KVSC celebrates 45th
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Logo marking KVSC's 45th anniversary as St. Cloud State's student-run radio station.
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
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