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KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University includes two stations that provide in-depth news and quality music programming to nearly 1.9 million people in its service regions of Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and the Parkland.

  • KRCU 90.9 FM is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and is a 6,500 watt station. KRCU's signal covers: Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Marble Hill, Perryville and several communities in southern Illinois.
  • KSEF 88.9 FM is located in Farmington, Missouri and is a 20,000 watt station. KSEF's signal covers: Farmington, Park Hills, Ste. Genevieve, Fredericktown, Potosi, Festus and reaches into South County St. Louis.

KRCU broadcasts 24 hours a day from facilities located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and provides practical broadcast experience for students of the University.

KRCU is affiliated with National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. These programming services provide many public radio favorites like All Things ConsideredMorning EditionCar Talk and A Prairie Home Companion.

Contact Information

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   573.651.5070  -or-  888.651.5070

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   Mailing Address:
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   One University Plaza, MS 0300
   Cape Girardeau, MO  63701

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A Prairie Home Companion

KRCU A Prairie Home CompanionGARRISON KEILLOR

Recorded live every Saturday,  A Prairie Home Companion features comedy sketches, music, and Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon." It is the only live music and variety show aired nationwide today.

A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Garrison recalls, "When the show started, it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful, and now it's a good way of life."

Afternoon Classics

Features classical music throughout the afternoon in a manner that's perfect for the home as well as the office.

All Things Considered

KRCU All Things ConsideredWeekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

MELISSA BLOCK, ROBERT SIEGEL AND AUDIE CORNISH

Offers an in-depth presentation of the day's events, providing the chronology, background, debate - and sometimes the humor - that make up the news.

Almost Yesterday

KRCU Almost YesterdayFRANK NICKELL

Almost Yesterday is a glimpse into the rich history of our region. Dr. Frank Nickell takes listeners on a journey to specific moments in time, such as the first radio broadcast on KFVS, the history of Farmington’s CarlstonCollege, and the short-lived safari on a Mississippi River island. A gifted storyteller and local historian, Dr. Nickell’s wit and love for the past are combined with sounds and music that augment his narrative.

On Saturday, June 7, 2008, Almost Yesterday received First Place in the "Special Programs" category at the Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet in Kansas City, Missouri.

America's Music Festivals

KRCU Americans Music FestivalsAmerica's Music Festivals features live concert recordings from music festivals across North America.

America's Test Kitchen

KRCU Americas Test KitchenCHRISTOPHER KIMBALL

America's Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods.

Beale Street Caravan

KRCU Beale Street CaravanPAT MITCHELL

Beale Street Caravan broadcasts live recordings of Memphis music and its derivative forms to an international audience of 2.4 million worldwide weekly listeners on over 400 stations around the globe. Each program presents seasoned veterans alongside up and coming artists recorded at festivals and venues throughout the United States.

Beethoven Satellite Network

The classical music radio format service of the WFMT Radio Network.

Bluegrass Breakdown

KRCU Bluegrass BreakdownDAVE HIGGS

Covers such hot topics as broken things in Bluegrassland, gospel train songs, and "ain't" tunes. Plus, playing tunes from the seldom seen new bluegrass CD bins, where the latest discs in bluegrassdom are examined. And, of course, being based in Nashville, the program offers scintillating conversation and live music with some of the best in bluegrass.

Caffe Concerto

Weekdays from 11am to 1pm

TOM HARTE

Whether it's a morsel of Mozart, a bite of Beethoven, a helping of Handel, a dollup of Dvorak, or a scoop of Schubert, you'll find it at the Caffé Concerto. Advance reservations are not necessary.

Your server at the Caffé Concerto is Tom Harte whose culinary perspective on classical music is a natural outgrowth of his interest in food. An award-winning cook, Tom also writes a food column for the Southeast Missourian and was a founder of My Daddy's Cheesecake, a dessert emporium in Cape Girardeau.

Each sitting at the Caffé Concerto begins with a short musical hors d'oeuvre and then proceeds to a longer main course, typically a symphony. Each sitting concludes on a sweet note with a melodic dessert. Also featured on each day’s menu of finely prepared classical music is a concerto du jour.

Like other establishments, the Caffé honors birthdays (of famous composers only), offers holiday theme menus, plays host to guest chefs and conducts special events.

If you’d like to be a Guest Chef at the Caffé . . . just give us a list of your 6-10 favorite classical works with a note about why you like them and a bit of information about yourself and we'll do the rest. Your "menu" will be featured at the Caffe and you'll be identified as the "Guest Chef" of the day.

