|Type||Public radio network|
|First air date||January 1967|
|Founded||American Public Media Group|
|Key people||Bill Kling, President|
|Former names||Saint John's University Broadcasting|
Minnesota Educational Radio
|Affiliation||National Public Radio|
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), a 501(c)(3) organization, is one of the nation's premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences. Public broadcasting refers to radio television and other electronic media outlets that receive some or all of their funding from the public The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The year 1967 in radio involved some significant events Events Fall - St American Public Media Group ( APMG)APMG is a tax-exempt nonprofit parent support organization that provides administrative financial and human resources services to its William H Kling (born April 29 1942 is an American Businessman best known for launching Minnesota Public Radio (MPR an organization he continues Public Radio International ( PRI) is a Minneapolis -based American Public radio organization with locations in Boston, New York American Public Media is the second largest producer of public radio programs after National Public Radio. With its three services, News & Information, Classical Music and The Current, MPR operates a 37-station regional radio network serving a regional population of 5 million people. MPR has 94,000 members and more than 800,000 listeners each week, the largest audience of any regional public radio network.
Minnesota Public Radio has won more than 875 journalism awards, including the Peabody Award, several Edward R. The George Foster Peabody Awards, better known as simply the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards for excellence in Radio and Television broadcasting Murrow awards and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award.
Minnesota Public Radio, operating as American Public Media, is the nation's second-largest producer and distributor of national public radio programs, reaching 14. American Public Media is the second largest producer of public radio programs after National Public Radio. 6 million listeners nationwide each week. It is the largest producer and distributor of classical music programming in the country.
Minnesota Public Radio uses its regional network to deliver vital public services throughout Minnesota. With assistance from the State of Minnesota, MPR maintains and improves the technical infrastructure to the state's Emergency Alert System (EAS) by providing signals to all other radio, television and cable stations in Minnesota.
MPR distributes the state's AMBER Alert System (the child abduction warning system) to all other broadcasting stations in Minnesota.
Supported by the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, MPR supplies the special sub-carrier signals that provide the Radio Talking Book, a reading service for the blind and visually handicapped.
Minnesota Public Radio's 998-seat Fitzgerald Theater and 100-seat UBS Forum provide a venue for live remote broadcasts, discussion forums, political debates, cultural programming and more. The Fitzgerald Theater is the oldest existing stage venue in the city of Saint Paul Minnesota, and the home of American Public Media 's A Prairie
Minnesota Public Radio originally offered a mix of news radio and music programming on a single service. Beginning in 1980, MPR's programming split in two, forming separate news and classical music services (although one station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan still carries a combination of those two services). The year 1980 in radio involved some significant events Events March 20 - The Pirate radio station Radio The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is the northern of the two major land masses that comprise the U The 2005 acquisition of WCAL in Northfield, Minnesota, which covers the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, provided the opportunity to launch another music service, The Current. KCMP (893 MHz FM) also known as 893 The Current, is a Radio station owned by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR that broadcasts an eclectic Northfield is a city in Dakota and Rice counties in the US state of Minnesota. A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large Metropolis and its adjacent zone of influence or of more than one closely adjoining neighboring central
MPR's news and information service includes a mix of locally-produced programs and national/international shows.
The MPR newsroom has garnered international acclaim, most recently earning the inaugural Knight News Innovation EPpy Award in 2008. MPR's newsroom is known for its Public Insight Network, a database of citizen sources who contribute their expertise on a wide array of topics. The Public Insight Network grew to 20,000 regional members in 2007, and has been recognized as a potential antidote to the challenges currently facing commerical news outlets, such as lack of diversity amongst journalistic staff.
As of 2008, 27 transmitters carry MPR's News and Information service. The Twin Cities flagship station for news and information is KNOW 91. KNOW (911 FM) is the Flagship Radio station of Minnesota Public Radio 's "news and information" network primarily broadcasting a 1 FM.
Like its news and information service, MPR's classical music service is distributed via a statewide network of 37 stations. MPR's classical music library consists of over 50,000 compact discs.
MPR's classical music service features several online initiatives, such as the popular "Classical Love Notes," which allow listeners to send romantic classical music selected by MPR on-air hosts to their loved ones.
In the fall of 2006, MPR's classical music service reached an all-time listener high with over 375,000 weekly listeners.
