Public radio station KMST will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 24, on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Public radio station KMST will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 24, on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology.


The free evening of fun and music will begin at 7 p.m. in the Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at 10th and Main streets, in Rolla.


The event’s theme, “KMST - An Old Friend Turning 40,” celebrates the station’s 40 years as a public radio station.


Entertainment will include a memorabilia film, family friendly comedy by improvisational group Stop Making Sense, as well as live music by Dixie Union, the Little Piney Hellbenders, the Missouri S&T Jazz Band and more.


Attendees will also have the opportunity to raise funds for KMST tower repairs by bidding on items in a silent auction or by purchasing a professionally produced KMST 40th Anniversary Commemorative Video or a 40th anniversary T-shirt designed by Trisha Mistler of Jefferson City.


Admission to the event is free, but tickets are required.


Tickets are available from the following Rolla locations: Phelps County Bank, Kroger, Public House Brewing Co., Country Mart, Kent Jewelry, Leach Theatre box office and KMST.


In Lebanon, tickets are available at Dickey’s Barbeque Pit and Mid-Missouri Bank. Tickets will also be available at the door as supplies last.


Major sponsors for the event include Brewer Science, Phelps County Regional Medical Center and Phelps County Bank.


KMST is a 100,000-watt non-commercial public radio station licensed to the curators of the University of Missouri system. The station’s funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Missouri S&T, membership investments and underwriting.


KMST offers a mixed format of news from NPR, nationally and locally produced talk shows and a wide range of music, including classical, jazz, acoustic folk, blues, big band, Celtic, bluegrass and Caribbean.


KMST can be heard on 88.5 FM in Rolla and surrounding communities, 96.3 FM in Lebanon, and is live streamed online at www.kmst.org. Listeners can also follow the station on Facebook.