These changes include a new locally produced independent music program from Jason Brown, host and producer of “The Elliot Potter Show,” which aired on KRCU from 2008 to 2013. The new show is called “Left of the Dial,” after the Replacements song of the same name, which is a reference to the position of the radio dial on which non-commercial radio stations are typically located.
In the era of college radio these stations were reliable sources of independent, unsigned, and otherwise “underground” artists. “Left of the Dial” is a radio program molded in that tradition, with a strong focus on new music but with a flexibility to allow a variety of genres, themes, and eras to be explored. “Left of the Dial” will air Fridays from 9 to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. on KRCU.
That’s not the only new music program making its way to KRCU’s airwaves; NPR’s “All Songs Considered” makes its way back to the schedule Fridays at 8 p.m. “All Songs Considered” is NPR’s guide to discovering new music below the radar. Every week, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton go through hundreds of new albums to find music that’s worth getting excited about, whether it’s the latest Swedish pop band, a hip hop artist going ambient, or a singer-songwriter with a twisted new take on love.
Following “All Songs Considered” will be “Alt.Latino” from NPR Music. Every week, “Alt.Latino” introduces listeners to new alternative Latin music, including diverse genres such as cumbia, Mexican garage rock, Panamanian rap, heavy metal mariachi and many more boundary-blurring sounds from around the world. In addition to music, “Alt.Latino” features interviews and insightful conversation about Latin events and culture. “Alt.Latino” can be heard Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on KRCU.
These program additions are a response to a survey KRCU conducted in February 2015 as well as listener comments throughout the year and during KRCU’s membership campaigns.
“It was clear when we ceased production of “The Elliot Potter Show” that a lot of listeners missed the opportunity to discover new music on KRCU,” said KRCU General Manager Dan Woods. “Hopefully adding ‘Left of the Dial’ as a two-hour program and in the time-slots it will broadcast in will allow us to offer our listeners the chance to discover and enjoy new music while continuing to offer listener-favorite programs such as ‘This American Life,’ ‘The TED Radio Hour’ and our many other program offerings.”
KRCU will also add jazz music programming overnights on Friday and Saturday nights with “Jazz Network” from public radio station WFMT in Chicago, and will expand the broadcast of WFMT’s “Beethoven Satellite Network” overnights Sunday through Thursday.
For more information about the changes, and a complete program schedule, go to www.krcu.org.
KRCU is Southeast Missouri’s NPR station broadcasting from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. It broadcasts at 90.9FM in Cape Girardeau and at 88.9FM in Ste. Genevieve and Farmington. In addition to airing NPR news programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, KRCU also produces local features and broadcasts a variety of music and entertainment programs.