Southeast Public Radio Relocates to Serena

Microphone at Southeast Public Radio

Southeast Public Radio’s studios and offices have relocated to Serena on the Southeast campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 8, 2008 – Listeners will continue to hear Southeast Public Radio at the same place on the dial – KRCU 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM in Farmington — but its studio and offices have relocated.

Southeast Public Radio is now located in Serena in the center of the Southeast Missouri State University campus, just north of Academic Hall.

“We feel a lot more a part of the campus here,” said Dan Woods, general manager of Southeast Public Radio. “We love it,” he said. “We see a lot more people here.”

The station moved April 2 from its previous location at 338 N. Henderson, where it had been since 1990. The Henderson Street location is expected to be demolished this week to make room for a new Southeast residence hall to be built at the corner of Broadway and Henderson. The new residence hall is expected to be completed by the start of the fall 2009 semester.

Southeast Public Radio’s main office suite in its new location is in Serena Room 205. The station’s broadcast studios are currently being constructed on the west wing of the third floor in a former art studio. Dan Woods, Southeast Public Radio general manager, says the new studios will be three times the size of their former studios on Henderson Street.

The new studio area will include a technical operations center that will house the station’s battery backup, satellite receivers and computers for automation; an editing station for editing digital audio; offices for Jacob McCleland, host/producer, Allen Lane, chief engineer and Jason Brown operations director; a small studio; a 314-square-foot master control room; a 305-square-foot production room; and a CD library.

“This is a major upgrade,” Woods said, adding new satellite equipment also is on order. “This is going to be a very nice facility when it’s done.”

Southeast’s Facilities Management staff is handling the construction and renovation work, which is expected to be completed by the end of May.

Until then the station’s temporary studio is in Room 306, a former fibers art studio.

“We’re trying to keep things (on air) as normal as possible” during the transition, Woods said, adding the station was off the air for only an hour from 9 to 10 a.m. April 2 during their move.  “All in all, we’ve weathered it pretty well.”

And, for the first time in years, the station’s on-air announcers are enjoying windows, an amenity absent from its studio located in the basement of their former building on Henderson.

Now, when they tell listeners there is a 30 percent chance of rain, they can actually see if it is raining outside, Woods mused.

This will be the fourth location for KRCU since its inception in 1976 as an alternative music radio station.  KRCU first went on the air in Academic Hall, then moved to Grauel Building and later to 338 N. Henderson. KRCU became a National Public Radio member station in 1990.

Woods says this isn’t the first time a radio station has been housed in Serena, though. He says part of the antenna for WSAB, a shortwave radio station, was housed in the building in the 1920s.

“So we’re back where radio first started in this area,” he said. “I think we’ll be here for a long, long time. I think it’s going to turn out very nice.”