To get started, let us know:

• A little about yourself, particularly your classical music interests.

• Identify your favorite classical works and tell us why you chose them.

Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and that's it.

Car Talk

KRCU Car TalkTOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI

Imagine the Marx Brothers answering questions about automobiles. Picture Monty Python trying to imitate car noises. Think of A.J. Foyt telling someone how to open the car hood. Mix it all up, throw in a little Dr. Ruth and a little Smothers Brothers, and you've got Car Talk, NPR's Peabody Award-winning radio program heard by more than 4 million listeners each week.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Classical Guitar Alive

KRCU Classical Guitar AliveClassical Guitar Alive! enthusiastically promotes classical guitar-related music, performers and composers from many nationalities and cultures while integrating the work of American composers and performers.

Collectors Corner

European Jazz Stage

Fresh Air

KRCU Fresh AIrDaily at 3pm

TERRY GROSS

Fresh Air

Fresh Air offers some of the most intelligent interviews, reviews and commentary heard on radio. The hour-long, daily radio program is a cornerstone of NPR’s news and talk programming. It features interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current events.Fresh Air 

Jazz at Lincoln Center

KRCU JazzWENDELL PIERCE

Veteran actor (The Wire, Tremé) and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce brings outstanding performances each weel from Jazz at Lincoln Center's House of Swing. Each week, Pierce brings the story of jazz through music and the players in their own words.

Live at the Concertgebouw

Marketplace Morning Report

KRCU Marketplace Morning ReportWeekdays at 6:51 a.m.

DAVID BRANCACCIO

Marketplace Morning Report (MMR) is the morning sister program from the award-winning staff of Marketplace. Bringing you the morning business news "for the rest of us" in the time it takes you to drink your first cup of joe, MMR is a great way to start your day.

Marketplace Tech Report

KRCU Marketplace Tech ReportWeekdays at 8:35 a.m.

Technology is reshaping our world; Marketplace Tech Report explores how. You'll hear from newsmakers, innovators, visionaries and creators about how technology is expanding, informing and transforming everyday experience. Tune in for the big news and the stories you won't hear anywhere else.

Millenium of Music

KRCU Millennium MusicThursday 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

ROBERT AUBRY DAVIS

Millennium of Music is the world's longest running program featuring early music, presenting music from major European music festivals and produces specials for Public Radio International.

Milwaukee Symphony

Morning Edition

KRCU Morning EditionWeekdays from 5 to 9am

RENEE MONTAGNE AND STEVE INSKEEP

Prepares listeners for the day with up-to-the-minute news, background analysis and commentary, plus comprehensive coverage of the arts and sports. KRCU provides local news at 6:06, 7:06 and 8:06.

New York Philharmonic

KRCU New York PhilharmonicFriday 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Performance Today

KRCU Performance TodayWeekday evenings from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

FRED CHILD

Features recent performances by the great artists of our time and by the next generation of classical artists from around the globe. Plus, classical music news and features.

Radiolab

KRCU Radio LabWednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

ROBERT KRULWICH, JAD ABUMRAD

Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.

Snap Judgement

KRCU Snap JudgmentSaturdays at 1:00 p.m. and Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

GLYNN WASHINGTON

Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people's lives. The program’s raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another's eye.

State of the RE:Union

KRCU State of the Re:UnionAL LETSON

A dynamic NPR show that combines hour-long radio episodes with short videos, photography, music and blog posts to reach audiences online and over the airwaves.

Sunday Night at the Opera

Sunday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

BARBARA HERBERT

Barb Herbert aired her first Sunday Night at the Opera program on March 12, 1995. She says that she never thought it would be on the air this long. She calls it "the world's longest term paper." Barb writes, "The research is what makes it fun, because opera can teach you history, mythology and geography.

An opera can be funny, tragic, violent, silly or incomprehensible, depending upon who wrote the libretto. Never thought my bachelor's degree in English would land me a job at a radio station."

Ted Radio Hour

KRCU TED Radio HourTuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

GUY RAZ

TED hosts the world's most fascinating thinkers - convention-breaking mavericks, icons, and geniuses - who give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more.

The Diane Rhem Show

KRCU The Diane Rehm ShowWeekdays from 9 to 11am

DIANE REHM

Each week, listeners across the country and around the world tune in for a lively mix of current events and public affairs programming that ranges from hard news analysis of politics and international affairs to in-depth examinations of religious issues, health and medical news, education and parenting.

