KAMU is both a TV station and an FM radio station, in one. KAMU functions within the "Educational Broadcast Services" department of Texas A&M University in College Station and, while it exists primarily to provide public broadcasting to the Brazos Valley area, it is also involved in the academic mission of Texas A&M, from formal instruction in the broadcast arts to on-the-job training for student announcers, operators, and production assistants at the stations.
KAMU operates two television studios and two radio studios with state-of-the-art broadcast and production equipment, including video editing and digital audio technology. In addition to the broadcasts, the station operates contract production units and produces distance-learning telecourses. Both stations are staffed by a combination of full-time employees, student workers, and volunteers to provide the necessary leadership, manpower, and programming.
Administrative offices and studio facilities are all located in the "Joe Hiram Moore Communications Center", a 17,000 square-foot one-story brick building constructed in 1972 and located on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.
HISTORY OF KAMU
The Educational Broadcast Services department of Texas A&M was originally established in 1964 under the name of "Educational Television Program" and had the initial purpose of providing "electronic visual support of the live instructor through the operation of a multi-channel closed-circuit instructional television network with RF connections to classrooms and lecture halls across the campus". Later on, the name was changed to "Educational Broadcast Services" and the KAMU-TV and KAMU-FM stations were added to the department.
KAMU-TV began broadcasting on UHF Channel 15 on February 15, 1970 as a public television station licensed to the university, providing broadcast service to the Texas A&M University community, the cities of Bryan and College Station, and the surrounding Brazos Valley area. In 2009, KAMU stopped it's analog broadcast on Ch. 15 and began it's HD broadcast on Channels 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3. The TV station provides both local and PBS programming 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. It offers a variety of programming choices through the use of multiple channels and transmission types (check your local listings for HD offerings in your area).
KAMU-FM took to the air on March 30, 1977. The radio station operates 24x7 at 90.9 megahertz, and is an affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM), and others. The programming on the original FM channel includes classical music, jazz, international music, and much more, including award-winning news programs from NPR and other producers and distributors. In 2008, KAMU began broadcasting a second signal on the same frequency for "HD" hi-definition digital radios. This new HD channel has a talk-radio format.
It is the mission of KAMU to provide a universal educational opportunity to its citizenry using cutting edge technologies and over the air free broadcasts to deliver quality and trusted programming which underpins the educational and cultural experience of citizens in concert with the mission of Texas A&M University.