Southeast Public Radio Hires Host/Producer

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 6, 2005 — KRCU 90.9 FM recently announced the hiring of Jacob McCleland as host/producer.

McCleland is a 2000 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. His appointment began on Nov. 21.

“As a public radio station, we have a commitment to local programming,” said General Manager Dan Woods. “Jacob has a great deal of experience working with our local program hosts and developing feature stories. We wanted to enhance the localism in our program lineup every day of the week. With the number of local programs we now produce, this position is crucial to the station’s future as we serve our audience with programs that reflect our broadcast area.”

As host/producer, McCleland will serve as the coordinator for all of KRCU’s local programming; working with hosts, producers, and audio engineers to enhance the quality of KRCU’s in-studio productions. Additionally, McCleland will work with station staff and community volunteers to develop new ideas for programming on Southeast Public Radio.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with local programming on KRCU,” says McCleland. “I am especially excited about the expansion plans for KRCU and the opportunity to develop programs that can better tie together the regions we serve.”

McCleland recently completed a three-year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where he worked with slash-and-burn farmers on methods to enhance crop production and prevent deforestation. He also hosted a program on Panamanian radio called “Allá en el campo,” which featured interviews and feature stories about sustainable agricultural techniques for rural farmers.

“Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama was a fascinating, life-changing experience,” McCleland says. “It exceeded my expectations, and I believe that Peace Corps was a great way to learn about the world and give something back.”

McCleland would like to develop a programming cooperative with other public radio stations in the region to enhance the station’s programming and add a regional flavor to KRCU’s broadcasts.

“By sharing the talented feature producers at other public radio stations,” McCleland says, “listeners throughout the Midwest can enjoy the best radio we have to offer.”

KRCU 90.9 FM is the region’s Public Radio International affiliate and is celebrating 15 years as a National Public Radio member station. KRCU is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information about KRCU 90.9 FM can found at http://www.krcu.org.