KSTB

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KSTB
City Crystal Beach, Texas
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding KD 101
Slogan "Texas Best Country"
Frequency 101.5 MHz
First air date 1993
Last air date September 13, 2008 (normal broadcasts)
September 2010 ("Energy" test broadcasts)
Format (defunct)
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 56 meters (184 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 18187
Transmitter coordinates 29°30′7″N 94°31′15″W / 29.50194°N 94.52083°W / 29.50194; -94.52083
Callsign meaning Star of The Bay (former format)
Former callsigns KTKX
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations KAYD, KTCX, KQXY, KBED, KIKR

KSTB (101.5 FM) was a radio station broadcasting a Country music format. Licensed to serve the community of Crystal Beach, Texas, United States, it served the Houston area during its time on the air. The station was owned and operated by Cumulus Media.

Shutdown[edit]

On September 13, 2008, the transmitter facility and all of the transmitting equipment were "washed away" by Hurricane Ike. After Hurricane Ike, Cumulus had filed for permission for the station to cease operations and stated that it had no specific plans on whether it will attempt to rebuild the station given the scope of the disaster and the poor economic conditions, according to the FCC filing.[1]. The FCC accepted the filing, but did not approve the request as of January 2009. The FCC's standard position is that if a licensed facility remains silent for a year, the license expires as a matter of law, although some exceptions are made.

Prior to its country format, KSTB played an adult contemporary format under the brand "Star 101.5" (or "The Star Of The Bay", referring to Galveston Bay), and was owned by Galtex Broadcasting. While the transmitter was located in Crystal Beach, the business offices were located in Webster, Texas - about 25 miles south of downtown Houston.

In August 2010, KSTB briefly returned to the airwaves as "Energy", playing music from the 1990s. It was running at very low power, and was thus only receivable in Crystal Beach itself. It is possible that this was simply a transmitter test or a temporary broadcast to keep the station's license active. As of September 30, 2010, the station reportedly went off the air and Cumulus never announced plans for the station. [2] Before Hurricane Ike, KSTB had been simulcasting with sister station KAYD 101.7 as KD 101. Cumulus eventually surrendered KSTB's license to the FCC on September 23, 2015; the FCC cancelled the license and deleted the KSTB call sign on September 25, 2015.

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