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KSMU Logo 320x87
Broadcast area Southwest Missouri
Branding Ozarks Public Radio
Slogan On the air, online, and where you live
Format Public Radio
ERP 40,000 watts
HAAT 125 meters
Class C2
Callsign meaning Southwest Missouri State University
former university name
Affiliations National Public Radio
Owner Missouri State University
Website ksmu.org

KSMU (91.1 FM) is a listener supported radio station broadcasting a Public Radio format. KSMU is licensed to Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, United States.

The station signed on in 1974, owned by what was then Southwest Missouri State University. In 1998, KSMU moved into Strong Hall on the Missouri State University campus.

Programs produced[edit]

Each week, staff and volunteers contribute their passion for an assortment of musical genres, everything from Bluegrass to Folk.

  • The Choral Tradition, an hour long showcase of more than five centuries of great choral music from both secular and liturgical traditions.
  • Since 1982 The Gold Ring has brought traditional Celtic and British Isles music to the Ozarks, from the pioneers of the 1920s and 30s to today's leading Celtic folk musicians.
  • The Mulberry Tree, hosted by local Springfield musician Emily Higgins, brings eclectic musical selections from singer-songwriters, and musicians of various folk and folk-pop genres.
  • World Beat Broadcast is a mixture of Western pop and rock with world folk music traditions, basically anything with a beat.

As the widest broadcasting public radio station in South-West Missouri, KSMU produces a number of local news and arts programs related to the Ozarks

  • Arts News gives a run-down of upcoming events within the arts, and interviews with artists, performers, directors, and administrators of the local arts scene.
  • Engaging the Community is a monthly program with Missouri State University president Clif Smart discussing the influence of national and international events on the university and local community
  • Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help is produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and inspired by NPR's StoryCorps and shares personal experiences of need and generosity in the Ozarks.
  • Studio Live is a monthly live music program with local musicians performing at the KSMU studios.


  • KSMW at 90.3 FM in West Plains (also on HD Radio)
  • KSMS-FM at 90.5 FM in Point Lookout (also on HD Radio)
  • K255AH at 98.9 FM in Joplin
  • K204FX at 88.7 FM in Mountain Grove
  • K279AD at 103.7 FM in Neosho

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