KU News Release

August 31, 2012
Contact: Janet Campbell, Kansas Public Radio, 785-864-4603; Phil Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, 785-864-5016

KPR switching program streams on 90.3 FM in Chanute

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LAWRENCE – Listeners in southeast Kansas will hear some new voices on the air beginning Monday, Sept. 10.

KANQ, 90.3 FM, Kansas Public Radio’s 17,000-watt transmitter in Chanute, will switch from KPR2, a news-talk format, to KPR’s main signal, carrying NPR news, classical music, jazz and listener favorites from NPR like “Car Talk,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and “This American Life.”

The signal can be heard in Neosho, Wilson and parts of Allen, Woodson, Greenwood, Elk, Montgomery, Labette and Crawford counties, including the cities of Chanute, Iola, Fredonia, Yates Center, Neodesha, Independence and Parsons.

KPR is making the switch because of increased programming fees charged by National Public Radio and other program distributors, Janet Campbell, KPR general manager, said.

“We had been broadcasting NPR, BBC and other shows in Chanute that weren’t on our main channel,” Campbell said. “Those shows were on our ‘HD’ stream, which is generally available only with a special receiver or online. Because we found a way to do it over the air, NPR wanted to charge us their standard program fees, and we just couldn’t afford that.”

KPR2, the HD/news-talk format southeast Kansas listeners had been hearing, will still be available on KPR’s website.

Listeners to 90.3 FM will now have access to KPR’s regular programming, which includes:
• “Morning Edition,” 5-9 a.m. Monday-Friday, NPR’s national newsmagazine, with a local KPR host for state and regional news and weather;
• “All Things Considered,” 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, NPR’s national newsmagazine, with a local KPR host for state and regional news and weather;
• Classical music, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. weekdays, with local hosts to introduce the music, live performances from the KPR studio and announcements of regional concerts;
• “Jazz in the Night,” 9 p.m.-midnight weekdays, and “The Jazz Scene,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, with local hosts playing traditional jazz and today’s upcoming artists, live performances from the KPR studio and announcements of regional concerts;
• “Trail Mix,” 1-7 p.m. Sunday, the best of contemporary and traditional singer-songwriter and folk music, bluegrass and Celtic music, live performances from the KPR studio and announcements of regional concerts;
• “The Retro Cocktail Hour,” 7-9 p.m. Saturday, “exotica” music from the swingers’ era of the late ’50s and early ’60s, TV theme songs from that era and sounds from the early Hi-Fi era;
• “A Night on the Town,” 9-11 p.m. Saturday, the best of Broadway and film scores;
• “Right Between the Ears,” 7-8 p.m. Sunday, sketch comedy with a bad attitude;
• “KPR Presents,” 8-9 p.m., Sunday, high-profile speakers and lectures recorded in the KPR area.

National shows on KPR include:
• “Weekend Edition,” 7-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, an NPR newsmagazine with a local KPR host for state and regional news and weather;
• “Car Talk,” 9-10 a.m. Saturday and noon-1 p.m. Sunday, comedy and car repair tips;
• “A Prairie Home Companion,” 5-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, a variety show of music, comedy and news from Lake Wobegon;
• “This American Life,” noon-1 p.m. Saturday, eclectic storytelling from around the country.

The Chanute transmitter also broadcasts Kansas Audio-Reader Network to the area. Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired and print disabled individuals. It reads daily newspapers, magazines and books on the air and on the Internet, 24 hours a day, and offers newspaper readings by telephone. Services are offered free to anyone who is unable to read normal printed material. There will be no change to the Audio-Reader signal or services offered.

KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard on the Internet. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk channel on HD Radio. Those broadcasts can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.

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