821 Ste. B, West Pine Street, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901, United States

(573) 840-0186

Black River Public Radio

Welcome to Black River Public Radio


About Us


Our Programming


Black River Public Radio is now on the air!!!

Black River Public Radio is broadcasting as KPBM on 101.9 FM. We are fully operational and automated. 

Currently, we are playing "middle of the road" content 24/7. As we grow, we will be orienting the musical programming to meet a myriad of different listener tastes. 

Additionally, we believe southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas is blessed to have an abundance of talented musicians. We are dedicated to featuring these local individuals or groups.     


Our Top Shows


We have added even more special programs on Black River Public Radio! Be sure to tune in to 101.9 and catch some really awesome stuff!!!

Here's the current schedule:

  • The Basement Tapes with Nick and Bootsy
    Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday - 9 PM
  • The Eisenhower Hour
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 1PM
  • WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour
    Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday - 8 PM
  • Jazz & Blues Radio Messenger
    Monday and Friday - 8 PM
    Wednesday - 7 PM
  • Radio Memories Theater Featuring:
    The Six Shooter with James Stewart
    Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - 7 PM
  • Dragnet
    Monday and Friday -7 PM and Sunday - 4 PM


The History of Our Station

 Black River Public Radio, a non-profit organization, is a non-commercial, listener-supported radio station dedicated to connecting to and bringing together the Missouri Bootheel's diverse community through unique, high-quality music, performance, and public affairs programming that informs, educates, entertains and inspires.

Black River Public Radio is the station that innovative thinkers, creative professionals, and those interested in the arts and culture in the rural area turn to for diverse, stimulating, and high-quality programming not available through commercial media outlets.

Recent Shows


Last Blast at The Camp for Black River Public Radio Fundraiser Concert

Black River Public River broadcasts as KPBM 101.9 FM in Poplar Bluff. The local non-profit and volunteer-run organization operates a low-wattage radio station which provides a wide variety of music on a commercial-free basis.

On Friday, November 2, 2018, a fundraiser for the public radio station was held at "The Camp at Wappapello," a venue which has become well known as a supporter of regional musical talent.

Tickets were only $10, and were available in numerous local businesses and at the gate the night of the event. Also, attendees were able get $1.50 off the price of the buffet at The Camp’s Fireside Restaurant’s buffet. In addition, there was Silent Auction featuring items such as art work, collectibles, services, and equipment donated by area businesses and individuals.

According to Robert L. Smith, President of the Black River Public Radio Board of Directors, the event was called “Last Blast at The Camp: A Benefit for Black River Public Radio”, and like most Camp events, it featured some of the finest musicians in Missouri. The concert was the final concert for The Camp’s 2018 season.

“We felt that The Camp was the perfect venue for this event,” commented Smith. “It’s become a favorite venue for area concert-goers, and we share their vision of drawing more attention to regional musical talent.”

Headlining the night’s concert was John Galbraith, a well-known regional musician who has made a name for himself in the Columbia, Missouri music scene. Originally from Poplar Bluff, he has done very well in the mid-Missouri music scene and this was the perfect opportunity for his hometown friends and family to get to come see him live. A couple of Southeast Missouri musician friends, Jerry Foster and Jamie Hickson, volunteered to share the stage with him and provide back-up.

Also, taking the stage that night was Jordynne LaChance, a great vocalist and homegrown talent; along with Just E. Nuff, who has performed several times at The Camp and has always drawn large crowds; and the always popular local group, The Millstones.

Since KPBM obtained its broadcasting license, it has steadily grown in programming, featuring not just local and regional musicians, but has built a substantial collection of pre-recorded music.

“We want to continue moving forward and growing for the community, but of course that takes some money,” explained Smith. “This fundraiser was  a great opportunity for the community to get involved in helping with that growth.”

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Black River Public Radio

821 West Pine Street, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901, United States

(573) 840-0186


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09:00 am – 05:00 pm