Special to the E-T
Tarleton State University announced that its new station, KTRL 90.5, will broadcast a new public radio format, including National Public Radio news, classical and jazz music. The new format includes the award-winning NPR news shows Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
KTRL 90.5 broadcasts these programs to a 10-county area of the Cross Timbers, many of whom were not able to pick up another public radio signal and will depend upon KTRL to bring them the public radio news and music programs that many people already receive in other parts of Texas.
“This is the first time that most people in our coverage area will be able to pick up NPR, classical and jazz over the radio. Tarleton’s been trying for years to make this happen and it’s finally here,” said KTRL general manager Eric Truax.
Other new programs include the popular NPR interview show Fresh Air with host Terry Gross weekdays at 6 p.m. and NPR’s Car Talk Saturdays at 9 a.m. KTRL also offers classical music programming daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with jazz in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Many of the programs that KTRL is broadcasting will be rebroadcast from Texas A&M’s KAMU-FM in College Station through a new agreement between Tarleton and Texas A&M University in College Station. KAMU consulted with Tarleton administration 10 years ago when Tarleton was exploring the establishment of a public radio station for the Cross Timbers.
“This is a natural partnership, and gives listeners in the Cross Timbers the great programming that Bryan/College Station and other areas in Texas have enjoyed for a long time,” Truax said.
KTRL offers both employment and internship positions to students from Tarleton State University, especially those in the Communication Studies department. They are responsible for much of the behind-the-scenes production work and their voices will also occasionally be heard on the air along with the voices of announcers and hosts from KAMU-FM.
KTRL 90.5 FM is a relatively new frequency in the Cross Timbers. The previous owner of the frequency donated it to Tarleton State University in 2009 after running an Adult Contemporary music format for nearly a year. For the past eight months, KTRL has been running an eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass, Americana and rock music.
The complete program schedule is available at www.ktrl.fm.