KRPS, 89.9 FM, located on the campus of Pittsburg State University, turned 25 in April.
KRPS began broadcasting at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 1988. From the beginning, the station’s mix of NPR news, classical and jazz music, and other public radio programming filled a hole that had existed in the region.
The station’s powerful, 100,000-watt signal reaches out approximately 100 miles in every direction from its tower south of Pittsburg.
The station celebrated with an open house event. Missi Kelly, station general manager, said the event was conducted to allow those members to see what goes on behind the scenes at KRPS.
“This station wouldn’t exist without the support from our members, listeners and supporters,” Kelly said, “and this is a way to let them come in and see where their investment goes.”