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KLBJ rockofAustin93.7 logo.png
City Austin, Texas
Broadcast area Austin metropolitan area
Branding 93.7 KLBJ
Slogan The Rock Of Austin!
Frequency 93.7 MHz
First air date 1960 (as KTBC-FM)
Format Album-oriented Rock
ERP 97,000 watts
HAAT 320 meters (1050 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 65792
Callsign meaning K Lyndon Baines Johnson
(The Johnson Family are former owners)
Former callsigns KTBC-FM (1972-1973)
Owner Emmis Communications
(Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company, L.P.)
Sister stations KBPA, KGSR, KLZT, KLBJ, KROX-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website KLBJfm.com

KLBJ-FM (93.7 MHz) is a commercial radio station in Austin, Texas. It airs an album-oriented rock radio format and calls itself "The Rock of Austin." KLBJ-FM is owned by Emmis Communications of Indianapolis, but once was owned by the family of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and still carries his initials as its call letters.

KLBJ-FM has studios and offices along Interstate 35 in North Austin.[1] The transmitter and broadcast tower are atop Austin's Mount Larson.[2] KLBJ-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio format. Its HD-2 subchannel airs Blues music.

The morning show, "Dudley and Bob with Matt" (Dale Dudley, Bob Fonseca and Matt Bearden), is in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. In 2007, it won a Marconi Award from the National Association of Broadcasters for "Medium Market Personality of the Year."[3] KLBJ-FM holds an annual fishing tournament each year in Jonestown, Texas.


Early Years with the Johnson Family

The station first signed on the air on in 1960, as KTBC-FM, part of the Johnson Family's broadcasting holdings.[4] In 1943, the future First Lady, known as Claudia T. "Lady Bird" Johnson, invested an inheritance of $17,000 to purchase AM 1150 KTBC. She improved the station by hiring new on-air talent, found commercial sponsors, kept all the financial accounts, and maintained the facility. Using her formal name, Mrs. Claudia T. Johnson served as manager and then as the 1st ever chairwoman of what later came to be known as KLBJ, for some four decades.[5] (In later years, the president and Lady Bird's children ran the radio stations, while she remained chairman.) Because the stations were owned by Claudia Johnson, while Lyndon Johnson did not have to consider divesting the media company, even when he was senator, vice-president or president.

The Johnson Family put Austin's first TV station on the air in 1952, Channel 7 KTBC-TV. The co-owned FM station signed on the air in 1960. In 1972, KTBC-FM switched to a Freeform Rock format and change the call letters into KLBJ-FM the station has a sound that was emerging on the FM dial in many cities in America.[6] Till then, the only rock commonly heard on the radio were a few songs that crossed over onto the Top 40 charts.

Selling the TV and Radio Stations

In 1973, the Johnson Family sold Channel 7 to the Times Mirror Company, a newspaper and broadcasting company that published the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Times Herald. Tunes Mirror kept the KTBC call sign for Channel 7.[7] In those days, call signs could not be shared between two different owners, so the radio stations became KLBJ AM and FM to reflect the initials of President Johnson, who had died earlier that year, today KTBC-TV is owned by Fox Television Stations.

The Johnson Family divested its radio stations in 1997. It sold KLBJ AM and FM to LBJS Corporation.[8] The corporation was made up of KLBJ executives. 590 KLBJ had already shifted from MOR music to an newsradio format, while 93.7 KLBJ-FM transform into a fully fledged AOR format.

In 2003, KLBJ AM and FM were sold to the Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Company.[9] Emmis had radio stations in several large markets around the U.S., including New York City and Los Angeles.


KLBJ-FM has produced a number of albums, focusing mainly on local Austin music. Its "Local Licks Live" series started in 1989 and has showcased dozens of popular Austin musicians.

Year Title Series Label
1990 Local Licks Live 1989 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1991 Local Licks Live 1990 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1992 Local Licks Live 1991 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1993 Local Licks Live 1992 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1994 Local Licks Live 1993 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1995 Local Licks Live '94 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1995 Public Enema #1 Dudley and Bob with Debra calls, bits and sketches KLBJ
1996 Local Licks Live '95 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1996 We're Back and We're Highly Pissed Dudley and Bob with Debra calls, bits and sketches KLBJ
1997 Local Licks Live '96 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1997 Eugene! Don't Hit 'Em in the Head Dudley and Bob with Debra calls, bits and sketches KLBJ
1998 Local Licks Live '97 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1998 Prince Albert...Your Refrigerator Is Running Dudley and Bob with Debra calls, bits and sketches KLBJ
1999 Local Licks Live '98 Local Licks Live KLBJ
1999 Local Licks: Yule Rock! Holiday KLBJ
2000 Local Licks Live 1999 Local Licks Live KLBJ
2001 Local Licks Live XII Local Licks Live KLBJ
2001 Damn It's Early Music from The Dudley & Bob Show KLBJ
2002 Local Licks Live 13 Local Licks Live KLBJ
2003 Damn It's 2 Early Music from The Dudley & Bob Show KLBJ

See also


  1. ^ http://www.newsradioklbj.com/station/contact-us NewsradioKLBJ.com/contact-us]
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KLBJ-FM
  3. ^ KLBJfm.com/DMBshow
  4. ^ Enright, J. Scott (March 31, 2005). "Application for Renewal of Broadcast Station License." Consolidated DataBase System, FCC.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1944, page 154
  6. ^ KLBJfm.com/station/history
  7. ^ http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=37
  8. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999, page D-422
  9. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2005, page D-489

External links

  • KLBJ-FM official website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KLBJ
  • Radio-Locator information on KLBJ
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KLBJ

Coordinates: 30°18′37″N 97°47′34″W / 30.3102°N 97.7928°W / 30.3102; -97.7928

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