KSEF Radio Now Operating at Full Power

Photo of a radio tower

A 195-foot radio tower for the new KSEF 88.9 FM, “SouthEast in Farmington,” went up in February on Simms Mountain. On Sept. 14 it began operating at full power.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 21, 2006 – KSEF 88.9 FM, “SouthEast in Farmington,” is now operating at full power, providing public radio service to Farmington, Fredericktown, Potosi, Festus, southern St. Louis County and part of Ste. Genevieve County.

A 195-foot radio tower for the new KSEF 88.9 FM, “SouthEast in Farmington,” went up in February on Simms Mountain.

KSEF, which went on the air May 16, began operating at full power on Sept. 14. It is a repeater station for KRCU 90.9 FM, Southeast Missouri State University’s public radio station. KSEF expands KRCU’s reach in the Farmington and Park Hills, Mo., area.

“I am so excited that 88.9 FM, KSEF, is on the air,” said Dan Woods, general manager of Southeast Public Radio. “This project has been in the works for nearly 10 years and it’s exciting to see it completed. I couldn’t be happier.”KRCU, located on the Southeast campus in Cape Girardeau, provides its signal to Farmington via T1 line, where the signal is then rebroadcast.

KSEF is a 9,500-watt station and is heard in Farmington, Fredericktown, Potosi, Festus, southern St. Louis County and part of Ste. Genevieve County, Woods said.

Its tower is located on Simms Mountain, which is one of the highest points in the state of Missouri, with an elevation of 1,450 feet.

“We have received feedback from KRCU listeners who have traveled up I-55 and listened as they drive to St. Louis,” Woods said. “We’ve also had a few new members from the Farmington area. They are excited about Southeast Public Radio’s music programming.”

Woods says the addition of KSEF 88.9 FM allows Southeast Public Radio to provide its programming to an additional 1.5 million people in the University’s northern service region. The station’s signal extends north from Fredericktown to St. Louis South County, he said.

“KSEF will allow listeners in the Parkland region and south toward Fredericktown especially, to have access to award winning NPR News, classical music and entertainment programming available on KRCU and KSEF,” Woods said. “This demonstrates Southeast Missouri State University’s commitment to contribute to the development of the social and cultural life of the region.”

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 cover the entire I-55 corridor from the southern part of St. Louis County to New Madrid, Mo., in the Bootheel.