Even from modest beginnings in 1974 at a "charming" house on National Street, KSMU 91.1 FM has been dedicated to quality. With that purpose in mind, KSMU strives to bring superior programming to over 40,000 weekly listeners in Southwest Missouri. Whether through NPR News, local news coverage, or classical music, KSMU seeks to inform, to entertain and "to encourage the exploration of ideas and their application to citizenship."
When moved to Strong Hall (formally the Public Affairs Classroom Building) on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield in 1998, KSMU developed a simple, yet paradoxically complex, vision "to be the best University licensed public radio station in the country." We aim to fulfill that vision by serving our listeners with national and community oriented programming each and every day.
Our efforts haven't gone unnoticed. Our news coverage has been presented with such honors as the 2002 National Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTNDA for News Series, the 2001 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTNDA for Feature Reporting, the 1987 National Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTNDA for Investigative Reporting, The Missouri Broadcasters Association Excellence Award in Documentary Public Affairs in 2002 and 2000, Certificates of Merit for Feature Reporting, Public Affairs Reporting, and Complete News from the Missouri Broadcasters Association, three Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Awards, and the Missouri State Teachers Association Award for Excellence in Education Reporting.
And we continue to flourish because of unwavering support from the public we serve.
General Contact Information
Our state-of-the-art studios are located on the southwest side of the Springfield campus of Missouri State University in Strong Hall. Strong Hall is located near the intersection of Grand Street and Holland Avenue.
901 South National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897
Fax: (417) 836-5889
E-Mail: ksmu [at] missouristate [dot] edu
KSMU Radio and Ozarks Public Television (OPT) are committed to celebrating the diversity of the Ozarks. This diversity takes many forms, including gender, race, culture, religion, and language. We encourage thoughtful community dialogue on a variety of topics through news features, profiles of Ozarks residents and interviews with individuals of diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives.
- Two popular station projects focus on ethnic diversity. The KSMU Radio series Around the World, Here at Home and OPT’s Small World ▪ Big Picture Profiles feature Ozarks’ residents of diverse backgrounds, telling their stories.
- We are also proud to be a part of the Women & Girls Lead Initiative which encourages girls and women to develop their potential as community leaders.
- In partnership with the Missouri State University Religious Studies Department, KSMU Radio has established a Religious Studies/Reporting Internship. This intern reports on topics related to the religious diversity of the Ozarks.
- OPT is currently developing a series of locally-produced instructional language programs. The first series, focused on Conversational Chinese, debuts in the fall of 2014.
- OPT and KSMU also regularly broadcast special programming that celebrates the diversity of our nation and our world. These national programs are made available by NPR, PRI, APM, PBS, NETA, APT and more.
As part of Missouri State University, we fully embrace the University’s diversity initiatives. The University staff, faculty, governance and student body reflect rich diversity. The Division of Diversity and Inclusion exists to promote, achieve, advance and sustain Missouri State University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by enhancing employee capabilities and competencies through diversity research, professional development, collaboration, and integrative activities and practices. The vision of this unit is to be valued and recognized by university and community stakeholders for the development and delivery of strategic programs and resources that institutionalizes means to meet individual, unit and organizational needs for diversity enhancement, education and outcomes.