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KVSC Receives St. Cloud Arts Commission Arts Award for 2015

06/24/2015 - 11:50 AM

KVSC Receives St. Cloud Arts Commission Arts Award for 2015

KVSC 88.1 FM to receive 2015 St. Cloud Arts Award

The St. Cloud Arts Commission, on behalf of the City of St. Cloud, is proud to announce KVSC 88.1 FM as the recipient of the 2015 St. Cloud Arts Award.

KVSC, St. Cloud State University’s 24/7 educational public radio station, has become an important part of the St. Cloud area’s arts and culture landscape since it started broadcasting in 1967, thanks to its diverse programming, arts reporting and events such as its annual 50-hour trivia contest, speaker series and spring concert series.

For the past three years, KVSC has made a unique addition to St. Cloud’s arts offerings with Granite City Radio Theatre, featuring music, sketch comedy, trivia contests and Shade’s Brigade, a crime noir radio drama, performed in front of a theater audience and broadcast live from Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre. Granite City Radio Theatre represents a true community artistic venture because it happens in partnership with Pioneer Place on Fifth and features local writers, actors, musicians and technicians creating a show that is locally produced and broadcast, plus available as a podcast. Musical guests have included some of Minnesota’s major talents such as “The Voice’s” Nicholas David, Chan Poling of the Suburbs and New Standards and, this year, Gary Louris of the Jayhawks. It is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

KVSC has secured Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage funding to bring the St. Cloud community projects including “Trial by Mob: The Duluth Lynchings” a radio drama based on Michael Fedo’s book “The Lynchings in Duluth,” aired on KVSC and KUMD and available as a podcast, and speakers such as TyRuben Ellingson, a St. Cloud native and St. Cloud State graduate who was one of the key designers for the movie “Avatar.” The station’s arts and cultural heritage producer, Jeff Carmack, produces an “Untold Stories of Central Minnesota” series that has featured everything from local authors to the Native Skywatchers art workshop, and its “Arts and Culture Collage” provides a daily look at area arts and cultural events.

In addition to its own programming, KVSC in the past year has helped diversify the St. Cloud area’s radio options. The station worked with the St. Cloud Area Somali Salvation Organization to create St. Cloud Somali Radio, which is currently a webstream but has applied for a low-power FM license. Another new station, student-run RadioX 97.5 FM, uses KVSC’s studios to broadcast alternative ‘90s music.



KVSC is perhaps best known for its musical contributions to the community. Its spring concert series has brought in acts that don’t often come to St. Cloud, such as Trampled by Turtles, Doomtree, Har Mar Superstar, Haley Bonar and Jeremy Messersmith, to local venues like the Paramount Theatre, Red Carpet Nightclub and Pioneer Place on Fifth.

The station’s diverse format includes shows ranging from folk to hip-hop, Minnesota artists to world music. Its “Monday Night Live” show annually brings about 25 bands to St. Cloud State for performances broadcast live on KVSC and St. Cloud State’s television station, UTVS. Since it started in 1991, “Monday Night Live” has featured nearly 500 groups, from up-and-comers to some of the state’s most well-known bands.

The shows are hosted by students and community volunteers. “When you listen to KVSC you’re hearing the voices of your community,” says Jo McMullen-Boyer, station manager.

The St. Cloud Arts Commission is honored to present KVSC 88.1 FM the 2015 City of St. Cloud Arts Award in recognition of its contributions to the arts in our community.

Mayor Dave Kleis and the arts commission will present the Arts Award before the Lemonade Concert at the Granite City Days opening ceremonies on Thursday, June 25.

The Arts Award was created to recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations whose contributions to the arts have made our community a better place to live. Eligible Arts Award recipients include: individual visual artists, literary artists, performing artists, arts organizations and arts supporters including, but not exclusively, volunteers, board members, educators, leaders and philanthropists.

The St. Cloud Arts Commission is a seven-member volunteer mayoral advisory commission for the City of St. Cloud. For more information on the St. Cloud Arts Award, please call Jennifer Penzkover at (320) 650-3148.



KVSC Receives Six Minnesota Assoicated Press Broadcast Awards for 2014 Competition

04/13/2015 - 5:00 PM

KVSC Receives Six Minnesota Assoicated Press Broadcast Awards for 2014 Competition

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Six broadcasters from St. Cloud State’s student-run radio station 88.1 FM KVSC earned 2014 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters awards April 10.
Students competed against professional commercial and non-commercial stations with two or more full-time news and sports staff.

