Back in the 60s, a group of ambitious Kent State students decided to celebrate the folk revival with a concert on campus. The songs, the spirit and the festival have been with us ever since. Today, the Kent State Folk Festival is the second oldest continuously produced folk festival on a college campus, preserving folk and heritage music through concerts, workshops and educational programs. Since 2000, WKSU-FM has produced the Kent State Folk Festival after more than 30 years of production by student campus organizations.


WKSU-FM is a nationally recognized public radio station and a National Public Radio affiliate. Award-winning host Jim Blum presents three weekend evenings of originally produced folk music programming, offering the best in singer/songwriter, Celtic, acoustic, traditional and world sounds. In September 2003, WKSU launched Folk Alley, streaming folk music to the world 24 hours a day at folkalley.com. WKSU broadcasts NPR and Classical Music at 89.7 FM and is a service of Kent State University. Station programming is also heard on WKRW 89.3 FM in Wooster, WKRJ 91.5 FM in Dover/New Philadelphia, WKSV 89.1 FM in Thompson, WNRK 90.7 FM in Norwalk or online at wksu.org.


WKSU is now digital! WKSU fans with HD radios can effortlessly move between the station’s popular mix of music, news, classical music programs and two new music-oriented side channels – one strictly for folk fans (WKSU HD.2) and the other for the classical music enthusiast (WKSU HD.3). HD radio listeners will have access to a wide variety of radio programming from other stations broadcasting in HD. And, unlike satellite radio with its monthly subscriptions, it’s all completely free. HD Radio offers even more of what you love about WKSU – a true diversity of high-quality programming. Plus, our network broadcasts song titles and artist data on each HD Radio program channel so you can keep engaging with the music, even after the song is over.