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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 and 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 added.

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.