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>Mr. Bill Watkins shares his story about owning WTAW radio during the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Mr. Bill Watkins: A&M operated the station out of the administration building at A&M. And in 1957, they decided to sell the station, and they sold it at auction. A guy from Waco bought it at an auction for $25,000 in '57. He had 30 days to move it off the campus. There was a building on South College that was an old bread store of some kind. He moved in there and operated until he was able to build a facility on Mobile Avenue off of Old College Road in Bryan, where the tower is. That's where it was when we bought it. We paid $125,000 for it at the time, so he did a pretty good lick there.

Mr. Bill Watkins: Well, we were AM radio, and well, we were a daytimer and the reason we were a daytimer, I'm not criticizing A&M at all, but they didn't want students listening to the radio at night. They wanted them to study, so they cut the station off. And when they applied, they could have had a 50,000 watt barn burner, but they went 1,000 watt daytime. So, whenever they sold it, we were stuck with daytime, and in that time, all the stations come in 50, in 67, or 70 right in there. I was able to get a consulting engineer that was capable of designing a nighttime pattern. But in the meantime, before that, in order to be competitive in the market, the FM become available. And we were one of the first stations in Texas, again, to install FM. And we called it KTAW 92. And by the way, WTAW is one of the few... I think there's five other W stations west of the Mississippi. And WRR in Dallas is the oldest, WBAP and WFA are the next, and then WTAW is next, I believe, if I'm getting that right.