CONTACT: TOM SNEE
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 12, 2001
KRUI locates to new quarters, launches fundraising drive
Student operated radio station KRUI has successfully relocated its studio
to temporary quarters in the Wheel Room and has begun a fundraising campaign
to help develop the station's permanent studio and offices on the third floor
of the Iowa Memorial Union.
The temporary studio is located in the former Wheel Room arcade, which was
refurbished and soundproofed earlier this year. The studio features large
windows looking outside and into the Wheel Room so people can watch the station's
DJs while they're on the air. KRUI's offices moved into new quarters on the
third floor of the IMU.
Jennie Guyan, KRUI's general manager, said the station was formerly located
in a house at 129 Grand Ave. Ct., a location that was not suitable for a radio
station because sounds outside the studio, such as car horns, whistles, sirens,
or people tromping up the steps of the house, could often be heard on the
air. When the house was targeted for demolition last year to make way for
the new athletic learning center, station executives eagerly began searching
for a new location.
The station left the house July 8 and played automated music during the
move. Guyan, operations director John Bollwitt and music director Ben High
worked through the summer to coordinate the move to the IMU, which was completed
August 26. The station returned to live on-air programming that day.
Guyan said the station's new quarters will provide a much larger on-air
studio than what was available at 129 Grand, as well as two production studios
instead of one. She said that when construction is completed this spring,
KRUI will continue to use the Wheel Room studio for occasional special programming,
such as interviews or to broadcast live musical acts performing on the Wheel
Meanwhile, a series of fundraisers is planned for the spring to help pay
for the construction and to buy new broadcasting and recording equipment.
Bollwitt said fundraising letters are being mailed to parents of current KRUI
workers, and KRUI alumni and events are being planned at local businesses
through the fall. Costs related to the move will likely exceed the university's
budgeted allotment so the funds raised will offset those overruns.