KRCU to Host Anniversary Gala Featuring NPR’s Carl Kasell


Kasell to Speak Oct. 25 as Part of 2010-2011 University Speaker Series

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National Public Radio (NPR) veteran newscaster Carl Kasell will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 5, 2010 ᾰ To celebrate its 20th anniversary as a National Public Radio (NPR) station, KRCU Public Radio at Southeast Missouri State University will host a two-day signature event in Cape Girardeau Oct. 25 and 26. The event will feature NPR veteran newscaster Carl Kasell.

Kasell is the official judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” which is broadcast on 90.9 FM, KRCU in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington, Mo. “Wait Wait” can be heard Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.

“It is a tremendous pleasure and honor to welcome Carl Kasell to Cape Girardeau to share his insights and experiences in journalism with the community. He is one of the familiar voices that public radio listeners truly connect with,” said Dan Woods, KRCU general manager.

KRCU’s 20th Anniversary Gala will include a Gala Dinner with Kasell at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, in the atrium of Robert A. Dempster Hall on the Southeast campus.

At 8 p.m., Kasell will speak about his 50 years in broadcasting and reflect on the current state of the news media today as part of the University’s 2010-2011 University Speaker Series. Kasell will speak in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The speaking event is free and open to the public.

The evening concludes at 9 p.m. with a champagne and dessert reception in the Dempster Hall atrium. Tickets for the gala dinner and reception are available at the KRCU studios or by calling (573) 651-5070.

Kasell will also visit the KRCU studios during his visit to Cape Girardeau and kick off the station’s fall fund-raising campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The veteran NPR host will join station staff on-air during NPR’s “Morning Edition” between 7 and 9 a.m. Listeners who pledge during the program will be thanked on-air by Kasell. A light breakfast will be available in the studios, and KRCU listeners are encouraged to stop by and make a pledge, have breakfast and meet Kasell.

This special event is being sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital, Edward Jones representatives Donna, Tim and Mike Domian, and Print and Pixel.

KRCU Development Director Amanda Lincoln says, “All of the proceeds from the 20th anniversary events will support the work of public radio in our communities. We aspire to raise $20,000 with these events and truly appreciate the support our community has already shown to our station.”

The 30-year veteran of NPR‘s daily newsmagazine “Morning Edition,” Kasell’s radio career spans more than 50 years. Before his work with “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!,” Kasell hosted NPR’s “Early Morning Edition,” a one-hour news program created in 1997 and incorporated into “Morning Edition” in 1998.

Kasell joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time newscaster for “Weekend All Things Considered” and later became a full-time NPR newscaster for “Morning Edition.” Prior to that, he spent 10 years at WAVA Radio in Arlington, Va., as both a morning anchor and news director.

Before moving to the Washington, D.C., area in 1965, he was morning deejay and newscaster at WGBR-AM in Goldsboro, N.C.

Kasell took an interest in radio at a young age and recalls playing deejay with his grandmother’s wind-up Victrola in Goldsboro. He worked part-time at a local radio station during high school and was an actor in local theater.

An English major at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill, the university selected him as an inductee to the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, which recognizes North Carolina natives who have made exceptionally distinguished and career-long contributions to the field of journalism. In 2001, Kasell was awarded the Development Exchange Inc.’s (DEI) President’s Award for his lifetime contributions to public radio. In 1999, he shared in the George Foster Peabody Institutional Award given to NPR’s Morning Edition. In 1996, Kasell was honored with the Leo C. Lee Friend of Public Radio News Award for lasting commitment to public radio journalism.

Kasell will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Chicago on Nov. 6 along with “Music and the Spoken Word,” the “longest-running radio broadcast in America,” having debuted in July 1929 and featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Kasell and his wife Mary Ann live in Washington, D.C.

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 20,000 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at http://www.krcu.org/.