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Release: Jan. 3, 2003

KSUI's Kjaer elected to national broadcaster's board

Joan Kjaer, program director at KSUI, was recently elected to the board of the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio (AMPPR), a national professional association dedicated to music of all varieties on radio, particularly public radio.

Kjaer programs classical music and oversees operations of KSUI-FM, 91.7, a public radio service of the University of Iowa. She also hosts and produces the "Morning Program," Monday through Friday, as well as "Know the Score," KSUI's arts and humanities series on Sundays and Wednesdays.

AMPPR has been in existence for 40 years and attempts to help radio music personnel understand and satisfy the changing needs of the public in an evolving world. It is an association that brings together representatives from the recording industry, national and international program syndicators, musicians with established reputations as well as those whose careers are just emerging, and radio personnel who work with music on a daily basis.

"I'm thrilled to be invited to take a larger role in this organization at a time when so much in radio and in music, generally, is changing. We hear about the demise of classical music on public radio stations and, yet, KSUI is an example of a music service that remains true to its mission," Kjaer said. "I hope that, as a member of the AMPPR board, I will not only learn more about what my colleagues are doing at their stations, but will be able to share some of KSUI's struggles and successes."

Kjaer, of Iowa City, has been on the KSUI staff since 1977, working as a producer and announcer for 23 years and assuming the additional role of program director in 2000.