“This is a tremendous achievement for KVSC’s student journalists,” said Jo McMullen-Boyer, station manager.

Awards included:
• Korina Borash, Esko, first place, Documentary/Investigative – “Genocide Awareness Project.”
• Declan Goff, St. Paul, first place, Sports Reporting – “Husky Sports Friday on KVSC.”
• Declan Goff, Jeremiah Graves, Bemidji, first place, Sports Play-by-Play – “SCSU Men’s Hockey #6 vs #1 Univ. of MN 10/31/14.”
• Daniel Papp, Zach Fuchs, St. Cloud, honorable mention, Sports Play-by-Play – “SCSU Women’s Basketball vs Northern State 12/13/14.”
• Daniel Papp, Osseo, honorable mention, Sports Reporting – “SCSU Women’s Basketball 2014 Season Preview.”
• Vicki Ikeogu, Cold Spring, honorable mention, Series/Special – “World War II Flying Fortress Makes Stop at St. Cloud Regional Airport.”

“When student news and sports journalists win awards in competition with professional newsrooms it speaks to the skills and journalistic practices they are learning and applying at KVSC Radio and are taught in the mass communications program,” McMullen-Boyer said.

KVSC To Premiere Duluth Lynching Radio Docudrama

02/16/2015 - 9:00 AM

KVSC To Premiere Duluth Lynching Radio Docudrama
Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial Photo Credit: Dan Wildeson

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The 1920 lynching of three young black men in Duluth will be retold in a KVSC 88.1 FM radio drama airing noon March 1.
"Trial by Mob: The Duluth Lynchings" is a first-time production of a Michael Fedo script, based on Fedo's 2000 Minnesota Historical Society Press book "The Lynchings in Duluth."

Fedo, producer Jo McMullen-Boyer, director Carol Cooley, anti-racism educator Debra Leigh and others will preview the hour-long drama at a free public discussion and program launch 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Atwood Memorial Center theater at St. Cloud State University.

A Duluth native, Fedo is a retired journalist and former college professor. McMullen Boyer is the KVSC station manager. Cooley is costume shop director for the SCSU Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Leigh is a lead organizer for SCSU’s Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative. Among others in the discussion will be Barry Schreiber, SCSU criminal justice studies professor.

"Trial by Mob: The Duluth Lynchings" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Hendrickson, a satellite truck engineer for Arctek HD. Among the cast of 14 actors and more than 10 vocal extras were SCSU students, former students and alumni, including senior J.T. Scott, Minneapolis; sophomore Korina Borash, Esko; John O'Toole Peterson, St. Cloud; and Andy Valenty, St. Cloud.

The production was made possible, in part, by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Licensed to St. Cloud State since 1967, KVSC is an independent community radio station that broadcasts non-stop to a potential Central Minnesota audience of two million people.

On the evening of June 15, 1920, a crowd of thousands attacked the police station in Duluth, pulling Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie from their jail cells. The three young black men were beaten and hanged by their necks from a lamp post at Second Avenue East and First Street.

The men, who were working for a traveling circus, were accused of raping 19-year-old Irene Tusken on June 14. Little evidence would be found to corroborate these claims. A June 15 examination of Tusken by Dr. David Graham, a family physician, showed no physical signs of rape or assault. No one was ever convicted for murdering Clayton, Jackson and McGhie. 

Game of Trivia: Quest for Futile Facts, Trivia Weeekend 2015

01/21/2015 - 3:30 PM

January 21, 2015
Contact: Jo McMullen-Boyer or Jim Gray
Office: 320-308-3053

KVSC’s 50-Hour Trivia Weekend Delves Into Fantasy and Folklore

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The 36th annual Trivia Weekend presented by KVSC 88.1FM at St. Cloud State University will take over the airwaves Feb. 13-15. Each year, a different theme is selected to pay homage to popular cultural phenomena. Game of Trivia: Quest for Futile Facts will chronicle the worlds of fantasy literature and folklore, as conveyed through legends, tales and myths. The contest will test the literature, television and film knowledge of more than 2,000 competitors.

The campus radio station at St. Cloud State hosts the annual 50-hour marathon featuring more than 450 trivia questions asked to teams listening on the radio and Internet. Aside from a wealth of theme-based questions, there is a broad range of additional questions on pop culture, science, sports, visual trivia, history and more.

