About Us

Even from modest beginnings in 1974 at a "charming" house on National Street, KSMU 91.1 FM has been dedicated to quality. With that purpose in mind, KSMU - Ozarks Public Radio, with some 50 programs, strives to bring superior information and entertainment to over 40,000 weekly listeners in Southwest Missouri. Whether through NPR News, local news coverage, or music ranging from classical to jazz , KSMU seeks to inform, to entertain and "to encourage the exploration of ideas and their application to citizenship."

When we moved to Strong Hall (formerly the Public Affairs Classroom Building) on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield in 1998, KSMU developed a simple, yet paradoxically complex, vision "to be the best University licensed public radio station in the country." We aim to fulfill that vision by serving our listeners with national and community oriented programming each and every day.

Our efforts haven't gone unnoticed. Our news coverage has been presented with such honors as three National Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTNDA, including for Writing in 2012, News Series in 2002, and Investigative Reporting in 1987. Additionally, we've received over a dozen Regional Murrow Awards, with the most recent coming in 2016 for Use of Sound. KSMU has also been presented with Certificates of Merit for Feature Reporting, Public Affairs Reporting, and Complete News from the Missouri Broadcasters Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Awards, and the Missouri State Teachers Association Award for Excellence in Education Reporting.

And we continue to flourish because of unwavering support from the public we serve.

General Contact Information

Our state-of-the-art studios are located on the southwest side of the Springfield campus of Missouri State University in Strong Hall. Strong Hall is located near the intersection of Grand Street and Holland Avenue.

Mailing Address:
901 South National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

(417) 836-5878
(800) 767-5768

Fax: (417) 836-5889
E-Mail: ksmu@missouristate.edu


Diversity Statement

Ozarks Public Broadcasting, comprised of KSMU Radio and Ozarks Public Television (OPT), are committed to reflecting and celebrating the diversity of the Ozarks.  This diversity takes many forms, including gender, race, culture, religion, and language.  We encourage thoughtful community dialogue on a variety of topics through local content, news features, community engagement.

  • Missouri State University’s Journalist-In-Resident – a position created through a partnership between KSMU Radio and other University departments – teaches an advanced journalism class in International Reporting.  The product of this course is a multi-part series, presented each semester on KSMU.
  • In partnership with the Missouri State University Religious Studies Department, KSMU Radio has established a Religious Studies/Reporting Internship.  This intern reports on topics related to the religious diversity of the Ozarks. 
  • OPT’s Passport series is a locally-produced effort that features instructional language and cultural exploration of other countries.  Thus far, the series includes Passport to China, Passport to Latin America, and Passport to Brazil.
  • OPT’s Small World Big Picture profiles feature Ozarks’ residents of diverse backgrounds, telling their stories.    
  • OPT and KSMU also regularly broadcast special programming that celebrates the diversity of our nation and our world.  These national programs are made available by NPR, PRI, APM, PBS, NETA, APT and more.  

As part of Missouri State University, we fully embrace the University’s diversity initiatives.  The University staff, faculty, governance and student body reflect rich diversity.  The Division of Diversity and Inclusion exists to promote, achieve, advance and sustain Missouri State University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by enhancing employee capabilities and competencies through diversity research, professional development, collaboration, and integrative activities and practices.  The vision of this unit is to be valued and recognized by university and community stakeholders for the development and delivery of strategic programs and resources that institutionalizes means to meet individual, unit and organizational needs for diversity enhancement, education and outcomes.

Online Comment Policy

As the public radio service for the Ozarks, KSMU values audience input. We ask that your comments to the local and regional news stories we share are written in a civil manner. View our discussion policy here.

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KSMU is a service of Missouri State University. For more information about the Board of Governors of Missouri State University including its open meetings schedule, click here: Missouri State Board of Governors

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