- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State University’s noncommercial, community run radio station KBYS-FM has signed on the air.

University spokeswoman Candace Townsend told The American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the 24-hour station is playing a mix of music from the late 1950s and 1960s and has other special programs.

“It’s a complete variety,” she says. “Every day you turn it on, you’re going to find something new. The reaction so far has been very positive.”

The station broadcasts from a building across the street from the campus. Townsend says McNeese employees and some students are volunteering to help run the station.

“It is designed to be and will be truly a community radio station with a McNeese focus,” she said.

That McNeese focus includes a program that spotlights faculty and another with information on upcoming events. Townsend said plans are in the works for live news broadcasts several times a day. Additional programming also is under consideration.

“We plan to add more live programming closer to the fall semester,” Townsend said.

One of the special-focus programs already airing is the two-hour Folk Alley, produced at Kent State University in Ohio. Listeners can tune into a blend of Celtic, acoustic, Americana and traditional music. The program airs twice weekly.

Another program provides tips on gardening. Upcoming programs will air jazz music, theater, and interviews with pet experts.

Listeners also can get the station online at www.kbys.fm.

KBYS defines its market as up to 300,000 listeners in five parishes of Southwest Louisiana.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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