There are 27 transmitters broadcasting the classical music service, including one station in Sun Valley, Idaho. Sun Valley is an affluent resort community in central Idaho, adjacent to the city of Ketchum in Blaine County. The network's flagship station is KSJN 99. Minnesota Public Radio KSJN (995 FM is the Flagship station of Minnesota Public Radio 's classical music network serving the Twin Cities region 5 FM in the Twin Cities.
MPR's third service, 89.3 The Current, debuted on January 24, 2005, and airs a free-form eclectic music format. Events 41 - Gaius Caesar (Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel Despotism, is Assassinated by his disgruntled The year 2005 in radio involved some significant events Events November 9 – Mediaweek announces that radio personality Freeform, or freeform radio, is a Radio station programming format in which the Disc jockey is given total control over Adult album alternative (also triple-A, AAA, or adult alternative) is a Radio format broadcast mostly on FM.
While The Current's on-air hosts select much of the music that is played, listeners are invited to select 100% of the day's music playlist during an annual tradition known as Radio Free Current.
Several people on The Current's initial staff are well known in the area for previous work at stations that highlight music from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. The Upper Midwest is a region of the United States with no universally agreed-upon boundary but it almost always lies within the US Census Bureau 's definition Many of the staffers and on-air personalities came from other similar stations, such as the University of Minnesota's KUOM, community-oriented KFAI, and commercial alternative rock outlets REV 105 and Cincinnati, Ohio's WOXY. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ( U of M or The U) is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. KUOM, known as "770 Radio K" "Where Music Matters Most" is a college Radio station operated by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities KFAI (903 FM Minneapolis and K294AM 1067 FM West St Paul) is a community Radio station in Minnesota. History Three Signals Prior to their unification as REV105 the three transmitters were known by other names
Programming on The Current is mostly locally-produced, including Musicheads with Bill DeVille. The Current also airs nationally-produced shows such as Sound Opinions with Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, Sounds Eclectic with Nic Harcourt and American Routes with Nick Spitzer. Sound Opinions is a radio Talk show focusing on Rock music. It airs Friday night at 8PM CST and Saturday morning at 11AM CST on Chicago Public Radio (91 James "Jim" DeRogatis (born 1964 in Jersey City New Jersey) is an American Music critic. Greg Kot has been the rock critic of the Chicago Tribune since 1990 Sounds Eclectic is a weekly syndicated Public radio program hosted by Nic Harcourt that plays a variety of Music, often by emerging artists Nic Harcourt (born September 23, 1957) is the Music Director for Santa Monica, California -based radio station KCRW. American Routes is a Public radio program hosted by Nick Spitzer that explores connections between the many musical styles that have blossomed in the In July 2007, The Current created a one-hour program of music hosted by Mark Wheat called "The Current Rotation. The year 2007 in radio involved some significant events Events January 8: Nanci " The " The program airs exclusively on WNYE 91. 5 FM in New York. 
The Current is carried on three transmitters, serving roughly half of the state's population. The main transmitter is KCMP 89. KCMP (893 MHz FM) also known as 893 The Current, is a Radio station owned by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR that broadcasts an eclectic 3 FM, located near Rosemount, Minnesota on the southeastern periphery of the Twin Cities, though the signal covers most of the Minneapolis - Saint Paul metro area. Rosemount is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. A lower-power station serves Rochester, Minnesota, and a KCMP translator serving Hinckley, Minnesota, just north of the Twin Cities. Rochester is a City in the US state of Minnesota and is the County seat of Olmsted County. Hinckley is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 48 In addition, the station is broadcast on a HD Radio sideband channel to listeners of KPCC in Los Angeles. HD Radio is the name used by iBiquity for a system of digital transmission for audio broadcast stations KPCC (893 MHz FM) is a Public radio station originating from the campus of Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West
Subsidiary Communications Authority (SCA's) are used to transmit a Minnesota version of the Radio Talking Book Network to disabled listeners around the state, in cooperation with Minnesota State Services for the Blind. Subsidiary Communications Authority (SCA is the United States Federal Communications Commission 's (FCC official designation for Subcarrier channels transmitted by MPR also serves as the radio backbone for the radio portion of the state's Emergency Broadcasting System, and as the backbone for the state's AMBER Alert System. For the record label see Emergency Broadcast System Records. For the multimedia group see Emergency Broadcast Network. An AMBER Alert is a Child abduction alert system, issued to the general public by various media outlets in Canada and in the United States, when police
Plans are in place to add the digital HD Radio system across all of MPR's transmitters, with rollout likely to happen in 2005. Digital radio describes Radio technologies which carry Information as a Digital signal, by means of a Digital modulation method HD Radio is the name used by iBiquity for a system of digital transmission for audio broadcast stations Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Special receivers are required to decode these broadcasts. They will enable the main channel on each frequency to be broadcast with digital quality and to reduce the multipath interference that sometimes affects FM analog broadcasting. In Wireless Telecommunications multipath is the propagation phenomenon that results in Radio signals reaching the receiving This move will also make additional digital channels possible.
