The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications’ radio station, 90.3 KRNU, launched a new website on Nov. 23.
90.3 KRNU is the campus’ student-run indie rock radio station. The station signed on in February of 1970 to provide UNL journalism, broadcasting and sports media students opportunities to practice on-air and audio production skills and to provide the campus with entertainment, news, information and Husker sports play-by-play. The station moved online in 2006 and in 2008 added a second audio service, KRNU2.
“For more than 50 years, the station has provided students the opportunity to learn about radio and hone their media production skills,” said Rick Alloway, associate professor of broadcasting and general manager of KRNU. “The station has grown and adapted to meet the changing media landscape and the needs of new generations of students.”
Today, the station airs a mix of independent rock artists and local musicians. In addition, students can create and produce their own specialty programming, podcasts, news content and sports-talk programs, and the station is home to a full schedule of Husker sports play-by-play throughout the year.
The station is part of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications Experience Lab which gives all college majors the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the media industry while working with faculty and professional mentors.
The new website expands access to audio content produced for KNRU. It features streams of 90.3 KRNU and KRNU 2 and provides access to recurring radio shows, podcasts and blogs all produced by current students and faculty in the college.
“The new site will allow us to better showcase the amazing content created by our students,” Alloway said. “It will also allow us to share that content with new and broader audiences.
The site was developed by Assistant Professors of Practice Olga Pierce and Kaci Richter. They collaborated with Alloway to build a site that is user-friendly and allows students to gain experience in digital publishing for radio.
The launch of the new website is the first in a series of activities planned to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary, which occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. While delayed, the celebrations will occur throughout the first half of 2022 and feature opportunities for alumni to air past specialty shows, interviews with former students and an anniversary party scheduled for June 11 at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Visit the site and learn more about 90.3 KRNU at https://krnu.nebraskanewsservice.net/.