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KERA's New Music Station Gets Name, Launch Date, Music Lineup

by Jerome Weeks 16 Sep 2009 8:38 AM

Tired of commercial radio? Ready for some local music? Then mark 7 a.m. Nov. 9 on your calendar. That’s the day we launch KXT 91.7 – a new station devoted entirely to music. And with a commitment to local music programming — each and every day.



Tired of what you hear on commercial radio? Ready for some locally programmed music? Then mark 7 a.m. Nov. 9 on your calendar.

That’s the day KXT 91.7 launches – a station devoted entirely to music.

In addition to the new station’s name, launch date and call letters (KKXT), KERA is also announcing some details today about what you’ll hear. Here’s what we know:

  • There will be nine to 11 hours of local programming each weekday, starting at 7 a.m.  KXT Morning show airs 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mon, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Wednesday. KXT Afternoon show airs 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and KXT Evening follows from 6 to 8.
  • KXT Texas Mix features musicians with ties to our state from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, you’ll hear KXT Weekend. And The Paul Slavens Show will move from KERA to KXT on Sunday night.
  • KXT will have its own Web site,, with all the goodies you’d expect – podcasts, video, live streaming.

Here’s the KERA radio story:

Still to come is news about the local hosts for these shows, the program features and the special performances that will be set up to kick off the new station.

A variety of national public radio programming will complement the local productions.  Below are names and descriptions of the programs. And you can check out a program grid laying out all the show times for the new station.

  • Acoustic Café with host Rob Reinhart is an international showcase for new and classic acoustic music. The playlist features exceptional songs from some of the best singer-songwriters in the business, live interviews and performances with newer talents. Acoustic Café is independently produced by RDR Radio, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • American Routes presents a broad range of American music – blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. The show involves listeners in exploring the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music and how they are distinguished. The program is distributed by American Public Media. Texas ties: Nick Spitzer, the producer and host of American Routes, received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas and worked as a DJ on the legendary progressive country station KOKE FM during the early boom days of the Austin music scene.
  • Mountain Stage with host Larry Groce is an exploration of the exciting and spontaneous sound of live performances, offering intelligent, contemporary music seasoned with traditional and roots artists. The program occasionally takes a road trip to bring music lovers rare and special events as they happen. Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR. Texas ties: Larry Groce was born in Dallas in 1948 and attended Adamson High School in Oak Cliff.
  • Putumayo World Music Hour, with hosts Dan Storper and Rosalie Howarth, takes listeners on a journey through the music of many different cultures. PWMH playlists include well-known names along with exceptional, underexposed international artists. The one-hour program also features interviews with world-class music makers that have been influenced by world music. The program is independently produced.
  • Sound Opinions takes the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, adds a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is the world’s only rock and roll talk show. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music critics in the nation, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from cutting-edge underground rock and hip-hop, to classic rock, R&B, electronica, worldbeat and just about any other genre you can name. The show is a production of Chicago Public Radio and American Public Media.

  • The Thistle & Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie explores evolving music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America. From spirited reels and jigs, haunting ballads of days gone by, and exuberant rhythms of new music, The Thistle & Shamrock presents an impressive assembly of well-established luminaries as well as new and emerging artists.  The program is distributed by NPR.
  • UnderCurrents provides a thoughtful, yet playful, freeform music mix: rock, folk, blues, reggae, dub, electronica, hip-hop, world and roots music, and an excellent selection of contemporary Native artists. Gregg McVicar hosts the show where “Old School meets Cool School.” UnderCurrents is produced by Native Voice One.
  • World Café is hosted by David Dye who takes listeners on a unique journey of musical discovery through a mix of music from both new and legendary artists. Live performances and intimate interviews with Dye’s musical guests highlight each show. World Café is produced by WXPN-Philadelphia and distributed by NPR.
  • Somebody get a mop, I’m gushing all over the place here! Wheeeeee! Can’t wait!

  • this is great news. i can’t wait to hear this. it would be neat to hear some of the stuff that comes out of the kcrw studios. isn’t there a national version of their ‘morning becomes eclectic’ show?

  • This sounds exciting for both musicians and music lovers. I look forward to hearing it.
    I also would like to suggest somethings that I hope programmers will consider.

    1. Ask for advice from everyone before you set it up. Let this be a joint project with as many opinions as possible. The more people that help program it, the more people will listen to it.
    2. Don’t be TRENDY. PBS radio has a habit of sliding into trendiness over quality. IF and When others criticize you about not being cool enough, then you’ve done your job.
    3. Don’t limit the music to friends. Make sure that there is music from musicians that no one running the station knows personally. Don’t turn it into only music from those you know. Having a limited radio clique really hurts the station.
    4. Don’t rule out music because its revolutionary, or its unique and one of a kind. Don’t rule out music that challenges the status quo. Don’t be provincial. Don’t boycott any type of music.
    5. Instead of AAA limited selections, I’d just open it up to AMTG – all music that’s good. Why segregate music?

    Good luck

  • This is very exciting! Can’t wait for launch day!

  • Karen Cameron

    This sounds like the KERA I loved back in the day! I may have to become a member again!!!! Can’t wait.

  • Hallellujah! I’be been in state of mourning since KERA discontinued their music programming. Thank you for bringing it back to Dallas.

    COME ON NOVEMBER 9TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hi, looking forward to the new music source in Dallas! Brilliant idea! Will there be a program featuring local North Texas musicians, by any chance???

  • Kristin Atwell

    I’m thrilled, after years of missing daytime music in Dallas, that KERA has decided to bring a local eclectic music mix back into play. The old tagline “One Of A Kind” was actually true back then. I’m so happy to see that you’re striving for that again. Congrats!!

  • Great news. If you brought back Craig Shropshire’s Listening Room it would be perfect. And I will definitely re-up my membership which was cancelled with the music back in the ’90s.

  • judi

    I was heartbroken when the music stopped. This music has been greatly missed. I will anxiously await the music.

  • Rockin Robin

    I no longer can complain that we do not have a decent radio station in Dallas…praise be to KERA. You’re my audio knight in shining armor coming to my musical rescue. 😉

  • carra

    Sooo excited about this station, please please stick around, cant wait to grow with you! Best of luck and many thanks to you and yours!

  • Kevin Clark

    Thank you KXT for the music. Use to listen to KERA back in the day when they played music. Thanks for bringing back the greatest, best, real music mix. I know there’s a lot of happy music fans out there. Kudos to KERA and my new favorite radio station KXT!

  • Tony

    This is great stuff, I love KERA, and now KKXT is #2 on all my radios.