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City Columbia, Missouri
Broadcast area Columbia, Missouri
Branding 102-3 BXR
Slogan Where Music Matters
Frequency 102.3 MHz
First air date 1994 (as KOQL)
Format Adult Album Alternative
ERP 3,500 watts
HAAT 261 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 47910
Callsign meaning K(C)olumBia's XRT
Former callsigns KNCD (1992-1994)
KOQL (1994-1997)
Owner Cumulus Broadcasting
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live via iHeart
Website bxr.com

KBXR (often known and referred to simply as BXR) is a local radio station located on Old Highway 63 in Columbia, Missouri. Its format has been Adult Album Alternative (AAA) since it went on-the-air on October 15, 1993. The first song was played at 1:06 pm and was R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It". At the time, the frequency was 106.1, but it has since changed to 102.3.

102.3 BXR interviews bands or singers playing in the city's various locations. These interviews are conducted "Live In Studio X." Past Studio X guests have included Joe Strummer of The Clash, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Dave Matthews, Wilco, and Sheryl Crow (who attended the University of Missouri in Columbia). In 2005, KBXR released a CD compilation of songs recorded at the station, called Live from Studio X. Proceeds from the CD sales went to the Central Missouri Humane Society. The station released a second CD in December 2008 called Live from Studio X, Volume 2. The proceeds from this project go to Boys and Girls Town of Missouri.

Annually, during Thanksgiving and about a week after that BXR has a "B to X" special event where the station airs its entire song library alphabetically with no repeats starting with song titles that begin with the letter B and ending with song titles that begin with the letter X. Many \ lesser known songs by various popular bands and singers are aired right along with more popular chart toppers. Also, this event allows various versions of the same song that have been remixed or remade to be heard back-to-back since the songs are spelled the same alphabetically.

102.3 BXR has had a long list of top entertainers play for the annual birthday party at The Blue Note.
1st Birthday (1994): Dave Matthews Band (A bootleg from this show is available here.)
2nd Birthday (1995): Graham Parker
3rd Birthday (1996): Wallflowers
4th Birthday (1997): Steve Earle w/ the Bottle Rockets
5th Birthday (1998): Cowboy Junkies
6th Birthday (1999): Sonia Dada
7th Birthday (2000): Fastball
8th Birthday (2001): Ryan Adams w/ Leona Ness
9th Birthday (2002): Beth Orton
10th Birthday (2003): Howie Day
11th Birthday (2004): -
12th Birthday (2005): Guster
13th Birthday (2006): Pete Yorn
14th Birthday (2007): Modest Mouse
15th Birthday (2008) (3 separate shows): Rhett Miller of the Old 97's, Mason Jennings and Amos Lee
16th Birthday (2009): Son Volt
17th Birthday (2010): Hold Steady
18th Birthday (2011): The Jayhawks
19th Birthday (2012): The English Beat
20th Birthday (2013): Frank Turner
21st Birthday (2014): Augustana (band)
22nd Birthday (2015): Young the Giant
23rd Birthday (2016): The Mountain Goats, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Joseph, Jimmy Eat World, The Jayhawks and Lucero
24th Birthday (2017): Conor Oberst

The daily 102.3 BXR line-up includes:
6:00am–9:00am - The BXR Morning Show, featuring Mo Louis.
9:00am–11:00am Mo Louis, featuring the Workday Express from 9:00 to about 10:40.
11:00am–2:00pm Emily Larkin, featuring Lunch Online from 12 to 1 p.m. Emily also co-hosts the morning show for KPLA.
2:00-7:00pm - Simon Rose, featuring "What's New For Dinner," a new-music feature that airs weekdays at 6 p.m. Simon previously was the afternoon drive host from BXR's inception until May 2008, when he moved to the morning show. In early 2017 he and Mo Louis switched time slots.

Other hosts:
Tony Barbis (host of "Acoustic Sunrise" every Sunday 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.)
Emily Larkin (The B-Side every Sunday 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

KBXR on-air Alums: Mike Richter, Dave Taylor (who was a co-owner of the station originally), Brent Gardner, Terry Moses & Naomi Soule (hosts of the original Morning Show), Kim Jackson, Jeff Sweatman, Lana Trezise, Mason Neff, Kevin Redding, Keefer, Chris Bradshaw, Clay Matthews, Liz Mozzocco, Tim Lloyd, David Robinson, Leslie Scott, Paul Rotter, Bluesman B, who died in July 2012, Spencer Kane, Hillary Gordon, Nick Snyder, Andrea Collette and David Wettroth.

Former features/shows:

The Three Course Lunch: This feature aired at the 12:00 pm hour. Three songs by three different artists would be played. This show was replaced by Lunch Online.

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Coordinates: 39°00′50″N 92°16′34″W / 39.014°N 92.276°W / 39.014; -92.276