Listeners to the University of North Texas student-run radio station may have done a double take on Friday afternoon when outlet Denton made a major change.
On Friday, KNTU 88.1 transitioned from its long-running jazz format to independent alternative programming, renaming itself from 88.1 The One to 88.1 Indie.
“In recent years, it has been difficult to get enough students to work in KNTU’s jazz format,” said longtime program director Mark Lambert. in a press release.
General manager Dan Balla said in the statement that research and student feedback indicate the station “will have greater growth potential and energize university students.”
The announcement drew mixed reactions on social media. Some fans said the long-running jazz station was a place where users could discover new artists and rarely heard styles of music.
“It’s incredibly sad…as a student currently in the jazz program, I can’t believe it. I always looked to KNTU on the way to gigs and gigs for inspiration and to discover new artists “said a Facebook user.
Another said: “This is really disappointing. Guess I won’t be connecting to 88.1 again.”
However, some appreciate the change in programming.
“DFW has lacked a good alternative station since The Edge left. UNT would be the perfect host for alternative music with a greater focus on local music,” another commenter said.
Despite the change, jazz programming will continue to be played online at kntu.com.
The new format will be presented on 88.1 FM and 881indie.com.