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Quincy Public Radio Debuts as Part of the St. Louis Public Radio Network
26 July 2012—The University of Missouri-St. Louis completed its purchase of WQUB 90.3 FM from Quincy University. Now part of the St. Louis Public Radio Network, WQUB will be called Quincy Public Radio.
Quincy Public Radio listeners will not only be able to continue enjoying signature public radio programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, but they will now be able to also hear other signature programs such as Talk of the Nation, Marketplace, Car Talk, This American Life and A Prairie Home Companion.
“This move will ensure that public radio will remain a valuable asset in the Quincy region now and in the future,” said St. Louis Public Radio and Quincy Public Radio general manager Tim Eby. “On the air and in the community, we are committed to providing Quincy Public Radio listeners the best service possible.”
UMSL Acquiring Quincy Public Radio Station: St. Louis Public Radio to Handle Operations at WQUB
18 May 2012—Expanding on the success of St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is acquiring Quincy University’s public radio station WQUB 90.3 FM in Quincy, Ill.
The sale of WQUB is expected to be completed in the next three to four months, at which point, St. Louis Public Radio will handle operations and programming of the station.
“St. Louis Public Radio provides thousands of St. Louis area residents with daily access to award-winning local and national programs,” UMSL Chancellor Tom George said. “I’m delighted that UMSL will be able to expand that access to listeners in and around Quincy and Hannibal.”
"We are very pleased that public radio programming in Quincy will be not only retained but also expanded through this transaction with St. Louis Public Radio. The expansion will strengthen cultural links between St. Louis and Quincy, just as our communities have recently expanded air transportation links," Dr. Robert Gervasi, President of Quincy University.
As part of the St. Louis Public Radio network, WQUB will be called Quincy Public Radio. Under the umbrella of St. Louis Public Radio, Quincy Public Radio listeners will not only be able to continue enjoying signature public radio programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, but they will now be able to also hear other signature programs such as Talk of the Nation, Marketplace, Car Talk, This American Life and A Prairie Home Companion.
“Public radio is a vitally important asset to the many communities it serves, so it was important to us to ensure that WQUB would continue serving the Quincy area,” said St. Louis Pubic Radio general manager Tim Eby.
In addition to preserving the public radio air waves, Quincy Public Radio officials pledge to continue supporting the many civic events and cultural programs in the Quincy area. “Moving forward, it is our goal for Quincy Public Radio to remain an important part of the cultural fabric of the Quincy community,” said Eby, “through various partnerships, sponsorships and long-lasting relationships.”
St. Louis Public Radio was represented by Public Radio Capital in the transaction, a nonprofit with a mission to strengthen and expand noncommercial media to provide local communities nationwide with more in-depth information, unbiased news, diverse music and cultural programming.
The programming follows the St. Louis Public Radio schedule. For a full list of programs, scheduled air times, and more, please follow the links in the left column of this page.
Occasionally the station will hold events in Quincy. As information becomes available, we will post those events to this page and our events calendar. Our community events calendar also has a category for Quincy events. Organizations in Quincy may publicize their arts, cultural, and educational events to our calendar and select the category "Quincy".
Answers to Common Questions About Quincy Public Radio
1. Why is St. Louis Public Radio taking over the operations of WQUB? Quincy University needed to focus its energy and limited resources, particularly in these challenging economic times, to not only sustaining but also strengthening its primary mission and providing an exceptional education for its students. Therefore, the university sought outside resources to help preserve public radio in the region. St. Louis Public Radio and the University of Missouri-St. Louis officials felt that it was vitally important to continue WQUB’s operations, to ensure that public radio would remain a viable community service in the Quincy region.
2. Will WQUB still exist? WQUB will still exist, but it will be called Quincy Public Radio. Its dial position will remain 90.3-FM.
3. Will WQUB programming change? Under the umbrella of St. Louis Public Radio, Quincy Public radio listeners will not only be able to continue enjoying signature public radio programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, but they will now be able to also hear other signature programs such as Talk of the Nation, Marketplace, Car Talk, This American Life and A Prairie Home Companion.
4. How much will this cost St. Louis Public radio? Are my membership dollars paying for this? Membership dollars raised by St. Louis Public Radio will be used to pay for public radio programming that currently airs on the station and will air on Quincy Public Radio moving forward. In consideration for the station, St. Louis Public Radio is paying Quincy University (QU) $40 thousand plus other reimbursements, $50 thousand in promotional underwriting to highlight various QU activities, providing technical support to help launch a QU student internet radio station, and offering opportunities for QU students to intern at St. Louis Public Radio.
5. Will this significantly increase listenership for St. Louis Public Radio? Potentially, more than 100,000 people in the Quincy area will now have access to public radio through the St. Louis Public Radio-Quincy Public Radio.
6. Will St. Louis Public Radio be involved in the Quincy community? St. Louis Public Radio will be involved in community events in the Quincy region through a combination of sponsorships and personal appearances by staff members.
7. Will the on-air product cover Quincy news and Quincy issues? Yes.
For those in the Quincy area, you may call the station toll-free at 866-240-5968.