The Midnight Special

The People’s Pharmacy

KRCU The Peoples PharmacyJOE AND TERRY GRAEDON

Everything from home remedies to the latest breakthrough drugs are discussed on The People's Pharmacy. Pharmacologist Joe Graedon and medical anthropologist Terry Graedon talk to leading experts to discuss issues relating to drugs, herbs, home remedies, vitamins and related health topics.

The Roots of Smooth

The Score with Edmund Stone

KRCU The ScoreEDMOND STONE

A weekly celebration of symphonic music in film, a fascinating cultural adventure through America’s best-loved art form.

The World

KRCU The WorldWeekday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MARCO WERMAN

An international news program from PRI that links global events to American concerns. A co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH Radio Boston.

This American Life

KRCU This American LifeSaturdays 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

IRA GLASS

The weekly program explores a theme — fiascos, conventions, the job that takes over your life — through a playful mix of radio monologues, mini-documentaries, "found tape," short fiction and unusual music.

Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!

KRCU Wait Wait...Don't Tell MePETER SAGAL

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up. On the Web, you can play along too.

Weekend All Things Considered

GUY RAZ

In-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hear two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special - sometimes quirky - features.

Weekend Edition Saturday

KRCU Weekend EditionSCOTT SIMON

The program wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.

Weekend Edition Sunday

KRCU Weekend EditionAUDIE CORNISH

The program wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.

Wits

KRCU WitsJOHN MOE

Wits is bringing some of the hottest comedians and most popular and critically acclaimed indie musicians to St. Paul to record a live show of comedy, conversation, songs and surprises.

Woodsongs

KRCU WoodsongsA live-audience broadcast and folk music conversation, taped each Monday at the historic Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, KY.

Your Folk Connection

KRCU Your Folk ConnectionSaturdays at 7pm

BARNEY HARTLINE AND TERRY WRIGHT

Folk music has been a part of America's heritage since the country was founded and the heartland's rich tradition in folk music mirrors that of the nation. Listeners to KRCU have been exploring folk music on the radio since September 1996 when Your Folk Connection debuted. Barney Hartline and Terry Wright are the producers of the program that takes listeners on a weekly voyage along the timeline of folk artists, performers and songwriters.

Stations That Broadcast Your Folk Connection

KRCU 90.9 FM, Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Saturdays at 7 p.m.

KSEF 88.9 FM, Farmington, Mo. - Saturdays at 7 p.m.

WEIU 88.9 FM, Charleston, Ill. - Sundays at 7 a.m.

Entertainment

A Prairie Home Companion

KRCU A Prairie Home CompanionGARRISON KEILLOR

Recorded live every Saturday,  A Prairie Home Companion features comedy sketches, music, and Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon." It is the only live music and variety show aired nationwide today.

A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Garrison recalls, "When the show started, it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful, and now it's a good way of life."

Almost Yesterday

KRCU Almost YesterdayFRANK NICKELL

Almost Yesterday is a glimpse into the rich history of our region. Dr. Frank Nickell takes listeners on a journey to specific moments in time, such as the first radio broadcast on KFVS, the history of Farmington’s CarlstonCollege, and the short-lived safari on a Mississippi River island. A gifted storyteller and local historian, Dr. Nickell’s wit and love for the past are combined with sounds and music that augment his narrative.

On Saturday, June 7, 2008, Almost Yesterday received First Place in the "Special Programs" category at the Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet in Kansas City, Missouri.

America's Test Kitchen

KRCU Americas Test KitchenCHRISTOPHER KIMBALL

America's Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods.

Wits

KRCU WitsJOHN MOE

Wits is bringing some of the hottest comedians and most popular and critically acclaimed indie musicians to St. Paul to record a live show of comedy, conversation, songs and surprises.

Music

America's Music Festivals

KRCU Americas Music FestivalsAmerica's Music Festivals features live concert recordings from music festivals across North America.

Caffe Concerto

Weekdays from 11am to 1pm

TOM HARTE

Whether it's a morsel of Mozart, a bite of Beethoven, a helping of Handel, a dollup of Dvorak, or a scoop of Schubert, you'll find it at the Caffé Concerto. Advance reservations are not necessary.

Your server at the Caffé Concerto is Tom Harte whose culinary perspective on classical music is a natural outgrowth of his interest in food. An award-winning cook, Tom also writes a food column for the Southeast Missourian and was a founder of My Daddy's Cheesecake, a dessert emporium in Cape Girardeau.

Each sitting at the Caffé Concerto begins with a short musical hors d'oeuvre and then proceeds to a longer main course, typically a symphony. Each sitting concludes on a sweet note with a melodic dessert. Also featured on each day’s menu of finely prepared classical music is a concerto du jour.

