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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: July 13, 2000
WSUI/KSUI radio stations begin web broadcasts to listeners
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa's public radio stations have
expanded to a worldwide listener base using the latest webcast technology.
Radio stations KSUI (91.7 FM) and WSUI (910 AM) began the webcasts last week
from their websites http://wsui.uiowa.edu and http://ksui.uiowa.edu. Listeners
from outside the eastern Iowa and western Illinois normal broadcast area can
log on to access live, 24-hour programming. The webcasts offer streaming audio
via the RealPlayer software, which can be downloaded from the stations' website.
To hear the webcast, listeners also need a sound card, speakers or headphones,
and an Internet connection on their computers.
John Monick, director of UI Broadcasting Services, says the time is right
for this initiative. "We are eager to deliver our radio programming to
anyone who has a computer and wants to receive it. We want to capture the
momentum the stations are experiencing," he said. The stations moved
into new facilities in 1997 at 710 S. Clinton Street in Iowa City and enjoyed
a good fundraising effort, up 39 percent from last year, Monick said.
With the live web broadcasts, listeners can hear their favorite National
Public Radio, classical music and local programming, such as "Live From
Prairie Lights" local and as they surf the web or do other computing
tasks. The stations are also preparing more locally produced news, arts and
cultural features to reach a wider audience.
Webcasting is the latest trend among both public and private radio stations,
with hundreds of stations across the U.S. offering live broadcasts, Monick
WSUI-AM, a 5,000-watt news and information station, began in 1919 in the
basement of the UI Physics Building, making it the oldest educational broadcasting
station west of the Mississippi River. KSUI-FM, a 100,000-watt classical music
station, began experimental FM broadcasts in 1948 and went on the air full-time
in 1977 serving eastern Iowa.