History of KWTS

KWTS 91.1 FM is a non-commercial college station that promotes the freshest music and newest talent on the campus of West Texas A&M University. KWTS is fully operated by students. We operate at 6,000 watts, which reaches approximately nine counties in the Texas Panhandle.

KWTS began broadcasting in 1972 with only 10 watts of power–just enough to blanket the campus. For eight hours each day, students wrote and announced special programs in conjunction with speech and journalism classes. Programming included news, music and sports coverage. In 1982, the Federal Communications Commission ordered all educational stations to increase power. KWTS increased its power to 100 watts and began broadcasting in stereo on March 21, 1982. The upgrade allowed KWTS to be heard throughout Canyon.

On April 18, 1998, KWTS ‘The One’ 91.1 received permission to construct a transmission tower for an upgrade to 6,000 watts. Former University President Russell C. Long was the first voice heard on 91.1 in Amarillo and surrounding areas. The first 91 minutes were programmed with specific music to commermorate the history of the station and the evolution of college radio.

On September 11, 2006 at 9:11 a.m. KWTS signed on the air from the Schaeffer Studio inside the brand new Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. This new state of the art studio would be the new home for all future KWTS on-air personalities, raising the bar for students to come. Dr. Leigh Browning and Mr. Randy Ray commemorated the first sign on from the Schaeffer Studio. Houston Howell, former general manager of KWTS, and Drew Hicks, former program director, were the first live student voices heard from the Schaeffer Studio, along with a special address from Sue Park, former dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.


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#ThisDayinMusicHistory -1985 - "Take on Me" hit #1 on the US charts, making A-ha the first Norwegian group to do so. The iconic video combined live-action w/ rotoscoping (pencil-sketch animation) #kwts #80s #wtamu #takeonme #musicvideos Here's the single: http://ow.ly/8Rhw50jdUP8
#TBT - NBS Nationals - Early 2000s Good luck to our students attending NBS Regionals in Houston! #kwts #collegeradio #wtamu #nbs
Are you ready for the next Live Lounge? Retrospection is our next live artist! They're a local alternative rock band from Amarillo, TX. Check them out at @retrospection47 'Retrospection is an entity seeking to connect, to inspire, to transcend, to discover, to heal, to solve, to motivate towards greater.' Join us on October 24th at 6 p.m. at our KWTS Lobby or Listen Live through our WT Mobile App or http://wtamu.edu/kwts #kwts #retrospection #livelounge #wt #collegeradio
#ThisDayinMusicHistory - 1987 - The Bee Gees single "You Win Again" went to No.1 on the UK singles chart, making them the only group to have a UK No.1 single in three different decades - the 60s, 70s & 80s. This would mark their last No.1. #kwts #stayinalive #pop #disco
#ThisDayinMusicHistory - 1972 - Creedence Clearwater Revival calls it quits. Despite CCR's success and induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, they never had a #1 hit on the US charts. You don't need to be at the top to make an impact. #kwts #classicrock #wtamu #truestory
#ThisDayinMusicHistory -1966 - The Four Tops hit No.1 on the US singles chart with "Reach Out And I'll Be There". The group's second US No.1 and their first No.1 in the UK. #wtamu #kwts #motown #goldenoldies Here's the single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnih1-VX74M
#ThisDayInMusicHistory - 1974 - The Bay City Rollers debut album 'Rollin' was No.1 on the UK album charts. The album included three British chart hits 'Remember', 'Shang-a-Lang', 'Summerlove Sensation' and the debut of 'Saturday Night'. #TheBayCityRollers #GlamRock #kwts #Rollin "Saturday Night" - Bay City Rollers http://ow.ly/olJl50jiHzW
#TBT - KWTS 2004 Staff #kwts #collegeradio #wtamu
#ThisDayInMuiscHistory - 1970 - Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart (No.12 on the US chart) with their second album 'Paranoid.' The album features some of the band's well-known songs, including 'Iron Man' and 'Paranoid'. #BlackSabbath #Paranoid #kwts #heavymetal http://ow.ly/RiCh50jiFFX
Tonight on Girls Night In, from 7-9pm, DJ Zelda will be playing nothing but Taylor Swift. She recently had the chance to attend the Reputation tour. Tune in to hear all the details! #kwts #girlsnightin #girlpower #collegeradio #wtamu
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