KOPN 89.5 FM: 50 Years of Independent Community Media in Mid Missouri

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies

605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65203

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of community directed KOPN. The station’s roots began with a few hours of daily programming that barely covered Columbia's downtown to what is now an international audience with programming 24/7 on the radio and web. Most of KOPN's programming is hosted by mid-Missouri folks offering a variety of music and talk. This year, the station moved from its original downtown space to 401 Bernadette Drive, which included hauling 99 boxes of reel-to-reel tapes. In this presentation, KOPN volunteers Christine Gardener and Margot McMillen will talk about the history of KOPN and a new commemorative book, Voice of the Community, which was funded by a grant from Missouri Humanities Council.