KRCU installs new antenna, sign rises to 50Ok watts

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mon. (KFVS) – The Southeast Missouri State University public radio station installed a new antenna and other equipment at the Van Buren site.

It is part of KRCU Public Radio’s signal expansion project.

The new antenna will improve the signal strength to 50,000 watts.

“The new antenna and equipment allows KRCU to provide a better signal to the listeners and to reach more people than the temporary antenna allowed,” said General Manager Dan Woods. “We are excited to be one step closer to completing this expansion and providing better service to our listeners in southeast Missouri.”

The new antenna and equipment follows a frequency broadcast on 88.7 FM, KDMC, in April and the recent move of the broadcasting facility from Van Buren to Elsinore.

After moving to Ellisinore, the signal strength dropped from 100,000 to 12,000 watts.

The final phase of the expansion project includes FCC licensing and approval, which will allow the station to return to its original output of 100,000 watts.

Upon completion, the station will reach nearly 80,000 listeners in the Poplar Bluff, Van Buren, Ellsinore, Doniphan and Piedmont communities of Missouri and northern Arkansas.

In September 2019, the Council of Regency approved the purchase of the station.

The expansion was funded by a gift from an anonymous donor.

According to the university, annual operating costs for KDMC are covered by corporate insurance and individual donations.

KRCU Public Radio is owned and operated by Southeast. It is located behind the Academic Hall on the main Cape Girardeau campus.

It went on air from the university in 1976. The station went from a student radio station to an NPR member station in November 1990.

In 2006 it expanded its coverage to the Farmington area.

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