WKSU-FM - FM 89.7 - Kent, OH

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WKSU is Kent State University’s award-winning NPR News and Classical Music public radio station. Serving more than 20 Ohio counties and parts of Western Pennsylvania, 89.7 WKSU operates from the station’s broadcast center in Kent and via repeater stations at 89.1 WKSV in Thompson, 89.3 WKRW in Wooster, 91.5 WKRJ ... See more in New Philadelphia, and 90.7 WNRK in Norwalk; and via translator stations 107.5 in Boardman and 95.7 in Ashland. View WKSU Coverage Area Map WKSU brings you world and national news from NPR through programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered; regional news reports from our award-winning news staff; entertainment programs like Car Talk, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and This American Life—as well as the best in classical and folk music. View WKSU Program Schedule WKSU programming can be streamed live via this web site. An affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI), WKSU is a service of Kent State University. Find out more by reading our Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Guiding Principles, and Core Values. In the beginning there was nothing but an antenna tacked to a 50-foot pole supported by a chimney atop Kent Hall. WKSU has come a long way since it was founded on Oct. 2, 1950. In the early days, there was no permanent staff and the ten watt signal barely reached beyond the borders of campus. But under the care of station founder Walton D. Clarke and John Weiser (the first station manager), WKSU expanded quickly. Live broadcasts of KSU football and basketball games, along with an eclectic mix of student-produced programming were soon added to the station's original twenty-five hours of weekly airtime. Kent State University grew significantly in the 1960s and '70s, and so did WKSU with a move to new studios, increased power and additional hours of weekly programming that included a strong emphasis on classical music. In 1967, Congress created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in 1970, NPR was created - although it wouldn't be until 1974 that WKSU would join as an affiliate, adding All Things Considered to the schedule. John Perry, who came to Kent State in 1971, assumed day-to-day management of the station when John Weiser retired. As WKSU celebrated its 30th birthday, the station looked to the future by developing new fundraising techniques and professionalizing the staff, earning a national reputation for excellence along the way. To fill ever increasing needs, WKSU initiated a capital campaign with the idea of building a state-of-the-art broadcast facility, a dream that came true as the WKSU Broadcast Center was dedicated on Dec. 3, 1992, two years after the station had marked its 40th anniversary. The next year, WKSU's on-air sound was named the best in the nation by Public Radio Program Directors, Inc., a feat the station would repeat four times before the award was retired. WKSU's coverage area saw dramatic growth during this period as the station's main antenna was moved to Copley Township and repeater towers were added in Wooster, New Philadelphia, and Thompson. With a new Millennium dawning, WKSU passed the half-century post by throwing a yearlong series of events spotlighting keystones of the station's programming, including guests from NPR, concerts featuring classical and folk music, a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and a WKSU Homecoming banquet. A new era began as John Perry retired and Development Director Al Bartholet (who first came to WKSU as a student in the '70s) was named the station's fourth General Manager. In the early years of the 21st century, WKSU continued to expand its range and availability. By 2005, news and music were available twenty-four hours a day online at WKSU.com. WKSU's FM availability also broadened as a repeater station was added in Norwalk in 2004. Low power translators made WKSU programming available in Boardman and Ashland in 2006. Then in 2008, WKSU took the next step in radio by introducing three digital radio channels, available on HD Radio. WKSU HD-1, 2, and 3 carry the regularly scheduled programming, music from Folk Alley, and 24-hour classical music respectively. Today, WKSU continues to be one of the most respected and award-winning radio stations in America. As WKSU prepares to turn 60 on Oct. 2, 2010, it proudly holds to its traditions of creating quality public radio programming based on broadcasting innovation and excellence. As the station looks to the future, WKSU looks to new outlets in Northeast Ohio and beyond for the best in news, classical, folk and public radio entertainment.

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Your announcers must be given permission to say more about classical music that you want us to hear. Stop the silly practice of playing just one movement of a long composition and pretending that it is all there is to it. Play the entire composition for classical music for listening. Ask or permit see more... the announcers to say something about the identity of the little known composers like where and when did they live and their country of association for musical history.Your radio station has to do more to educate the listeners about little know composers. Say the names of these little known composers twice along with the name of the composition that you are featuring. before and after we hear the music. The syndicated music heard in the evening is much better than what you ask us to hear in the day time in part because the evening announcers say something about the music and composers rather than treat it as elevator music Much improvement is needed.

Jan. 3, 2013, 2:11 a.m. GMT


Streema Team

You should listen to WKSU-FM - a great News station originally from Kent, OH, United States.

April 25, 2010, 4:17 a.m. GMT

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Please publish or make available on the computer your play list for evening programs as well as for the day time listening. So much of the station's approach to presenting classical music makes me think that you do not think it is that important. Other wise why would you present just one short part of a long composition and pretend that this is all there to it.? Bring to the broadcasting booth somebody who is willing to speak intelligently about it. Your presentation of classical music has to go above the elementary level of elevator music we hear in the doctor's office waiting room. I question whether or not your station is really educating people about this music. It comes across as filling time and entertainment for waiting room listening or elevator tunes. I have spoken with three of your announcers and I know that they know much more than they are permitted to say

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