Part of the Crew

A beautiful sunny January day outside Mission Control in lovely Fairfield, Iowa. How many volunteer deejays does it take to make a photo op?

And this is only 1/3rd of the gang!

Think about it - we have 85 active participants in our crew. This is a beautiful thing! Thank you all you beautiful, creative people!!!

And for all of you tuning in - thank you so much for your support!

KRUU-LP went live today at ~ 12:00 noon, Dennis Raimondi introduced KRUU to the community, facilitating interviews and introducing Fairfield's own "Jefferson County Green Band", led by Steve McLain. Here's a couple pictures. Stay tuned for instructions on accessing the internet stream!

Andrew Perry outlining our call letters for paint the next day. 

Steve Fry and Tom O'neill hanging some drywall in the soon to be mission control. 

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!

“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.