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KWMU, (90.7 FM) is the flagship National Public Radio station in St. Louis, Missouri. Known on-air as St. Louis Public Radio, it is owned by and licensed to the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Its studios are located in Grand Center in midtown St. Louis.

CitySt. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast areaGreater St. Louis
SloganYour Community, Your World
Frequency90.7 MHz FM (also on HD Radio)
90.7-2 "Jazz KWMU-2"
90.7-3 "Classical 90.7 KWMU-3/ WQUB-3"
First air date1972
FormatPublic radio
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT289 meters (949 feet)
Facility ID65585
Transmitter coordinates38°34′50″N 90°19′45″W / 38.58056°N 90.32917°W / 38.58056; -90.32917
AffiliationsNational Public Radio
OwnerUniversity of Missouri St. Louis
(The Curators of the University of Missouri)
Sister stationsWQUB, KMST (also on HD Radio)
WebcastListen Live

About St. Louis Public RadioEdit

St. Louis Public Radio's website states that its mission is "To inform and provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures for a more inspired and engaged public."[1]

First signing on the air on June 2, 1972, KWMU has more than 395,100 listeners in the St. Louis area.[2] The station has 34 full-time employees, and 15 part-time, with hundreds of volunteers helping for special events. In 1983, it was the first radio station in St. Louis to play music from compact discs. A year later, it became the first radio station in the United States to broadcast Ambisonic programs. In 1992, the station increased its effective radiated power to 100,000 watts. In 1995, the station moved to an all-news format.

KWMU started broadcasting in HD Radio in 2006. In the fall of 2008, the station added a second digital stream, KWMU-2 The Gateway (Now Jazz KWMU-2), on its second digital subcarrier. It airs mostly alternative and world music. In the spring of 2010, the station added a third digital stream, Classical 90.7 KWMU-3, a 24-hour classical music service. Both stream live on the Internet.

On September 10, 2009, the station rebranded as St. Louis Public Radio and its website to

In September 2010, St. Louis Public Radio became the radio outlet for live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra broadcasting its Saturday night concerts from Powell Symphony Hall.

In April 2011, KWMU broke ground on a state-of-the-art studio facility at Grand Center. The facility also houses academic space for UMSL. On June 18, 2012, KWMU moved from its longtime home on the first floor of Lucas Hall on the UMSL North campus in Bellerive, to the new facility.[3]

On July 26, 2012, UMSL officially acquired WQUB from Quincy University. The station now serves as a semi-satellite of KWMU in the Tri-State Area.

Beginning July 1, 2017, UMSL adopted Rolla station KMST as a satellite of KWMU for south-central Missouri.


The station receives its funding from private donations, corporate sponsors, local, regional and national grants, as well as the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

In Fiscal Year 2018, KWMU's revenue totaled $8,816,400.[4] Its sources were from:

Revenue from Community Support totaled $7,875,420. Its sources were from:

  • 70.0% Individual & Foundation Support
  • 24.5% Corporate Support
  • 5.5% Events and Other Support


  1. ^ "About Us - St. Louis Public Radio". Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  2. ^ "2018 Annual Report". Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  3. ^ "UMSL at Grand Center to unveil building Saturday". Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ "2018 Annual Report". Retrieved 2019-07-24.

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