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Release: Sept. 12, 2001

KRUI locates to new quarters, launches fundraising drive

Student operated radio station KRUI has successfully relocated its studio to temporary quarters in the Wheel Room and has begun a fundraising campaign to help develop the station's permanent studio and offices on the third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The temporary studio is located in the former Wheel Room arcade, which was refurbished and soundproofed earlier this year. The studio features large windows looking outside and into the Wheel Room so people can watch the station's DJs while they're on the air. KRUI's offices moved into new quarters on the third floor of the IMU.

Jennie Guyan, KRUI's general manager, said the station was formerly located in a house at 129 Grand Ave. Ct., a location that was not suitable for a radio station because sounds outside the studio, such as car horns, whistles, sirens, or people tromping up the steps of the house, could often be heard on the air. When the house was targeted for demolition last year to make way for the new athletic learning center, station executives eagerly began searching for a new location.

The station left the house July 8 and played automated music during the move. Guyan, operations director John Bollwitt and music director Ben High worked through the summer to coordinate the move to the IMU, which was completed August 26. The station returned to live on-air programming that day.

Guyan said the station's new quarters will provide a much larger on-air studio than what was available at 129 Grand, as well as two production studios instead of one. She said that when construction is completed this spring, KRUI will continue to use the Wheel Room studio for occasional special programming, such as interviews or to broadcast live musical acts performing on the Wheel Room stage.

Meanwhile, a series of fundraisers is planned for the spring to help pay for the construction and to buy new broadcasting and recording equipment. Bollwitt said fundraising letters are being mailed to parents of current KRUI workers, and KRUI alumni and events are being planned at local businesses through the fall. Costs related to the move will likely exceed the university's budgeted allotment so the funds raised will offset those overruns.