KRCU Upgrades Repeater Station KSEF In Farmington

Classical Music Programming to Extend into Southern Reaches of Metropolitan St. Louis

Photo of the microphone at KRCU Radio

KRCU Public Radio has completed the change-out of the antenna of 88.9 FM, KSEF in Farmington, Mo., and its signal and programming should soon extend into the southern reaches of the St. Louis metro area.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 7, 2010 – KRCU Public Radio at Southeast Missouri State University has successfully completed the change-out of the antenna of 88.9 FM, KSEF in Farmington, Mo., and its signal and programming, with its primary focus on classical music, should soon extend into the southern reaches of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The new antenna is currently being tested, and the station will operate at 50 percent power during this period.

“KRCU is now able to provide a better signal to the Farmington/Park Hills area and once testing is over and the station boosts to 100 percent power, more signal concentration will be available in South County and into southern Metropolitan St. Louis,” said Dan Woods, general manager of KRCU.  “A good portion of KRCU’s schedule is classical music, so we are hopeful that listeners in metro St. Louis will enjoy our programming, since classical music will be harder to find on the radio dial in St. Louis with the sale of KFUO.”

The increase in signal will improve KRCU’s coverage along I-55. Initial coverage estimates show KRCU’s signal at 88.9 FM should reach from Perryville, along I-55, and into south St. Louis County. 

While preliminary estimates indicate that the signal will be strongest in Farmington/Park Hills and extend into the southern reaches of the St. Louis metropolitan area (as well as large parts of the Metro East region), it may well be accessible to listeners in other areas of the city and county. “Several factors impact reception for listeners,” Woods said. “The type of antenna being used to receive the signal, the surrounding terrain and the elevation of the listener’s receiver all play a role in reception of any signal.”

He says he is hoping KRCU’s programming will help fill the void expected to be left in St. Louis after the sale of KFUO, also known as “Classic 99.” Additionally, Woods notes that the station offers a wide variety of other popular public radio programs as well.

KRCU is a non-commercial public radio station which operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  KRCU provides public radio programming to more than 1.5 million people in the southeast Missouri region including the communities of Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Perryville, Marble Hill, Farmington, Park Hills, and Bonne Terre and south St. Louis County.

KRCU is an NPR (National Public Radio) member station and also broadcasts American Public Media and Public Radio International programs, as well as classical, jazz and indie rock formats. The station features classical music programming every weekday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Among its offerings is “Performance Today,” which features live concerts by famous artists in concert halls around the globe and from the American Public Media studios as well as interviews, news and features.  In addition, the station offers symphony broadcasts including the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic weekday evenings between 8-10 p.m., and airs classical music overnight.

KRCU relies on listener financial support to cover the cost of programming. Member support and underwriting make up approximately 30 percent of the budget. Southeast Missouri State University and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are the other two largest supporters of the station.

KRCU filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Sept. 30, 2009, to change the city of license of its repeater station from Farmington to Ste. Genevieve, Mo.  Changing the city of license did not involve moving any equipment and is simply an FCC filing matter, Woods said.  In addition, the application KRCU filed allows the station to increase its power output from 9,500 watts to 20,000 watts, which required the installation of a new, more robust antenna system.