April 2, 2010
Written by Cory Chandler
The acquisition of 90.1 FM is an example of Texas Tech's effort to advance toward national research university status through ties with colleges and universities in the West Texas region.
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 station's 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. 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.
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.
Achieving Tier One status will have a transformative effect on Texas Tech. It will put Texas Tech into an elite category of universities, providing our students with unmatched educational opportunities. Attaining Tier One status will not only transform Texas Tech University, it will expand the scope of our research to meet the worlds needs and create an economic boom for Lubbock, West Texas and the state.
The journey to Tier One status began in 2009 when the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) designated Texas Tech and six other schools as emerging research universities.
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