KEOL 91.7FM, La Grande
Welcome to 91.7FM KEOL, EOU’s Campus Radio Station
History of KEOL
KEOL started as an idea by a couple of Eastern Oregon State College (as it was known then) faculty members. Shortly thereafter, a KEOL Club formed, before the station even started broadcasting. The club meetings were held in the living room of the station’s first faculty adviser, Dave Gilbert.
In fall of 1973, KEOL received it’s first license from the FCC to broadcast as KEOC, 91.1 FM. At that time, KEOL was housed in Hoke Union Building. From 1976 until 1991, KEOL was located in Pierce Library. It moved to its current location, the bungalow beside Pierce Library, in 1991.
Throughout its 40 year history, the station has collected more than 35,000 records and 25,000 CDs. There have been more than 1,500 DJs volunteering at the station as well (including community members and EOU students).
The station is a non-profit organization. It is classified as a free-form radio station, meaning that there are no corporate sponsors. All the music played is solely up to the DJs. When live DJs are not on the air, a computer-automated DJ (SAM—Seriously Awesome Music), plays a wide variety of music.
KEOL is a student and volunteer-run organization. There are several management positions at KEOL, including: Faculty Adviser, Station Manager, Program Director, Music Director, and Community Liaison. Station Manager and Program Director are paid student positions. Currently, Music Director and Community Liaison are both volunteer positions, held by community members.