Texas Southern University has announced it will launch a new student-run, streaming radio station called KTSU2 or “The Voice”.
“This will be a landmark day for TSU,” said TSU president Dr. Austin A. Lane. “KTSU2 meets students where they are – online and mobile. This project gives our students greater access to gain experience in the quickly-changing media landscape, and it will be another form of communication for the Tiger community.”
KTSU will operate within the university’s School of Communication, with faculty and staff members working directly with students. In addition, staff of KTSU 90.9 FM, Texas Southern’s public broadcast station of almost a half a century, will provide additional support to the new radio station, according to a TSU release.
“This is a true collaborative effort,” said Dr. Rockell Brown Burton, interim dean of the School of Communications. “Our journalism and communications faculty are working hand in hand with the KTSU team and our students to make this a robust learning laboratory. Our students will gain real-world experience on a daily basis with the launch of KTSU2.”
The new radio station is the first of its kind at Texas State. The 24-hour operation features music geared toward current TSU students in addition to hourly news, sports updates and public affairs programs that highlight the university, Third Ward and the Houston community.
“This is innovation at its best,” said Serbino Sandifer-Walker, interim assistant dean in the School of Communication. “There is no other operation in Houston that features the kind of content we have on KTSU2. The internet and mobiles are going to drive our content to have a global influence.”