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12/10/08

Farewell to KTXT 88.1 FM

After 47 years on the air, 88.1 FM, Texas Tech's student run radio station, signed off for good. 
It was a decision that Tech officials say was a tough one, but it was even tougher for those who love KTXT.

"I think we've lost a cultural beacon," said KTXT Program Director Jorge Penso.

 KTXT 88.1 FM lost its life line Wednesday. "It's devastating. I'm at a loss for words. I'm in shock. We found out probably minutes before everybody else did," said Ben Williams, KTXT Music Director.

The director of Student Media, Susan Peterson, says it was not an easy decision to make. "It's a financial situation we just cannot financially continue to put funds into running a commercial radio station."

"If Student Media would have let us known sooner so we could have gone out properly - had a farewell, or at least said goodbye to our listeners," says Williams.

A goodbye that Williams said would have included one last song; Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, Everything's Alright." Those near and dear to the station gathered in the sound booth for a makeshift memorial.

"I've wanted to be in radio since I was 10 years old. The only reason I came to Tech was KTXT because I was aware of its reputation," says Williams. 

"We all love Tech. We all love KTXT. We're going to be back because we're not going to let the university we love so much make such a grave mistake," Phillip Pride, KTXT Volunteer.

 "I'm fully committed to seeing what we can do to keep the station on air on AM or online but Lubbock needs KTXT," said Williams.

The FCC license will be turned over to Tech's educational station, KOHM-FM. No plans for the use of the 88.1 FM frequency or the station's Web site have been announced.

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