Coordinates: 33°12′44″N 97°08′45″W / 33.2121°N 97.1457°W / 33.2121; -97.1457

Broadcast areaDallas/Fort Worth/Denton/McKinney/Sherman
Frequency88.1 MHz
Branding88.1 Indie
Language(s)English (primary)
Spanish (select programming)
FormatAlternative rock/College radio
Affiliations24/7 News Network & NBC News Radio (national news partnership)
OwnerUniversity of North Texas
First air date
October 31, 1969 (at 88.5)
Former frequencies
88.5 MHz (1969-1979)
Call sign meaning
North Texas State University
Technical information
Facility ID69003
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT135 meters
Transmitter coordinates
33°17′24″N 97°08′10″W / 33.29000°N 97.13611°W / 33.29000; -97.13611
WebcastListen live

KNTU (88.1 FM) is the campus radio station of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The signal of the station covers much of the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex of North Texas with an alternative rock format. Any University of North Texas student is welcome to work at the station.

KNTU also serves as the flagship station of the Mean Green Sports Network, a radio property of Learfield, for football, as well as both men's and women's basketball at the University of North Texas.


KNTU was founded in 1969 in part by Bill Mercer, former voice of the Dallas Cowboys, North Texas Mean Green, and a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Originally on the 88.5 FM frequency, the station officially went on the air on October 31, 1969. Along with music, Mean Green football game broadcasts were soon added, with Mercer providing play-by-play coverage and UNT students usually serving as his color commentators.

The station switched to a jazz format in 1981, while continuing to host public affairs shows and North Texas athletic events. While KNTU had no direct competitors, it shared audiences with 106.1 from 1987 to 1992 and 107.5 from 1992 to 2006 (both with the KOAI callsigns) as smooth jazz-formatted stations branded "The Oasis".

On July 29, 2022, KNTU switched to an alternative rock format as "88.1 Indie", with the first song being "Yellow" by Coldplay. The jazz format continues to stream online. KNTU also announced its intent to launch its HD Radio signal in late 2022/early 2023 and add the jazz format to 88.1 HD2.[1][2]

The latest format flip puts KNTU in competition with North Texas Public Broadcasting's Adult album alternative-formatted KKXT (91.7), iHeartMedia-owned KDGE (102.1 The Edge HD2), and Audacy-owned KVIL (Alt 103.7).


This was a never used KNTU logo that was included in a template for a local music show that was never broadcast.
This was a never used KNTU logo that was included in a template for a local music show that was never broadcast.

In addition to its main format of alternative rock, KNTU broadcasts short hourly newscasts on weekdays from NBC News Radio and its own news/sports prepared and delivered by UNT students.

Former specialty programs since discontinuation in 2022 include:


Unlike most of the area's FM stations (like competitor KVIL) which transmit their signals from Cedar Hill, KNTU transmits its signal from an unincorporated area Southeast of Sanger and East of Krum. Therefore, KNTU's signal is much stronger in the Northern parts of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as well as the cities of Denton, Decatur, McKinney, and Gainesville, but is considerably weaker in Dallas, Fort Worth, and areas south of the Metroplex.

Notable former KNTU students


  1. ^ "KNTU Goes Indie". RadioInsight.
  2. ^ "881 indie debuts on KNTU".