Like other establishments, the Caffé honors birthdays (of famous composers only), offers holiday theme menus, plays host to guest chefs and conducts special events.

If you’d like to be a Guest Chef at the Caffé . . . just give us a list of your 6-10 favorite classical works with a note about why you like them and a bit of information about yourself and we'll do the rest. Your "menu" will be featured at the Caffe and you'll be identified as the "Guest Chef" of the day.

To get started, let us know:

• A little about yourself, particularly your classical music interests.

• Identify your favorite classical works and tell us why you chose them.

Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and that's it.

Performance Today

KRCU Performance TodayFRED CHILD

Features recent performances by the great artists of our time and by the next generation of classical artists from around the globe. Plus, classical music news and features.

Sunday Night at the Opera

Sunday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

BARBARA HERBERT

Barb Herbert aired her first Sunday Night at the Opera program on March 12, 1995. She says that she never thought it would be on the air this long. She calls it "the world's longest term paper." Barb writes, "The research is what makes it fun, because opera can teach you history, mythology and geography.

An opera can be funny, tragic, violent, silly or incomprehensible, depending upon who wrote the libretto. Never thought my bachelor's degree in English would land me a job at a radio station."

Your Folk Connection

KRCU Your Folk ConnectionSaturdays at 7pm

BARNEY HARTLINE AND TERRY WRIGHT

Folk music has been a part of America's heritage since the country was founded and the heartland's rich tradition in folk music mirrors that of the nation. Listeners to KRCU have been exploring folk music on the radio since September 1996 when Your Folk Connection debuted. Barney Hartline and Terry Wright are the producers of the program that takes listeners on a weekly voyage along the timeline of folk artists, performers and songwriters.

Stations That Broadcast Your Folk Connection

KRCU 90.9 FM, Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Saturdays at 7 p.m.

KSEF 88.9 FM, Farmington, Mo. - Saturdays at 7 p.m.

WEIU 88.9 FM, Charleston, Ill. - Sundays at 7 a.m.

News/Talk

All Things Considered

KRCU All Things ConsideredWeekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

MELISSA BLOCK, ROBERT SIEGEL AND AUDIE CORNISH

Offers an in-depth presentation of the day's events, providing the chronology, background, debate - and sometimes the humor - that make up the news.

Fresh Air Weekend

KRCU Fresh Air

Daily at 3pm

TERRY GROSS

Fresh Air

Fresh Air offers some of the most intelligent interviews, reviews and commentary heard on radio. The hour-long, daily radio program is a cornerstone of NPR’s news and talk programming. It features interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current events.Fresh Air 

Marketplace Morning Report

KRCU Marketplace Morning EditionWeekdays at 6:51 a.m.

DAVID BRANCACCIO

Marketplace Morning Report (MMR) is the morning sister program from the award-winning staff of Marketplace. Bringing you the morning business news "for the rest of us" in the time it takes you to drink your first cup of joe, MMR is a great way to start your day.

Marketplace Tech Report

KRCU Marketplace Tech EditionWeekdays at 8:35 a.m.

Technology is reshaping our world; Marketplace Tech Report explores how. You'll hear from newsmakers, innovators, visionaries and creators about how technology is expanding, informing and transforming everyday experience. Tune in for the big news and the stories you won't hear anywhere else.

Morning Edition

KRCU Morning EditionWeekdays from 5 to 9am

RENEE MONTAGNE AND STEVE INSKEEP

Prepares listeners for the day with up-to-the-minute news, background analysis and commentary, plus comprehensive coverage of the arts and sports. KRCU provides local news at 6:06, 7:06 and 8:06.

Radiolab

KRCU Radio LabWednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

ROBERT KRULWICH, JAD ABUMRAD

Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.

Snap Judgement

KRCU Snap JudgmentSaturdays at 1:00 p.m. and Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

GLYNN WASHINGTON

Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people's lives. The program’s raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another's eye.

Ted Radio Hour

KRCU TED Radio HourTuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

GUY RAZ

TED hosts the world's most fascinating thinkers - convention-breaking mavericks, icons, and geniuses - who give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more.

The Diane Rhem Show

KRCU The Diane Rehm ShowWeekdays from 9 to 11am

DIANE REHM

Each week, listeners across the country and around the world tune in for a lively mix of current events and public affairs programming that ranges from hard news analysis of politics and international affairs to in-depth examinations of religious issues, health and medical news, education and parenting.

The World

KRCU The WorldWeekday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MARCO WERMAN

An international news program from PRI that links global events to American concerns. A co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH Radio Boston.