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September 30, 2005
Contact: Andrew Dierks, KJHK, (785) 864-2422.

KU student radio station hosts 30th 'birthday crawl;' Chuck D to give lecture

LAWRENCE -- KJHK, the University of Kansas' student-run radio station, is in the midst of celebrating its 30th anniversary, highlighted by three concerts and a lecture by Chuck D, founder and frontman of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy.

The station kicked off the "birthday crawl" celebration Sept. 27 with a concert by Mates of State, Danny Pound Band and Doris Henson at the Granada Theatre in downtown Lawrence. Upcoming events include:

Oct. 15 -- KJHK's 30th birthday. Songs from the past 30 years will be played.

Oct. 19 -- Chuck D lecture on "Race, Rap, & Reality" at 8 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Co-sponsored by Student Union Activities.

Oct. 20 -- LCD Soundsystem and the Juan Maclean at the Granada Theatre.

Oct. 21 -- Plow the Fields, a free show at the Bottleneck, will feature The Capsules, The Harvey Girls, Reach and Superargo. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. No advance tickets; open to anyone 18 or older.

Chuck D and Public Enemy were named one of the "50 greatest performers in rock & roll history" by Rolling Stone magazine in May 2004 and will be featured in the October edition of Spin magazine as one of the 20 greatest innovators of the past 20 years. Chuck D is lauded as one of rap's foremost intellectuals and for inspiring the genre of hip-hop to become "music with a message." In his lecture, he intends to address a diverse array of topics, including racial issues, hip-hop culture, the music industry and the importance of independent, student-run radio.

Tickets for this event are $4 for students with a KUID or $6 for the public. Tickets may be picked up at the SUA box office on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union. To learn more information about this event or any other SUA event, call the SUA box office at 864-SHOW or visit or

KJHK, a nonprofit, student-run radio station, began operating Oct. 15, 1975, from the lawn in front of Stauffer-Flint Hall on the KU campus. Disc jockey Steve Doocy, co-host of Fox News Channel's morning show "Fox & Friends," played its first song at 12:25 p.m. KJHK traces its orgins to the university's first radio station, KFKU AM, which began airing in 1924. According to, that station was replaced in 1956 by KUOK, a cable AM station run by the journalism school and available only in the residence halls. The popularity of FM broadcasting prompted KUOK to change formats and become KJHK, a full-fledged, publicly accessible radio station.

KJHK is now managed through the KU Memorial Union Corp. and has a nine-member advisory board consisting of individuals from the university and Lawrence communities. In 1994, it became the first college station to host a live, continuous broadcast signal over the Internet. The station is one of the few college operations in the nation to broadcast live 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round.

"KJHK's 30th birthday is a landmark event in college radio history," said Laura Watkins, live events director. "I think it's so important that we are celebrating 30 years and that we've remained an award-winning, nonprofit, student-run station that continues to take risks in its programming choices.

"Because we have such a diverse audience, we thought it would be fitting to put together a bunch of different events to target different groups," Watkins said. "Our station plays hip-hop, electronic, indie and local music, and it's only fitting that we feature those genres in our events."


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