Texas Public Radio operates seven non-commercial radio stations. KPAC 88.3 FM and KSTX 89.1 FM broadcast to San Antonio and South Central Texas, KTXI 90.1 FM, broadcasting to the West Central Hill Country, KTPR 89.9 FM, broadcasting to the Permian Basin, KVHL 91.7 FM, broadcasting to the Highland Lakes region, KTPD 89.3 FM, broadcasting to Del Rio, and KCTI 1450 AM, broadcasting to Gonzales area.
Texas Public Radio was organized in 1988 and formally incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization the following year. It grew out of a merger of two separate organizations, the Classical Broadcasting Society of San Antonio and San Antonio Community Radio. Its name was chosen anticipating eventual expansion of service to listeners throughout the state. It is an independent, non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors composed of residents from the service area.
KPAC has specialized in broadcasting classical music and fine arts information since signing on the air on November 7, 1982. The programming includes special concert series such as the "San Antonio Symphony on KPAC" and "Performance Saturday." KPAC is listened to regularly by as many as 100,000 people.
Since it began service on October 3, 1988, KSTX has been the home of NPR's flagship news magazines "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." Foreign perspective on news-making events is offered in the overnight broadcast of the BBC World Service. Entertainment programs on weekends include such public radio favorites as "Ask Me Another" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me." More than 120,000 people listen regularly to KSTX.
Aspiring to realize the name chosen at its inception, Texas Public Radio began to find opportunities to expand coverage into other unserved or underserved areas by the late 1990s. KTXI signed on October 8, 1998 to bring public radio to listeners in the Texas Hill Country at 90.1 on the FM dial. On January 20, 2013, KTPR 89.9 FM began broadcasting in Snyder, Texas. KTPR was later upgraded to serve the Permian Basin on September 28, 2020. On October 21, 2013, KVHL 91.7 signed on, broadcasting to the Highland Lakes region. On May 5, 2016, KTPD 89.3 began service to the Del Rio area. KCTI 1450 Gonzales originally went on the air in 1947, but became a part of the TPR family of stations on September 28, 2016.
What TPR Has Accomplished
In 1988 San Antonio was the last large community in the country where listeners could not find the full range of public radio programming on their radios – a deficiency especially deplored by new residents who had become accustomed to listening to public radio in other places. There was no public radio service at all for listeners in the West Central Hill Country, Northeast Permian Basin, Del Rio or Gonzales prior to TPR establishing stations in those markets.
Now the TPR service areas are among the best places in the world to listen to the best that public radio has to offer in presentation of great music, in-depth news, civil discourse about issues and educational entertainment. We are proud of this significant accomplishment. Our pride is heightened every day when listeners and supporters tell us our programs make a major difference in their lives.
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Mission, Values, Vision
The MISSION of Texas Public Radio is to engage in the production and distribution of non-commercial informational, educational, cultural and entertainment content for the people of Texas. Content will be guided by the shared interests of the membership and users of Texas Public Radio media, while adhering to the highest standards of responsible journalism and the values of Texas Public Radio.
The VALUES that serve as the framework within which Texas Public Radio operates are:
- to adhere to the highest standards of responsible journalism
- to contribute to the appreciation of artistic expression
- to respect diverse points of view
- to facilitate civil and constructive discourse
- to follow the ethical principles documented in our Code of Ethics
The VISION for Texas Public Radio is:
- to be a leading source of high quality, national programming that emphasizes the multicultural character of its geographic area
- to elevate awareness and discourse regarding important community and cultural issues
- to promote good citizenship through community-oriented programs and positive environmental practices
- to continue expanding and diversifying its audience
- to be recognized as one of the preeminent non-commercial media systems in the United States