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Broadcast areaAustin-Round Rock metropolitan area
Frequency88.7 (MHz)
BrandingKAZI 88.7
FormatUrban Contemporary/Community Radio
OwnerAustin Community Radio, Inc.
First air date
August 29, 1982
Call sign meaning
Kazi is Swahili for work
Technical information
ERP1,700 watts
HAAT107 meters (351 ft)
WebcastListen live

KAZI (88.7 FM) is a listener-supported, non-commercial community radio station in Austin, Texas, United States. The transmitter site is located in Southwest Austin and the station has studios in Northeast Austin. It is owned by Austin Community Radio, Inc., a Texas non-profit entity founded April 22, 1975.


John Warfield, PhD (né John Lewis Warfield; 1938–2007), a University of Texas Professor of African-American studies, was the pioneering founder KAZI-FM, a noncommercial radio station aimed at serving the African-American community in Austin. His success came with the help of his wife, Jan (née Jeanette Aycox; 1941–2015), several board members, and a host of volunteers and supporters. KAZI debuted on air August 29, 1982, 2 pm – thirty-nine years ago – broadcasting from a studio on Manor Road.[1] Although its mission, before its debut, was to serve African-Americans of Austin, when it finally debuted, its focus had expanded to appeal to Hispanics and a general audience, according to the station's founding manager, Cheryl Anderson Strange (maiden; born 1947). Warfield was the founding President.

The station primarily features an urban contemporary radio format and also plays other styles of music such as R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Blues, Soul, Reggae, and Jazz. In addition, KAZI provides educational programming, community information, and independent news.

See also




  • "Professor John Warfield Dies at 71". UT News. Texas Newsletter. Austin: University of Texas. October 29, 2007.

Coordinates: 30°16′37″N 97°49′34″W / 30.277°N 97.826°W / 30.277; -97.826