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KUOM-AM (Radio K - Real College Radio)

KUOM-AM (Radio K - Real College Radio)
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Last updated:
2011-01-05 11:10:03
Country: United StatesListen to radio stations broadcasting from United States
City: Minneapolis
Address: 330 21ST. AVENUE, SOUTH, Minneapolis, MN55455
AM (MHz): 770
Genre: Modern Rock
Phone: 612-625-3500
Fax: 612-625-2112
Description: KUOM, known as "770 Radio K", "Where Music Matters Most" is a college radio station operated by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Likely the oldest station in the state, Radio K broadcasts an eclectic mix of music from its transmitters—a variety that has been praised by radio critics. Prior to the transition to a music format in the 1990s, KUOM was known as University of Minnesota Public Radio (independent of Minnesota Public Radio) and broadcast public affairs, arts, classical music, and a variety of other programming. Because of this, the station is operated by the university's College of Continuing Education, but receives funding from a number of sources including donations from the public.Radio transmissions at the university date to 1912, when a professor named F. W. Springer began experimenting with broadcasts, though he probably just used a spark gap transmitter. Activities were suspended by World War I, but electrical engineering professor C. M. Jansky, Jr. (the older brother of Karl Jansky) was doing broadcasting again by 1920. He had previously been at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he had helped at station 9XM (soon to be called WHA). Jansky used the call sign 9XI and provided reports on farm markets and weather. In February 1922, when a heavy snowstorm knocked out newswire services into the region, personnel at the Minneapolis Tribune convinced operators to help them retrieve the day's news through a roundabout series of amateur radio relays.

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