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Coordinates: 33°12′44″N 97°08′45″W / 33.2121°N 97.1457°W / 33.2121; -97.1457

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CityMcKinney, Texas
Broadcast areaDallas/Fort Worth/Denton/McKinney/Sherman
Frequency88.1 MHz
Branding88.1 The One
Language(s)English (primary)
Spanish (select programming)
FormatJazz/College Radio
AffiliationsWFAA-TV (local news/weather partnership)
Associated Press (national news partnership)
OwnerUniversity of North Texas
First air date
October 31, 1969
Former frequencies
88.5 MHz (1969-1979)
Call sign meaning
North Texas State University
Technical information
Facility ID69003
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT135 meters
Transmitter coordinates
33°17′24″N 97°08′10″W / 33.29000°N 97.13611°W / 33.29000; -97.13611
WebcastListen Live

KNTU (88.1 FM) is the campus radio station of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The signal of the station covers much of the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex of North Texas with a format of news and primarily jazz music. Any University of North Texas student is welcome to work at the station, but most of the staff consists of those majoring in Media Arts, Broadcasting, or Journalism.

KNTU also serves as the flagship station of the Mean Green Sports Network, a radio property of Learfield IMG College, for football, as well as both men's and women's basketball at the University of North Texas.

Early history[edit]

KNTU was founded in 1969 by Bill Mercer, former voice of the Dallas Cowboys, North Texas Mean Green, and a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Originally on the 88.5 FM frequency, the station first went on the air on November 3rd, 1969 playing popular music of the time and public affairs. Soon added were Mean Green football games, with Mercer providing play-by-play coverage; UNT students usually served as his color commentator. The station switched to its current jazz format in 1981, while continuing to host public affairs shows and North Texas athletic events.


Old KNTU 88.1 The One logo used until 2007.

In addition to its main format of jazz, KNTU presents several specialty programs:

  • Musical Starstreams: Electronica (Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and encore broadcast the following Sat. midnight to 2:00 a.m.)
  • StarDate: A brief daily guide to the night sky and breaking astronomical news. Airs at 6:57 am, 11:57 am, 4:57 pm, and 7:57 pm
  • The Green Guys Show: Talk show covering sports at the University of North Texas (Sun. 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; except during the summer)
  • Infrequent Exposure: Show featuring "local music" from bands in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma (Sun. 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • Denton ISD Game of the Week (Friday or Thursday night football broadcasts featuring one of the four Denton ISD high schools)
  • The Live Wire: A daily jazz concert calendar
  • NT Notebook: Events and activities calendar focusing on the three University of North Texas campuses (Denton, Dallas, and HSC at Fort Worth)

In addition, KNTU broadcasts short hourly newscasts on weekdays from Associated Press Radio News and its own news/sports prepared and delivered by UNT students, as well as simulcasts of WFAA's News 8 at Six.

Former programs since discontinued include:

  • La Pura Onda
  • And Seldom Is Heard

Notable former KNTU students[edit]

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