Milestones in KVSC's History
1960-'67 SCSU students form a Radio Guild, but do not have broadcast facilities. WJON broadcasts the students weekly program called the On Campus Show every Saturday at 10a.m.
May 10, 1967 St. Cloud State University debuts its public radio station, KVSC, at 88.5 FM. The station is a 10 watt, Class D facility with minimal programming and broadcast range. The call letters, KVSC, were chosen as the Voice of St. Cloud. Musical format was predominantly classical music, with a small percentage of folk and rock music.
July 26, 1977 KVSC becomes a charter member of AMPERS, the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations. This not-for-profit organization currently represents thirteen educational stations in Minnesota.
1978 KVSC begins to transmit a stereo signal. Student assistant general manager Lory "Ole" Olson said the decision "greatly improves the stations sound quality." The monaural sound system is replaced by stereophonic sound.
February 5, 1980 KVSC debuts its annual Trivia Contest. The fifty-hour trivia marathon now draws more than 2,000 competitors from St. Cloud and the Twin Cities, and Internet teams from around the country.
February 8th, 1983 KVSC officially moved down the dial to 88.1 MHz and increased power to 5,200 watts. KVSC's signal interfered with a Northstars hockey playoff game on TV channel 7 inciting a public hearing at St. Cloud's City Hall.
April 1983 KVSC voluntarily elects to reduce KVSC's power to 1,300 watts due to interference with television and radio station signal boosters.
June 1984 After much debate and local media coverage, student directors change KVSC's format to a Top 40 "hit" radio station similar to other stations in St. Cloud. This decision goes against the wishes of nearly all student volunteers at KVSC.
Spring 1985 After great disagreement among the volunteer staff, SCSU's administration endorses a decision to override the student directors Top 40 "hit" format. The new progressive format features alternative programming and specialty shows in Blues, Jazz, Folk, and female artists. Your Sound Alternative becomes the station's identifying statement.
July 1, 1986 KVSC supports its first and only full-time professional position. The Station Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations of KVSC.
February, 1991 St. Cloud State University's administration threatens to cut KVSC's entire budget of $23,000, therefore virtually eliminating the radio station. More than 3,000 community members sign a petition to support KVSC. Extensive media coverage and a major lobbying campaign save KVSC from going off the air.
October 1991 KVSC organizes the Big Neighborhood Garage Sale in conjunction with WJON/WWJO Broadcasting. Community members donate garage sale items and the sale raises $5,000 to support the radio station.
September 24, 1992 KVSC increases its operating power from 1,300 watts to 16,500 watts with its signal reaching a 70-mile radius of St. Cloud. Fundraising efforts helped support the financial burden of the power increase. The FCC permits KVSC to move its transmitter from the top of Sherburne Hall, a residence hall on campus, to a new tower location near Interstate 94 and Highway 15.
September, 1994 KVSC begins broadcasting 24 hours a day for the first time in the station's history. Previous broadcast hours were 6 a.m. until 2 a.m.
1995 KVSC launches its web-site on the Internet. The web-site is maintained by students and alumni and is supported by Cloudnet, a locally owned Internet provider.
May 9-11, 1997 KVSC Celebrates 30 years of broadcast excellence and invites more than 800 alumni and community members to the weekend festivities.
1999 KVSC begins broadcasting live on the Internet. The initial service featured 15 stereo streams, but the live KVSC broadcast can now reach an unlimited amount of listeners and SCSU alumni.
2002 KVSC Celebrates 35 years of providing diverse, educational programming.
Summer 2003 Purchase of a new digital audio system, which we lovingly refer to as the "Force" because sometimes it appears as if it is guided by powers we can't comprehend.
November 2003 KVSC goes digital. We changed over to a digital transmitter to broadcast our signal. The switch has improved the strength and increased the distance our signal is able to travel.
September 2005 KVSC secured funding from St. Cloud State University to hire our second full-time professional radio position. We are proud to announce that Jim Gray is KVSC's new Director of Operations. The additional staff position (the only other full-time position prior to this is the Station Manager, currently held by Jo McMullen-Boyer) has been a goal for many years. We hope to better serve our students and further build our campus and community partnerships to develop programs and local events that ultimately benefit our listeners and community.
May 2007 KVSC celebrates 40 Years of Broadcasting! We were honored by the presence of alumni from 1967 to present volunteers (and those from the guild prior to the F.C.C. license issued on May 10, 1967). We celebrated with four events--representing four decades of non-commercial, educational radio. More than 800 people enjoyed two concerts, social time and a backyard barbecue. View a photo gallery here or check out the feature story in the St. Cloud Times.
October 2008 KVSC receives a Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The grant supports acquiring new programs, access to the NPR Satellite System and station outreach and promotions in the community. New programs funded under the CPB grant include Native Voice News, Undercurrents: American Music with a Passport, Afropop Worldwide, To the Best of Our Knowledge, American Routes, Voices from the Circle and Earthsongs.
July 2009 KVSC receives its first grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund. The grant supprots three new half-time employees (content producer Jeff Carmack, technical support Alex Hartman, St. Cloud Somali Radio developer Ben Prchal), concerts, developing the webstream St. Cloud Somail Radio and other projects connecting the station further with the community.
In fact, for the first time in KVSC's 43-year history, the station broadcast live from international grounds. With support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, KVSC provided live coverage from the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Bird's Hill Provincial Park July 8-10, 2009. KVSC vets Wayne Bergerson and Mike Chouinard hosted live musical acts, interviewed artists and reported live from the festival. After doing the same broadcast the following year, KVSC intends to make it an annual event.
November 2010 Monday Night Live hits the road. KVSC broadcast a live hip-hop concert featuring a special two-hour performance by More Than Lights and Kanser at the Pioneer Place on Fifth in downtown St. Cloud, Minn. The free concert took place Nov. 1. The success of this concert, along with Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps the following year, leads to the technical development of Granite City Radio Theatre-a live production in partnership with the Pioneer Place Theatre.
Winter 2011 KVSC renovates the multi-track studio. The $45,000 upgrade included a new 60-channel audio console with dual 46-inch monitors. Key highlights include the ability to record 24 channels simultaneously into Pro Tools 9 software, multiple monitor mixes and headphone mixes for performers and the new display monitors use an electronic lift system to maximize space and ergonomics.
August 2011 KVSC broadcasts two live performances from the 2011 Minnesota State Fair, a tradition that started in 2002. Performers included the acoustic duo Lehto and Wright and bluegrass band Luke Warm and the Cool Hands.
In April 2014, thanks to support from the College of Liberal Arts at St. Cloud State University, and a strong relationship with broadcast manufacturer Nautel, KVSC's replaces its analog transmitter with a new HD Transmitter. This allows for more content on HD Channels 2-4.
September 2016 KVSC celebrates Monday Night Live's 25th anniversary! During its 25 seasons, more than 550 groups/musicians have performed on MNL. MNL's mission is to showcase local Minnesota talent and is produced entirely by the amazing students of KVSC and UTVS—everything from booking the talent to perform, sound engineering, filming, production, marketing and media relations. This tag team effort delivers around 25 live music shows every school year. To read about the full history of MNL, click here.
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