Marfa Public Radio is an award-winning, non-profit, listener-supported radio station serving far West Texas. We broadcast at KRTS 93.5 FM Marfa/Fort Davis, KRTP 91.7 FM Alpine, 91.5 FM KDKY Marathon, 95.3 FM KOJP Presidio, and 91.3 FM KXWT Midland/Odessa.
Award Winning Public Radio
Marfa Public Radio is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards over the years. The station has received 64 Regional Murrow Awards since it began entering the competition in 2012. Most recently, the station swept the 2020 Texas and Oklahoma region’s Regional Murrow Awards, winning in every category. The station also won 1 National Murrow Award in 2020. In 2019, the station won 10 Regional Murrow awards, 3 National Murrow Awards. Marfa Public Radio was also awarded 2 PRNDI awards for its reporting in 2019.
Our mission is to be a public service and a lifeline for our community, to unify and promote cultural enrichment through presentation and focus on the importance of art, education, science, quality of life and the local economy.
Marfa Public Radio began broadcasting in Midland and Odessa in 2012. In early 2011, Marfa Public Radio purchased the station from Odessa College and relaunched public radio in the Permian Basin in 2012 at 91.3 FM KXWT as West Texas Public Radio. In October 2018, West Texas Public Radio became Marfa Public Radio, merging the brands under one umbrella. The full KXWT program schedule can be found here.
Marfa Public Radio Staff
Elise Pepple – Executive Director
Lisa Kettyle – Chief Operating Officer
Carlos Morales – News Director
Mitch Borden – Permian Basin Reporter
Travis Bubenik – All Things Considered Host & Producer
Jacob Rockey – Operations and Programming Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Larissa Weaverling – Administrative Assistant email@example.com
Drew Davis – Corporate Support Account Manager
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Equal Employment Opportunity
Additional Public Documents
Board meetings take place quarterly and are open to the public. The first board meeting of the year takes place Thursday January 28th.
For information on other reports, please contact the station at 432-729-4578.
Marfa Public Radio 2021 Board Members
Karmen Bryant, President
Christian Patry, Vice President
Jeremy Steele, Treasurer
Dan Eck, Secretary
Bill Dingus (Emeritus)
Marfa Public Radio Community Advisory Board Members
Oscar N Aguero
Code of Ethics
Marfa Public Radio supports the values represented by the Public Media Code of Integrity. It is a family-friendly organization that offers healthcare benefits to its employees and an environmentally-conscious workspace that encourages recycling.
Code of Diversity
Marfa Public Radio knows that a diverse workforce, management team, governing body, and Community Advisory Board contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the diverse communities in West Texas, and to our ability to deliver content and services that will help us attract, grow and engage audiences and help them to achieve their full potential. We endeavor to recruit from a broad pool of candidates enabling us to hire and promote qualified candidates with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences and characteristics, and talents that reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by KRTS, KXWT, KRTP, KDKY, and KOJP.
Marfa Public Radio will continue to explore new opportunities for achieving and promoting this diversity and to monitor and evaluate our success. Marfa Public Radio meets the standards of federal and state law, our Equal Employment Opportunity policy, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity Eligibility Criteria.
Marfa Public Radio broadcasts public service announcements with a specific, formal component designed to be of special service to the educational communities, to minority communities, and to diverse audiences. We broadcast community activities information and host community events that serve these communities in West Texas. We also partner with area schools and community non-profits.
The radio network was founded in 2005; continuous broadcasting began in Fall 2007. One of the key points of local service is the news department.
Marfa Public Radio is not currently accepting applications for internships.
Marfa Public Radio Volunteers
Dallas Baxter, David Beebe, Julie Bernal, David Branch, Michael Camacho, Gabriela Carballo, Primo Carrasco, Dan Chamberlin, Laurel Coniglio, Anthony DeSimone, Charlie Ewing, Carol Fairlie, Chris Gonzales, Tilley Hawk, Nick Hurt, Tim Johnson, Lisa Kettyle, Roseland Klein, Ian Lewis, Billy Marginot, Joni Marginot, Joe Nick Patoski, Natalie Melendez, Chris Ruggia, JP Schwartz, Dan Shiman and Drew Stuart.