90.3 FM, Lincoln
First Air Date: February 23, 1970
Operating Power: 10 watts
Original Call Letters: KRNU
General Manager: Dr. Larry Walklin
Date of FCC Issue: Licensed granted in 1969
Issued To: University of Nebraska (Dr. Joseph Soshnik, President)
Tagged:Dr. Larry Walklin
Through the Years
February 23, 1970- KRNU signs on with 10 wats at 166 feet. Replaces “worn out” closed-circuit station no longer useful in training. Programming: “General.” Includes many genres of music, but mostly indie rock and experimental music. Some of the other genres that are played include Jazz, Folk, Rap and A Cappella. There are also sports talk programs and play-by-play programs of the Nebraska Cornhuskers home sporting events. Main Studio: 901 N. 17th Street in Lincoln. Transmitter: 880 N. 17th Street (adjacent to studio).
Main studio and transmitter moved to 601 N. 12th Street. Antenna height is increased to 180 feet.
Adds ABC Contemporary and MBS networks.
KRNU upgrades power to 100 watts.
Studios are moved to 206 Avery Hall. Transmitter remains at Oldfather Hall, 600 North 12th Street.
Studios moved to 147 Anderson Hall.
September, 2019- Transmission line and tower problems result in temporary authority to operate with power reduction at 30%. Only occasionally returns to full power as problems persist in the coming months.
Launches as “The New 90.3 KRNU” featuring a tighter rotation of independent and local artists and bands, along with less specialty show programming. The old format continues online as “KRNU 2” with all of the specialty shows no longer in the new format. After a period of time, branding is changed to “New Music for Lincoln.”
April, 2022- KRNU is granted a fifth extension of special temporary authority as work to replace its tower continues. The station’s latest filing says the university has approved specifications for the project and is now out for bids. It has been operating at 30% of its licensed 100 watts at times since 2019, when the discovery of water and ice in the transmission line led to the finding that the entire tower needed to be replaced.