KTTZ-FM Off Air

Due to the work on the tower, KTTZ-FM and KTXT-FM will be not be broadcasting an over air signal. The antennas are being removed for the next 2 or 3 weeks. However, both stations will still have their streams so listeners can still listen online at Radio.KTTZ.org or on the KTTZ mobile app. We apologize for inconvenience but we’ll meet you back on 89.1 FM as soon as we can!

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A little brown bat affected by white nose syndrome.
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region

ITT: White Nose Syndrome in North American Bats

“It’s one of the worst things I’ve every seen.” That was the reaction of Nate Fuller, a Texas Tech post-doctoral researcher in biological sciences, when he saw at least 10,000 dead hibernating bats on a cave floor years ago. All died from white nose syndrome, a disease that has decimated more than 5.5 million bats across North America.

To date, the disease, which is caused by a fungus first discovered in the US in 2006 in a New York cave, has been found in 32 US states and seven...

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Music Crossroads of Texas: Playlist Dedicated to Buddy Holly

For many, Gabe Rivera’s death in mid-July brought back memories of his glory football days in Jones Stadium. The legacy of ‘Señor Sack,’ the nickname he got in his sophomore year as a Red Raider, is legendary. He was named to the SWC all-decade team for the 1980s and inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 1993.

Gabe Rivera was an unrelenting menace to offenses. The standout defensive lineman for Texas Tech from 1979-1982 went on to become an All-American, a first-round NFL draft choice and later a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Texas Tech Ring of Honor.

Rivera, whose NFL career was cut short by a car accident, passed away July 16. He was 57.

Pittsburgh sportscaster Bob Pampeani at KDKA-TV profiled Rivera a few years ago after speaking to him in San Antonio.

Music Crossroads of Texas – Rock n’ Roll

On any given day more than 79,000 children in Texas are sexually exploited. A group of concerned Lubbock women have stepped up to help some of them to recover from their traffickers’ abuse. In May, the nonprofit One Voice Home used $450,000 it had raised to purchase property in West Texas that will house and help underage girls mend their lives.
 

This week on the Music Crossroads of Texas we devote the entire show to the West Texas super group: The Flatlanders. Along with the group, he also explores some of the solo music from the group’s three-principle members: Joe Ely, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock.
 

Music Crossroads of Texas: The Flatlanders Playlist

Lubbock residents gather for a game of Pickleball.
Betsy Blaney

You don’t have to be highly athletic or particularly agile to play Pickleball, a racket sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. Pickleball was named after a dog whose owner was one of the game’s founder in 1965. A group of Pickleball players in Lubbock – the city’s lone member of the USA Pickleball Association - stakes its home at Davis Park.

There’s a new goal for the Texas Tech University System endowment. It’s not a capital campaign - just a mark that officials at the system’s four component institutions and Chancellor Robert Duncan are hoping to meet by 2023, the 100th anniversary of the university.

Duncan estimates the endowment by the end of this year will be about $1.3 billion. The goal now is to increase that to $2 billion in five years.

Feliciano Guimarães from Guimarães, Portugal

West Texas Guitarists

“Caveman” – Jesse Taylor
“It’s So Easy” – Tommy Allsup
“Little Lonely Summer Girl” – David Box
“Hometown” – David Halley
“Jazz Vignette” – Susan Grisanti
“Souvenir” – Susan Grisanti
“Devil’s Hand” – Dustin Garret
“Ain’t Worried” – John Sprott
“Ricky’s Boogie” – Robin Griffin Band
“War Baby” – John X. Reed
“Still Breeze” – Mesquite-O-Bytes
“Born Again” – Pete Orta
“Get a Rope” – Doug Stapp

Texas Hunger Initiative helps support South Plains Hunger Solutions- a coalition made up of South Plains Food Bank, the Lubbock and Frenship Independent School Districts and the YWCA of Lubbock.
Photo courtesy of Andy Black

Feeling hungry is a physical sensation. Being food insecure is different and a more daunting challenge to those aiming to help. One in four children in Lubbock County and one in three in neighboring counties are food insecure.

The US Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. A coalition in Lubbock is working to help children 18 and younger have access to healthy meals this summer.
 

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Music Crossroads of Texas

This week on Music Crossroads of Texas we're focusing on everything Buddy Holly!

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