FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 22, 2016
SAN DIEGO — KCR College Radio, San Diego State’s premier student-run radio station since 1969, is now available on AM 1610 around SDSU’s campus.
For the first time in more than 10 years listeners are able to tune in to the station via AM frequency on and nearby campus.
The AM transmitter installation costs were paid for by SDSU Philosophy Professor Mark Wheeler and SDSU alumni Al Floyd. They have a show together on KCR Mondays at 11 a.m.
Wheeler has been involved in radio since he was in high school and joined KCR last semester.
“Somehow radio has always meant student freedom, student expression, student exploration,” Wheeler said. “KCR represents that for me.”
He wanted to get KCR back on AM when he found out it was an online-only station.
“When I found out there was the possibility of quite easily putting KCR back on the airwaves, I was excited,” said Wheeler. “The radio station helped us by giving us a show and supporting our efforts, and this is a way of paying back the KCR community for their willingness.”
Wheeler approached current KCR General Manager Matt Hoffman about the opportunity shortly before the spring semester started.
“He reached out to me and said, ‘What will it take to get us back on AM?’” Hoffman said. “I explained everything and he wanted to help get us back on AM radio. This means a lot not just for KCR, but for the SDSU campus as well. We’ll be looking into working with the SDSU Police Department about a campus-wide, emergency broadcast system.”
Wheeler advises everyone in the KCR community to give back in any way they can.
“We’re family, so we should help each other out.”
In addition to AM 1610, KCR is accessible through their website kcr.sdsu.edu, via Cox channel 956, Time Warner channel 1959, or with the TuneIn Radio app under “KCR College Radio.”