History of KVRX Radio

KVRX Radio began broadcasting on community and campus cable systems on April 9 11, 1988, culminating two years of intense effort by a group of committed students to establish a student-run radio station on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

The effort began when the Students' Association created an ad hoc committee, the Student Radio Task Force (SRTF), in the spring of 1986 to identify goals and objectives, evaluate needs, gain support and project technical requirements. Earlier student efforts had failed.

During the next two years, the SRTF worked with students, faculty and central administrators and with such groups as the College of Communication Foundation Advisory Council to develop widespread support for a student-operated radio station and to demonstrate a need for a second educational FM radio station on campus. Members developed a two-fold purpose for the station: to provide opportunities for students to receive practical experience in radio news, sports and entertainment programming and in broadcast management, and to serve as a source of campus information for students, faculty and staff as well as an outlet for student and alternative programming unavailable in the Austin market.

Additionally, the SRTF planned and coordinated fundraising events, wrote grant proposals and raised funds for the first year of operation. Members negotiated with the Texas Union for studio space in the old Varsity Cafeteria, with the College of Communication and Austin radio station KLBJ AM-FM for donations of broadcast equipment, and with central administrators to find a place in the University’s administrative structure. The latter led to informal conversations with TSP officials in the spring of 1987.

Eventually, SRTF proposed a formal relationship between TSP and the planned radio station and, after an extensive review and independent evaluation, the TSP Board passed a resolution incorporating KTSB as a part of TSM on September 17, 1987. Before the relationship became official, however, it was necessary for the TSP Board and the Board of Regents to adopt a change in the Declaration of Trust specifying that "publications" could include electronic media.

In June of 1993, KTSB, along with KOOP (an Austin community radio station) asked the FCC to approve a time-share agreement that would allow the two stations to share the last remaining non-commercial frequency in Austin, 91.7 FM. On July 21, 1993, the FCC approved this arrangement. KOOP would broadcast days, KTSB nights.

In September of 1993, the FCC issued the station's construction permit. In January of 1994, KTSB changed its call letters to KVRX, since an FM station was already broadcasting as KTSB.

On November 15, 1994, KVRX began its FM broadcast. KVRX broadcasts Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

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