University Radio Station Searches for New Home
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 14:10
KNDS 96.3 FM is looking for a new location to broadcast its eclectic blend of music for the F-M community. The radio station will leave its cozy headquarters at 1233 N. University Drive by the end of spring semester.
Stephen Anderson, a junior studying journalism at doubles as the General Manager of KNDS. He said that the building, which also houses campus offices, is dated.
The University reasons that “the building isn’t quite worth having around,” said Anderson. “Ultimately, the building is just a little too expensive for upkeep.”
That and the building has infrastructure that contains asbestos.
Anderson explained that NDSU decided that a simpler option is to find a new location rather than renovate the old space.
As for the new location for KNDS, no place has been picked yet. Anderson said, “We’re still scouting… we’re looking both on and off campus.”
The general consensus is that the building will be torn down and turned into a parking lot. KNDS is sandwiched between the south side of the NDSU Alumni Center and north of The Turf, so it would be logical for the often congested space to be converted into a lot.
KNDS Music Director David Breitbach, a senior majoring in zoology, enjoys the convenience of where the station is situated now.
“I think it is decently located; it is close to campus,” said Breitbach. “When I first started here, I was living in Churchill, so [the station] was only a block [away].”
The best case scenario for KNDS, Breitbach claimed, is for the “ideal [location to be] in the Union or somewhere really close on campus, but where it is now is fine.”
KNDS has been operating since 2004 and works with Radio Free Fargo to broadcast commercial free programming. Student-run shows dominate the KNDS schedule, with each program bringing its own genres, styles, and tactics to the turntable.
“KNDS is a student run organization that provides alternative programming in radio and also gives students a great opportunity, students in [the] communication [field], to give them a hands on opportunity in learning how to work mass communications,” said Anderson.