Minnesota Public Radio regional programs:
American Public Media programs heard on Minnesota Public Radio:
Other programs heard on Minnesota Public Radio:
Founded in January of 1967, Minnesota Public Radio began as a single signal station broadcasting out of Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The College of Saint Benedict (CSB for women and Saint John’s University (SJU for men are partnered liberal arts colleges respectively located in The Director of Broadcasting for the station was William H. Kling, a graduate of Saint John's. William H Kling (born April 29 1942 is an American Businessman best known for launching Minnesota Public Radio (MPR an organization he continues Forty-one years later, Kling remains the president and CEO of MPR.
The station went through a series a name changes, first becoming Saint John's University Broadcasting, then Minnesota Educational Radio, and finally Minnesota Public Radio. 
In 1969 and 1970, MPR assisted in the formation of National Public Radio as a founding member of the organization.
In 1974, MPR began live broadcasting of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, one of the best-known programs on public radio. Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor (born August 7, 1942) is an American Author, Storyteller, Humorist, A Prairie Home Companion is a live Radio Variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor.
In 1983, MPR assisted in the formation of American Public Radio (now known as Public Radio International).
In 1991, MPR began offering a full-time classical music service after purchasing WLOL (99. 5 FM) in the Twin Cities.
In 2000, MPR acquired Marketplace Productions, which produces Marketplace, "Marketplace Morning Report" and "Marketplace Money" from studios in Los Angeles, in association with the University of Southern California. Marketplace is a Radio program that focuses on business the economy and events that influence them The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly Also in 2000, MPR founded Southern California Public Radio, which entered into a public service operating agreement with Pasadena City College for the operation of KPCC in Pasadena, California. KPCC (893 MHz FM) is a Public radio station originating from the campus of Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California KPCC (893 MHz FM) is a Public radio station originating from the campus of Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California Pasadena ( is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.
In 2004, MPR announced it would buy the classical music station operated by St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. St Olaf College is a Coeducational residential four-year private liberal arts college in Northfield Minnesota. Northfield is a city in Dakota and Rice counties in the US state of Minnesota. WCAL (89. 3 FM) (and a repeater station, KMSE near Rochester), were sold in a deal valued at $10. Rochester is a City in the US state of Minnesota and is the County seat of Olmsted County. 5 million, which was approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2004. November 2004: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September
In 2005, WCAL was transformed into MPR's third service, 89. 3 The Current.
Today, MPR serves a regional audience of 850,000 listeners through 37 stations presenting three broadcast network services.
Minnesota Public Radio is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and relies on contributions from listeners, foundations, educational partners and corporations for its general operations. A non-profit organization ( abbreviated "NPO" also "not-for-profit" is a legally constituted Organization whose objective is to support or engage It also receives support through underwriting on the air and on the Web.
Listener contributions, corporations, foundations and educational partners account for approximately 60 percent of MPR’s total budget. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (8 percent). The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB is a private non-profit corporation created by an act of the United States Congress and partially funded by the United States The State of Minnesota provides modest capital grants to upgrade infrastructure and equipment in greater Minnesota, but does not provide operating funding to the organization. MPR also receives operating funding through the sale of on-air and online underwriting.
