KLCC Turns 50

Feb 16, 2017

KLCC's Turned 50 on February 17, 2017 

We are celebrating all year long!  The celebration kicked off at the KLCC Brewfest, with many more events planned throughout the year.

50th Anniversary Video:

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KLCC's Retrospect Video from 2009:

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KLCC Milestones - A chronological history of KLCC
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50th Anniversary Road Trip Series:

KLCC staff accepts gift from Springfield on our first Road Trip destination 2/17/17.
Credit Norm Beer

Our News Department is presenting a 50th Anniversary Road Trip series throughout the year. Many of our listening communities will be visited in the coming months.

Destination #1: Springfield

When:          Friday, 2/17/17
Where:         Washburne Café, Springfield, OR
What:           KLCC Staff rolled into Springfield in their mobile studio to meet the public and learn more about the community. KLCC General Manager, News Director and other KLCC Staff met with Springfield listeners and dignitaries. 

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KLCC History:

In 1967 the Lane Community College Electronics Dept created a radio station for educational purposes, primarily airing news and public affairs programming.  Within a short time, the station moved to LCC’s Mass Communication Dept, joined CPB and NPR, and added a variety of music programming significant to the socio-political unrest of the times.  

Through the years, KLCC has evolved to meet the changing needs of its audience by increasing NPR programming, deepening local news coverage, and expanding its geographic reach.

KLCC’s first day of broadcasting was February 17, 1967 (known then as KPNW) with 440 watts of power and about 250 Eugene listeners. Today, 50 years later, KLCC’s 81,000 watts serve over 90,000 weekly listeners throughout western and central Oregon. Ten transmitters provide service from the Oregon coast to Bend, and Roseburg to Salem -- and all communities in between.

Once available only on FM radio, KLCC can now be streamed online and also heard via the KLCC app. News and information make up the majority of KLCC daytime programming while preserving an eclectic range of music programming in the evenings and on weekends.

KLCC 89.7 FM -- 50 years of informing and inspiring listeners!