A group of Texas Tech students has organized a petition drive to save KTXT-FM. This is in response to the campus radio station's unexpected sign off, on December 10, 2008.
The final day came just as students were dismissed for their winter break, which left them no time to act. Thursday, they gathered in the free speech area, to make sure the campus was aware of what they call "the day the music died."
"I would do anything for KTXT," said one student. "We're here as long as it takes."
Supporters of the radio station have started a petition in hopes of presenting their case to the Texas Tech Board of Regents. They are required to gather valid signatures from ten percent of the campus population, which would amount to less than 3,000 signatures. If successful, the petition would be presented at the end of February.
Former KTXT staff member, Jorge Penso, says they are making other plans to save the station. "We've been working on an endowment fund," said Penso. "Alumni can make donations directly to KTXT and hopefully we can figure out a way that will lower our costs, so that it's not a big hardship on the University."
"I actually came to Texas Tech because of KTXT," said another student. "It was pretty much the biggest part of my college experience."
A benefit concert to help save the music will be held Thursday night at Jake's Sports Grill at 50th and Slide. Doors open at 7pm and the bands go on at 8pm. The cost is $5 a person.
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.