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 - 2008 - Beyonce went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘I Am’ Sasha Fierce’, the singers third studio album. It debuted at No.1, making Knowles the third female artist this decade. #beyonce #IAmSashFierce #kwts
#ThisDayinMusicHistory - 1971 - Led Zeppelin's IV hit #1 on the UK charts & stayed on US charts for 259 weeks, selling over 23 million copies in the US. #kwts #classicrock #stairwaytoheaven #wtamu This track was never released commercially as a single... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXQUu5Dti4g
Guess what? Live Lounge is this Wednesday at 6 p.m.! Tune in then or join us at our radio station lobby to listen to a live acoustic performance from Smooth Taste. Until then, check out our interview with band members Ethan and Sutten from this morning. They talk all about their music influences, song writing process, their Spring Cleaning EP, and a new album exclusive announcement. #SmoothTaste #kwts #LiveLounge http://ow.ly/RGWu50jQMeD
#ThisDayinHistory -1965 - The Who released their debut studio album "My Generation' in the UK. Around a year later, it hit shelves in the US. #kwts #wtamu #thewho #britishinvasion #classicrock #mygeneration Check out the titular song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5zw04WxCc
#LiveLounge is excited to announce next Wednesday's artists! Smooth Taste will be joining us in the studio to perform some of their songs like 'Spring Cleaning' just for you, our listeners. Check out their Instagram @tastethesmooth or listen to their tunes ahead of time on Spotify. Tune in to The One 91.1 on Dec. 5th @ 6:00 p.m. to catch their live performance. You can also join us live in the studio! Hang out with us in our radio lobby in room 152B of the Fine Arts Complex on the WT campus. #SmoothTaste #KWTS #SpringCleaning
#TBT - KWTS 2005 - Guy P. Yates Speech and Theater Camp Counselors #kwts #collegeradio #wtamu
#ThisDayInMusicHistory - 1960 - Elvis Presley started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', his third US No.1 of 1960. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare. #Elvis #AreYouLonesomeTonight
#ThisDayInMusicHistory - 1969 - During a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The group played to 55,000 fans over the four nights grossing over $100,000. #TheRollingStones #msg #kwts
#ThisDayInMusicHistory - 1958 - Johnny Cash made his debut on the US country chart when ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to number 14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting number 1. #JohnnyCash #Cry!Cry!Cry!
KWTS would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! For all of our staff, radio DJs and those in Israel, thank you for all your continuing hard work during this semester. This is a well deserved break. Keep pushing through until finals, we're almost there!
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