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The Latino Radio Service (LRS) of La Casa Cultural Latina

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

To ask a question, leave a comment or to simply let us know that you are listening to the Latino Radio Service, visit the LRS Discussion Group or send e-mail to latinoradioservice@yahoogroups.com.


The Latino Radio Service (LRS) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is provided by La Casa Cultural Latina using transmitting equipment and antenna and located at Bevier Hall broadcasting on 1660 KHz on the AM band.  It began operation on January 3, 2005.

LRS is a low-power educational radio station serving the Spanish- and Portuguese speaking students, staff, faculty, and visitors and students of Spanish and Portuguese of the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois.  LRS operates under Title 47, Chapter 1, Part 15 of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, a 1990 revision of which permits an educational institution to broadcast on the AM band to its campus if no interference is caused to licensed radio transmitters.

This service is supported by the Office of the Chancellor, La Casa Cultural Latina, the College of ACES's Information Technology and Communication Services unit, University of Illinois Extension, and the Department of Educational Psychology. Instrumental in founding the station were Gary Cziko (Department of Educational Psychology), Giraldo Rosales (former director of  La Casa Cultural Latina and currently Assistant Dean of Students) and Ben Mueller (Human and Community Development). Also lending their support to the establish of LRS were Paul Hixson and Ralf  Moller (both of ACES) and Ken Spelke (formerly of ACES, currently of Library and Information Sciences).

The views expressed in the programs broadcast on LRS do not necessarily reflect those of any unit of the University of Illinois or La Casa Cultural Latina.

For more information about the Latino Radio Service, contact the Station Manager, Gary Cziko, University of Illinois, Educational Psychology, 1310 S. 6 St., Room 210F, Champaign, IL 61820 (Tel: 217-333-8527; email: g-cziko@uiuc.edu). Also contact Gary Cziko
if you are interested in helping to operate the station and/or find other Spanish- and/or Portuguese-language programs to broadcast.

If you are a Spanish-speaking student at the University of Illinois interested in producing and broadcasting campus radio programs, contact Ben Mueller, executive director of “Nuevos Horizontes,” University of Illinois, Human and Community Development, 520 Bevier Hall, Urbana, IL 61801 (Tel: 217-244-2463; email: bmueller@uiuc.edu). 

The Latino Radio Service in the News

In January 2005, the Latino Radio Service was featured in articles published by Inside Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, and the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. In February 2005, articles about LRS appeared in the Daily Illini and the Buzz.  LRS was also featured in WILL-AM's "Sidetrack" program of 5 February 2005 (RealAudio | MP3 Download, starting at minute 36).

A Note to Listeners

LRS is currently a fully-automated radio station with all scheduled programming obtained on demand from the Internet.  This is a new way to run a radio station that has both advantages and challenges.

Because of its dependence on the Internet and audio servers not under our control, the programs broadcast on LRS may occasionally differ from those listed in the Broadcast Schedule. This is because if a scheduled program is not available via the Internet, LRS will broadcast another program or recorded music instead. Here you can check the current status of the station.

Last updated 2006/04/04

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