About KWBU: Public Broadcasting in Central Texas

Open Meetings

All Brazos Vallery Public Broadcasting meetings are open to the public and no registration is necessary.

Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

[03-19-2014] - Wed. 12:00 p.m. - In the Reynolds Conference Center, Baylor University, Waco, TX

KWBU Development Committee

Unless otherwise posted, the KWBU Development Committee meets at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month at the KWBU office located at 2100 River Street, Waco, TX 76706.

For specific information or inquiries, interested parties should contact Carla Hervey at 254.710.4298 or send email to: carla@kwbu.org


Mission Statement:

KWBU shall serve as an essential lifelong resource providing quality public radio programs and services for the enrichment of the lives of Central Texans.

KWBU History:

KWBU was founded in 1978 under the name KCTF and was a television station. The station did not broadcast locally until 1994 when the station moved to the campus of Baylor University. In 2000 the station changed its name to KWBU, became a dual license TV and radio station, and began broadcasting NPR programming in the greater Waco area. At the time, McLennan County was the largest un-served metropolitan market by NPR in the country.

In 2010 the television side of KWBU had to close its doors due to budget shortfalls. Radio operations continued.

KWBU-FM runs national segments from NPR and also carries local news segments to serve the greater Central Texas area. From NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered to the TED Radio Hour, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Fresh Air, Marketplace and Classical Music to locally produced news stories and regular weekly segments Likely Stoires with Jim McKeown and The Business Review with CJ Jackson which is produced in part with Livingston McKay and Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. Click here to see the weekly program grid.

KWBU 103.3 FM is a non-profit station and receives funding from grants, Baylor University support and membership to the station. Membership is the most important source of 103.3 FM's budget. For additional information on how to become a member or for KWBU 103.3 FM schedules, programs, news and staff information, please visit KWBU.org .

KWBU Timeline:

1978: Central Texas College in Killeen applied for and received a Public Broadcasting license for a TV translator in Waco to provide the community with KNCT∆s signal. The translator station, located on the grounds of the Waco Veterans Hospital, provided Waco its first Public Broadcasting Channel, but was not local.

1989: KCTF began broadcasting from the St. Charles Building at 6th and Austin in Waco. It was a full service public television station with the capability to produce local programming, finally making public television in Waco a reality.

1993: The Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed with the express purpose of bringing the KNCT Public Broadcasting license to Waco.

1994: After successful negotiations with Central Texas College, the license was transferred to the Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation and KCTF moved to its current location on the campus of Baylor University.

1999: Control of the Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation was transferred to Baylor University.

2000: KCTF changed its call letters to KWBU and KWBU-FM began broadcasting NPR programming to the largest un-served metropolitan market in the country-McLennan and the surrounding counties.

2001: KWBU began broadcasting a children's channel, KWBU KIDS. This is the only full-time channel of safe, non-violent, quality programming that emphasizes both learning and fun for children.

2002: Through the generous donation of the Rapoport Foundation, KWBU received a new television transmitting tower, increasing the KWBU-TV audience to more than 800,000 people in 10 counties.

2003: KWBU began broadcasting a digital signal, making KWBU-DT the third PBS station in Texas to broadcast digitally.

2006: At the 27th Annual Telly Awards KWBU-TV production's Life with Passion: Raising Egyptian Arabian Horses and ZestFest won Bronze Awards in the documentary and entertainment categories, respectively.

2010: In July, KWBU-TV closed its doors due to a budget shortfall, the same month 103.3 KWBU-FM celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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