Like other large nonprofit organizations with similar business models, additional funding for MPR comes from the for-profit Greenspring Media, a subsidiary of the parent nonprofit American Public Media Group (APMG), through sales of the magazine Minnesota Monthly and other ventures. APMG also owns and operates the Lake Wobegon USA store at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. and the Pretty Good Goods catalog. The for-profit Rivertown Trading Company, once a subsidiary of MPR’s parent company, was sold in 1998 for $124 million. Profits went toward creating MPR’s endowment, a percentage of which contributes to MPR's overall annual budget.
Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts on 37 stations that serve Minnesota and its neighboring communities and 26 translators providing additional local coverage.
Most areas are served by both a classical music station and a news and information station. One location is covered by a single station that combines both services. Two locations are served by a classical music station, a news and information station, and The Current.
MPR's newest service, The Current, is currently only available in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Hinckley.
Minnesota Public Radio also broadcasts all three of its services—News, Classical and The Current—on HD Radio in several communities throughout the state of Minnesota. HD Radio is the name used by iBiquity for a system of digital transmission for audio broadcast stations In the Twin Cities, MPR multicasts Classical 24®, BBC News and More, a Spanish language service from Radio Netherlands called Ahora, and Wonderground Radio™, a service specifically geared towards children.
|Market||Frequency/Call sign||Power (Class)||Service|
|Albert Lea||103. In Broadcasting and Radio communications a call sign (also known as a callsign or call letters, or abbreviated as a call, or otherwise In radio Telecommunications, effective radiated power or equivalent radiated power (ERP is a standardized theoretical measurement of radio frequency (RF This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and For the musician see Albert Lee Albert Lea is a city in and the County seat of Freeborn County 9 K280EB (KGAC)||10W (D)||Classical|
|Alexandria||90. Alexandria is a city in and the County seat of Douglas County, Minnesota, United States. 9 K215BL (KSJR)||18 (D)||Classical|
|Appleton||88. Appleton is a city in Swift County, Minnesota, United States. 5 KNCM||34,000 (C2)||News|
|91. 3 KRSU||75,000 (C)||Classical|
|Austin||90. Austin is a City in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 23314 at the 1 KNSE||6,000 (A)||News|
|103. 3 K277AD (KLSE)||100 (D)||Classical|
|Bemidji||91. Bemidji (bəˈmɪdʒiː is a city in Beltrami County, Minnesota, United States. 3 KNBJ||65,000 (C1)||News|
|88. 5 KCRB||83,000 (C1)||Classical|
|Brainerd||88. Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. 3 KBPN||5,000 (C3)||News|
|90. 7 KBPR||34,000 (C1)||Classical|
|Decorah, IA||88. Decorah is a city in and the County seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. 7 KLNI||100 (A)||News|
|89. 5 KLCD||100 (A)||Classical|
|Duluth-Superior||100. The Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin are located at the western part of Lake Superior (the westernmost of 5 WSCN||97,000 (C1)||News|
|92. 9 WSCD||70,000 (C1)||Classical|
|Ely||101. Ely (pronounced, rhyming with "freely" is a city in St 7 W269AC (WSCN)||31 (D)||News|
|89. 5 K208CR (WIRR)||23 (D)||Classical|
|Fargo-Moorhead||90. Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota in the United States. Moorhead is a city in Clay County, Minnesota, United States, and the largest city in northwest Minnesota 3 KCCD||100,000 (C1)||News|
|91. 1 KCCM||67,000 (C1)||Classical|
|Fergus Falls||91. Fergus Falls is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. 5 KNWF||2,700 (A)||News|
|89. 7 KCMF||2,700 (A)||Classical|
|Grand Marais||89. Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. 7 WLSN||6,000 (C3)||News|
|88. 7 WMLS||6,000 (C3)||Classical|
|Thief River Falls/Grand Forks, ND||102. Thief River Falls, also called Thief River or TRF, is a city in Pennington County, Minnesota, United States. Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the US state of North Dakota and the County seat of Grand Forks County. 7 KNTN||100,000 (C1)||News|
