Call Letters: KANU
City of License: Lawrence, KS
Format: NPR/Classical/World "Kansas Public Radio"
Owner: University of Kansas
KANU 1999 legal ID
1952-1961 - KANU - Educational
KANU signed on September 15, 1952 at 1:45 in the afternoon as an educational/teaching facility. One of the longest running, continuously hosted radio programs, Opera Is My Hobby, began that day as well. The host, Dr. James Seaver, died in 2011. Dick Wright's Jazz Scene began airing in 1956. Wright died in 1999.
1961-1971 - KANU - Educational/Classical
KANU began airing more classical music, expanding its hours of operation. KANU added an audio reader guide for the blind on a subcarrier of the station in 1971. KANU began broadcasting KU sporting events during this time.
1971-current - KANU - NPR/Classical/World
KANU picked up NPR programming, but kept the classical music for most of the day. On the weekends, they expanded eclectic programming, including Celtic, bluegrass and new age. They still remain the source for classical music in Northeast Kansas. A local comedy production, "Right Between The Ears" (formerly Imagination Workshop) airs on some NPR affiliates across the country. KANU ceased sports broadcasts in 1983, when the university awarded a contract to KLZR and KLWN. The 1991 Hoch Auditorium lightning fire destroyed much of KANU's archive.
KANU rebranded itself as "Kansas Public Radio" in 2002, as they added full-powered stations KANH (89.7) in Emporia and KANV (91.3) in Manhattan and Junction City. Previously KANU had been heard on translators in those areas.