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City Buda, Texas
Broadcast area Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area
Branding 101X
Slogan Alternative Austin
Frequency 101.5 MHz
First air date November 13, 1984 (as KGID Giddings)
Format Alternative rock
ERP 12,500 watts
HAAT 258.1 m (847 ft)
Class C2
Facility ID 54659
Callsign meaning K ROX (as in Rocks)
The X is used in "101X" brand
Former callsigns KGID (1984-1990)
KOKE (1990-1995)
Owner Emmis Communications
(Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company, L.P.)
Sister stations KBPA, KGSR, KLBJ (AM), KLBJ-FM, KLZT
Webcast Listen Live

KROX-FM (101.5 FM), a.k.a. 101X, is an alternative rock terrestrial radio station in Austin, Texas, United States. It is owned by Emmis Communications. The station has studios along Interstate 35 in North Austin, and the transmitter site is located at the West Austin Antenna Farm.


Birth as KGID Giddings[edit]

The facility first received a construction permit and was assigned call letters KGID on May 10, 1984. KGID broadcast from a tower located between Bastrop and La Grange, covering only the extreme southeast communities near the Austin metro, and a broad rural area in and around Lee County. The station was a local oriented facility geared towards Giddings centric programming. The KGID call sign was switched to KOKE on April 6, 1990.

"101X, Austin's New Rock Alternative"[edit]

The station now known as 101X signed on as "Austin's New Rock Alternative" on June 8, 1995. Its main competition, at sign on, was "K-Nack" 107.7 KNNC, Austin's original Alternative station. Both Alternative stations were hampered by poor signals, resulting in KROX and KNNC simulcasting one another as "101X" until 107.7 was eventually dropped from the simulcast after being sold and becoming classic rock "107.7 The Hawk".

The original airstaff included Sara Trexler, former KNNC personality Rachel Marisay, LA Lloyd Hocutt, Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, KNNC ex Ray Seggern, Austin Chronicle critic and Z-Rock Austin personality Andy Langer, and more. The morning show, "Jason and Deb," won the 2014 Austin Chronicle "Best Of" Poll.[1]

101X veered into active rock territory at the height of alternative's TRL-friendly nu-metal period of the late-1990s. It has since returned to a broadly appealing alternative presentation, closely associated with local Austin music and the more popular front of today's indie-rock.

As of December 30, 2014, Emmis has filed for a construction permit to increase the effective radiated power of KROX-FM to 86 kilowatts as well as an increase in elevation to 320 meters. This upgrade is expected to increase the coverage area of KROX-FM significantly, reaching from Georgetown to the north, and as far as Gonzales and Seguin to the south. San Antonio coverage is expected to be marginal at best, only reliably covering the northern and northeastern suburbs of the San Antonio metropolitan area.


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Coordinates: 30°19′19″N 97°48′04″W / 30.322°N 97.801°W / 30.322; -97.801