Texas A&M University-Kingsville

National College Radio Day with KTAI 91.1 FM

Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 10/11/11 - 10/12/11


KTAI FM 91.1—Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s student radio station—is joining more than 300 independent college radio stations for the 2nd Annual College Radio Day Oct. 11.

A&M-Kingsville and KTAI are serving as the Texas headquarters for the national event.

The day-long celebration of the Coastal Bend’s only student-run radio station will include the Blowout on the Boulevard, which will feature nine live bands from across Texas and reflecting a diverse set of musical genres including rock and Texas country. The Blowout on the Boulevard will also include vendors from the campus and Kingsville community, horse and pony rides, and various games, contests and more.

Student station leaders Danny Carranza and Rami Garza are working to organize the event and say they hope the celebration will spotlight the importance of student-run radio stations. Carranza, who serves as the station program director, said the station prides itself on its more than 40 years of service to the campus community. Now, with KTAI streamed online and through the mobile app TuneIn, the station can reach more listeners than ever. Student program directors, promotion managers and DJs in turn have received valuable experience in radio production, promotion and more.

Dr. Carl Saltarelli, assistant professor of communications and KTAI station manager, said National College Radio Day recognizes the traditional hallmarks of college radio including independence, creative freedom and student participation—all elements that have made college radio successful for more than 80 years.

“College Radio Day is an awareness-raising event so people can see we’re not 100 watt KTAI, we’re part of an international group of high school and college students preparing for careers while engaging in the broadcast experience,” Saltarelli said.     

 For more information about College Radio Day and a full schedule of events, visit: http://www.tamuk.edu/ktai/.                                                                                                 

 About National College Radio Day

According to the National College Radio Day website, the aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, national awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate in North America by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. It is hoped that those people who do tune in like what they hear and become regular listeners.

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