KSLU FM flips format, updates branding

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 KSLU logo
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus radio station KSLU recently transformed into 90.9 The Lion, playing a format that focuses on classic rock, 80s and 90s music and community-oriented programming.
     Listeners have a multitude of ways to enjoy all the new programming. In addition to 90.9 on their FM radio dial, listeners can access an audio stream using either the TuneIn or MyTuner Radio smartphone apps – both of which are Apple CarPlay friendly – and on the station website at www.LionUpRadio.org.
     As part of the new format, special emphasis will be placed on rock subgenres and the Louisiana artists that helped shape the sound of popular music throughout history.
     Southeastern Athletics remains a key component of station programming. Student broadcasts of SLU Soccer and Volleyball join the Southeastern Sports Radio Network broadcasts of Baseball and Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Coverage of Lion Athletics also includes the weekly SSRN Podcast with Harris Beal, Robbie Rhodes, Allen Waddell and Mark Willoughby at 5 p.m. every Friday.
     The station’s weekly public affairs show, The Tangi Community Download, focuses on topics of interest to the university, Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish and the greater Southeast Louisiana community. Tyler Thomas visits with community and campus leaders each Saturday at 7:30 a.m. discussing topics that range from community events to healthcare services. Guests interested in appearing on the show can contact Thomas, the station’s news and community affairs coordinator, by email at tyler.thomas-3@southeastern.edu.
     Daily features include Today in Rock & Roll History, The Law of Rock & Roll, The Academic Minute and STEM Radio with Rhett Allain. A Southeastern professor, Allain is a regular contributor to WIRED magazine who advises award-winning television shows that have included both MythBusters and MacGyver.
     Joe Burns’ award-winning Rock School, which airs Thursday at 5 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 7 p.m., headlines several specialty shows that provide an education in rock-n-roll and music history. The Best of Rock School joins the lineup weekdays at 8 a.m.
     BAM (The Best of America Music) with Davy Brooks and Dayne Sherman moves to a new timeslot at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. DJ Hoosier Mountain hosts A Bright & Blessed Morning, a two-hour gospel show airing Sundays at 8 a.m., as well as the eclectic Melted Vinyl now airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
     The Dirt Road moves to the weekend as part of the Sunday Night Blues, a four-hour block of blues music beginning at 8 p.m. Joining the lineup is Louisiana Saturday Night, a two-hour show dedicated to Swamp Pop, Cajun and Zydeco and the rich musical history of the Big Easy.
     Other specialty shows include Stuck in the Psychedelic Era, Rockin’ in the Days of Confusion, Dead Air, BackTracking and This Week in Rock & Roll History. A full on-air schedule is available on the station’s website.
     Under athletic department management, the station returns to its rock roots as its 50th birthday approaches in November 2024. A CPB-qualified non-commercial, educational station licensed to the Hammond community, KSLU originally signed on the air Nov. 11, 1974.
     For more information, contact Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcast Services Damon Sunde at (985) 549-3774 or damon.sunde@southeastern.edu.

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