|City of license||Austin, Texas, USA|
|Broadcast area||Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area|
|Slogan||"None of the hits, all of the time"
"Your Texas Independent Music Authority"
|First air date||1986|
|Format||Freeform and specialty music, community programming, sports|
|Owner||The University of Texas at Austin|
In the Spring of 1986, students at the University of Texas at Austin formed a committee called the Student Radio Task Force with the intention of raising both institutional and student support for a campus radio station. Two years later, SRTF had secured the support of Texas Student Publications (now Texas Student Media, the University organization which houses all student media and publication outlets). Before receiving its broadcasting license, the fledgling station used the call sign KTSB, and began its first narrowcast via cable television in April 1988.
KTSB's call letters were changed to KVRX nearly six years later in January 1994, after the FCC approved a unique time-share agreement between KTSB and KOOP for the 91.7 FM frequency, the last remaining non-commercial frequency in Austin (the call letters "KTSB" were already in use by another station, necessitating the change). KVRX would go on to broadcast on the FM frequency in November 1994.
KVRX shares the 91.7 frequency with KOOP Community Radio. KVRX, licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to The University of Texas, broadcasts on 91.7 FM from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday while broadcasting 24/7 on local digital TV channel 29.2. KOOP, licensed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Educational Community Broadcasting (d.b.a. Austin Co-op Radio), broadcasts during the remaining hours. Though limited in radio broadcast hours, www.KVRX.org provides programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the internet via kvrx.org, itunes Radio, TuneIn.com and an iPhone app.
KVRX's slogan is "None of the Hits, All of the Time," and more recently, "Your Texas Independent Music Authority." Both refer to the station's alternative programming. KVRX's format includes music, news, sports and community programming, including the popular "Local Live" segment that airs every Sunday 10-11 p.m. CST. "Local Live" features both local and nationally touring musical acts in live, in-studio broadcast performances and interviews. KVRX only plays music that is not featured on commercial media outlets, and the varied community programs cover local, national and worldwide issues that often do not get covered in mainstream print and broadcast outlets. Notable past artists that have performed on "Local Live" to later gain greater recognition include The Black Keys, Spoon, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Death Cab For Cutie, Ratatat, Shearwater, Kinky Friedman, Acid Mothers Temple, and Daniel Johnston. Each year KVRX staff and volunteers select the best "Local Live" recordings and include them on an annual Local Live CD (and occasionally DVD) compilation. Another program nearly as old as the station itself is "Lone Star Lullabies", which features a playlist of all-Texas music.
In addition to its radio programming, KVRX maintains an active presence in the Austin, Texas independent music scene by organizing live concerts and official shows, including during the South by Southwest music festival each Spring. The station's Music Directors produce a weekly "Topless 39" chart that tracks the 39 albums receiving the most plays that week. In 2010, the station launched its own dedicated YouTube channel. KVRX has been described as a "nationally respected station and blueprint for many other college frequencies."
KVRX is part of Texas Student Media (officially Texas Student Publications), an auxiliary establishment of The University of Texas and the largest student media operation in the United States. KVRX is funded by student fees, fundraising events, an annual pledge drive, underwriting, listener contributions and sponsored public service announcements.
The Summer 2013 broadcast schedule features a wide variety of eclectic programming, including community programs such as "They Blinded Me with Science," "In Search of Wellness," and "The Sports Page," and specialty music programs like "Sea of Blasphemy" (garage rock), "Dialogos Radio" (a Greek program), "Close Enough for Jazz," "Blues at Sunrise," "Trife Life" (hip hop), Video Vocal (soundtracks), La Boite de Nuit (French house), Floating in Blue (shoegaze dream pop), and "Ovary Overload," featuring only female singers Of the many notable past music and specialty programs that have been featured on the station, "These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For" was the focus of an article in the Austin Chronicle in 2006. The program featured a Star Wars format.
- Debbie Cerda, 1994-1997 (film critic and contributing photographer, Slackerwood.com, member of Austin Film Critics Association)
- Britt Daniel, 1992-1995 (Spoon)
- John Dial (software designer, porn music expert)
- Thomas Fawcett (contributing writer, Austin Chronicle and Living Blues)
- Doug Freeman (founder, www.austinsound.net; contributing writer, Austin Chronicle)
- Jenn Garrison, 1997 - 2000 (film editor/director/producer, former commercial DJ)
- Rodney Gibbs (chief innovation officer for The Texas Tribune, board member of Austin Film Society, advisory board member of KLRU)
- Rosa Madriz (talent buyer/ Transmission Events; owner, Green Potato Ventures)
- Austin Powell (staff writer, Austin Chronicle)
- Jonathan Toubin (professional DJ and founder of New York Night Train)
- Luke Winkie (contributing writer, Austin Chronicle)
- Erik Wofford (producer/engineer, Cacophony Recorders)
- Texas Student Media History of KVRX Radio
- Withers, Ashley (November 29, 2011). "College radio stations struggle to survive". The Daily Campus (Southern Methodist University). Retrieved December 25, 2011.
- Local Live Performance Archive
- Local Live CDs
- Topless 39 Chart
- KVRX YouTube Channel
- Freeman, Doug. "KVRX: Almost Old Enough to Drink (Legally)." AustinChronicle.com. 17 April 2008.
- "In the Matter of Commission Policy Concerning the Noncommercial Nature of Educational Broadcasting". Federal Communications Commission. 1992. Retrieved 2006-05-22.
- "Underwriting with KVRX". KVRX-FM. Retrieved 2006-05-22.
- KVRX Schedule
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- KVRX 91.7 FM official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KVRX
- Radio-Locator information on KVRX
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KVRX
- Last.fm music profile
- Freeman, Doug (April 17, 2008). "KVRX: Almost Old Enough to Drink (Legally)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 25, 2011.