KRUU-LP (100.1 FM) is a 100-watt non-commercial low-power community radio station operating in Fairfield, Iowa. The station is partially solar powered. KRUU is an open source, independent radio, listener-supported station and serves a broadcast radius of approximately ten (10) miles.

CityFairfield, Iowa
Frequency100.1 FM
SloganThe Voice of Fairfield
FormatCommunity radio
Technical information
ClassLow power FM
ERP100 watts


Originally granted a construction permit to build a low power radio station with the call letters KRUU by the FCC in 2001, the Fairfield Youth Advocacy a.k.a.the Beatbox, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was granted a six-month extension in April 2006. At that time a town hall meeting was held and the board of directors was formed. With community-wide volunteer help the station debuted on air on September 30, 2006. Ninety-nine percent(99%) of KRUU's programs are locally produced by volunteer hosts who create 80 shows a week.[1]

In September 2009 at KRUU became the first partially solar-powered radio station in the midwest United States. According to KRUU, solar panels reduce its reliance on the conventional electrical grid by 15% to 20% percent and power the master control room and transmitter.[2] The operation includes Twenty-four Photocomm solar panels and battery backup is used during inclement weather.[1]


  1. ^ a b Staff writer About KRUU FM web site
  2. ^ Halfmann, Alex (September 11, 2010). "KRUU celebrates their solar powered radio station". Heartland Connection. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved June 12, 2020.

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Coordinates: 41°00′36″N 91°57′54″W / 41.010°N 91.965°W / 41.010; -91.965