KERA (FM)

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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
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/
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. 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.

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

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 One Crisis Away series has had several installments over the years, including No Place To Go (2017), Rebuilding A Life (2016), Drowning in Debt (2016) and One Crisis Away At The Holidays (2015).

KERA's American Graduate initiative focuses on ways to keep kids on the path to graduation. Iterations of the American Graduate news series have included Race, Poverty and The Changing Face of Schools (2017), which digs deeply into four North Texas high schools to explore how the economy and changing demographics are affecting students’ path to graduation. Past American Graduate series have also included Generation One and Class of '17. The Class of '17 series follows students from Dallas-Fort Worth as they start to plan the rest of their lives.

Breakthroughs is a KERA News series devoted to the latest innovations in health, science and technology. Past Breakthroughs digital reporting series have included The Broken Hip (2014),

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.

Think with Krys Boyd[edit]

Krys Boyd interviews Werner Herzog in the KERA studios for an episode of 'Think.'

Think is a topic-driven call-in interview program produced by KERA FM. Think airs weekdays from noon-2pm on KERA 90.1 and features hourlong interviews with local, national and international newsmakers, including authors, politicians, actors, scientists, artists and innovators. During each episode of Think, listeners have the opportunity to call, email or tweet with questions or comments for the show's guest. Previous guests include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jane Goodall, Sen. John Cornyn, artist Frank Stella, author Malcolm Gladwell, actor Bryan Cranston and filmmaker Werner Herzog. Think is among the most-downloaded local podcasts in public radio and has earned awards for "Best Radio Talk Show" and "Best Broadcaster" from numerous publications.[2]

Krys Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA FM's flagship midday talk show Think since 2006, and hosted the weekly television program of the same name from 2007 until 2011 on KERA TV.[2]

In July 2016, Think led a national conversation after five Dallas police officers were gunned down on Just 7, 2016. On the day after the Dallas police shootings, Krys Boyd hosted a two-hour special episode of Think that offered a thoughtful reflection and discussion on the aftermath. The special episode features insights from U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and other local leaders, and was broadcast on public radio stations across the country.[3]

Think Goes Statewide[edit]

In January 2017, Think expanded to broadcast on public radio stations across North Texas, including Houston Public Media, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, KUT in Austin and KWBU in Waco. Think broadcasts statewide from 1pm-2pm.

Full list of stations across Texas airing Think on weekdays from 1-2pm:

City Station
Austin KUT 90.5
Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange KVLU 91.3
Dallas/Fort Worth KERA 90.1
Del Rio KTPD 89.3
Gonzales KCTI 1450 AM
Houston KUHF 88.7
Kerrville (Hill Country) KTXI 90.1
Llano (Highland Lakes) KVHL 91.7
San Antonio KSTX 89.1
Sherman/Denison KERA 99.3
Snyder (Big Country) KTPR 89.9
Texarkana KTXK 91.5
Tyler KERA 100.1
Waco KWBU 103.3
Wichita Falls KERA 88.3

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.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Award - Best Local Talk Show - 2nd Place: Think staff for "Handling The Refugee Crisis"
  • 2017 Lone Star Award - Public Affairs - 1st Place: Think staff for "Handling The Refugee Crisis"
  • 2017 Lone Star Award - Talk Show - 1st Place: Think staff with WWNO in New Orleans and WRKF in Baton Rouge for "12 Days In July: Our Shared Tragedy"
  • 2012 Public Radio News Directors Inc. first place award for best call-in show
  • 2013 Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage

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.

State Of The Arts[edit]

State of the Arts is a weekly series from KERA's Art&Seek exploring the latest news in the arts scene in North Texas and beyond.

Events[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

2017 National Edward R. Murrow Awards[5][edit]

2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards[6][edit]

2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards[7][edit]

2017 Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards[5][edit]

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.
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 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. ^ a b "KERA's Think to Go Statewide - D Magazine". D Magazine. 2016-12-12. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  3. ^ "About Think". Think. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Think in D.C.". Think. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  5. ^ a b News, KERA. "KERA Earns First-Ever National Edward R. Murrow Award For 'One Crisis Away' Video". Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  6. ^ "RTDNA - Radio Television Digital News Association". rtdna.org. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Winners Announced in Texas AP Broadcasters Radio, TV Contest". U.S. News. March 2, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 

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