the acclaimed Treats and Reign of Terror.

“Memorial Fields” – Yuck         Glow and Behold

London based lo-fi rock group Yuck has moved on after the departure of their lead singer Daniel Blumberg, and released their sophomore l.p. Glow and Behold. Yuck features a sound that is reminiscent of early 90’s lo fi rock (think Pavement, Built to Spill, etc.). Glow and Behold was released on September 30th.

“Crazy for You” – The Dirtbombs            Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!

Detroit garage rock legends The Dirtbombs have never released the same album twice. 2001’s Ultraglide in Black was an R&B/Gospel Rock album. Party Store, released in 2010, featured covers of Detroit techno and house music songs. Now, they have released Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey! (Oh my god that title). Front man Mick Collins describes it as ‘bubble gum pop’. Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey! was released on September 30th.

“We Sink” – Chvrches            The Bones of What You Believe

Much hyped Scottish electro pop band Chvrches finally released their debut l.p. on September 24th. The success of advance singles “Gun” and “The Mother We Share” have received extensive radio play, and early e.p. Recover was well received critically.

“Desitute Time” – Delorean            Apar

Spanish alternative dance group Delorean released Apar in mid-September. They will be playing Riot Room in Kansas City on November 2nd (91.9 TICKET GIVEAWAY).

“This Lonely Morning” – Best Coast            Fade Away

Bethany Constentino fronted Best Coast will release an E.P. entitled Fade Away on October 22nd. It is the first release for the surf/garage pop group since their 2012 l.p. The Only Place.

“The Truth” – Dr. Dog            B-Room

Pennsylvania based psych folk band Dr. Dog released their 7th full l.p., entitled B-Room, on October 1st. They will play Liberty Hall in Lawrence next spring. They will play Liberty Hall in Lawrence in March.

“Arabella” – Arctic Monkeys          AM

English rockers Arctic Monkeys released their 5th studio album, titled AM, on September 9th. Monkeys front man Alex Turner says that the album is a homage to the influential classic rock band The Velvet Underground. AM will feature guest appearances by Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age) and drummer Pete Thomas (drummer for Elvis Costello and Tom Waits).

“Reflektor” – Arcade Fire           Reflektor

Recorded in secret under the moniker ‘The Reflektors’, Canadian based rock group Arcade Fire will released their 4th full lp on October 29th. The ad advance single, which is the title track, was released on September 9th at 9:00pm in select locations around the country. The James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) produced track features backup vocals by David Bowie.

“Andro Queen” – Pixies           EP1

Moving on without former bassist Kim Deal, legendary Boston rock group Pixies released new music for the first time in 9 years in 2013. EP1 was released without any prior announcement on September 3rd. They will play Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland in Kansas City on February 11th (Cults are opening).

“The Wire” – Haim            Days Are Gone

L.A. based Haim (Hi-Um) is composed of sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, along with drummer Dash Hutton. They released their debut album, Days are Gone, on September 30th. Their sound is reminiscent of other 80’s throwback electro pop groups, like Chvrches and Capital Cities. They will play The Granada in Lawrence on October 10th (91.9 TICKET GIVEAWAY).

“Nine is God” – Wavves         Grand Theft Auto 5

Artists to record material exclusively for the video game soundtrack include: Wavves, The Chain Gang of 1974, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, and BJ the Chicago Kid. The soundtrack was released on September 24th.

“Shot at the Night” – The Killers/M83             Single

Vegas dance rock group teamed up with Anthony Gonzalez (M83) for this special release single, released on September 16th. The track will be featured on the soon to be released Killers Greatest Hits compilation, due in November.

“Team” – Lorde           Pure Heroine

16 year old New Zealand singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde will release her debut l.p. Pure Heroine on October 1st. After self-releasing her e.p. The Love Club digitally, Lorde was quickly signed to Universal Records. Advance single “Royals” has been played nationally on commercial and college radio stations alike.

“Rolling Waves” – The Naked and Famous            In Rolling Waves

New Zealand based electro/alternative band The Naked and Famous released their second full l.p., entitled In Rolling Waves, on September 16th.

“Stand on the Horizon” – Franz Ferdinand            Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand released their 4th l.p., Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, on August 27th. They’ll be playing The Granada in Lawrence on October 8th.

“Sleepwalking” – The Chain Gang of 1974            Grand Theft Auto 5

“High Road” – Cults              Static

New York City Indie pop group Cults will release their second full album, Static, late 2013. “High Road” is the second single. They will open for Pixies at Arvest Bank Theater in Kansas City on February 11th.

“Dust” – Jacuzzi Boys             Jacuzzi Boys

After 2 well received albums (particularly, the success of the single “Bricks or Coconuts”), Florida garage rockers Jacuzzi Boys will release their third full l.p. (which is self-titled) on September 10th. “Double Vision” is one of two advance singles, along with “Domino Moon.” They will play Czar Bar in Kansas City on October 24th (91.9 TICKET GIVEAWAY).

“Bite My Tongue” – King Khan and the Shrines              Idle No More

After years collaborating with Mark Sultan (aka BBQ) and Black Lips, Indian/Canadian rock front man Arish Ahmad Khan returns to his psychedelic group The Shrines in 2013 with Idle No More. They will be playing Record Bar in Kansas City on October 20th.


New Local Music

“God 69” – Das Mobius          Mystery Box

After a (long) hiatus, Junction City based electronic group Das Mobius is re-releasing their 2003 album Mystery Box.

“Lament” – Starving in Style               Single

Manhattan alt rock group Starving in Style.

