KEWU 89.5 FM

The Sound of Eastern Washington University

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About KEWU

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 its 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 mixture of Eastern Washington University faculty, students and broadcast communications professionals. Station announcers are paid student employees.


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

KEWU was also 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.


KEWU believes in the importance of promoting 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, playing a prodigious amount of classic jazz in its many incarnations: traditional, Dixieland, big band, swing, and bop. KEWU also features specialty programming such as The Old School Show, The Friday Night Blues Show, Nightfall, and Jazz Omnibus.


Drew Ayers, PhD
General Manager
Associate Professor, Program Director of Film

Tom Alderson
Chief Operator, Broadcast Technician II

Elizabeth A. Farriss
Program Director

KEWU Office

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Support KEWU

Please take a moment to consider making a tax-deductible support pledge to keep jazz alive in the Inland Northwest and beyond. Donations from listeners like you keep KEWU on the air.

Call 509.359.4226 to make a pledge or donation, or mail to:

EWU Foundation
102 Hargreaves Hall
616 Study Lane
Cheney, WA 99004

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