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, age, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, national origin, language, and economic status.  We encourage thoughtful community dialogue on a variety of topics through local content, news features, community engagement.

  • KSMU Radio produces and broadcasts special series focused on the stories of underrepresented people.  Two examples include Resettling: Congolese Refugees in the Ozarks and Generations: The Russian Divide – both produced and broadcast in partnership with the Missouri State University Department of Media, Journalism and Film. 
  • 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 featured instructional language and cultural exploration of other countries.  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, sharing their stories.    
  • OPT and KSMU 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 other national distributors.  

As a division of Missouri State University, Ozarks Public Broadcasting shares in the University’s efforts and initiatives to ensure diversity in all aspects of our work.  The University staff, faculty, governance and student body reflect rich diversity.  

The Missouri State University Division for Diversity and Inclusion strives to enhance the institutional culture of the campus by building a community that values the inclusion of diversity.  Its mission is to ensure consistent emphasis on the core value of inclusive excellence by intentionally engaging the rich and broad diversity of faculty, staff, students and community to effectively educate all campus stakeholders.  The division has four areas of emphasis –

Access, success and equity

Increase access, success and equity by attracting, retaining, and ensuring the success of all students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Learning and development

Enhance and increase learning development through promoting diversity in the formal and informal curricula.

Campus climate

Enhance and increase the development of a psychological and behavioral climate supportive of all students, faculty, and staff as well as campus stakeholders.

Institutional leadership and commitment

Enhance and increase institutional leadership, commitment, and integration of policies, practices, and institutional support of Inclusive Excellence as well as cultural consciousness of all university stakeholders.

More information about Missouri State University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found here.

Updated Fall 2018

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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