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May 20, 2009
Contact: Phil Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-5016.

Kansas Public Radio adds two broadcast signals in Manhattan

LAWRENCE — Mozart, Miles Davis, the “Morning Edition” crew and the “Car Talk” guys are coming to Manhattan.

Kansas Public Radio recently began broadcasting on two new frequencies in the Little Apple. KPR’s regular program stream — National Public Radio news, classical music, jazz and programs such as “Car Talk” and “A Prairie Home Companion” — can be heard on 99.5 FM. KPR2, an all-news/talk station featuring shows from the British Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio and selected encore broadcasts from KPR, is available on 98.3 FM.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring strong new signals to Manhattan that will give listeners several new alternatives to hear Kansas Public Radio,” said Janet Campbell, general manager for KPR. “Listeners now have 24-hour access to classical music, jazz, entertainment shows and news from NPR and the BBC. These new transmitters will give us great coverage over the entire northeast corner of the state.”

KPR2 normally is heard only on high-definition radio. KPR’s signal on 98.3 FM makes it one of the few stations in the country to broadcast an HD signal on a standard FM frequency.

Many listeners can hear KPR on 91.3 FM, a transmitter in Junction City. Because of the terrain surrounding Manhattan, many potential listeners couldn’t hear KPR without a powerful antenna. The two new signals make all of KPR’s programs available to all Manhattan listeners. The 91.3 FM frequency is still available, broadcasting KPR’s regular program stream.

KPR plans to introduce the station to local businesses at a Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Wareham Opera House. KPR hopes to sell underwriting announcements — the public radio version of advertising — to businesses looking to reach a local and regional audience. KPR members also will receive a printed invitation to the event.

KPR receives almost 70 percent of its operation budget from private sources, such as direct contributions from listener-members and business support.

“Expanding our signal is only possible because of the support we receive from listeners,” Campbell said. “They support the station with their donations, and we try to bring the service to as many people as possible. We have generous and loyal supports that are passionate about KPR. We appreciate that and work to ensure we put out great radio every day.”

KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, also broadcasts on 91.5 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia and 89.9 FM in Atchison. KPR can be heard on the Internet at


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