Regents to negotiate price for construction of KSEF Tower near Farmington, Mo.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Oct. 29, 2004 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved the removal and relocation of the KRCU 90.9 FM Radio tower currently located near the east corner of Henderson and Broadway.
The Board also approved a request to negotiate a price with Technical Services Group Inc. for the construction of a tower for a KRCU repeater station to be known as KSEF 88.9 FM Radio, to be located in the Farmington, Mo., area.
The Regents voted to remove the current KRCU tower and reconstruct it at a new site to improve the appearance of the main entrance to the campus at Henderson and Broadway and to support the continuation of tower lease contracts. Dr. Dennis Holt, Southeast vice president for administration and enrollment management, said the cost of the project will be financed with forward funding to be repaid over a 10-year period with three percent interest with revenues from a 30-year Cellular contract and 25-year Alamosa PCS contract. Estimated cost of the project is $310,000.
In related action, the Board voted to negotiate a price for the construction of a tower for KSEF 88.9 FM on Simms Mountain in Park Hills, Mo., in the Farmington, Mo., area. Holt said construction of the tower will significantly expand the broadcast area of KRCU. KRCU officials say KRCU will provide a satellite uplink to Farmington, where the signal will be downlinked and then rebroadcast. KSEF will serve more than 100,000 people in Farmington, Fredericktown, Potosi, Ste. Genevieve and Barnhart, Mo. Holt said KRCU and KSEF will cover the entire I-55 corridor from the southern part of St. Louis County to New Madrid, Mo., in the Bootheel.
“We are thrilled with plans to extend Southeast Public Radio in our northern service region,” said Dan Woods, KRCU general manager. “KRCU is a Public Radio International affiliate and a National Public Radio member station. We look forward to providing our informative and entertaining programming in the near future in the Farmington area.
In September 2002, Southeast received a Public Telecommunications Facilities Program grant of $220,568 to fund construction of the station. Total estimated cost of the project is $380,568. The grant requires $160,000 in matching funds from the University , which will be financed through forward funding by the Office of the Provost and repaid over 10 years by underwriting and fund raising. Holt said these estimates are conditional on the outcome of negotiations with Technical Services Group Inc.