|Broadcast area||Rochester, Minnesota|
|Slogan||Classic Rock Without the Talk|
|Owner||Rochester Public Radio|
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|Rochester Public Radio|
|HAAT||180 m (591 ft)|
KRPR (89.9 FM) is a non-commercial radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve the community of Rochester, Minnesota. It is the only locally owned and programmed station in the city.
The studios are located at 2630 (Suite 500) South Broadway in Rochester, Minnesota. The station broadcasts from a transmitter site East of the city and plays an expansive variety of classic rock. Being a non-commercial station, KRPR presents brief underwriting messages produced by station personalities rather than commercials.
KRPR is a member of AMPERS, The Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations.
KRPR also presents several original and syndicated weekly radio features focusing on the classic rock genre.
- Into the Music - An hour-long trip through the history and evolution of a featured artist.
- The Classic Album Show - A weekly presentation of a full-length album from the rock catalog.
- Basement Sessions - An hour of rock music hosted by two of Rochesters’ favorite Classic Rockers.
- The Bill & Curt Rock Show - An hour of Bill and Curt's awesome blend of “GREAT TUNES!”
- Look Back - A rock retrospective. Each program centering on the top hit music of a year. A class reunion on the radio.
- Dennis Mitchel's Breakfast with the Beatles - Featuring the music of the Fab Four and all things Beatle-maniac!
- Floydian Slip - Presenting the entire Floyd catalog, from the origins through today of the iconic band.
- The Grateful Dead Hour - A weekly Dead review via interviews and concerts from The Dead's own vault.
KRPR uses a minimal amount of dynamic range compression combined with audiophile quality signal processing as well as no data compression to achieve its full fidelity sound.
KRPR began broadcasting in 1975 under the ownership of Rochester Community and Technical College where it was located. In the 1980s the station broadcast a New Wave (now often referred to as 1980s music), punk rock and hard rock format. Live listener call in request shows often featured local Minnesota bands such as The Suburbs, Hüsker Dü, The Phones, Chameleon, Slave Raider, Prince, The Time, and The Replacements. The airways of the station were staffed students and teachers of the college during this time. Bright orange and black KRPR bumper stickers and T-shirts were a common sight throughout Southern Minnesota during this era of the radio station as fans displayed their support.
In the late 1990s the station (now broadcasting a classic rock and album oriented rock format) was sold to Rochester Public Radio, the current operator and licensee. The station currently thrives in a market that supports several Classic Rock stations, due to its lack of lengthy ads and wide variety of deep tracks offered over the airwaves. An interactive website is also available for listeners to view tracks that have aired and submit song requests.
- KRPR in the FCC's FM station database
- KRPR on Radio-Locator
- KRPR in Nielsen Audio's FM station database