West Texas A&M University student radio station KWTS The One 91.1 is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will make a big announcement during its Friday broadcast.

KWTS plans to celebrate its golden anniversary with a birthday party in the fall. The celebrations will take place during Homecoming Week, September 26-October 1. WTAMU alumni, who have listened to the station on the air over the years since its inception, are invited to return and celebrate this milestone.

The university plans to preset the 50th anniversary celebration with a surprise announcement of a change in format, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday during “Psychotic Reaction,” a weekly radio show hosted by Dr. Marty Kuhlman, professor of story Jenny Lind Porter of WT.

“On my show, I have a segment called ‘Way Way Back Machine,’ and we’ll be using that to talk about the history of KWTS and its impact on the university. … We just want the community to listen. great music and have a great time with us,” Kuhlman said.

Kuhlman started the classic rock show in 1998 with Dr. Bruce Brasington, WT history teacher Twanna Caddell Powell, and has been hosting it solo since 2007.

This Friday, Kuhlman will be joined by KWTS Advisor Randy Ray, Director of Broadcast Engineering and Associate Lecturer in Media Communications at WTAMU, where they will play hits and new releases from 1972, the year the station was founded. , and announce the new format change.

“Two big things will be announced this Friday, the celebration in October and the upcoming format change. … We’re changing it to a format that’s not currently in Amarillo, so we think people will be thrilled,” he said. -he adds. says Ray.

KWTS is a non-commercial rock station that officially launched at 3 p.m. on April 12, 1972, at 10 watts. The station then grew to 100 watts in 1982, encompassing the city perimeter, and then to 6,000 watts in 1998, which covers nine counties in the Texas Panhandle.

Ten students currently work as DJs or engineers at the station. KWTS hosts six weekly shows that feature country music, Tejano, K-pop and more. The radio station also hosts Live Lounge and One Sessions live concerts, publishes podcasts, and plays music at tailgates and other on- and off-campus events for WT.

“KWTS has always had a very diverse lineup, and we want to continue to do that. One of the things we’re really proud of is that we’ve been streaming live music just to change that lineup. We want to keep that going. to offer things on KWTS that you can’t find anywhere else,” Ray said.