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About Us

KUMM is an alternative format station, meaning we bring you an alternative to the music and limited variety of programming provided by standard commercial radio.

 

All of the music played during KUMM programs is hand-picked by student and community DJs, who have considerable freedom in the music that they choose to air. However, we have two important rules that apply to the whole station. We prohibit the airing of songs that have charted above top 40 in the last decade, and keep our listeners on the cutting edge by playing two songs from recent releases each hour. These rules are meant to ensure that the programming offered by KUMM consistently provides the quality current alternative music we pride ourselves on.

KUMM (89.7 FM) can trace its roots to a student radio club, which produced a weekly program on KMRS in the late 60s. KUMM itself went on the air from Pine Hall in September of 1972 with a mighty ten-watt output. Broadcasting from the Student Center began in 1977. The station has grown significantly since then. In the early 1980s, KUMM increased its wattage to 225 watts of broadcasting power, and upgraded to stereo. Also during that time, we moved our broadcasting headquarters from Pine Hall to our current studios in the Student Center.

 

With the completion of the Tower Project, our antenna has moved from its previous location on the top of Briggs Library to the top of the water tower. Our broadcasting power has been licensed to increase to 500 watts. The combination of better placement and increased signal strength ensures that KUMM’s frequency reaches all locations within Morris and in a 15-mile radius beyond the city limits to outlying towns such as Cyrus and Starbuck.

 

KUMM is now a part of ampers, a network of eighteen independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota.

KUMM entertains our listening audience with programming not otherwise available in West Central Minnesota’s radio market. Unlike many college radio stations, KUMM is completely student run and student input is actively sought at every phase of operation.

 

KUMM informs our listeners about relevant state, national, and international news through the Associated Press. Our news department reports on local and campus issues. We also keep our audience up to date with weather reports and music news.

 

KUMM educates our staff with hands-on experience in broadcasting, public speaking, and leadership. Many former KUMM staffers have found careers in radio and television.

 

 

Do you like music? Do you have one or two hours a week free? Come be a DJ on air! No experience necessary, email djtraining@kumm.org!

Too nervous for that? Help the station filter out the noise by being a Music Minion! Assist the Music Director by going through some music each week, and letting us know if its air-worthy! Sign up here!

Student clubs, campus events, and nonprofits can advertise for FREE on KUMM! If you're a member, event planner, volunteer, or employee, email publicity@kumm.org to organize your FREE publicity!

For-Profit businesses can sponser KUMM to get advertisement on air, by contacting our Publicity Director at the email above.

Still not digging it? Join our discord server and talk with other music lovers (and music haters), engage with station events, and help us keep KUMM in your ear!