|91. 5 KQMN||84,000 (C1)||Classical|
|Grand Rapids||107. Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. 3 K297AD (WSCN)||250 (D)||News|
|104. 1 K281AB (KCRB)||250 (D)||Classical|
|Hibbing-Virginia||92. Hibbing is a city in St Louis County, Minnesota, USA. The population was 17071 at the 2000 census. Virginia is a city in St Louis County, Minnesota, USA, on the Mesabi Iron Range. 5 WIRN||26,000 (C2)||News|
|90. 9 WIRR||21,000 (C2)||Classical|
|Hinckley||93. Hinckley is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 48 1 W226AY (WSCN)|
106. 5 W293AV (KNOW)
|104. KNOW (911 FM) is the Flagship Radio station of Minnesota Public Radio 's "news and information" network primarily broadcasting a 5 K283AN (KSJN)||55 (D)||Classical|
|97. Minnesota Public Radio KSJN (995 FM is the Flagship station of Minnesota Public Radio 's classical music network serving the Twin Cities region 5 W248AS (KCMP)||55 (D)||The Current|
|Houghton, MI||91. KCMP (893 MHz FM) also known as 893 The Current, is a Radio station owned by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR that broadcasts an eclectic Houghton is a City in the US state of Michigan 's Upper Peninsula and largest city in the Copper 1 WGGL-FM||100,000 (C1)||Mixed news/classical|
|92. WGGL-FM (911 FM) is a Radio station broadcasting for NPR. Licensed to Houghton Michigan, it first began broadcasting in 1968. 7 W224AO (WGGL)||20 (D)||Mixed news/classical|
|International Falls||88. International Falls is a city in and the County seat of Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. 1 K201CN (KNBJ)||7 (D)||News|
|97. 7 K249BK (KCRB)||8 (D)||Classical|
|La Crosse-La Crescent||91. La Crosse is a city in and the County seat of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. La Crescent is a city in Houston and Winona counties in the U 1 KXLC||230 (A)||News|
|88. 1 K201BW (KLSE)||18 (D)||Classical|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||91. 1 KNOW||100,000 (C)||News|
|99. KNOW (911 FM) is the Flagship Radio station of Minnesota Public Radio 's "news and information" network primarily broadcasting a 5 KSJN||100,000 (C)||Classical|
|89. Minnesota Public Radio KSJN (995 FM is the Flagship station of Minnesota Public Radio 's classical music network serving the Twin Cities region 3 KCMP||100,000 (C1)||The Current|
|Owatonna||103. KCMP (893 MHz FM) also known as 893 The Current, is a Radio station owned by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR that broadcasts an eclectic Owatonna is a City in Steele County, Minnesota, United States. 9 K280EC (KNGA)||205 (D)||News|
|105. 7 K289AE (KGAC)||170 (D)||Classical|
|Rochester||90. Rochester is a City in the US state of Minnesota and is the County seat of Olmsted County. 7 KZSE||1,100 (C3)||News|
|91. 7 KLSE||94,000 (C1)||Classical|
|88. 7 KMSE||250 (A)||The Current|
|Roseau||100. Roseau is a city in Roseau County, Minnesota, USA. The population was 2756 at the 2000 census. 7 K264AR (KNTN)||250 (D)||News|
|90. 9 W215AI (KQMN)||37 (D)||Classical|
|Collegeville/St. Cloud||88. The College of Saint Benedict (CSB for women and Saint John’s University (SJU for men are partnered liberal arts colleges respectively located in St Cloud (ˌseɪntˈklaʊd is a city in the US state of Minnesota and the largest population center in the state's central region 9 KNSR||100,000 (C1)||News|
|90. 1 KSJR||100,000 (C1)||Classical|
|St. Peter-Mankato||91. St Peter is a city in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. 5 KNGA||8,500 (C2)||News|
|90. 5 KGAC||75,000 (C1)||Classical|
|Sioux Falls, SD||88. Sioux Falls (ˌsuː ˈfɔːlz is the largest city in the US state of South Dakota. 1 KRSD||2,000 (A)||Classical|
|Sun Valley, ID||91. Sun Valley is an affluent resort community in central Idaho, adjacent to the city of Ketchum in Blaine County. 9 KWRV||100 (A)||Classical|
|Winona||107. Winona is a city in and the County seat of Winona County, Minnesota, United States. 3 K297AH (KZSE)||95 (D)||News|
|101. 9 K270AB (KLSE)||8 (D)||Classical|
|Worthington-Marshall||91. Worthington is a city in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. Marshall is a city in Lyon County, Minnesota in the United States. 7 KNSW||99,000 (C1)||News|
|89. 3 KRSW||100,000 (C1)||Classical|