Texas Public Radio's mission is to engage, inspire and inform, to empower our community to make life better.
Who we are:
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 concert series, live broadcasts, and specialty shows like "Concierto," a bilingual program about Latinx and Spanish composers and performers.
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 "This American Life" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me."
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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