'Alexa, play KCPR.'
After KCPR’s 50th anniversary in fall of 2018, the student-run radio station experienced some exciting changes, making the station’s content more accessible and diverse than ever before.
By Yasel Hurtado
Upgrades in the station’s streaming server enable smart speakers and iHeartRadio to play KCPR. By prompting their smart home speakers to “play KCPR,” users can enjoy the station’s content from any location.
Additionally, the implementation of new technology at the station allows KCPR to broadcast to Cal Poly’s University Union. Now, students across campus can listen in to KCPR from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when grabbing a coffee or studying at the heart of campus.
With the help of the KCPR team, former News Director Allie Gutwein (Journalism, '19) expanded the morning news broadcast. From 9 to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, San Luis Obispo residents can tune in to catch up on a full hour of local and campus news.
Patti Piburn returned as faculty adviser for KCPR, after completing courses toward her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Piburn teaches the new radio laboratory course, JOUR 320, and is guiding the station team through changes in technology and staff size.