Who We Are
KLSU is an FCC-licensed NCE (non-commercial educational) radio station, broadcasting with 5,700 watts of power at 91.1 on the FM dial.
The station is on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a format of college alternative music and specialty programming. All programming and operations are managed by the student staff.
KLSU's studios are state-of-the-art. On-air show hosts can play music from a 1,200-song library on the computer hard drive, or from CDs, tapes, and even vinyl records.
KLSU also features a "Live Room," in which artists can perform live on the air.
History of KLSU
Radio on the LSU campus began in 1915 when Dr. David Guthrie, a physics professor, patched together a radio transmitter from spare parts. Call letters KFGC were assigned in the early 1920s.
In 1924 the station covered the first football game played in Tiger Stadium and thus provided the first broadcast of a football game in the South. In the 1950s, it switched to FM and became the first educational station in the country to broadcast a college operA: And in the 1990s, it was the first college station to stream audio on the Net.
In addition to KFGC, the station has operated under the call letters WPRG, WLSU, and today KLSU. Found at 91.1 on the FM dial, the 5,700-watt station operates with an alternative music format and a host of popular specialty shows. It is run by students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is KLSU on the radio dial?
A: KLSU is at 91.1 FM.
Q: Where are KLSU offices located?
A: The offices of KLSU are in the basement of Hodges Hall, next to Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus. If you would like directions to the staff offices or the studio, drop by the Student Media office in B39 Hodges Hall.
Q: How far does KLSU's signal reach?
A: It depends on the terrain and the radio being used. However, in general, the signal can be received between 25 and 45 miles from the LSU campus.
Q: What hours does KLSU broadcast?
A: KLSU is on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Q: How do students become members of the KLSU staff?
A: See the "Come Work For Us" link at the top for full information on how you can join the KLSU staff.
Q: What is KLSU's format?
A: KLSU follows a format which combines College Alternative Rock with "free-form" specialty programs, plus the "Phantom Zone."
- College Alternative Rock: Think of this as the music that commercial "alternative" rock stations will be playing a year to three years in the future. KLSU and other college alternative stations look for the best, new, cutting-edge music, and break it before it becomes mainstream. The Music Director manages the station's collection, and the DJ's on the air from 6am-9pm play from this collection.
- Free-form Specialty programs: This wide range of musical formats from hip-hop, to jazz, to heavy metal, to alternative country, to '80's, to classic rock, to reggae, to local music, supplies programming from 9pm-1am weeknights and all day Saturday and Sunday. Specialty shows hosts play music from new releases in their genre's and from their personal collections. Needless to say, special show hosts have considerable latitude in the contents of their shows, and are trusted to be experts in their genre's. The "Specialty Show" schedule changes each semester, as students graduate, etc.
- The "Phantom Zone": This is a computer-programmed music show, which airs when live DJs are not scheduled, typically between 1am-6am weekdays, and a bit later weekend mornings (college student's don't get up early on weekends). It combines the College Alternative Rock format with the "Free-form." The KLSU Music Computer contains a library of thousands of songs, and the computer randomly plays the songs from its library.