January 23, 2009
The Texas Tech University Student Media Department has transferred the 88.1 frequency license to KOHM-FM.
Included in the transfer is the transmitter building equipment and space as well as the antenna. Studio space and equipment in the Student Media Building will remain the property of Student Media. The department is using the space to expand its online multimedia opportunities.
The Student Media Department closed KTXT-FM Dec. 10 because of economic issues. Daily operating expenses for KTXT-FM were provided by student service fees paid by all students. Funding of equipment purchase, maintenance and repair came from advertising revenue from The Daily Toreador, the campus newspaper.
“Given difficult economic times, all sectors of the media outlets across the country are struggling to survive,” said Susan Peterson, director of the Department of Student Media. “The campus newspaper could no longer carry the burden of other Student Media operations. We are creating new options for students to gain broadcast experience.”
A Multimedia Advisory Council, consisting of alumni and print and broadcast professionals is being established to advise the department on multimedia skills needed by graduates to work in the converging new media industry. Student Media also is working with University Career Services to host a career event for the students who worked at KTXT-FM to help them find other broadcast job opportunities and experiences.
The transfer in no way involves KTXT-TV. The two stations are separate entities with separate licenses and oversight.