About the KRUU

Evan (on Earth) Davis & Galen HawthorneSolar-powered KRUU 100.1 FM featured in the Fairfield Ledger
Great job, Galen and Evan!
Midweek Songstreak. Wednesdays 4-5pm on KRUUfm.com.

DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer


May 2, 2012

Galen Hawthorne and Evan Davis were students at Fairfield High School when KRUU started broadcasting its low-power, non-commercial radio programming in Fairfield in the fall of 2006... [Click on pic to go to Ledger website.]


Whereas: KRUU’s solar power source is one of the first demonstration projects in the city's Go Green initiative, and;

Whereas: KRUU is the first solar-powered radio station in the Midwest, and;

Whereas: KRUU is 98% locally-produced programming with 100 show hosts creating 80 programs a week performed by community volunteers, and;

Whereas: KRUU is grassroots, independent, and listener-supported, a community resource for local events, news, politics and more, and;

Whereas: KRUU's mission is giving voice to Fairfield, Iowa and beyond as well as being a model for citizen journalism and grassroots community radio, and;

Whereas: KRUU has been recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for its incorporation of open source, Free Culture software, and;

Whereas: KRUU has inspired time, talent, sweat equity, creativity and over 100,000 volunteer hours to the 'Voice of Fairfield, Iowa and Beyond'

Therefore be it resolved that I, Ed Malloy, Mayor of Fairfield, do hereby proclaim September 5th - 12th as KRUU Listener Appreciation Week and congratulate the volunteer programmers and DJ’s who dedicate their time to the station.

                                 Mayor, City of Fairfield

Solar Powered KRUU 100.1 FM,

Fairfield's Volunteer Community Radio Station

About the KRUU Crew

KRUU-FM: 'The Voice of Fairfield, Iowa... and beyond'


KRUU-LP 100.1 FM is a solar-powered, open source, independent, non-commercial, listener-supported, grassroots community low power radio station, broadcasting 24 hours a day and 7 days a week since launching on September 30th, 2006 in Fairfield, Iowa. 100% of the programs at KRUU are produced by up to 100 volunteer hosts who create 70 shows a week.


The mission of KRUU is to give Fairfield a voice and strengthen the community by encouraging creativity, dialogue and community involvement. KRUU is an open, inclusive, diverse forum for music, creative expression, information and entertainment with an emphasis on locally-created programming.

Station Information:

405 N. 2nd Street
Fairfield, Iowa, 52556
Phone: 641.209.1082/3/4
Email: live@kruufm.com

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 ...

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.