In May, storm damage to St. Louis Public Radio's KMST FM transmitter in Rolla resulted in KMST 88.5 FM operating at low power for months while new equipment was being built and shipped.

After many rain delays, technicians installed a new antenna and transmission line that connects the antenna with the transmitter. The KMST Rolla transmitter is now back to its full broadcast strength in Rolla and the surrounding area and has been operating at full power for the past two weeks with no technical glitches. 

Rolla Correspondent Jonathan Ahl has driven around the Rolla area covering stories the past week, and said he has been amazed at how strong the radio signal is in all directions.

“St. Louis Public Radio has invested in ensuring the Rolla region is well covered. It’s good to know that my local stories and those from my very talented colleagues across the state will be heard loud and clear throughout the KMST listening area,” Ahl said. 

The significant repairs come at a high cost and were made possible by the generosity of station donors who said access to reliable information is essential.

Alongside listening to St. Louis Public Radio via local FM radio, KMST can be streamed at stlpublicradio.org, via the station mobile app, or by asking your smart speaker to “play N-P-R.”