Archive for Friday, September 14, 2012

KANU marking 60 years of broadcasts

September 14, 2012, 12:41 p.m. Updated September 14, 2012, 1:07 p.m.


It’s progressed from teaching painting over the airwaves to being a major player in Kansas media.

At 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 15, 1952, KANU went on the air for the first time. Now Kansas Public Radio, it’s been on air since. The station’s licence has always been owned by Kansas University and in 1971, the station became part of the original network of National Public Radio affiliates.

Throughout the year, KPR will have special events celebrating its diamond anniversary. At 2 p.m. Saturday, they’ll broadcast a special concert by “Jazz Scene” host David Basse on 91.5 FM in Lawrence. More information about anniversary events can be found at

KPR hosts and staff say the station’s longevity is due to lasting support.

“We’ve come an awful long way in 60 years — that’s due in large part to our audience,” media manager Phil Wilke said. “We look forward to the next 60.”


Paul R Getto 5 years, 7 months ago

Great job and and a wonderful station. I listen every day.

classclown 5 years, 7 months ago

"At 2 p.m. Saturday, they’ll broadcast a special concert..."

Why not at 1:15?

Carol Bowen 5 years, 7 months ago

Since KLWN joined the FOX network, we've listened to KANU exclusively. It's the only way to get a good news report.

gbulldog 5 years, 7 months ago

I listened to many news reports including MSNBC and NBC. Where did the journalist go to school. That a good jornalist was supposed through and unbiased when reporting the news. Now it appears the journalist want to make the news.

gbulldog 5 years, 7 months ago

I especially like listening to the new shows and interviews. If more Lawrence listeners listened, they would not be making such ill informed comments on line. I also enjoy classical music. Not only because it is beatuful, but not full of "crap" in the music heard on commercial radio. Nor do I have to listen to commercials. Thank you for 60 years of pleasurable years of listening. Could you talk to WIBW and do a special program on the "Pleasant Valley Gang". I remember seeing the perform and the Kansas Free Fair in Topeka. .

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