“Shadows” – Quiet Corral              Ancestors

Lawrence based alternative folk group Quiet Corral released their new album, Ancestors, in late September.

“Street Fighter II” – The ACB’s           Stona Rosa

Kansas City alt pop group.

Sep. 27.


Aug. 20.

Wildcat Sports Report: Interview with Marty Jenkins

Marty Jenkins from 101 ESPN stopped by the The Wildcat Sports Report during the second segment of this week’s show.  Jenkins previewed Big 12 Football in the upcoming season and talked about what fans should expect from Kansas State Football.

If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here by simply clicking on this link: Marty Jenkins Interview.


Jun. 05.

Summer 2013

Welcome to summer 2013! Even though things have settled down for the summer here at K-State, we’re still in full motion! For a full programming schedule, click here to see when your favorite DJs are on the air. Of course, we take requests all the time while DJs are on the air! To make a request, call the Wildcat Line at 785-532-0919. Lastly, we’re always streaming online at wildcat919.com/listenlive. So if you went home for the summer or are hanging out in another country, you can still listen. We would smile from ear to ear if you did.

You can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook also to stay up to date with everything we have going on this summer.

May. 05.

Register for Kanrocksas passes at K-State Library’s Caffeine Fix

Finals week is upon us. The K-State Libraries have those students studying hard in mind and will serve those students with “Caffeine Fix.” The Wildcat 91.9 will be set up at Hale Library Sunday, May 12 from 10pm-11pm alongside the K-State Library to give students a bit of a break while studying. Coffee, tea, and other food and drinks will be provided so students can get up, socialize and stretch their legs a bit. The Wildcat 91.9 will have schwag to give away and have a registration set up for 2 passes to Kanrocksas Music Festival featuring fun., Imagine Dragons, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kendrick Lamar, and many others. Stop by our table at Hale Library Sunday night to get signed up and take home some cool schwag!

Apr. 28.

Former Wildcats Picked up by NFL Teams

  • 2nd Round, Pick 24 (56th Overall), Arthur Brown to the Baltimore Ravens
  • 4th Round, Pick 26 (123rd Overall, Chris Harper to the Seattle Seahawks
  • 6th Round, Pick 36 (204th Overall), Braden Wilson to the Kansas City Chiefs
  • UDFA, Collin Klein to the Houston Texans
  • UDFA, Justin Tuggle to the Houston Texans
  • UDFA, Nigel Malone to the Indianapolis Colts
  • UDFA, Angelo Pease to the Green Bay Packers
  • UDFA, Travis Tannahill to the Cleveland Browns
  • UDFA, Ryan Doerr to the Denver Broncos
  • UDFA, Jarell Childs to the Oakland Raiders
  • UDFA, Anthony Cantele to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last Updated, 3:00PM, 4/29,13

Apr. 22.

The Wildcat 91.9 Quiz Bowl, Part One

Mr. California hosts a quizbowl between Mike Pereira and the Mad Scientist while DJ Roo and Maverick McCoy try to help them cheat from the next room!

Mar. 15.

K-State Downs Texas, Rematch with Oklahoma State Next

Kansas City- K-State hadn’t won a Big 12 Championship game since they made the finals in 2010. Rodney McGruder made sure that streak ended Thursday night in Kansas City.

Rodney McGruder dominate the Longhorns all night, in route of a K-State 66-49 victory in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship

“It’s a good win.  We’ve talked about Texas, how much improvement they’ve made over the last stretch, with Kabongo back, changes their team, and I think they’re 6‑3, since he got back.  And since we played them they were 4‑1, and basically beat the same teams, most of the same team, Oklahoma State, along that stretch. We knew we had a game.  When we saw the big lineup, we thought they would play zone.” Said K-State Head Coach Bruce Weber.

Weber was right. Texas, (16-17, 7-11) stayed in a 2-3 zone all night long in an attempt to keep K-State out of the paint. It worked, for a while anyways.

Texas jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, and looked ready to give the No. 11 K-State Wildcats a game. But Angel Rodriguez hit two three pointers to lead K-State on a 14-2 lead to give the cats a 15-9 lead of their own, and they never looked back.

Despite only taking a 34-28 lead into halftime, K-State never seemed to be truly threatened by Texas. Especially McGruder.

McGruder put together a 1st team all Big 12 performance, scoring 24 points to go along with 7 rebounds.

“The shots that I took today where open shots.  And I was fortunate enough to make half of them.  And Angel found me a couple of times on the break and on the wing.  So I just gotta thank my teammates for finding me tonight.” McGruder said in the post game interview.

K-State put the game to bed with 9 minutes remaining in the second half when McGruder buried a three pointer to beat the shot clock, and then quickly laid the ball in again 20 seconds later in transition to put K-State up 18.

With Thomas Gipson in foul trouble, and Jordan Henriquez struggling with a back injury, it was Freshman DJ Johnson who was the start big man for K-State.

In 15 minutes of action, Johnson was a perfect 4-4 from the field, scoring 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to tie McGruder for the team high.

“Omari went in a couple minutes, Nino went in a couple minutes, but D.J., Darrell Johnson, who was good in the year and he always gives us a minute or two, but he was huge for us.  So that was great.  With J.O.’s (Henriquez) back kind of struggling, we needed somebody with Thomas in foul trouble.  And like we have all year, somebody stepped up, and Darrell was definitely the difference maker tonight.” said K-State Head coach Bruce Weber in the postgame.

With the win, K-State progresses to the Big 12 Championship semi finals on Friday night at 9:00 where they will take on Oklahoma State.