Radio station changing ownership, format
by Joe Baker
Dec 13, 2013 | 358 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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New KTNR station owners plan to construct a studio in the historic J. A. May Cafe building in Kenedy.
Joe Baker photo New KTNR station owners plan to construct a studio in the historic J. A. May Cafe building in Kenedy.
David Martin Phillip
David Martin Phillip
Change is in the wind for the airwaves around Karnes County.

Multimedeos Radio Ola, a broadcasting company based in San Antonio, announced last week their intention to sell and transfer ownership of Kenedy radio station KTNR-FM 92.1 to Enduring Oil Exploration LLC.

A letter of intent was signed Dec. 3 by Felix Ruiz, president of Multimedeoa Radio Ola, and David Martin Phillip, managing member of Enduring Oil Exploration LLC.

“This is an incredible opportunity for KTNR to extend its reach into the community and develop new relationships with our new and old listeners in Karnes and surrounding counties,” Phillip, who is a resident of Karnes County, said.

KTNR is currently formatted as a Spanish Christian radio station, but Phillip plans to change the station’s format to an English language country western music format with local news, weather, sports, talk and much more to offer local listeners.

“With over 6,000 watts of transmission power, KTNR 92.1 covers a radius of 45 miles surrounding Kenedy 24 hours per day,” Phillip explained. “That’s a lot of dirt.”

While most AM stations are required to “power down” after sunset, Phillip explained, FM stations are not, and clear sound quality is expected from the station during daytime and nighttime hours.

The station plans to broadcast from the station’s transmitter until work on a studio can be completed inside a historical building that was once the J. A. May Cafe on Escondido Street in Kenedy.

Phillip hopes to offer internships to Karnes County area youth who are interested in careers in radio broadcasting.

“We have gone too long without any local ownership of our radio waves,” Phillip said. “Who knows better about the local weather than a local with feet on the ground and measurement here.”

“The popular trend today and what has happened to other “local” or “your hometown source for news and weather” is to run the whole station unmanned as a “robot station” with no emergency alert system and no humans.”

“KTNR will be like your mom’s radio station,” Phillip said. “KTNR will tell you everything you need to know... where and when... with the exception to clean your room and brush your teeth.”

KTNR currently operates on the 92.1 FM frequency as a non-commercial station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but the company is working toward purchasing the rights to operate as a commercial station with a new call sign of KCOW 92.1 FM. All of this, Phillip explained, much be approved by the FCC.

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