Texas Student Television
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||Independent, Texas Student Media|
|Owner||University of Texas at Austin|
|Former callsigns||K09VR (1995-2010)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
9 (VHF, 1995-2010)
|Transmitter power||3400 watts|
K29HW-D channel 29, known on-air as TSTV (Texas Student Television) is the student-run television station of The University of Texas at Austin, operated by Texas Student Media. Founded in 1995 as K09VR (KVR) channel 9, it is one of only a handful of FCC-licensed television stations in the country run entirely by students.
TSTV broadcasts a low-power signal over-the-air on digital channel 29.1 in the Austin metropolitan area. TSTV is also found on channel 15 via the campus cable system serving the University. TSTV also streams live to its website.
The station features such long time shows such as Texas News Channel, Sneak Peek, College Crossfire, Good Morning Texas, College Press Box, Local Live, and Video Game Hour Live. One show, Campus Loop, was nationally syndicated on the College Broadcast network. It was produced from 1999 until 2001 and still airs repeats today.
Writer, producer and director Wes Anderson was briefly affiliated with the station as a student at the University. Here he met future collaborator Owen Wilson. Zach Anner, Internet star and host of the OWN show "Rollin' with Zach Anner" worked at the station, starring and producing such shows like "That's Awesome!" and "The Wingmen". Creator of Red vs. Blue and Rooster Teeth Productions, Burnie Burns worked at the station in the early nineties and created their longest running show, "Sneak Peek".
In January 2010, TSTV began broadcasting digitally on UHF channel 29.1 under a new call sign, K29HW-D. Fund-raising efforts were held to raise the $85,000 needed to convert the station to digital. As a low-power station, K09VR was not required to meet the June 12, 2009 deadline to convert from analog to digital. This rule applied only to full-power U.S. TV stations. Its license for analog channel 9 (K09VR) has since been cancelled. In June 2011, TSTV increased transmitter power to 3,400 watts, enhancing its coverage across most of Austin, and to an estimated 75,000 households who watch television via antenna.
TSTV's programming schedule consists of shows produced by students, ranging from scripted comedy shows, news (entertainment and sports), and musical variety shows.
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