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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 29, 2011

Radio station to air series about hunger issues in local region

KXCV/KRNW, an award-winning National Public Radio affiliate based at Northwest Missouri State University, next week will broadcast "Hunger in the Heartland: The Silent Crisis," an in-depth four-part series that sheds light on hunger issues affecting residents in the four-state region.

Airing on frequencies 88.9 and 90.5 FM, the station will broadcast a new segment each day, with airtimes at 6:35 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10:06 a.m., 11:50 a.m., and 5:19 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, through Thursday, Oct. 6. The stories also will appear on the station's website,

KXCV News Director Kirk Wayman led the reporting on the series.

"I was struck in reporting for this series by the amount of hunger that exists in our communities - not in the big cities on the coasts but right here in the heartland," Wayman said. "But we've also learned of how our residents are helping each other to combat the issue. It was an eye-opener I think others will also experience through our reports."

Monday, the series takes a look at some of the hunger crisis' causes and introduces listeners to Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph, the main distributor of food to 120 local pantries and other agencies in 19 counties.

Tuesday's segment provides a behind-the-scenes look at a food pantry and how it distributes food. Volunteers discuss why they are needed. The story also visits clients from two of the hardest-hit demographics: senior citizens and families with children.

Wednesday's reporting focuses on Backpack Buddies programs and how local schools are answering the call to address hunger issues.

The series wraps up Thursday with a story about community gardens and how the grass roots solutions are helping hungry in local communities.

KXCV (90.5 FM), celebrating its 40th anniversary this fall, signed on the air in 1971 as the first full-power public radio service in Missouri. It provides in-depth news and information with an alternative music format. In 1993, KRNW (88.9) went on the air in Chillicothe, extending programming across most of the northern 25 percent of Missouri. All programming emanates from KXCV on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Since its inception, KXCV has served as a training ground for Northwest students interested in broadcasting. The dual mission of serving listeners and training students remains foremost in the KXCV-KRNW mission. Recently, the station received a first-place award for broadcasting excellence from the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468