Student driven media has been a tradition at St. Lawrence University since the Hill News was founded in 1911. WCAD, KSLU's predecessor, was founded in 1922. WCAD was one of the first college radio stations in America and originally broadcast from the Gunnison Memorial Chapel.
KSLU is an educational non-commercial, non-profit radio station that transmits via Internet and is operated solely by students of St. Lawrence University. KSLU exists to provide an educational experience for the students of St. Lawrence University through the operation and management of a radio station. It shall operate in the public interest, convenience, and necessity providing programming of an entertaining, informative, and educational nature.