“The theme for this year’s contest is not only perfectly suited to people who enjoy the hunt for information, but it connects to the recent growth of support for fantasy-based films, television shows and books.” said Jo McMullen-Boyer, KVSC Station Manager. “Aside from the immense popularity of shows such as Game of Thrones and the release of movies such as The Hobbit Trilogies, which are both fantasy literature based, books by authors such as J.K. Rowling also represent great sources for Trivia Weekend questions.”

The history of KVSC’s Trivia Weekend began in 1980 as an event organized by KVSC and the SCSU Residence Hall Association as a way to alleviate Minnesota’s cabin fever. That year, a staff of 14 answered calls on four phone lines from 25 teams.

In recent years, KVSC needs hundreds of volunteers to staff the 32 trivia hotlines and nearly 60 teams played in the three-day contest in 2014. With the growth of Trivia Weekend, volunteers have become very important in making the event possible. Approximately 40-45 volunteers are needed each hour to operate the contest—for 50 consecutive hours. Volunteers work on the phone hotlines where teams call in their guesses, co-host the radio shows, work in scoring and point dispute roles, produce audio and UTVS productions, run for food for volunteers and many other jobs.

“The contest has grown in a many different ways. The number of volunteers has more than doubled, allowing KVSC to present a very responsive contest for our competitors with increased interaction with the phone hotline volunteers. The scoring program was digitized in 2009 with a custom developed software program,” McMullen-Boyer said.

Trivia rules require teams to register by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13, the Friday of Trivia Weekend. The contest begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 13 and will conclude at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Teams create a name and operate from a team headquarters as they put their heads together in a quest to be called the most knowledgeable team.

“I always enjoy the trivia teams that are modify their team names to fit KVSC’s theme,” McMullen-Boyer said. “Some of this year’s registered teams include Meyer Meyer Clan on Fire, Song of Fire and Ice Cold Brewskies, a team simply called Hodor, Frodo Spankins and Stefan’s Dream XVI: Stefan, Warrior Princess (last year’s champions).

Wrapping up the 50-hour contest is an awards ceremony in Ritsche Auditorium at SCSU beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 15. The winning team receives the coveted Minnesota Masters of Trivia Traveling Trophy. The golden urn (trophy) shows the names of the winning teams over the past 35 years.

Following the awards ceremony, exhausted players and volunteers head to the Red Carpet Nightclub in downtown St. Cloud to celebrate surviving another Trivia Weekend. The Shake A Hamster Band takes the stage and performs their new theme-based numbers as well as some of the favorites from previous years.

KVSC encourages trivia enthusiasts from all over to pull together friends and family members to create a team or to consider becoming a phone bank volunteer for the weekend. The entire contest is also streamed live online. For information on registration and volunteering, visit

KVSC 88.1FM, the Voice of St. Cloud since 1967, offers listeners an alternative format without commercials. KVSC features a diverse variety of music as well as news coverage and community events. The staff of KVSC 88.1FM is comprised of students and community volunteers.

KVSC Debuts St. Cloud Somali Radio

03/25/2013 - 9:00 AM

KVSC 88.1 FM has launched a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week webstream radio station dedicated to the Central Minnesotan Somali Community. Dubbed St. Cloud Somali Radio; this online radio station is housed in the KVSC studios on the campus of St. Cloud State University and funded by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy fund.

“The idea for St. Cloud Somali Radio started in the last two years,” said Jo McMullen-Boyer, KVSC 88.1 FM Station Manager. “After learning more about the rapidly growing immigrant population of Somali in Central Minnesota; it became clear there were very few artistic and creative outlets to learn more about Somali culture, customs, news and music.”

There are approximately 8,000 Somali immigrants living in St. Cloud and surrounding communities. St. Cloud Somali Radio aims to serve as the cultural and heritage hub of Somali music, feature programming and important cultural lessons including bi-lingual language translation for the region.

SCSU alumnus Ben Prchal was hired in September of 2012 as the Program and Training Coordinator of St. Cloud Somali Radio. Prchal has taken charge of the project by reaching out to the Somali community to create programming and assist with the technical programming to launch the online radio station.

