College Radio Stations Around Texas

By Paige Greene
Web Content Assistant Manager

Whether you know it or not, many Texas colleges have radio stations for their students to listen to. Below are a few of the stations around the campus’ in Texas.

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College Radio Stations Around Texas. Image by Paige Greene.

KANM 99.9

Texas A&M is home to KANM 99.9, a 100% student-run station that was founded in 1972. DJs are encouraged to branch out and play the music they have not listened to before and the station plays anything from indie-pop to hip-hop to jazz.

Their website explains how “DJ’s program shows playing music encompassing nearly every genre possible.” It goes on to explain their focus as “providing an outlet for music typically ignored by commercial radio.”

The station ran unhindered until 2016 but came back on air nearly a year later and running ever since.

KVRX 91.7

KVRX 91.7 is a station out of The University of Texas. They pride themselves on playing “None of the hits, all of the time.” Mainly playing alternative programming, you definitely will not hear the top 40 here.

Sharing frequencies with KOOP radio, KVRX plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

KVRX started in 1986 as the Student Radio Task Force and became KVRXas we know it in 1994.

This station will bring you the music you did not know you loved or remind you of your favorite songs you will not hear anywhere else.

KTCU 88.7

Out of Texas Christians University is KTCU 88.7. KTCU first aired in 1964.

Being primarily run by students, this station mainly focuses on indie rock, alternative, EDM and local artists. Most of the air-time is open for student participation and any student can work there.

KNTU 88.1

University of North Texas’ station KNTU 88.1 first aired in 1969. Playing primarily jazz, KNTU streams 24 hours, every day of the year.

KNTU is mostly student-run and is one of the few jazz-only college stations in Texas and there is no other jazz format station in the DFW market.

In 1989 the KNTU studio went up in flames and the station lost $433,000 worth in damage. After using different studios, the station was finally able to relocate back a year later.

KTRU 96.1

Out of Houston, Rice University is home to KTRU 96.1. KTRU is a primarily student-run station that broadcasts 24 hours a day.

KTRU plays alternative music and has a goal to “let people know that good music doesn’t only come in electric guitar.”

KTRU first aired in 1967 and has been on the air ever since. In 2011, the university lost the call letters to their station to a station located in Kansas, and it was not until the Kansas station sold that the university was able to buy back their call letters and officially be KTRU again.

These are only a few of the college stations located throughout Texas. Whether you are in Houston or Dallas, make sure to tune in and support your college stations.

Featured image by KTSW Multimedia.

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