KTRU Rice University radio poster for 19th annual Outdoor Show, 2010
KTRU Rice University radio poster for 19th annual Outdoor Show, 2010

Our student run radio station has successfully regained the call letters KTRU. For more in depth reporting on this, please see the Thresher’s article on the purchase.

Since KTRU still needs to do station IDs, we’d suggest they dig up some of their golden oldies from amazing people who once graced the studio with their presence, like Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Joey Ramone, Frank Zappa, and Stevie Nicks just to name a few.

We’ve featured some of these IDs on the blog before, but here’s over 14 minutes of station ID bliss.

If you want even more Rice student media, we are currently placing all of The Campanile’s online. We’re currently at 66 in total, but more are going up every week. Each pdf has to pass a number of accessibility steps to be ready for all of our patrons, so it is taking us time.

If you want to take a trip down yearbook lane, feel free to peruse the 1971 edition.

KTRU Tuesdays: Lots o’ Station IDs

In 1979, KTRU staff decided to save items from old reels. While it’s unclear why they saved some items (Tim Curry’s song “Sloe Gin”), others that made the cut definitely deserved it. More specifically, they saved over 20 station IDs from a variety of artists from funk to punk, such as: Iggy Pop, George Clinton, Stevie Nicks, Frank Zappa, and Rick Nielsen.

There’s a strong possibility that Bruce Kessler might have recorded some of these station IDs after his “Backstage Interview” sessions. Sadly, the audio for some of those interviews did not survive.

Image from The Rice Thresher, Vol. 65, No. 13, Ed. 1, Thursday, November 3, 1977.