|ERP 340 watts|
Callsign meaning K BeaVeR, OSU mascot
Frequency 88.7 MHz
Call sign meaning K BeaVeR, OSU mascot
First air date 1966
|HAAT -25 meters|
Facility ID 50623
Webcast Listen Live
City of license Corvallis
Owner Oregon State University
Former frequencies 90.1 MHz
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KBVR (88.7 FM) is a student-run radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Corvallis, Oregon, United States, the station is currently owned by Oregon State University.
The station can be heard in about a 30-mile radius around Corvallis, depending on altitude. KBVR was founded in 1966.
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KBVR-FM 88.7 was originally broadcast from Shepherd Hall on the Oregon State University Campus in 1965 at 90.1 MHz with 10 watts of power and a 4 to 5 mile listening radius. The station relocated to Snell Hall in 1977, and continued to expand its listening area to the current radius of 30 miles using 340 watts of power and moved to its current 88.7 MHz frequency. The station relocated again in 2015 to its current location in the university's Student Experience Center.
In the first six months of operations, KBVR-FM (90.1 then) was only on the air from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday. In the past 37 years, however, KBVR has expanded considerably and currently KBVR covers the airwaves 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes news, sports and talk variety shows. The show formats include indie rock, punk, jazz, blues, electronica, funk, hip-hop, nu metal and alternative metal, classical, world, and sports talk. The station also broadcasts live Beaver Football and Men's Basketball games.
KBVR-FM is funded by student fees and underwriting grants from local and national businesses. The underwriting director is responsible for generating such grants.
In 2014, KBVR took home a total of nine awards at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Awards in New York City, including "Best College/University Station" for schools with over 10,000 students.