The Sandra Moran Alphabet Soup Radio Book Club is on The Tenth Voice every second Saturday, 1-2 p.m. Central time. This LGBT public affairs show has been on the air since 1989 on KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City’s 100,000-watt community radio station. On the Radio Book Club show we discuss the entire spectrum of LGBTQ books with a variety of authors, books, genres, and panelists. The show features new panelists every month. To keep up to date, you can visit and like the show page at www.facebook.com/SandraMoranBookClub/.
The reason for the show’s name and its existence is at the end of the blog. But first, for those who have asked, here is the past and upcoming schedule with audio links for shows that have aired:
- Nov. 14, 2015. There was an introductory show. Carleen Spry, board member of the Golden Crown Literary Society, did an excellent job of describing GCLS, whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature. Audio is here: https://www.dropbox.com/CarleenSpryonTTV-GCLS
- Dec. 12, 2015: Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt with panelists Marianne K. Martin, Ann McMan, and Cheryl Pletcher. Audio for show: http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/sandra-moran-alphabet-soup-book-club-ttv/
- Jan. 8, 2016: George Hodgman’s Bettyville with panelists George Hodgman, Charles Ferruzza, and RE Bradshaw. Audio for show: http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/sandra-moran-book-club/
- Feb. 13, 2016: LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s Jam on the Vine with panelists Annette Billings, Stuart Hinds, and Mercedes Lewis for Black History Month. Audio for show: http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/sandra-moran-alpha-soup/
- March 12, 2016: Julia Allen’s Passionate Commitments with panelists Julia Allen, Lynn Ames, Bob Minor, and Cheryl Pletcher for Women’s History Month. Audio for show: http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/the-tenth-voice-march-12-2016/
- April 9, 2016: Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire with panelists Ronnie Lathrop, Michelle Pond, and Maria Vasquez Boyd for National Poetry Month. Audio: http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/the-sandra-moran-alphabet-soup-radio-book-club-2/
- May 14, 2016: Thomas Page McBee’s Man Alive with panelists Luke Harness, Sandra Meade, Samantha Kay Sera, and Danna Wheeldon. Audio: http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/the-sandra-moran-alphabet-soup-radio-book-club/
- June 11, 2016: Sara Farizan’s If You Could Be Mine with panelists Joy Baker, Luann Fox, Melodie Griffis, and David Whitner. NOTE: Sandra Moran’s Letters Never Sent was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s 2014 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Sara Farizan’s book won the award, and with typical generosity of spirit Sandra chose it for her radio book club. Audio: www.kkfi.org/program-sandra-moran-book-club-farizan
- July 9, 2016: Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. NOTE: Elizabeth will be at the Golden Crown Literary Society conference in Washington, D.C., and Philip Hooser of The Tenth Voice hosted with panelists Brent Husher and David Whitner. Audio: www.kkfi.org/program-sandra-moran-book-club-kavalier
- July 30, 2016: Bonus Book Club show with authors Robin Wayne Bailey, Kris Bryant, K.B. Draper, and Karen Richard. Audio: www.kkfi.org/sandra-moran-bonus-book-club
- Aug. 13, 2016: Ann McMan’s Backcast with panelists Ann McMan, Michelle Pond, Bev Prescott, and Jeff Vincent. Sandra had not had a chance to read this book before she passed, but she undoubtedly would have approved this perfect summer read. Audio: www.kkfi.org/sandra moran-backcast/
- Sept. 10, 2016: Daisy Hernandez’s A Cup of Water Under My Bed with panelists Miguel M. Morales, Monica Soto, and David Seymour for Hispanic Heritage Month. Podcast: www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/sandra-moran-radiob/
- Oct. 8, 2016: Mark Segal’s And Then I Danced with panelists Johnda Boyce, Holly Baggett, John Long, and Rodney Wilson. Rodney Wilson was the founder of LGBT History Month, and Johnda Boyce was a member of the committee. You can hear the show at this link: Oct. 8 show on Mark Segal memoir
- Oct. 29, 2016: Halloween Bonus Show! This year is the 25th anniversary of The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez. The panelists were all part of The Tenth Voice team: Philip “Blue Owl” Hooser (first Saturdays), Elizabeth Andersen (second Saturday Sandra Moran book club), Una Nowling (Trans Talk on fourth Saturdays), and our producer/sound engineer Linda Wilson, as well as Annette Billings. You can hear the show here: The Gilda Stories Halloween Bonus Show
- Nov. 12, 2016: Sandra Moran’s award-winning first novel Letters Never Sent. Panelists are Matt Hamblin, Rebecca Maury, Cheryl Pletcher, and Salem West. You can hear the show here: Sandra Moran’s Letters Never Sent
- Dec. 10, 2016: Michael Cunningham’s The Hours (and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway) with guests Johnda Boyce and Philip “Blue Owl” Hooser joining host Elizabeth Andersen. This book won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the Publishing Triangle Award for Gay Fiction. You can hear the show here: The Hours and Mrs. Dalloway
ORIGINS OF THE RADIO BOOK CLUB
When Sandra was invited to be a radio host on KKFI every second Saturday, she was unsure about the time commitment because she wanted to do it right. She thought about how radio would fit into her schedule and what she wanted her week’s show to look like. We said anything that fit the framework of an LGBT public affairs show would be fine because the show has had many permutations and hosts in 27 years.
In September 2015, she said she wanted to do a book club on the radio. She could have had a vocabulary segment on LGBT foreign words and people would have listened.
We were confident that her show as hosted by her would be wildly successful. After her cancer diagnosis, she asked me to host the show and said she’d left a template. She had chosen seven books and panels for those books. I intend to follow her plan to feature lively discussions of good books.
Sandra Moran told me she had three (because there are always three) goals for the show: 1) to showcase well-written LGBTQ books; 2) to elevate the discussion of our community’s literature; and 3) to bring attention to The Tenth Voice and KKFI. My goal is to honor literary legacy, both hers and that of the entire LGBTQ community. I hope you’ll listen.