Welcome to the KRUU!

Community radio comes to Fairfield on September 30

by Virginia Hancock | Staff Writer

Work is becoming play at 405 N. 2nd Street, broadcast site for 100.1 KRUU FM, Fairfield’s new community radio station. Roland Wells, James Moore, Steve Cooperman, and Stephen Fry, the station’s Programming Committee, are on the fast track to give Fairfield’s collective voice a chance to be publicly heard. Going on air September 30, the 100-watt, low power, non-commercial, non-profit station vows to “put the unity in community,” welcoming all shows, help, ideas and people.

Emphasizing local programming, KRUU (pronounced “crew”) leaders aim to provide “an open, inclusive, diverse forum for music, creative expression, information and entertainment that encourages dialogue and community involvement.”   

James Moore, Roland Wells and Steve Cooperman (l to r) get ready for KRUU’s debut at the end of the month. Photo credit: Virginia Hancock.

Brother Joel and James Moore next to the soon to be Mission Control wall 

Temporary home for "Boiler Room" recording equipment, waiting for construction to finish on the engineering room.

Lots more pictures follow ...

T minus 30 days and counting... and things continue to gain momentum as we hurtle towards KRUU's broadcast launch date of September 30th at high noon.

The Heartland Spirit is doing a feature on the station this week. The Ottumwa Courier has also expressed an interest. We're hoping for a Wednesday edition which would mean additional coverage for Fairfield. The Ledger has also told us to keep them informed.

Good news on the community advisory board. A number of key people have committed and suffice it to say, it is shaping up to be a dandy “KRUU”. We will soon make a formal announcement.

We hope to hear shortly on a Jefferson County grant the station filed for broadcast equipment. Some great carpet is coming our way from music impresario Chris Johnson for “Mission Control”, our broadcast booth, and “The Boiler Room”, our recording studio, both floor and the walls for sound contouring.

Things are popping at the radio station.

This past Saturday we were delighted that some 14 volunteers came out to help organize the building and prepare it for onwards and upwards mobilization. Another dumpster was filled to the brim. The last vestiges of the Martial Arts Studio are dispatched now and its full steam ahead. The back cement wall underneath the tower was artistically enhanced with a colorful spray paint graffiti art rendition of the station’s call letters.

David Torres' rendition of KRUU, painted on back retaining wall at KRUU-FM HQ!

KRUU, Fairfield’s new 100-watt low power FM non-profit community public radio station, has raised its tower, thanks to the efforts of Dwight Harris and a volunteer crew, and continues to gear up for its fall broadcast launch. Located at 405 N. 2nd Street and 100.1 on your FM dial, the station will give voice to Fairfield with a mix of talk, music, entertainment and news.

“We are excited about being able to create opportunities for people to express themselves, and for all the different voices in the community to be heard,” says Steve Cooperman, who has been working with Roland Wells, Stephen Fry and James Moore to bring the station onto the air waves. A wide range of music programs, Spanish-speaking shows, youth programming, eco-topics, political commentary, movie reviews, comedy, live remotes, interview programs, call-in shows have been suggested so far—and this is just the beginning. If you have ideas for programming you’d like to host or hear, go to www.kruufm.com, or call 233-1617.

On Governor Vilsack’s visit to the site of the new civic center last month he said when he thinks of Fairfield, he thinks of creative energy. On a recent trip to Texas, he talked about eco-village and its innovative approach to the use of sustainable energy. He also praised Mayor Ed Malloy’s savvy in growing the community. After his talk, Wells and Moore presented the governor with a brand new “Join the KRUU” t-shirt explaining the station would have a “throw” of about five miles but the plan was to do internet streaming as well so that programming would be available on the worldwide web.

“Join the KRUU!”

There will be a second town hall meeting Thursday July 13th at 7:30pm at the Walker Group offices located on the square at 58 South Main Street to discuss developments on the new community media arts center project spearheaded by Roland Wells, Stephen Fry, James Moore and Steve Cooperman. At the last meeting, it was decided to pursue the possibility of extending an expired construction permit for a community radio station Roland had applied for some years back. The FCC granted a six-month extension till October 15th.

Dwight Harris working on the highest tower section. Attaching the guy wires, assembling the antenna and connecting the coax (all this at 5:45 am on July 4th!)



July 3, 2006

A special thanks to all those who came out to “Join the KRUU (Crew)” this weekend to help up the ante for Fairfield’s new community radio station.

90-degree heat was no match for the cool crew that stepped up to the plate to assist Mighty Dwight Harris erect our 60-foot (plus antenna) radio tower as well as scrape, prime and paint the exterior of the Beatbox building on 2nd Street. Two-thirds of the tower is now fully skyward. She’s grounded, guide-wire bounded and ready to be antenna-mounted sometime tomorrow, if the weather holds out.

The Beatbox building on 2nd Street will house the station. We plan to paint the building and put our call letters in bold relief. Roland has access to a 60-foot tower that we hope to raise soon, both of which are great ways of publicizing the project. Some renovation will be done on the interior. Some broadcast mics will be required and a transmitter will need to be purchased and approved by the FCC.

At our last working lunch meeting, Steve Cooperman and Bill Jaxtheimer expressed an interest in helping shape an approach to financial accounting, budget planning and fundraising. Already we have a pool for matching funds of over $10,000.

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