KRCU to Hold Grand Opening and Dedication of New Broadcast Studios

Microphone at KRCU Radio

KRCU will hold a grand opening and dedication Friday, Oct. 24, of its new studios at Southeast.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 15, 2008 — KRCU is holding a grand opening and dedication Friday, Oct. 24, of its new studios on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The event kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at the Serena Building on the campus. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the new studios and meet the KRCU staff and other supporters of public radio.

A ribbon-cutting and remarks by Southeast Missouri State University President Kenneth W. Dobbins and KRCU General Manager Dan Woods will begin at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Listeners

May not have noticed the station relocated because KRCU is still at the same place on the dial – 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington — but behind the radio, a lot has changed since April of this year, Woods said.

KRCU is now located in Serena in the center of the Southeast Missouri State University campus, just north of Academic Hall.

“We feel a lot more a part of the campus here,” said Dan Woods, general manager of KRCU. “We love it,” he said. “We see a lot more people here.”

The station moved April 2 from its previous location at 338 N. Henderson, where it had been since 1990. The Henderson Street location was demolished in April to make room for a new Southeast residence hall to be built at the corner of Broadway and Henderson. The new residence hall is expected to be completed by the start of the fall 2009 semester.

KRCU’s main office suite in its new location is in Serena Room 205. The station’s broadcast studios are on the west wing of the third floor in a former art studio. Woods says the new studios are three times the size of their former studios on Henderson Street.

The new studio area includes a technical operations center that houses the station’s battery backup, satellite receivers and computers for automation; an editing station for editing digital audio; offices for Jacob McCleland, host/producer, Allen Lane, chief engineer, and Jason Brown, operations director; a small studio; a 314-square-foot master control room; a 305-square-foot production room; and a CD library.

“This is a major upgrade,” Woods said, adding that new satellite equipment was also installed as part of the move. “These are very nice facilities, and we’re very appreciative of the University’s commitment to public broadcasting.”

Southeast’s Facilities Management staff handled the construction and renovation work, which was completed at the end of May.

The station operated out of a temporary studio in a former fiber art studio in the Serena Building until Sept. 29.

“We kept things (on air) as normal as possible” during the transition, Woods said, adding the station was off the air for only an hour from 9 to 10 a.m. April 2 during their move.  “All in all, we weathered it pretty well.”

And, for the first time in years, the station’s on-air announcers are enjoying windows, an amenity absent from its studio located in the basement of their former building on Henderson.

Now, when they tell listeners there is a 30 percent chance of rain, they can actually see if it is raining outside, Woods mused.

This will be the fourth location for KRCU since its inception in 1976 as an alternative music radio station.  KRCU first went on the air in Academic Hall, then moved to Grauel Building and later to 338 N. Henderson. KRCU became a National Public Radio member station in 1990.

Woods says this isn’t the first time a radio station has been housed in Serena, though. He says part of the antenna for WSAB, a shortwave radio station, was housed in the building in the 1920s.

“So we’re back where radio first started in this area,” he said. “I think we’ll be here for a long, long time.”KRCU is Cape Girardeau’s and Farmington’s local Public Radio International affiliate and a National Public Radio member station.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.