KERA (FM)

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This article is about public radio station in Dallas, Texas which began broadcasting in 1973. For the station using this name in 1946 which later became WFAA-FM, see WFAA-TV § Radio.
KERA
KERA-901 Logo Color Gradient.jpg
City Dallas, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Branding KERA 90.1
Slogan Go public.
Frequency 90.1 MHz
First air date 1973 as KZAG
Format News/Talk (Public)
Language(s) English
Audience share 2.3 Decrease (March 2017, Nielsen Audio[1])
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 388 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 49323
Callsign meaning New era in broadcasting
Former callsigns KZAG (1973-1974)
Affiliations NPR
PRI
American Public Media
BBC World Service
Owner North Texas Public Broadcasting
Sister stations KERA-TV, KKXT
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kera.org/radio/

KERA (90.1 FM) is a National Public Radio member station serving North Texas. KERA FM reaches listeners across North Texas and beyond with in-depth news programs and thoughtful conversations unique to public radio. KERA FM features two award-winning local programs: Think with host Krys Boyd and Anything You Ever Wanted to Know with host Jeff Whittington. As a member-supported public radio station, KERA FM aims to educate, inspire, enrich, inform and entertain with unique, quality programming.[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. Local programs include Think, hosted by Krys Boyd, CEO, hosted by Lee Cullum and Anything You Ever Wanted to Know hosted by Jeff Whittington. CEO also has a television version that broadcasts on KERA-TV.

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 award-winning NPR programming including Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Fresh Air.

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

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.

  • KERA's ongoing One Crisis Away series focuses a spotlight on North Texans living on the financial edge.
  • The Class of '17 series follows students from Dallas-Fort Worth as they start to plan the rest of their lives.
  • KERA's American Graduate series, Race, Poverty and The Changing Face of Schools digs deeply into four North Texas high schools to explore how the economy and changing demographics are affecting students’ path to graduation.

Breakthroughs is a KERA News series devoted to the latest innovations in health, science and technology.

Vital Signs is a weekly consumer health chat from KERA News featuring leading North Texas medical figures. Hosted by Sam Baker, topics range from flu to skin cancer to exactly what a New Year’s cocktail does to your body.

Podcasts[edit]

Podcasts of KERA's local programs are available to download and for listening on-demand via KERA's website.

Art&Seek[edit]

Art&Seek connects North Texans to the local arts scene through award-winning arts journalism and the biggest calendar of arts events in the region. The stories, interviews, reports and videos on Art&Seek cover the people who create art in North Texas. Thousands of events from more than 3,000 arts groups and venues can be found on the Art&Seek calendar. Launched in 2008, Art&Seek has brought unprecedented attention to the arts in North Texas through the website artandseek.org, radio reports, public events and television presentations on KERA TV. Art&Seek is also active on social media through Facebook and Twitter.

Art&Seek Artist Spotlight[edit]

The Art&Seek Artist Spotlight explores the personal journeys of North Texas creatives, offering a weekly introduction to a noteworthy local artist or performer and his or her artistic path. Past Artist Spotlights have included music producers, painters and preservation architects.

The Big Screen[edit]

Art&Seek's The Big Screen is a radio segment that looks in-depth at the most interesting new releases in theaters and via DVD/on-demand each week. The Big Screen features conversations with major movie stars and movers-and-shakers in the North Texas film scene. The Big Screen is hosted by Chris Vognar, culture critic for The Dallas Morning News, and Stephen Becker from KERA.

Events[edit]

Art&Seek holds various public events including the ongoing State of The Arts series.

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 90.1 logo used from the 1980s to 2000.

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.

Since 2012, KERA has enjoyed a news partnership with NBC-owned television station KXAS-Channel 5 in Fort Worth. This is 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 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[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. 

External links[edit]

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