Experiencing the air


For 30 years, KRUI radio has offered Iowa City an alternative to top-40 music stations, as well as a haven for student DJs and newscasters. 

KRUI began in 1985, and since it first hit Iowa City’s airwaves at 89.7 FM, it has had an effect on the community. Student-run, the station allows University of Iowa students to not only gain a footing in broadcast journalism and radio, but also a creative space in which to experiment. 

Some notable names have graced the KRUI sound booth since its beginning on April 18, 1985. These include Fun., Al Jarreau, Sharon Van Etten, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps, Seth Meyers, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Jeffery Tambor. KRUI alumni have gone on to forge successful careers, including Academy Award winner and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody.

KRUI hosts not only alternative music, it provides alternative programming for news and sports. The station also prides itself on offering a wide variety of specialty shows that feature everything from funk to postmodern classical styles. 

Although the UI offers courses in radio broadcasting and audio journalism, KRUI hopes to give students of all backgrounds a chance to go beyond the classroom and experience the live atmosphere of broadcasting while still in school. Exposure to these situations allows students to gain confidence in themselves and their skills as they begin to work either on air or behind the scenes at KRUI.

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