When Mark Stennett began doing occasional technical work for Georgetown Community Radio in 2004, he never would have guessed that a decade later he would be leading the nonprofit radio station as station manager, he said.
Since April 2015, when he took over, Stennett has continued the legacy of Georgetown Community Radio. With 34 years of broadcasting experience, Stennett has not only continued to keep the station on-air, but he has also grown the programs it offers listeners.
“I believed the community would continue to benefit from having a non-commercial educational outlet for music and entertainment,” he said of his decision to take over the station. “It’s kind of grown from there.”
The station, which uses the call sign KGTN-FM and broadcasts at 106.7 on the radio dial, features a twice-hourly local artist segment. It keeps a playlist of 470 songs that were written and recorded by musicians who live and perform in Georgetown and surrounding areas.
“We’re giving them a voice on the radio with their music that many of them have never had,” Stennett said.
The station’s programming lineup also includes community announcements, a pop-culture show, weather reports and a weekly morning show called “Good Morning Georgetown” hosted by Rob Hipp and Ken Covington. Their show focuses on local Georgetown issues, music and events and features a guest appearance every week. The morning show’s inaugural guest was Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross, Stennett said.
The station often broadcasts live performances from venues in town, such as when local musicians Bob Case and Johnny Wendell performed at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center in October.
Based on their social media interactions, Stennett estimates KGTN-FM attracts 500-1,000 listeners any given week, and the station’s radio signal reaches people in Georgetown, Round Rock and Cedar Park, he said.
“People who appreciate music are telling us they hear things on this radio station that they haven’t heard in years,” Stennett said. “There’s a high appreciation for our station in the community.”
KGTN-FM does not sell advertising. The volunteer-based station’s operations are funded through donations, Stennett said. Financial donations, along with volunteers interested in contributing content, are always welcome, he said.
“We would like the community to continue to join us to turn the station into what it will eventually become,” Stennett said. “We don’t know [what that is]. This is all still an experiment.”
“Good Morning Georgetown”
Georgetown Community Radio welcomed the station’s first morning show to its schedule in August. Once a week Rob Hipp and Ken Covington, hosts of “Good Morning Georgetown,” discuss local issues with guests, including local musicians, elected officials and nonprofit directors.
Listeners can catch “Good Morning Georgetown” from 6-9 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Georgetown Community Radio, KGTN-FM
P.O. Box 2283, Georgetown