|Broadcast area||Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex|
American Public Media
BBC World Service
|Owner||North Texas Public Broadcasting|
First air date
|April 19, 1973 (as KZAG)|
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|A new ERA in broadcasting|
|HAAT||571.7 meters (1,876 ft)|
|Translator(s)||See § Translator|
KERA (90.1 FM) is a National Public Radio member station serving North Texas. KERA also relays its programming to three separate FM relay translators, extending the coverage area of KERA's programming into the Sherman-Denison area, Wichita Falls, and Tyler.
|City of license||Facility
|K261CW||100.1||Tyler, Texas||26620||250||96.1 m (315 ft)||D||FCC LMS||First airdate: April 19, 1993 (as 99.1 K256AB)|
|K202DR||88.3||Wichita Falls, Texas||49329||250||84.4 m (277 ft)||D||FCC LMS||First airdate: January 16, 1998 (as 88.7 K204CB)|
|K257EV||99.3||Sherman, Texas||144426||170||94.2 m (309 ft)||D||FCC LMS||First airdate: June 26, 2007|
KERA is based in Dallas, and the station's main transmitter is located in Cedar Hill, Texas with translators that serve Tyler (K261CW, 100.1 FM), the Sherman/Denison area (K257EV, 99.3 FM), and Wichita Falls (K202DR, 88.3 FM). It was also rebroadcast on the Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channel, Irving Community Television Network during its off-air times prior to 2009.
KERA FM has a news and information format that includes national programs, reports and specials from the KERA newsroom and other original productions. CEO also has a television version that broadcasts on KERA-TV.
KERA FM's on-air staff includes Morning Edition host Sam Baker, All Things Considered host Justin Martin, and reporters Stella Chavez, Christopher Connelly, Lauren Silverman, Jerome Weeks and Bill Zeeble.
KERA is an NPR member station and carries NPR programming.
KERA News Digital Storytelling projects provide an in-depth look at the people of Texas — the crises they endure, the issues they overcome and the triumphs they achieve.
The KERA production Think, hosted by Krys Boyd, features guests, often authors or speechmakers, talking about an intellectual topic, with listener call-in comments and questions. The show's host and crew have traveled to Washington, D.C., yearly since 2015 to broadcast live from NPR headquarters. Notable guests during Think in D.C. have included Michael Eric Dyson and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.
As of October 2021, Think is carried live in its midday time slot by 151 radio stations in Texas, Atlanta, Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington State.
KERA FM went on the air in July 1974, serving Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton with a mix of news and music programming. The station has since expanded its broadcast into Wichita Falls (88.3), Tyler (100.1), and Sherman (99.3). KERA FM switched to a news and information format in 2000, with an emphasis on the in-depth news programs and thoughtful conversations that make public radio unique. In 2014, KERA expanded its news department, leading to a surge in local reporting. Since this expansion, hundreds of KERA stories have broadcast nationally and internationally by NPR, PRI and the BBC.
Prior to the launch of KXT 91.7 FM, KERA FM aired locally produced music program 90.1 at Night hosted by Paul Slavens, which aired Sunday nights from 8:00pm until 10:00pm. The program was moved to their newly acquired sister station KXT and was renamed The Paul Slavens Show. With that move, KERA FM transitioned to a full-time News/Talk format.
From 2012 until April 2018, KERA has enjoyed a news partnership with NBC-owned television station KXAS-Channel 5 in Fort Worth. This was a part of a larger partnership effort between all of the NBC O&Os and nonprofit news organizations in their communities, a byproduct of the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger which took place in 2011. The content has since then moved to Audacy-owned news station KRLD 1080 AM.
The station's call letters, which are said to represent a "new era in broadcasting," are shared with Dallas public television station KERA-TV channel 13; both are owned by North Texas Public Broadcasting Inc., a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Texas. While there is cross-promotion between stations, each operates its own pledge drives.