KOHM-FM 89.1 in Lubbock, Texas

Station History Cultural Programming

The History of KOHM-FM

KOHM signed on in 1988 as the South Plains' only classical music/fine arts station, as well as the area's only non-commercial public supported radio broadcaster. Originating with a paid staff of only two and operating only twelve hours a day with a volunteer staff and locally programmed classical music, KOHM has expanded to a staff of five, twenty-four hours of continuous programming, and since November 1991, status as a National Public Radio member station. Its programming ranges from network news to locally produced educational and cultural programming on the level of nationally syndicated offerings.

In 1994 KOHM joined New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. and KGNU (Boulder, CO) in commissioning composers Alvin Curran, Rinde Eckert and Helen Thorington to create new works for radio. The commissions were funded with a grant from the Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest Commissioning Program, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. The works were distributed as part of NEW AMERICAN RADIO's 1995 season and will be heard in an upcoming (January 1996) "Third Millennium."

Cultural Programming at KOHM-FM

In addition to providing eighteen hours of news reporting and analysis a week, and daily classical music programming...
  • KOHM has a bi-weekly arts affairs program, ArtBeat, featuring interview with local artists and representatives of arts organizations, as well as a local arts calendar.

  • The station maintains standing promotional relationships with local arts organizations, including the local orchestras, museums, galleries, the Texas Tech School of Music and Departments of Art, Theater and Dance, and the Lubbock Arts Alliance, to name just a few.

  • KOHM provides access to new trends in music and other audio arts via "Third Millennium", a weekly show feauturing audio art, text and performance art, and music from the latter half of the twentieth century. It includes nationally syndicated programs New American Radio and Sounds from Chicago, as well as new works solicited independently from composers. Host: Jerry Powell.