March 26, 2009
Photo: University of Iowa students Pierce Smith, Nathan Gould and Pat Quinn broadcast from the KRUI studios.
KRUI-FM student radio celebrates 25th anniversary
The University of Iowa's student radio station, KRUI-FM 89.7 will be celebrating its 25th anniversary from Tuesday, March 31, through Saturday, April 4. To celebrate, KRUI has planned events over the course of the week, along with alumni announcers and several band interviews. The celebration will culminate with The Cool Kids playing a free, all-ages show on Saturday, April 4, at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Since March 28, 1984, KRUI has been hitting the airwaves as "Iowa City's sound alternative." Although student radio at Iowa has operated in some capacity since 1952, it wasn't until the early 1980s that KRUI received its noncommercial license from the FCC. From broadcasting on 89.7 FM, KRUI has spent the last 25 years developing a rich tradition of providing the university and Iowa City communities with alternative music, news and sports programming. "KRUI has a long history of serving the community with alternative programming that is truly unique in the area," says current station general manager Nathan Gould.
This weeklong celebration will kick off on Tuesday, March 31, at The Mill Restaurant. KRUI will offer promotional support for Mission Creek's presentation of Fourth of July and Brighton MA, who will play a show at The Mill at 9 p.m. KRUI will offer free pizza as well, starting at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, April 1, KRUI and the Bijou Theater will present the documentary "Guca" at the Bijou Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. Tickets are $2 with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
KRUI and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will present comedian Lachlan Patterson in the River Room at the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free, with the show beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.
On Friday, April 3, KRUI and Shorts Burgers will present a meet-and-greet event with former Iowa Hawkeye and current San Diego Chargers football player Nate Kaeding. The meet-and-greet will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shorts Burgers, 18 S. Clinton St. in downtown Iowa City. Admission is free.
KRUI's 25th anniversary celebration will conclude on Saturday, April 4 with a free concert at 10 p.m. by The Cool Kids in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. This show is presented in conjunction with the UI Art Museum and SCOPE Productions. Additional support is provided by the Late Night at Iowa Program and the UI Student Government.
The Cool Kids are an up-and-coming hip-hop duo from Chicago. Since 2005, they've brought their alternative hip-hop to the masses. Dubbed as an artist to watch by Rolling Stone magazine (November 2007), their success has lead to opening for M.I.A. and collaboration with Lil' Wayne. For more information visit http://www.coolxkids.com.
Not only will KRUI be holding special events outside its regular programming, but it will also feature alumni announcers. Alumni from throughout the Midwest will return to KRUI Studios for a one-hour slot. During this hour, alumni will get the opportunity to spin the music of their KRUI days. There has been an overwhelming positive response from KRUI alumni. "I'm excited to get back into the studio and see what the station has been busy working on," says former marketing director Matt Winter.
KRUI is student-run, with 11 student directors and over 200 student volunteers. The station provides a hands-on experience in a variety of areas including: journalism, marketing, public relations and engineering. For more information, visit http://www.kruiradio.org.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Nathan Gould, KRUI general manager, 319-331-6258, firstname.lastname@example.org; Patrick Quinn, KRUI marketing director, 708-860-1120, email@example.com; Matt Winter, KRUI alumni, 847-321-5887, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jordan Loperena, KRUI sports director (Kaeding event contact), 847-727-0934, email@example.com; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, firstname.lastname@example.org