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CityLafayette, Louisiana
Broadcast areaLafayette-Acadiana combined statistical area, Lake Charles metropolitan area
BrandingRadio Acadie
Frequency88.7 MHz(also on HD Radio)
FormatWorld Ethnic
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT379.0 meters (1,243.4 ft)
Facility ID66595
Transmitter coordinates30°19′20.00″N 92°22′40.00″W / 30.3222222°N 92.3777778°W / 30.3222222; -92.3777778
AffiliationsAmerican Public Media, National Public Radio, Public Radio International
OwnerUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette

KRVS (88.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a World Ethnic format. Licensed to Lafayette, Louisiana, United States, it is currently owned by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and features programming from American Public Media, National Public Radio and Public Radio International.[1]

Programming covers various types of music of Louisiana such as Cajun music, zydeco, blues, jazz, swamp pop, swamp rock and other Louisiana singer/songwriter music. KRVS also broadcasts the annual Festival International de Louisiane.

The station began broadcasting in 1963 with a power of 10 watts and a coverage area of about six city blocks. KRVS's call letters have a dual meaning, as they stand for Radio Voice of Southwestern (ULL's name at the time the station signed on was the University of Southwestern Louisiana), but also are a mnemonic for the Cajun French word ecrivisse, which means crawfish.

Originally a college radio station, it joined NPR in the mid-1970s.

Today the station serves roles as regional public radio and an international online resource. KRVS broadcasts at 100,000 watts, providing service to 651,000 residents in 12 parishes across southern Louisiana, an area referred to as Acadiana. KRVS programs are also available on the Internet.

KRVS once operated a translator at 90.5 FM K213AZ in Lake Charles, but it was shut down after American Family Radio opened a full-power station at nearby 90.3 FM.[2] FCC rules allow a full-power station to force any adjacent translators to shut down. KRVS moved its transmitter 30 miles to the west so Lake Charles would not lose access to NPR programming.

Medicine Ball Caravan[edit]

Medicine Ball Caravan airs every Monday through Thursday mornings at 11 am (CST) with repeat broadcasts each following morning at 2 am. Produced and hosted by the station's Music Director, Cecil Doyle, the show features a wide array of musical styles that feature not only local Louisiana sounds but also classic and contemporary recordings, with occasional live in-studio interviews and performances.[3]


  1. ^ "KRVS Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Harden, Blaine (September 15, 2002). "Religious and Public Stations Battle for Share of Radio Dial". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Medicine Ball Caravan on KRVS

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