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Updated 06/18/2024 - KRPS 89.9 FM is fully operational, broadcasting at 100,000 watts.

KRPS currently operating at 70% of broadcast strength

The repaired exciter that will bring KRPS back to broadcasting at 100,000 watts
The repaired exciter that will bring KRPS back to broadcasting at 100,000 watts

Repairs took place Thursday 05/25) although KRPS's broadcast strength at 89.9 FM remain restricted to roughly 70,000 watts. At full strength, KRPS is capable of broadcasting at 100,000 watts. Online listening continues uninterrupted.

Over the past nearly two-weeks we’ve heard from KRPS listeners throughout the Four States regarding our reduced signal after powerful storms passed throughout southeast Kansas on May 11 and 12th.

Our tower was struck by lightning at least once that night around 3 am May 12. The station was off the air at 89.9 as a result until about 10 am, but online streaming continued without interruption.

The lightning strike caused considerable damage to KRPS’s ‘exciter’ at our tower site.

KRPS Engineer Art Morris was able to get the station back on the air with help with a back-up ‘exciter’ piece as we sent out the original, more powerful ‘exciter’ part out for repair.

Morris is on-site at KRPS’s tower this morning to install the repaired ‘exciter’.

As a result KRPS will be on and off the air this morning during the 10 o’clock hour.

Streaming will continue uninterrupted as these systems operate independently.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.
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