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World War II. Not the most romantic of beginnings for a college radio station, yet Colorado State University’s radio station owes its birth to this world event . Colorado State University, (known as Colorado Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Colorado A&M for short in the mid 20th century) was serving upwards of 1,500 servicemen, leaving and coming back from the war in Europe. For the first time in the school’s history the number of...

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The 1950’s was a time of change for the university, such as the expansion of the school, the name change from Colorado A&M to Colorado State University, and the exploration of a student radio station. The university felt radio would be a beneficial learning opportunity to students involved in drama, speech, or music and provide campus news, publicity for clubs and organizations, and music, which would result in a more unified...

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In March of 1960, KCSU ran its first test program with a pre-recorded segment via carrier-current to Newsom Hall. The program had music, campus news, and interviews with the radio staff that students could listen to through the phone lines. In 1964, KCSU finally received its’ FCC building permit and built an FM station. After a year of broadcasting, three student employees of the KCSU station resigned due to poor station management....

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The 1970’s: The Aggies Strike Back


Posted By on Dec 7, 1970

The 1970’s was a fresh start for KCSU, with new equipment and the move to the basement of the Student Center, in the heart of campus. Getting a new receiver for the station boosted their status and attracted  Northern Colorado listeners. They also transitioned to an FM transmitter, which produced better quality sound and broadcasted at a greater distance, the popularity of the station grew tenfold. In 1972, nine members of the radio...

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The 1980’s presented the debate of whether the station should be student-run or not. Some believed that it was too risky to have a student-run station because of mismanagement, and there was no direction on how a station was supposed to run if it wasn’t by professionals. Others believed that the station needed to be run by students and allow for failure to happen in order to grow. Everyone had different opinions as to why the station...

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