KERA (FM)

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KERA
KERA-901 Logo Color Gradient.jpg
CityDallas, Texas
Broadcast areaDallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
BrandingKERA 90.1
SloganGo public.
Frequency90.1 MHz
First air date1973 as KZAG
FormatNews/Talk (Public)
Language(s)English
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT388 meters
ClassC0
Facility ID49323
Callsign meaningNew era in broadcasting
Former callsignsKZAG (1973-1974)
AffiliationsNPR
PRI
American Public Media
BBC World Service
OwnerNorth Texas Public Broadcasting
Sister stationsKERA-TV, KKXT
Websitewww.kera.org/radio/
Site of KERA-FM's studios and offices, located just north of downtown Dallas. (Its co-owned stations KERA-TV and KKXT-FM are also located here.)

KERA (90.1 FM) is a National Public Radio member station serving North Texas.[1]

Programming[edit]

KERA FM has a news and information format that includes national programs, reports and specials from the KERA newsroom and other original productions. CEO also has a television version that broadcasts on KERA-TV.

Anything You Ever Wanted To Know live broadcasting
Anything You Ever Wanted To Know hosted by Jeff Whittington live broadcasting at the State Fair of Texas on September 30, 2016.

KERA FM's on-air staff includes Morning Edition host Sam Baker, All Things Considered host Justin Martin, and reporters Stella Chavez, Christopher Connelly, Lauren Silverman, Jerome Weeks and Bill Zeeble.

NPR[edit]

KERA is an NPR member station and carries NPR programming.

KERA News[edit]

Signature Series[edit]

KERA News Digital Storytelling projects provide an in-depth look at the people of Texas — the crises they endure, the issues they overcome and the triumphs they achieve.

Think In D.C.[edit]

Krys Boyd and the Think production crew have traveled to Washington, D.C., yearly since 2015 to broadcast live from NPR headquarters. Notable guests during Think in D.C. have included Michael Eric Dyson and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.[2]

History[edit]

KERA FM went on the air in July 1974, serving Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton with a mix of news and music programming. The station has since expanded its broadcast into Wichita Falls (88.3), Tyler (100.1), and Sherman (99.3). KERA FM switched to a news and information format in 2000, with an emphasis on the in-depth news programs and thoughtful conversations that make public radio unique. In 2014, KERA expanded its news department, leading to a surge in local reporting. Since this expansion, hundreds of KERA stories have broadcast nationally and internationally by NPR, PRI and the BBC.

KERA Radio's previous ident used from 2000 until January 2016.

Prior to the launch of KXT 91.7 FM, KERA FM aired locally produced music program 90.1 at Night hosted by Paul Slavens, which aired Sunday nights from 8:00pm until 10:00pm. The program was moved to their newly acquired sister station KXT and was renamed The Paul Slavens Show.

From 2012 until April 2018, KERA has enjoyed a news partnership with NBC-owned television station KXAS-Channel 5 in Fort Worth. This was a part of a larger partnership effort between all of the NBC O&Os and nonprofit news organizations in their communities, a byproduct of the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger which took place in 2011. The content has since then moved to Entercom-owned news station KRLD 1080 AM.

The station's call letters, which are said to represent a "new era in broadcasting," are shared with Dallas public television station KERA-TV channel 13; both are owned by North Texas Public Broadcasting Inc., a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Texas. While there is cross-promotion between stations, each operates its own pledge drives.

Transmitter and translators[edit]

KERA is based in Dallas, and the station's main transmitter is located in Cedar Hill, Texas with translators that serve Tyler (K261CW, 100.1 FM), the Sherman/Denison area (K257EV, 99.3 FM), and Wichita Falls (K202DR, 88.3 FM). It was also rebroadcast on the Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channel, Irving Community Television Network during its off-air times prior to 2009.

Station slogans[edit]

  • Radio Worth Listening To (1990s-2001)
  • Radio Unlimited (2001–2009)
  • Go Public. (2016)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About | KERA". www.kera.org. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  2. ^ "Think in D.C." Think. Retrieved 2017-05-09.

External links[edit]

see also listing with map and translators at Recnet

Coordinates: 32°34′43″N 96°57′13″W / 32.5787°N 96.9536°W / 32.5787; -96.9536