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Inside Texas Tech: Remembering "Dr. Radio" Clive Kinghorn

Feb 13, 2015

Dr. Clive Kinghorn, the only person to manage all of Texas Tech University's broadcast entities - KTXT-FM and KOHM-FM, later KTTZ-FM, passed away last month. He was 77.

Fondly remembered by many at Texas Tech and those in the Lubbock radio community as "Dr. Radio," Kinghorn was loved for his knack of bringing the community together.

Todd Chambers, the interim associate dean for undergraduate affairs and former colleague of Kinghorn's, said when Lubbock was in the process of obtaining an NPR affiliate station, Kinghorn was a prominent figure in the efforts.

Much like an annual checkup at your doctor's, Texas Tech is receiving its decennial checkup from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

A representative for the association will be visiting the Texas Tech campus in late February to assess Tech's Quality Enhancement Plan - in other words, to assess the quality of the education that students at Tech receive. 


The Texas Tribune, an Austin-based publication that covers policy and politics in Texas, made the trek from Austin to Lubbock last week as a part of a statewide discussion that looks toward the next five years in public and higher education. 

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In June 2014, the price of a barrel of oil was roughly $115 per barrel, leading to gas prices that were well over $3 per gallon. 

Not anymore.

Prices of oil have crashed in the last six months, starting 2015 with the price of crude oil at a five-year low as the current price hovers around $45 per barrel, a 60 percent slash in value. 

After more than half a century of isolation of the island nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida, President Obama announced late last month that the U.S. and Cuba would begin normalizing relations once more.

The news is likely to spark many changes in areas like business and tourism, but another impact that is quietly taking advantage of the relations thaw is education.