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    KRCC

    KRCC is an award-winning, professionally run, National Public Radio member station airing “Morning Edition” weekdays with local host Abigail Beckman; local host Mike Procell can be heard during “All Things Considered” on weekday evenings. KRCC’s license is held by Colorado College, and the station is partnered with Colorado Public Radio as part of a statewide network of news, entertainment, and music. Through its partnership with CPR, KRCC is responsible for generating its own revenue through listener contributions in Colorado Springs and southern Colorado. The KRCC newsroom provides local stories, series, profiles, interviews and reports during the NPR newsmagazines, many of which are also incorporated into the statewide CPR broadcast network.

    In addition to news and entertainment, KRCC broadcasts an eclectic mix of music, sometimes featuring local artists, with long-time music host Vicky Gregor. See the full schedule of KRCC’s programming here.

    KRCC’s signal covers southeastern Colorado, including Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Pueblo, and La Junta. Other communities receive KRCC’s signal via translator, including Buena Vista, Salida, Westcliffe, Gardner, Villa Grove, and Trinidad, Colorado, and Raton, New Mexico.

    History of the station

    In 1944, KRCC began as a two-room public address system in the basement of Bemis Hall. Professor Woodson “Chief” Tyree, director of the Radio and Drama Department at Colorado College, was the founder and inspirational force in the program that became KRCC-FM. In 1946, KRCC moved to South Hall (where Packard Hall now stands) where two students, Charles “Bud” Edmonds ’51, and Margaret Merle-Smith ’51, were instrumental in securing a war surplus FM transmitter. KRCC began over the air broadcasting in April 1951 as the first non-commercial educational FM radio station in the state of Colorado.

    In 1972, a 1000-watt transmitter was installed which effectively opened the doors of Colorado College radio to the surrounding community. KRCC’s student staff ended the “students only” policy in 1977-78, opening the microphones to community members of all ages, interests, and walks of life. Students interested in the potential of KRCC initiated an ad-hoc committee to develop options which would best serve the public as a community service of the college. The committee sought and won approval for upgrading KRCC to an NPR member station. In 1992, the station moved to its current studio building at 912 N. Weber Street.

    Exciting changes coming for KRCC

    In 2021, KRCC will move to a new space at 720 N. Tejon St., which will become the Southern Colorado Public Media Center, housing KRCC and CPR, as well as offices of Rocky Mountain PBS and Colorado College’s Journalism Institute.

    Promote your event or department with KRCC sponsorship

    Have you booked a speaker or performance? Does your department engage in activities that would benefit from long-term exposure in the Southern Colorado community? Does an activity you’re promoting require large community participation in order to fulfill the requirements of a grant that is funding your event? You can promote your event or department with a KRCC sponsorship package.

    Contact Jeanette Hohman at (719) 473-4801 or jeanette@krcc.org for more information. Many Colorado College offices and departments, including Creativity & Innovation, the Office of Communications, the Summer Music Festival, and Summer Session, have used KRCC’s effective and affordable on-air messaging for their events.