Texas Tech University System Takes Ownership of San Angelo Public Radio Station

Major network news will remain the same, though Texas Tech will provide area-specific programming to San Angelo region.

Written by Cory Chandler

Texas Tech Public Media, part of The Texas Tech University System, will assume operations of KUTX, 90.1 FM, from The University of Texas at Austin beginning April 4.

The 90.1 call letters will change to KNCH to reflect the Concho Valley, but major network news programming will remain similar with National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday,” “All Things Considered” and “A Prairie Home Companion,” as well as the “BBC World Service,” “Car Talk,” “Fresh Air” and “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!,” among others.

“Texas Tech Public Media is committed to providing area-specific programming to the San Angelo region. Plans include coverage of state, regional and local news stories, as well as news coverage and feature pieces highlighting Angelo State University,” said Derrick Ginter, general manager of Texas Tech Public Media. “We plan to work closely with the local community, including arts organizations, to promote local events and provide relevant programming to the San Angelo region.”

As Texas Tech moves toward national research university status, it has made a serious effort to establish ties with colleges and universities in the West Texas region. These relationships involve not only the academic institutions themselves, but also the associated communities and populace. Many university communities enjoy the intellectual and cultural benefits of a public radio station, Ginter said. With Angelo State now part of the Texas Tech system, Texas Tech is committed to San Angelo and plans to connect with residents in a meaningful way. Operating 90.1 FM is a natural extension of this effort.

KUT, The University of Texas at Austin public radio station that has simulcast its Austin broadcast on 90.1 KUTX since 1996, will retain the KUTX call letters and assign them to a new signal licensed to Somerville—an area contiguous with the station’s 90.5 FM signal in Austin—as part of its strategy to concentrate its resources on content and services related to Central Texas.

Local civic and arts leaders interested in collaborating with KNCH on promoting local events should contact Sherril Skibell, Texas Tech Public Media development director, at (877) 962-3100 or via e-mail at Sherril.skibell@ttu.edu.

Texas Tech operates two FM stations in Lubbock: KOHM-FM, Lubbock’s first Digital HD radio station, operating at 89.1; and KTXT-FM, broadcasting at 88.1. On its main channel, KOHM offers NPR news programming and classical music, with talk programming and BBC World Service on its HD2 channel. KTXT broadcasts BBC World Service during the day and offers jazz music overnight.

Note to editor: See attached KNCH program schedule:

KNCH PROGRAM SCHEDULE Effective April 4

WEEKDAYS:

5 – 8 a.m. “Morning Edition”

8 – 9 a.m. “The Takeaway”

9 – 11 a.m. “Morning Edition”

11 – noon “Fresh Air”

noon – 1 p.m. “Here and Now”

1 – 4 p.m. “The BBC World Service”

4 – 6 p.m. “All Things Considered”

6 – 7 p.m. “Marketplace”

7 – 8 p.m. “The World”

8 – 10 p.m. “The BBC World Service” and/or local programming

10 – 5 a.m. “The BBC World Service”

SATURDAYS:

7 – 9 a.m. “Weekend Edition Saturday”

9 – 10 a.m. “Car Talk”

10 – 11 a.m. “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

11 – 4 p.m. “The BBC World Service”

4 – 5 p.m. “Weekend All Things Considered”

5 – 7 p.m. “A Prairie Home Companion”

7 – 7 a.m. “The BBC World Service”

SUNDAYS:

7 – 9 a.m. “Weekend Edition Sunday”

9 – 11a.m. “The BBC World Service”

11 – noon “Car Talk”

noon – 2 p.m.  “A Prairie Home Companion”

2 – 4 p.m. “The BBC World Service”

4 – 5 p.m. “Weekend All Things Considered”

5 – 7 a.m. “The BBC World Service”