KMSU

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KMSU
KMSU Logo
City of license Mankato, Minnesota
Branding "The Maverick"
Frequency 89.7 FM (MHz)
Format Public radio
ERP 17,000 watts
HAAT 133 meters
Class C2
Callsign meaning K Minnesota State University
Former callsigns KMSC
Affiliations Independent Public Radio
Owner Minnesota State University, Mankato
Webcast listen live
Website KMSU Radio

KMSU (89.7 FM, "The Maverick") is a public radio station operated by Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota that carries a mixed news, talk, and music format. A repeater station, KMSK (91.3 FM), serves the city of Austin. A translator station, K220AQ (91.9 FM), serves the city of Fairmont, and another, K220AR (also on 91.9 FM), serves the city of Albert Lea. It is part of Minnesota's Independent Public Radio network. The "Maverick" moniker comes from the university's athletic team name.

James "Gully" Gullickson is the station manager, program director, and the host of Minnesota Mid Day. Karen Wright is the operations director, and the host of Minnesota Morning. KMSU has a variety of shows including a Saturday night show called The Five Count which seems to be the most popular show on the station. The station also features a late-night avant-garde electronic music program titled True Punks Do Electro. The show is hosted by various and anonymous DJs from the Mankato area. News programming that airs daily on the station,The Southern Minnesota News Project, is put together by journalism students at the connected University, Minnesota State Mankato.

One of the station's most popular programs is Shuffle Function, broadcast Monday through Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. Central. (A primetime version, Shuffle Function Unbound, airs Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Central.) The show is hosted by music geeks Shyboy Tim and Shelley.

KMSU is also widely known for the blues programming provided by volunteer radio host, Mark Halverson, who plays a variety of music provided by blues musicians from across the world. Mark began broadcasting the original "Blues Before Monday" show (Sunday, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.) in the early 80's; his current co-host for this program is "Maverick Slim", otherwise known as Gary Campbell. "Marky Maverick" also produces KMSU's "Noon Blues Break" Monday through Friday and he began "Blue Monday" (Monday, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.) in 1998.

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Coordinates: 44°08′31″N 94°00′07″W / 44.142°N 94.002°W / 44.142; -94.002