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August 15, 1999


Lawrence radio stations offer varied formats, from reggae to classical.

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Lawrence radio stations offer a variety of formats for college listeners looking to sing in the shower, relax in their rooms or study for exams.

On the FM radio dial, students can find classical music, modern rock and quite a few things in between.

KLZR-FM 105.9, known as The Lazer, offers modern rock in addition to Kansas University basketball and football, program director and DJ Roger "The Dodger" Formanek said.

At The Lazer, college students can find the music they want to hear, he said.

"We're the only (station) programming for them," he said.

The Laser also features concert give-aways, live music and specialized programs.

"We are your place to win concert tickets and find out about local events," promotions director Ananda Saloman said.

Sunday nights, the Lazer sponsors a free concert with two Lawrence bands at The Granada, 1020 Mass., which is then aired in part by the radio station along with other local music.

For those who want a wider range of alternative music, student-run KJHK-FM 90.7 may be the place to turn, general manager Gary Hawke said.

"We sacrifice mass numbers of listeners for ones who want something different," Hawke said.

The station is staffed by KU students interested in broadcasting. Some receive journalism credit, but Hawke said any student could work there.

"We can take more chances," Hawke said of the music they play.

The station's alternative and jazz format features several specialty programs, such as a sports talk, local music and hip-hop shows.

Hawke said the station not only plays a wide variety of music, but also plays more songs from individual CDs.

Another eclectic programmer is the National Public Radio affiliate, KANU-FM 91.5.

"Our approach is to reach out to any listener and serve all of Douglas County," program director Darrell Brogdon said.

The station features news, classical and jazz programs that public radio listeners are accustomed to, as well as live music, including a Liberty Hall concert series.

"We take a broader world view than most stations," Brogdon said. "We're always looking for something to set us apart."

-- Josh Funk is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who worked as an intern this summer at the Journal-World.

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