KTSU Radio, 90.9 Adds to Line-Up and Programming

Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2016


Texas Southern University Vice President for University Advancement Eva K. Pickens and KTSU Radio 90.9 FM General Manager Ernest Walker are announcing a new schedule line up, new shows and hosts at the university’s radio station. TSU students will have significant roles as hosts and interns at several levels at the campus radio station. The enhanced schedule and programming will begin on Monday, May 2. 

KTSU 90.9 FM will remain Houston’s station for Jazz and continue to feature R&B Oldies, Blues, Gospel, Zydeco, Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop as well as a source for balanced coverage of current news, features and events.

TSU students Kris Walker, with his show After Hours Praise Party (Monday’s, 2AM – 5AM); and Noel Velasquez, with his show Fiesta Nights (Thursday’s 6PM – 10PM) will lead the student involvement as hosts of their own show. Numerous other students will be involved in the research and production of various news and music segments as well as community outreach.

Also added to the line-up are names most listeners are familiar with, including multiple Grammy award nominee and Dove & Stellar award winnerKim Burrell, who will host her own show Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell on Sunday’s from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting Sunday, June 5.

New shows added to the Monday through Thursday line-up are: Mornings with Mike and Val, Jazz by Design and Jazz Gems.

Mike Caviel and TSU communications professor Val Wilson, radio veterans, will host Mornings with Mike and Val Showfrom 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The show will feature contemporary, smooth and fusion jazz along with R&B music as well as Caviel and Wilson’s candid delivery of the morning’s local news, features and information.

Donna Franklin will follow with, Jazz by Design from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. that will offer listeners smooth and contemporary jazz and featured “CD” debuts.

Zoe Bonet, formerly of Sunny 99.1, will make her debut at KTSU with Jazz Gems from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Listeners will enjoy a blend of smooth and contemporary jazz.

Other new shows include: The Blend – Monday’s, 10PM -2AM with Freddie Brown featuring a mixture of Jazz and Blues; The Blend – Tuesday’s, 10PM – 2AM with Deon Haywood featuring a mix of Jazz and R&B; The Blend – Wednesday’s, 10PM – 2PM with Ms. Melodic (Melanie Murphy) featuring a mixture of Jazz and Neo Soul; Throwback Jams -  Friday’s, 10PM – 2AM with Maxie T (Maxie Tarver) and Chop Star Jimmy (Jimmy Jones) featuring Classic Hip Hop from the 70’s-90’s; and Classic R&B Countdown – Saturday’s, 9AM – 10AM with Tyrone Dubose featuring a syndicated show highlighting R&B Oldies.  

To diversify its sound, KTSU 90.9 has added a Latin and Caribbean flair to its lineup.  Thursday night shows will now include Fiesta Nights with host Noel Velasquez from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., followed by Caribbean Vibes with hosts DJ’s Supa Neil (Everad Gill) and Uncle L (Leigh Johnson) from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Fiesta Nights will feature a mixture of Latin Jazz and other Latin sounds while Caribbean Vibes will offer listeners Caribbean music as well as news and information from the Caribbean world.

DJ Chilly Bill Smith (Bill Smith) former Radio One DJ will join KTSU to host the Mid-Day Grooves, Saturday’s from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Sheldon T. Nunn, KTSU’s veteran Jazz aficionado, gets a promotion as Music Director/Director of Community Engagement. Additional changes Walker has made since taking over as General Manger March 22, include radio personality Donna Franklin as Program Director.

The Gentle Giant (James Eaglin) host of the popular Golden Oldies; and ChattaBox (Lary Hale) of Classic Café will remain on Fridays at their regular time slots, 6AM – 10AM and 10AM – 2PM, respectively.

Dr. Chris Ulassi, chair, TSU Radio, Television and Film department in the School of Communication, will work in concert with KTSU to assist with student involvement in all aspects of radio, including teaching/learning and community interest. He loves the idea of a program that is a combination of music and current events.

“I feel that such a program will be of interest to a large audience because many people are not given the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to them,” Ulassi says.

Dr. Ulassi invited the students and KTSU to have a huge presence at this year’s Houston Igbo Festival, slated for July.

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