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.
|Slogan||The Voice of Fairfield|
|Class||Low power FM|
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.
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. The operation includes Twenty-four Photocomm solar panels and battery backup is used during inclement weather.
- Staff writer About KRUU FM web site
- "KRUU Celebrates their solar powered radio station." Heartland Connection,
- KRUU website
- Linux Journal article
- Creative Commons article
- Iowa Source article
- Ottumwa Courier article
- Green Iowa article
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KRUU
- Radio-Locator information on KRUU-LP
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KRUU
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