Red River Radio Station, KDAQ
When Red River Radio’s flagship station, KDAQ, first went on the air in December of 1984, it was generally acknowledged that the temporary buildings on the campus of LSU Shreveport would suffice for a limited period of time but that eventually the station would need a more capable, larger home. The reality was that the network continued to grow in size, but the home base remained in the temporary buildings.
In 2005, talks of a new location began. Now, seven years later thanks to the dedicated staff and community, Red River Radio has a new home on the LSUS campus.
The new design, at 5,000 square feet, doubles the amount of space of the previous buildings. All of the administrative staff now have offices to conduct their work. In addition, there are three operating studios including the main control room, Noel Foundation Studio, a large production room, Peggy and Norman Kinsey Studio, and a smaller production room primarily for news production, Dr. Archie McDonald Studio. One of the most outstanding features is the new Marion and Don Weiss Performance Studio, which allows performances of live music on the air.
To afford this new state-of-the-art space, the Red River Radio Network began a capital campaign, with the initial major contribution of $100,000 from The Community Foundation of North Louisiana. More than $800,000 was raised and all of it came from within our community.
The Community Foundation, and several other funds held at the foundation, are proud to support red river radio and are pleased to see their new home thriving in our community.