CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
June 20, 2005 – KRCU 90.9 FM, Southeast Public Radio, is expanding its reach and will soon be heard in the Farmington/Park Hills area, thanks to a new repeater station to be called KSEF 88.9 FM, “SouthEast in Farmington.”
Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, recently signed a contract for construction of the new KRCU repeater radio station to be built on Simms Mountain. The station is expected to be on the air before the end of this year.
KRCU, located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, will provide its signal to Farmington via T1 line, where the signal will be then be rebroadcast. KSEF will be a 9,500-watt station and will be heard in Farmington, Fredericktown, Potosi, Festus, southern St. Louis County and part of Ste. Genevieve County, said Dan Woods, KRCU general manager.
KSEF will boost the listenership of Southeast Public Radio to 1.9 million, he said.
“The addition of KSEF 88.9 FM will allow Southeast Public Radio to provide our programming to an additional 1.5 million people in the University’s northern service region. The repeater transmission site will be located in Farmington, Mo., and the signal will extend from Fredericktown in the South to St. Louis South County to the north,” Woods said. “The coverage area will be substantial. We are very excited to offer our unique programming to a new audience.”
University officials and St. Francois County commissioners signed an agreement in late 2003 for Southeast to lease land from the county to build a transmitter building and new 195-foot radio tower on Simms Mountain, a point seven miles south of Park Hills. In exchange, the University is allowing the county to put equipment on the tower to expand its 911 emergency communication capability for fire and police.
With the addition of the new repeater station, KRCU and KSEF will cover the entire I-55 corridor from the southern part of St. Louis County to New Madrid, Mo., in the Bootheel.
“We are pleased that this project will provide a Southeast Public Radio presence in the northern part of our service region and allow riders on I-55 to listen to KRCU programming from St. Louis to well south of Cape Girardeau,” said Dr. Martin Jones, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast. “We are hopeful that the presence of KSEF’s signal in the greater St. Louis region will help with the University’s student recruitment potential in that area.
He says KRCU is committed to making KSEF a successful extension of its current station operations.
Plans call for KRCU and St. Francois County to share a generator in the new transmitter building on Simms Mountain, one of the highest points in the state of Missouri, with an elevation of 1,450 feet.
In September 2002, Southeast received a Public Telecommunications Facilities Program grant of $220,568 to fund construction of the station. Total estimated cost of the project is $380,568. The grant requires $160,000 in matching funds from the University, which is being financed through forward funding by the Office of the Provost and repaid over 10 years by underwriting and fund raising.