Feature: An Open Letter to KXT

What has happened to the once mighty KXT?

Dear KXT,

I would like to open with a thank you for the end of 2009 and the whole of 2010. We enjoyed a nice little relationship during that year and change, as you were the radio station music lovers in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex had craved for years. You were wonderful during that time, and I don’t think any of your listeners or supporters will forget your repertoire of music, ever. Its regard will be held in the annals of D/FW radio such as the first 18 months of KDGE the Edge, from July’89-Jan ’91.

The reason I listened to KXT was for your eclectic mix of newer music and your support of the local scene. I knew I was not going to hear Train, Goo Goo Dolls, or Collective Soul, therefore it was a nice refuge from all other D/FW radio dreck. I love radio, but our fair town and the stranglehold Clear Channel (and other corporate entities) has on the major radio stations here had turned me into a straight CD/MP3 listener, abandoning the medium of radio I love so much and had missed for the better part of 20 years. Sure, I can turn it to Jack FM for an unchallenging string of songs I have known and possibly liked for most of my life, but where is the fun in that, especially when I have to change it every 2-3 songs due to something unbearable? KXT was the great white hope for D/FW radio. And now it is seemingly washed away. I may not have every fact about the change, but I have ears. In case you’ve forgotten, here is your description on Facebook:

“KXT is a new music radio station found at 91.7 FM in North Texas, and at kxt.org worldwide. It’s an incredible selection of acoustic, alt-country, indie rock, alternative and world music, hand-picked just for you – the real music fan.”

I really noticed it in my car on January 6th. I had hoped it was just a very unfortunate choice in programming judgment from fellow KYQX 89.5  alumni (I handled a few time-slots on the station  in ’90/’91) Joe Kozera when I heard this string of songs:

Green Day – Wake Me When September Ends

Genesis – I Can’t Dance

A mid-80’s Robert Plant solo/Honeydrippers track

Santana/Everlast from Supernatural

Evidently, my hopes were wrong, and not just an unfortunate, uncharacteristic misfire on Kozera’s part. Oh lord, could a worse string of songs be put together by a once mighty music power like KXT? I checked to make sure I wasn’t on Jack FM, but alas, the dial was correct, 91.7 KXT. Alright, I thought, maybe this was just a terrible coincidence. I had hoped it was. But in the past 2 ½ weeks it has becomes a sad stark reality: D/FW radio is once again a barren wasteland. Sure there are still the syndicated shows, but the selling point of your station was hearing new music first such as Florence and the Machine or Mumford and Sons. Or the artists music lovers had been listening to on their own for years, only to finally hear them on your station, My Morning Jacket and The Black Keys come to mind. Or the wide array of local talent present on your playlist. All during regular programming. I had even loaded the iPhone app on my phone, and lauded KXT via Facebook on many occasion.

I guess it was really all too good to be true. Apparently the D/FW metroplex doesn’t deserve to have a good, solid radio station, outside of segmented college/community programming (yes KTCU & KNON, I see you out of the corner of my eye waving) that caters to the people who truly live breathe, eat and sleep music. Although KXT is a community station, it didn’t necessarily feel like one, it felt more cohesive at times than most community stations and their schedules that read like TV Guide.

Thank you for becoming another Jack FM playing slightly better new songs on a too few and far between basis. Thank you for lulling people into believing in your station, and donating money to keep you alive only to seemingly turn your backs on those people. Which is how it feels.

I guess I will just have to go back to using my MP3 player on shuffle as my only real form of radio. And this saddens me. So long KXT. I will remember you fondly, and pray you see that you abandoned your listeners and supporters.

Isn’t about time for you to play Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” again? No one’s heard that song enough.

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~ by thesynaptic on January 25, 2011.

4 Responses to “Feature: An Open Letter to KXT”

  1. Good, I’m not the only one that noticed this over the last month. Back to KEXP with me I guess.

    Also – in case you haven’t found these two yet, here’s two other stations I really enjoy…

    Radio K – http://www.radiok.org/ – out of the University of Michigan

    CHIRP Radio – http://chirpradio.org/ – the Chicago Independent Radio Project

    And for the record, I still miss the halcyon days of KNON 😦

  2. Thanks for summing up what so many people feel.

  3. Sadly, I agree. Started out great and now under ground/local music is only peppered among mostly pop-rock stuff. I still check the dial and am glad it’s generaly a step in the right direction, just be careful not to aim to please too wide of a demograpghic; clear channel has that covered.

    Good luck!

  4. It seems to especially be during Joe Kozera’s time. At work I had to start switching to 730AM KKDA around 3PM.

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