Win two tickets to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky

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KDHX will be 32 this month and we want to show our appreciation for those folks who have kept us on the air since 1987. 

Through October 14th, 2019, one lucky donor and/or contest entrant will be selected at random to win two tickets to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky, a four night all-inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky will be January 18–22 at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort and will feature performances by Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten, Kamasi Washington, Dr. Dog and more on the beach in Mexico. Simply make your gift to KDHX today, read the contest rules below,  and then fill out the entry form here: CLICK FOR ENTRY FORM.

When you fill out the online contest form, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win:

One (1) double occupancy (2 guests) room to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky January 18-22, 2020 at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (includes all taxes / fees)


1. How to Enter the Contest

a. You can submit your entry starting on October 1, 2019. All entries must be received by KDHX no later than 11:59pm, October 1, 2019. All times are Central Time.

b. To participate in the contest, you can fill out the ONLINE FORM, by 11:59pm, October 14, 2019. 

c. KDHX is not responsible for a submission that is lost, undelivered or misdirected, or for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the Internet, service outages or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches.

d. From all entries, ONE grand prize winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The winner will be notified by email. Prize must be claimed within 24 hours.


2. Eligibility Restrictions

The contest is open to adults (21 years or older). Employees of KDHX, its contest sponsors, volunteers managing the contest, and the members of their households are ineligible to participate in the contest or win. Only one entry per person will be considered.


3. The Prize Description

a. The prize will include:

One (1) double occupancy (2 guests) room to Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky January 18-22, 2020 at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico (includes all taxes / fees)

b. The prize has a total estimated retail value of $3,500.

c. All costs and expenses not specifically listed in the above prize description are the responsibility of the winner. No cash or other substitution, assignment or transfer of any prize permitted, except by Sponsor.

d. The station reserves the right to make changes to the rules of the contest, including the substitution of a prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement. If due to circumstances beyond the control of the Station, any prize-related event is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or canceled, the Station reserves the right, but not the obligation, to cancel or modify the contest and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.

e. The winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes. The winner is responsible for all fees and expenses associated with the acceptance, use and/or misuse of the prize not expressly included in the prize description. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

f. The prize will be distributed by Contest Sponsor.


4. Selection of Winner

a. Decisions of station management with respect to the contest are final.

b. The grand prize winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, October 14, 2019 from all entries received by the deadline on Monday, October 14, 2019, and the first selected eligible contestant will be contacted as the winner of the contest.

c. Entrants need not be present to win. The winner will be contacted by email. If the winner does not claim the prize within 24 hours of notification, that contestant will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected and notified in order from the alternate entries drawn.


5. Conditions

a. Payment of all federal, state and local taxes is the sole responsibility of the winner.

b. By participating in the contest, the winner agrees to have his or her name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to this contest without additional financial or other compensation, and to sign a publicity release prior to acceptance of the prize. The winner must also sign a prize receipt and certify compliance with all eligibility requirements prior to release of the prize.

c. KDHX, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person for tampering with the entry process or with the operation of the KDHX Web Site or who is otherwise in violation of the rules.

d. Additional travel costs and other expenses associated with the fulfillment of the prize are the responsibility of the winner and not the responsibility of KDHX or the Contest Sponsor.


6. Right to Make Changes

KDHX reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the contest. There is no substitution, transfer, assignment, or cash equivalent for prizes.


7. No Purchase Required

No purchase or donation is necessary.


8. Responsibilities

KDHX is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the contest or in the announcement of a prize, or cancellation of the performance.


9. Copies of the Contest Rules

Copies of the written contest rules will be available up to 30 days after the end of the contest at KDHX.org. You may also receive the rules by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to KDHX Contest Rules – SEE WILCO IN MEXICO, Jesse Hebisen, 3524 Washington, St Louis, MO, 63103.



Jean Ponzi: Negativity and Positivity in a Time of Reckoning

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“At first I thought, ‘Don’t talk about negativity. We are awash in negativity. People don’t want to talk about negativity.’ But then I realized, it is exactly what we need to be talking about.”

