Radio station in Columbia, Missouri
  • Columbia, Missouri
Broadcast areaColumbia, MissouriFrequency102.3 MHzBranding102.3 BXRProgrammingFormatAdult album alternativeOwnershipOwner
  • Cumulus Media
  • (Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations
First air date
November 11, 1994 (as KOQL)[1]
Former call signs
KNCD (1992–1994)
KOQL (1994–1997)
Call sign meaning
K(C)olumBia's XRTTechnical information[2]
Licensing authority
FCCFacility ID47910ClassC3ERP3,500 wattsHAAT261 meters (856 ft)Links
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WebcastListen live
Listen Live via iHeartWebsitebxr.com

KBXR (102.3 FM), often referred to simply as BXR, is a local radio station located on Old Highway 63 in Columbia, Missouri. It airs an adult album alternative format with a mixture of alternative rock, classic rock, and more.


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 include 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, 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.


The station began broadcasting on November 11, 1994.[1] It held the call sign KOQL and aired an oldies format.[1] In September 1997, the station swapped formats and call signs with 106.1 KBXR, and it adopted its present AAA format.[3] Its Adult Album Alternative (AAA) format originated on 106.1 FM 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".

102.3 BXR has had a long list of notable entertainers play for the annual birthday party at The Blue Note.


  1. ^ a b c Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995, Broadcasting & Cable, 1995. p. B-236. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KBXR". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. September 17, 1997. Vol. 14, No. 37. p. 1. Retrieved July 4, 2020.

External links

  • 102.3 BXR Online
  • Facility details for Facility ID 47910 (KBXR) in the FCC Licensing and Management System
  • KBXR in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
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