KJHK, KU's student-run radio station, is one of the first radio stations that can be tuned in on the Internet computer network.
Computer buffs who enjoy surfing the Internet can now listen to Lawrence's "sound alternative" anywhere in the world by punching a few buttons.
KJHK, Kansas University's student-run radio station, is among the first stations broadcasting live on the Internet.
The station began simulcasting on the computer network at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
By linking up to KJHK with the proper computer equipment, Internet users from Tokyo to Tunis can listen to alternative and jazz music, KU sports and other programs.
"This is another jewel in the crown of our nationally recognized radio station," said Gary Hawke, faculty adviser and KJHK general manager.
The station is going out live on the Internet because of the efforts of Matt Abrams, special education communications coordinator, and Matt Angell, student administrative assistant at KU computing services.
They use a program developed at Cornell University called "CU-SeeMe" to send the signal.
"Mostly it's been used for video conferencing," Abrams said of the program. "What we're using it for now is just to send sound."
Currently, only users of Macintosh computers may access the station, he said. But most other personal computer users should be able to access it within a month, Abrams said.
KU has the second college radio station to go on the Internet, he said. A station at the University of North Carolina went on line a few days before KJHK.
Dozens more noncommercial stations are expected to be added to the Internet, Abrams said.
There is no cost to the university for putting KJHK on the system.
"It's all free because of the university's connection to the Internet," he said.
Already, listeners have logged on to KJHK from as far away as Wisconsin, Florida and Scotland, Abrams and Hawke said.
KJHK, broadcasting at 90.7 FM, is relatively low-power over the air -- its signal does not reach much beyond the Douglas County area.
KJHK generally is on the air when KU classes are in session. It broadcasts 24-hours a day except when off the air during breaks between semesters, including the upcoming holiday break from midnight Friday to 6 a.m. Jan. 9.
The station's programming includes Lawrence-area news and talk, alternative rock, jazz and KU men's and women's home basketball games.