Jean Ponzi is excitedly recounting how she came to be one of the featured speakers in the upcoming TEDxGatewayArch Crash Course event, set for September 12, 6-9 PM at The Pageant. For 25 years Ponzi has been one of St. Louis’ most visible environmental professionals, known for her work at the Missouri Botanical Garden, her Earthworm Castings column in Healthy Planet Magazine and, of course, her KDHX podcast Earthworms. The event will feature four revolutionary speakers, three local entertainers and two interviews. 

Ponzi took a pleasantly rainy afternoon off from preparing for her presentation to discuss how negativity, environmentalism and philosophy fit together. 

Her presentation, “Earth Needs Negativity” is an examination of a concept she has long pondered. “The relationship with negativity has been the cornerstone of my philosophical outlook for my entire adult life.” She will dig into the concepts of duality, reciprocity and fear while reframing our relationship with what we call “negative” and “positive.”  

“You can look at that in a dualistic, linear way where you’re always on one end of the other, and always a little bit afraid we’re on the wrong end. And when we are afraid we can be controlled and manipulated,” warns Ponzi.

She approaches the topic from an ecological perspective, focusing on magnetism and life cycles. The consideration of negativity and positivity has pushed her to examine all preconceptions, and even the language she uses. “Let’s call the things that are bad by their true names: lying, greed, misogyny and racism. Let’s not dishonor negativity.”

As a woman, this is particularly poignant.  “From early point in my adulthood, I looked around and saw all that female stuff being defined as negative and I thought, ‘I don’t think so. Uh-uh.’”

She hopes her presentation will inspire a shift in a perspective for attendees. “I want the message to be a feeling of empowerment, and that what each person in the audience has to offer is needed … This is a time of reckoning for the human species. We are the dominant species on the planet. Our activity is impacting all other living things and all living systems … As such, our species has a responsibility … With a TED Talk you are seeding an idea into the hearts and minds of everyone who is watching.”

Seeding ideas is a way of life for Ponzi. Her podcast Earthworms is her longest running “job” and “because I still have little Earthworms segments, I am the woman who has been on <KDHX> the longest.” 

She uses Earthworms to focus on the encouraging actions people are taking and differences they are making as a way to counterbalance the painful realities of a burning Amazon rainforest, melting glaciers and endangered lives due to environmental negligence. “What a gift <Earthworms> has been for me as a professional and a human! And people are still listening even though there are a zillion other things you can listen to.” 

Ponzi grew up in a musical family and even played the French horn in her youth. But when she took to the airwaves at KDHX in 1988, she didn’t play music. Instead, she was offered an opportunity to do a talk show and she jumped in. “I had no idea what talk shows were about. I had watched the Steve Allen show and early predecessors of Johnny Carson. But this was before Rush Limbaugh and before it was anything like it is today.” 

At first she did a general interest talk show where she interviewed guests at restaurants on Friday mornings “so we could have hash browns.” Then she was offered an opportunity to do a midday interview show on Wednesdays. Despite the lack of hash browns, Ponzi again jumped in. She soon decided to focus the show on her passion for environmental topics and “Earthworms” was born. 

“It has been a series of wonderful opportunities that landed in my lap and I was smart enough to meet them,” Ponzi said of her years of volunteer service with KDHX.

Despite those years on the air and giving hundreds of public presentations to groups large and small, preparing for Crash Course has been a crash course of its own. After an application and selection process that included boiling down her presentation into 100 words and doing a three-minute introduction, Ponzi then was paired with coaches supplied by TEDxGatewayArch to help her hone her presentation into 10 minutes that are polished, structured and focused. They hold group practice sessions and she is enjoying the support. “I’ve never had coaches before – it’s great!” “This experience of being a TEDx speaker will be transformative to how I do what I do.”  

For tickets and more information on the Crash Course event, visit the TEDxGatewayArch website.

And be sure to catch the latest episode of Earthworms!


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