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Broadcast area Rolla, Missouri
Branding KMNR-Rolla 89.7 FM
Frequency 89.7 (MHz)
First air date 1964 (as KMSM), 1974 (as KMNR)
Format Free-format
ERP 450 watts
HAAT 99 meters
Class A
Facility ID 14740
Transmitter coordinates 37°57′07″N 91°46′12″W / 37.95194°N 91.77°W / 37.95194; -91.77
Owner The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri

KMNR is a non-commercial, educational, FM radio station licensed to the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri. However, KMNR is fully funded and operated by students at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as the University of Missouri-Rolla).

KMNR strives to provide educational, entertaining, and informative radio programming as a public service to the students, faculty, and administration of Missouri S&T and for the people of Phelps County.



KMNR is a "free-format" station. This means the on-air DJ chooses all program content, with the exception of standard educational productions, which KMNR airs to serve the public interest.


KMNR is staffed entirely by students. Programming is provided by sixty to seventy volunteer DJs. Station administration is performed by a seven member executive board that is elected once per year from the body of DJs.


The first inkling of a Missouri S&T student-run radio station was conceived in the early 1960s (when the school was known as Missouri School of Mines). Some MSM students, including Roger Beckman, fabricated a make-shift radio station in the dormitories which was unofficially called KMFA — these letters standing for the original four buildings in the Quadrangle residential complex: Kelly, McAnerney, Farrar, and Altman Hall. Around 1962, Beckman suggested a campus-owned, student-run radio station to Student Council officer Dale Marshall who brought up the suggestion to Dean Wilson one night at a meeting. Wilson requested Marshall to submit a project report, which was immediately approved upon review.

The project was on hold for one year while students brainstormed and developed the future radio station as well as familiarized themselves with the scrutiny of the Federal Communications Commission. Finally in 1964, what was once a student prototype in the dorms of MSM, became a bona fide campus-owned student-run radio station with call letters of KMSM. It first started playing jazz, easy listening, and light and heavy classical music in order for listeners to have an alternative venue to the rock and country music played by other Rolla radio stations. Dr. Wells Leitner became the first faculty adviser; Jerry Kettler was the first educational program director; Wayne Huckabee was the first music director; Mike DeVaney was the first business director; and Dale Marshall became the first station manager. The executive board hired its DJs, paying them a "princely" wage of fifty cents an hour.[1] Today's KMNR DJs work only for the love of free format radio.

KMSM's call letters became KMNR in 1972.[2] The "MNR" is a reference to Missouri S&T's mascot, Joe Miner. KMST, formerly named KUMR, is a separate public radio station on campus. KMNR's studio has had at least three locations. The first known location was in T-6,[3] a temporary building between Harris Hall and the current Mechanical Engineering Extension. As T-6 was 'temporary' the university allowed the students who supported KMNR to personalize the interior not only with various rooms but also with elaborate murals painted on the walls. KMNR was located in T-6 from the early 1970s to 1997. In 1997 T-6 was demolished to make room for a parking lot and KMNR was moved to a leased building[4] at the corner of 12th and Pine Streets that had formerly housed a bookstore and fitness center. The building's interior was gutted and reconstructed to modern studio standards and KMNR remained there until 2005. KMNR's current location is the first floor of Altman Hall[5] at the corner of 10th and State Streets. Ironically, the station is now in the same building where its forerunner KMFA began.

KMNR Photos

KMNR Historical Photos


  1. ^ Marshall, Dale. "History of KMSM". University of Missouri–Rolla. Retrieved 2007-07-05.  
  2. ^ "KMNR History Timeline" (Excel). UMR. Retrieved 2007-10-25.  
  3. ^ "T-6 Shrine". KMNR 89.7 FM web site. University of Missouri–Rolla. Retrieved 2007-07-19.  
  4. ^ Porter, William (2005-03-10). "Altman Hall to be remodeled in spring for student clubs". The Missouri Miner. Retrieved 2007-07-19.  
  5. ^ Collins, Erica. "Increasing enrollment and decreasing room numbers: How the next renovations will work". The Missouri Miner. Retrieved 2007-07-19.  

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