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KTEP logo.jpg
City El Paso, Texas
Branding KTEP 88.5 FM
Slogan Your NPR Station for the Southwest
Frequency 88.5 MHz(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1950 (originally carrier current 1946-1950)
Format Public broadcasting
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 223.0 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 69342
Transmitter coordinates 31°47′17.00″N 106°28′46.00″W / 31.7880556°N 106.4794444°W / 31.7880556; -106.4794444
Callsign meaning Texas El Paso
Affiliations American Public Media, National Public Radio, Public Radio International
Owner University of Texas at El Paso
Webcast listen live
Website ktep.org

KTEP (88.5 FM) is a non-commercial radio station broadcasting a National Public Radio format from the Communication Department at the University of Texas at El Paso in the United States. The station plays a mixture of NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and locally originated programming. Jazz forms an extensive part of the music programming, as well as classical music, folk music, blues and new-age music, alongside news and public affairs programs.

The station began in October 1946 as WTCM, a carrier current station based at what was then Texas College of Mines. In 1947, it changed its calls to KVOF after finding out the WTCM call letters were already being used by a station in Traverse City, Michigan. In 1950, it applied for and won a full license. The station began broadcasting educational programming aimed at elementary school students as well. Originally broadcasting at 10 watts, in 1966 it moved to space on KROD-TV (now KDBC-TV)'s tower, boosting its coverage area to every zip code in El Paso. In 1967, the station moved to its current call letters of KTEP along with the university name change to The University of Texas at El Paso.

In 1971, the station became a charter member of National Public Radio and increased its broadcast day to 18 hours and to 24 hours in 1997.[1] In 1980, it moved its tower to its current location on KVIA-TV's tower.

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  1. ^ a b KTEP history

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