The Demon History

The Demon is an independent, student-run, non-commercial operation. With new equipment and better access to students, KNWD has entered a new era. It is staffed by a general manager; music, program and news directors; and various other scholarship positions filled by full-time students.

All DJs are volunteers, as no paid positions for DJs are available. Since its establishment more than 20 years ago, KNWD has provided an alternative to commercial stations. The music format varies with something for almost everyone.

Northwestern State University’s FM radio station has changed throughout the years but the two things that have remained the same since it’s inception in 1973 that students have ran and funded their station.

The Start of it all

The KNWD 91.7FM founders

When Mike Price and others were in the process of getting the student fee referendum passed to create the station, he an others were so eager to broadcast that they started broadcasting from their dorm room in Rapides Hall. That AM signal had a mere 1/10 wattage and could only be picked up by West Rapides residents who had their radios no more than two feet from their telephones. The student body turned out in the largest vote in the campus’ history at the time on November 7, 1973 and voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure to create KNWD- 1,286 for it and only 86 voting against it.

The station operated as an AM station until the State Board of Education and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an FM license. The station broadcasted under the call letters KNSU-AM and the 860 frequency until the FM license was approved and could only be heard in the dorms. The station tried to keep the KNSU call letters but Nicholls state had already claimed them. Thus they decided to name the KNWD, denoting NorthWestern the Demon.

The station’s operations were originally located in Russell Hall, the current business building on campus, with the antenna being located on the roof of the building also. It started broadcasting with a 10-watt transmitter but was upgraded to the 250-watts that is still used to broadcast The Demon’s signal over the 91.7 FM frequency. (Information from Cheryl Aymond’s A Short History of Northwestern’s Alernitive Sound)

Today

The Demon is still an independent, student-run, non-commercial operation. With new equipment, better access to students and a mission to inform and entertain Northwestern State University, KNWD has entered a new era. It is staffed by a general manager; music, program and news directors; and various other scholarship positions filled by full-time students.

All DJs are volunteers, as no paid positions for DJs are available. Since its establishment more than 20 years ago, KNWD has provided an alternative to commercial stations. The music format varies with something for almost everyone.

KNWD Staff Throughout the Years