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KEWU 89.5 FM - The Sound of Eastern Washington University

Jazz 89.5 KEWU-FM is a non-commercial, educational radio station serving Eastern Washington University and the surrounding Cheney/Spokane metropolitan area. The station has an extensive and illustrious broadcasting history in The Inland Northwest. KEWC, as it was originally identified first hit the airwaves on April 7, 1950.

KEWU has undergone many changes throughout the years. In 1986 the station increased it's transmitter output from 10 watts to 10,000 watts and the station format was changed to straight ahead Classic and Contemporary Jazz.

KEWU is managed and operated by a combination of individuals representing the Eastern Washington University faculty, students and broadcast communications professionals


KEWU was named the 2005 Best Small Market Jazz station and Program Director Elizabeth Farriss was named Best Small Market Jazz Programmer for 2005 by Jazz Week Magazine, the definitive jazz radio resource.

Elizabeth Farriss was once again named Best Small Market Jazz Programmer for 2009 & 2015 by Jazz Week Magazine.


KEWU believes it is important to promote the music of contemporary jazz artists who, while staying true to the art form are exploring and pushing the limits of the music. It is these artists who keep the music moving in a forward direction. KEWU strives to maintain a potent balance of music past and music present, so KEWU plays a prodigious amount of classic jazz in it's many incarnations; traditional, dixieland, big band, swing and bop. KEWU also features Blues, Latin Jazz as well as ambient, downtempo and chill sounds Monday through Thursday from 7-10pm.

On The Air

Announcers at the station are students who are being paid for their services.


Peter Porter - General Manager (on Sabbatical 2017 -2018 Academic year)

Elisha Miranda (Interim General Manager)

Elizabeth A. Farriss - Program Director/Music Director

Stephanie Sandlin - Assistant Program Director/ Friday Night Blues Producer & Host

Tom Alderson - Chief Engineer

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