History of Texas Student Television

In 1987, the Students' Association established the Student Media Agency for the purpose of wiring the residence halls for cable. In addition, a student-run television channel became a goal of SMA. Texas Student Television (TSTV) applied for and was allocated an access channel by the Austin Cable Commission on September 28, 1989.

Originally housed in the University Services Building under the auspices of the Students' Association, in the Fall 1990 TSTV moved into the basement of Hogg Memorial Auditorium and was provisionally accepted as a media unit of Texas Student Publications, pending an agreement formally specifying its obligations with regard to an access channel.

Still awaiting City Council approval of its access channel, on June 14, 1991 TSTV began cablecasting for a few hours per week on time allotted by Austin Community Television, now known as Access Community Television of Austin . When the City Council failed to allocate TSTV's channel, efforts were redirected toward assuming control of the University's unutilized permit to construct a low-power commercial television station.

In April of 1994, President Robert Berdahl granted TSTV, through the organization of Texas Student Publications, permission to construct, manage and operate the university's broadcast license, K09VR. On February 3, 1995, K09VR became TSTV when over-the-air broadcasts commenced from a transmitter located atop the UT Tower. TSTV also secured its own channel on the campus-wide dorm cable system. Though an access channel was not granted, TSTV has maintained a timeslot on PACT continuously since 1991. In Spring 2000 TSTV completed its move from Hogg Memorial Auditorium to the fourth floor of the Texas Student Publications (now TSM) Building.