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WSU to take over Clover Park station June 1

Post by Brent Champaco on April 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm with 1 Comment »
April 6, 2010 3:36 pm
WSU will take over operations and programming at KVTI 90.9 in Lakewood, known to listeners as I-91-FM. Photo courtesy of Clover Park Technical College.

Come June 1, radio listeners expecting to hear Brittany Spears on KVTI 90.9 will instead get Beethoven or Brahms.

Clover Park Technical College announced that Northwest Public Radio, a service of Washington State University, will take over operations and programming for the station run out of the Lakewood campus.

The change means that for the first time since the station began as KCPS-FM in 1955, Clover Park Technical won’t be operating the station that reaches Pierce, Thurston and King Counties.

Currently, KVTI, known to listeners as “I-91-FM,” plays Top 40 music. The programming will change in June to classical music and news from Northwest Public Radio. It will also offer folk music and other special weekend programming.

The deal also means Clover Park will no longer offer a radio broadcast program for students. College administration first looked at cutting the program – which has 12 students who are now in their final quarters – last year because of budget concerns.

“It’s a big change,” Clover Park spokesman Shawn Jennison said today. “It’s no longer going to be I-91.”

WSU’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, which runs NPR, will offer a network feed into the station at Clover Park.

Kerry Swanson, station manager at Northwest Public Radio in Pullman, said that if the partnership is successful, WSU could decide to boost its news presence west of the Cascades by, for example, placing reporters in Lakewood.

He also says there’s opportunity for NPR to increase its coverage of South Sound news and issues.

“This will provide an opportunity for WSU to have a statewide presence that spans both sides of the Cascades,” he said.

Read more later in The News Tribune

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Lakewood, Pierce County
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  1. DrWernerKlopek says:

    The race to the bottom continues. If they change the format and the owners, at least have the decency to change the call letters. KWSU? KOUG?

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