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July 24, 2019Feature | Morning Conversation

40th Anniversary of the Administration Building Fire

(Photos courtesy of Northwest Missouri State University Archive)

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July 24, 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the fire that destroyed much of the Northwest Missouri State University Administration Building in Maryville.

The fire was first noticed between seven and eight o'clock in the evening on what was a Tuesday night, an event that would dramatically change the course of the institution.

The university, in addition to renovating the Adminstration Building, was able to build a new library, a new performing arts center, and convert Wells Library into a facility that houses the mass communications department – including the KXCV-KRNW studios.

KXCV-KRNW news director John Coffey spoke with former Northwest Missouri State University President B.D. Owens, professor Dr. Theo Ross, former KXCV-KRNW station manager Rollie Stadlman, and former students Bill Oliver and Dwight Lane for the Morning Conversation. Clips from a previous interview with the late Warren Stucki, KXCV-KRNW's former engineer, were also included.

The public is invited to attend a special 40th Anniversary observance of the fire in the Administration Building at two o'clock, and an open house for the recently renovated KXCV-KRNW Studios at three o'clock in Wells Hall.