History of KRUA

Student radio at UAA began with KMPS back in 1987 with a small transmitter borrowed by Augie Hebert of Northern Television, Inc. The signal could only be heard in specific places because the signal traveled through phone lines.

In 1991, KMPS got the go ahead to build a tower site and 88.1 megahertz was assigned as its frequency. Student fees went from $1.50 to $4.50 per student, which allowed the station to move toward FM status.

On Feb. 14, 1992—hence the nine-year birthday this month—KRUA's weak signal could be heard on Hillside, Turnagain and other parts of Anchorage. Suzi Pearson, program director at the time, said she almost burst into tears when the first caller, a volunteer at the station, called and said, “I can hear you, Suzi!” She didn't believe him until he told her what song she was playing: REM's “It's the End of the World as We Know It.”

Since that time, KRUA has operated to a large degree thanks to volunteers, students and the support of the Journalism and Public Communications Department.

Visit KRUA at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/krua