KACU celebrates 25 years of broadcastingPosted March 02, 2012
On March 8, KACU, or Abilene Public Radio, will host a luncheon celebrating its 25 years of broadcasting in Abilene and the Big Country area of West Texas. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Conference Center at the Abilene Civic Center, and will feature an old-time radio program. The event honors Dr. William J. Teague, former president of ACU, and other visionaries who brought public radio to the Big Country.
KACU, founded in 1986 and housed on ACU's campus, trains broadcast journalism students from area universities while entertaining, educating and enriching listeners throughout the surrounding community. It has helped many prominent figures gain real-world experience. KUNR-RM news director Michael Hagarty, Fox4 (Kansas City) news anchor Loren Halifax, voice-over artist Paul Nixon, and featured NPR anchor Blake Farmer all began their careers at KACU. The Appetizer, a KACU show hosted by D. Grant Smith, exhibits the work of known and unknown area musicians, and has helped launch the careers of musical artists Lindsay Katt, William Fitzsimmons, and The Rocketboys.