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University of Iowa News Release

April 13, 2004

KRUI To Hold Open House In New Studios

Student-operated radio station KRUI will celebrate the opening of its new studios in the Iowa Memorial Union and its 20th year on the air with a grand opening and open house April 24 and 25.

The ceremonies begin with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, in the new studios, in 380 IMU. Speaking will be Valerie Wild, the station's general manager, and Phillip Jones, vice president of student services. A new logo will also be unveiled and the station's broadcast will be switched to the new studio from its temporary quarters in the Wheel Room.

In addition, the lobby of the new studios will also be dedicated to the memory of Craig Amundson, a KRUI alumnus who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

A reception will follow until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

The station has been broadcasting from its Wheel Room studio since July 2002 after leaving its studio at 129 Grand Ave. Ct. That location was inadequate because it was in an old house and not properly soundproofed so that sounds outside the studio, like car horns, whistles, sirens, or people tromping up the steps of the house, could often be heard on the air. The house has since been demolished and replaced by the Academic Learning Center.

The station's new quarters will provide a much larger and technologically state of the art on-air studio, as well as two production studios instead of one.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,