‘Morning Edition’ from NPR News Begins at New Time on KRCU 90.9 FM


Program Now Heard by Almost 13 Million Each Week

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 16, 2005 – “Morning Edition,®” National Public Radio’s (NPR) morning newsmagazine, now begins at 5 a.m. on KRCU 90.9FM.

Broadcast on more than 500 NPR member stations each week, “Morning Edition” is the most popular morning program on public radio. Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep host the two-hour newsmagazine from NPR’s production facilities in Washington, D.C., and NPR West in Los Angeles.

“Morning Edition,” which used to air from 6 to 9 a.m. on KRCU, will now begin an hour earlier at 5 a.m.

Southeast Public Radio General Manager Danny Woods says the earlier time will better serve the KRCU audience. 

“There are a lot of people who are up and ready to go at five in the morning,” he said. “This gives them a chance to start enjoying NPR’s flagship program right away.”  

Since its premiere in 1979, “Morning Edition” has become companion to almost 13 million Americans each week, winning top broadcast journalism honors and accolades along the way, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and the George Polk Award. 

Featured commentators, including political analyst Cokie Roberts and sports writer Frank Deford, provide additional insight and analysis. “Radio Expeditions,” a regular series co-produced with the National Geographic Society, takes listeners to far-off lands where some of public radio’s most adventurous people explore diverse cultures and endangered environments.

NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming, serves a growing audience of more than 16 million Americans each week via more than 640 public radio stations. NPR Online at http://www.npr.org/ brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.

KRCU 90.9 FM is Cape Girardeau’s local Public Radio International affiliate and a National Public Radio member station providing the Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois region with classical music, news and entertainment programming. For more information, log on to http://www.krcu.org/