Celebrating 30 Years of Texas Tech Public Radio
May, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Texas Tech Public Radio! It seems such a short time ago that we began as KOHM in a modest classroom in the Journalism Building on the Texas Tech campus. We started as a 20,000 watt classical music station on the air twelve hours a day. We gradually moved to eighteen hours a day and qualified for Corporation for Public Broadcasting support.
In 1993 we became an NPR affiliate and brought Morning Edition and All Things Considered to the South Plains. We slowly increased our budget and added other network affiliations to increase our programming. We were soon twenty-four hours a day at 70,000 Watts. But, disaster struck and the station took a lighting hit that damaged the antenna and knocked the station off the air for exactly a month. Once back on the air, we added digital transmitters, an automation system, and equipment upgrades that increased reliability. We moved our studios to the Texas Tech Plaza Building and soon put the new production space to work adding HD Radio technology. We now operate five radio signals in Lubbock and San Angelo. It's been quite a journey these past three decades!