Right in the heart of the rock 'n' roll era, KSJR would be dedicated to classical music and the fine arts, run by St. Johns graduate William Kling.
Through a series of expansions and a gradual move away from the university, KSJR would develop into Minnesota Public Radio, one of the most successful public radio clusters in the country.
Kling would serve as president of MPR for 44 years before his retirement in 2011. Some of the accomplishments in his time operating the company include assisting in the formation National Public Radio, of which MPR has been a charter member since 1971, and growing MPR to include over 30 stations in the region.
In a slightly related note, 110 years earlier to the day, five Benedictine monks obtain a charter to establish St. Johns Seminary, what would evolve into St. Johns University, which continues to be the longest operating Catholic institution of higher learning in Minnesota.