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KTSU Birthday Bash – Celebrating 47 Years of Broadcast Excellence
June 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - June 24, 2018 @ 2:00 am$10.00
KTSU is having a birthday bash on June 23rd to celebrate 47 years of broadcast excellence turning listeners on to programming they have truly loved. As a non-profit public radio station, KTSU 90.9 is the first African-American FM station to grace the airwaves of Houston with the issuance of a license by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Texas Southern Board of Regents in 1972. With a mere 10-watts of power, KTSU first aired on June 23, 1973 with a song by the Ohio Players entitled “The Funky Worm.” Forty-five years later, the station continues to be a focal point and training platform for students enrolled in the School of Communication at Texas Southern University; however, one of the station’s most notable attributes has been its commitment to the greater good of Houston as a source of entertainment, news and public affairs information. In addition, as the premier source for blues, classic R&B, gospel, jazz, reggae music and more, KTSU’s mission has not wavered in its quest to elevate the consciousness of jazz as America’s most original art form, the educational component for students wishing to pursue careers in communications is major part of the station’s mission statement. As “the #1 source for jazz and more,” KTSU is quite proud of its longevity and the many individuals who have made it possible for KTSU to achieve 47-years of broadcast excellence. Individuals such as J. Penny, Bernard Walker, Rick Roberts, George Thomas, The Original Sinbad, Steve Crain, Maurice Hope-Thompson, Aaron Cohen, Lucky Brown, Mother Nature, Marilyn Bolden-Grant, Michael Moore, Pam Collins, Corliss Rabb, Ricky Williams, Dr. Freddie Brown, Shirley Wolford, Slick Rick Lauderdale and a host of others continue to resonate in the hearts of those who have either listened to or supported KTSU throughout its existence. Historically, those individual contributions, quality programming and affiliation with Texas Southern has created an iconic presence in the community. Looking back over the rich history and tradition of KTSU, the staff and management look forward to the next 47-years as the station evolves into an even greater platform as a public media outlet, while continuing to serve as a launching pad for students TSU wishing to pursue careers in broadcasting.
KTSU Members: Free
KTSU Non-members: $10.00