Monday, November 09, 2009

KXT Launch!

While I will mourn the loss of local gospel station 91.7 (which really just moved to an AM frequency, so it's not gone, fear not!), I have been SUPER pumped to hear about NPR's new music station that's taking over it's FM slot.

Today was the official launch day so with great anticipation last night I wrote myself a note to put in my car to serve as a reminder to listen on the way to work this morning. Let me just say....

I LOVE THIS STATION!!! It's playing everything you can usually only hear on satellite radio plus local musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton area!

Just this morning on the drive in I heard a local band from Denton, the Pixies, Bob Dylan, Fleet Foxes and Chomsky!! I've also been streaming the station on my computer since I got here and have heard Paul McCartney, Matisyahu, Foo Fighters and The Stranglers. I can't believe Dallas finally has a radio station like this!

Sarah Jaffe, one of the goils (read: girls) I play violin with, is doing a live solo acoustic set at 3pm today on the station, which is amazing!! I'm so thrilled about the increased attention to the arts in the area, and we've really been lacking consistent radio support of local artists. Sure, there's the Adventure Club on The Edge on Sunday nights, as well as NPR's music night with our very own Paul Slavens, also on Sundays, but those are limited to one night a week, and they are competing with each other at the same time no less! (Side Bar: Paul Slavens' music show is moving over to KXT Sunday nights, so keep tuning in, or if you never have, START!!)

Here is a blurb on the website citing what the website is all about:

"KXT is a new radio station found at 91.7 FM in North Texas, and at worldwide. It’s an incredible selection of acoustic, alt-country, indie rock, alternative and world music, hand-picked just for you – the real music fan.

KXT features between 9 and 11 hours of local programming each weekday, bringing you an eclectic variety of artists and genres, including a number of performers from North Texas and elsewhere in the Lone Star State.

Gini Mascorro will host the KXT Morning Show, Monday through Friday from 7 to 11 a.m. Joe Kozera will take listeners home weekdays with the KXT Afternoon Show from 3-6pm and the KXT Evening Show from 6-8pm.

90.1 at Night with host Paul Slavens, which appeared on KERA-FM for a number of years, has moved to KXT and is now known as The Paul Slavens Show.

National shows appearing regularly on KXT include Acoustic Café, American Routes, Mountain Stage, Putumayo Music Hour, Sound Opinions, The Thistle & Shamrock, UnderCurrents and World Café."

For the weekly programming schedule click here. For today's "Acoustic Cafe" (11a-1p Mondays & Saturdays) they've been playing the following so far:

Monsters of Folk (featuring Centro-Matic's Will Johnson on drums!)
John Fogerty
Regina Spektor - in studio guest this week!!
Alison Krauss
Lyle Lovett
Buddy & Julie Miller w/Robert Plant
Joss Stone
Paul Westerberg

Ridiculous!! I went online and pledged this morning when I got to work to be part of the launch team. SO COOL! And though there will be a bit more world music than I'd prefer, and maybe the word "cafe" could be used a little more sparingly in their program titles, I think this is going to be a really really great addition to the air waves!!

KXT, Dallas welcomes you with open arms!

1 comment:

ejakovljevic said...

in love.