“We are primarily using groups in the St. Cloud area as methods of outreach as we approach the launch of St. Cloud Somali Radio,” Prchal said. “Specifically, we have been in communication with the St. Cloud Somali Salvation Organization (SASSO), the Islamic Center of St. Cloud (ICSC), and the Somali Student Association at SCSU. As we ramp up to the launch, we will be working to spread the word about the station and share what we’ve spent our time building here.”

Once the station launches, St. Cloud Somali Radio will be increasing their efforts to recruit volunteers to create programming that will cater to the Central Minnesotan Somali Community.

Abubaker Kulletin, also known as Haji, started working with St. Cloud Somali Radio in early 2013 as a Project Developer. He met with Prchal and was interested in seeing the project become fully integrated into the Central Minnesotan Somali Community.

“We will work to bring people together,” Kulletin said. “Somalis can introduce themselves to the local population, and easily integrate; becoming a larger part of the communities in Central Minnesota.”

St. Cloud Somali Radio is accessible at and via a link from the home page. KVSC 88.1 FM, the voice of St. Cloud since 1967, is an educational public radio station licensed to St. Cloud State University. KVSC follows a commercial-free alternative music format and provides award-winning news coverage and community events.

Happy birthday to us

05/07/2012 - 11:00 AM

Happy birthday to us

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud State University’s public radio station, KVSC 88.1 FM will celebrate 45 years on the air May 10. The station first signed on May 10, 1967.  At that time the station was limited to a 10-watt signal, which covered a radius of about five miles.  Its original dial position was 88.5 FM. The switch to 88.1 FM came Feb. 8, 1983. The call letters KVSC were chosen as an acronym for the “Voice of St. Cloud.”

Today, the station broadcasts on 88.1 FM at a power of 16,500 watts (since Sept. 24, 1992) and reaches about 70 miles. KVSC-FM offers a blend of progressive rock, jazz, folk, reggae, world, blues, Minnesota music, educational programming like Minnesota History in 90 Seconds and Earth and Sky, eight daily newscasts and much more. 

In the past year the station has taken home nine Associated Press Awards and a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award.  

The station celebrated its 20th year of Monday Night Live, a show that invites local musicians to perform live on the radio. The show is simulcast with video on UTVS Charter channel 21.  On April 23, Monday Night Live went “on the road” as Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps performed for a live audience at the Pioneer Place on Fifth (in addition to the radio and TV broadcasts).  Additionally, the station held a show starring Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Doomtree April 26. 

KVSC held its 33rd annual 50-hour trivia marathon Feb. 10-12.  This year’s theme was “Trivia Long Play 33 1/3, to reference the contest’s 33rd year and also the fact that the station still plays vinyl records.

Other milestones in KVSC’s history include:

1978 – Began broadcasting in stereo

Feb. 5, 1980 – The debut of Trivia Weekend

Feb. 8, 1983 – Moved to 88.1 FM and increased power to 5,200 watts

Feb. 1991 – 3,000 community members sign a petition to save the station from the threat of university budget cuts

1995 – is launched

1999 – KVSC begins streaming live on the Internet

Sept. 2008 – KVSC receives its first grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

July 2009 – First broadcast live from an international locale (the Winnipeg Film Festival)

August 2009 – KVSC receives its first Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant from the state of Minnesota.

More information on the station’s history visit and 

Multi-Track Makeover

01/18/2011 - 10:00 AM

Multi-Track Makeover


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Operations Director Jim Gray and his team of students and staff worked tirelessly over St. Cloud State University’s winter break to completely overhaul the multi-track studio at KVSC. The $45,000 upgrade was spent mostly at local businesses and includes all new equipment and furnishing. The main upgrade is the new 60-channel audio console with dual 46-inch monitors.

This huge upgrade was made on a tight budget and included extreme penny pinching methods in sourcing the equipment, including Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and negotiations with vendors. The project would not have been possible without the $18,000 worth of equipment donated from alumni and others. 

Some of the key highlights include the ability to record 24 channels simultaneously into Pro Tools 9 Software, multiple monitor mixes and headphone mixes for performers and the new display monitors use an electronic lift system to maximize space and ergonomics.

The main purpose behind the multi-track studio is for live performances (namely Monday Night Live), recording and mixing for musicians and common audio productions. 

Interesting facts:

  • 21.7 miles of wiring installed
  • 392 connectors on the board
  • Hundreds of hours donated by students and staff
  • Audio board is nine feet long


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