SPRINGFIELD – The Prairie Star, a new 24-hour Internet radio station, began broadcasting February 14 from the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Jim Grubbs, associate professor of Communication at UIS, explained how listeners can tune in: "To listen to the station, point your web browser to www.uis.edu/campusradio, then click on the image of Radio Star – the station's mascot. Choose either the MP3 or Windows Media Internet stream. You don't need any special software – just an Internet connection and your favorite media player."
Grubbs said that the new station is not connected to the campus' popular NPR affiliate WUIS 91.9 FM, which will continue to broadcast its full schedule of music and information programming. "The Prairie Star was created specifically to provide a learning venue and creative outlet for UIS students and to help build a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff," he said.
Grubbs said that during regular business hours, the Prairie Star will broadcast a mix of favorites from the 1970s through today, along with full-length news and information spots at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well as brief features every hour on the half hour.
During the late afternoon and evening, listeners can hear the best in new alternative rock. Weekend programming will feature a mix of specialty programs including root, folk, and traditional music, classic and modern jazz, and classical music. International programming partners include Radio Netherlands Worldwide; Deutsche Welle; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; and stations WDUQ Pittsburgh; WFIU at the University of Indiana-Bloomington; WLIU from the Southampton Graduate Campus of Long Island University; WMNF community radio in Tampa, Florida; WMKY from Morehead State University, Kentucky; and WFMT Chicago.
The Prairie Star is made available with support from the UIS Communication Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Division of Student Affairs and is a service of the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Illinois at Springfield.For more information, go to www.uis.edu/campusradio or contact Grubbs at 206-7365.