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KVSC celebrates 45th

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Logo marking KVSC's 45th anniversary as St. Cloud State's radio station

Logo marking KVSC's 45th anniversary as St. Cloud State's student-run radio station.

Logo marking KVSC's 45th anniversary as St. Cloud State's radio station Photo of the founding staff at KVSC Photo of Jo McMullen-Boyer, station manager Photo of Trivia Weekend phone banks Photo of the Golden Urn, KVSC's annual trivia marathon trophy Photo of students broadcasting a Husky Athletics contest 

May 10 marks 45 years of broadcasting by St. Cloud State University’s public radio station, KVSC 88.1 FM.

An educational public radio station, KVSC follows a commercial-free alternative music format and provides award-winning news coverage and community events.

The staff is composed of students and community volunteers. In the past year the station has earned eight Associated Press Awards and a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award.

The station first signed on May 10, 1967, with a 10-watt signal that covered a radius of about five miles. Its original dial position was 88.5 FM. The switch to 88.1 FM came in 1983. The KVSC call letters are an acronym for the "Voice of St. Cloud."

Today, the station's 16,500 watts cover a 70-mile radius. KVSC offers a blend of progressive rock, jazz, folk, reggae, world, blues and Minnesota music. Additional offerings include educational programming such as "Minnesota History in 90 Seconds," "Earth and Sky" and eight daily newscasts.

View a KVSC News story and photo slide show about the station's 45th anniversary.

Milestones in KVSC’s history include:

1978 – Broadcasting in stereo

1980 – The debut of Trivia Weekend

1983 – Moved to 88.1 FM and increased power to 5,200 watts

1991 – 3,000 community members sign a petition to save the station from university budget cuts

1995 – KVSC.org is launched

1999 – KVSC begins streaming live on the Internet

2008 – First grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

2009 – First broadcast live from an international locale, the Winnipeg Film Festival

2009 – First Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant from the State of Minnesota

Learn more KVSC's milestones and history.

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