Pioneer Radio KSRQ 90.1 Transition Plans Announced by Northland Community & Technical College – Crookston Times



Northland Community & Technical College announces that it will transition from Pioneer Radio KSRQ 90.1 FM, the college’s radio station, to its own entity as a 501(c)(3).

Pioneer Radio serves Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks and surrounding areas. The non-profit station has been a member of the Public Broadcasting Network since 1983 and has college roots since 1971. Station customers enjoy non-traditional programming ranging from news and current affairs, contemporary hits, the adult alternative, classical music, national audience Radio, and the ever-popular weekend Polka Hour. With an estimated daily audience of over 10,000 people tuning in over the air and digitally using HD streaming technology, Pioneer Radio reaches people all over the world.

As popular as Pioneer Radio is, its current status as a college-sponsored station has limitations that prevent it from expanding. Combined with the fact that Northland no longer offers broadcast-related academic programming, a change is in order.

Northland will continue to be a partner in this new organization by providing a no-cost lease of space at our Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks campuses.

“Northland understands the importance of Pioneer Radio to its listeners and the community. This strategy appears to be the best way forward for both the college and the resort,” Northland President Sandy Kiddoo said. “It’s a win-win for all involved.”

Thanks to this important structural change, KSRQ can raise funds independently, qualify for different categories of federal grants, have more flexibility in the program and develop new sponsors. This change should lead to growth and a more sustainable long-term financial model, hopefully preserving this valuable community asset.

Over the next year, KSRQ will transition to a community radio station. In the next academic year, it will become its own entity as a separate 501(c)(3) from Northland.


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