OFFICE AND BAR 575-758-5826

STUDIO LINE / TRASH & TREASURES, MON-FRI 10:10AM 575-758-8882

LOST & HOUND, MON-FRI 10:05AM & 6:05PM 575-751-8282

KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Apr
30
Sun
9:00
am
Close Sundays for the Winter
Apr
30
Sun
3:00
pm
Solar Country Mondays
May
01
Mon
7:00
pm
Jimmy Stadler presents Taos Academy Mid Spring Music Show!
May
04
Thu
6:00
pm
Ladies Night
May
04
Thu
9:00
pm
Cinco De Mayo with Danny Duran and the Slo
May
05
Fri
8:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
May
07
Sun
9:00
am
Solar Country Mondays
May
08
Mon
7:00
pm
Charles "Jim" Cox 70th Birthday Party
May
11
Thu
7:00
pm
Ladies Night
May
11
Thu
9:00
pm
The Rifters LIVE!
May
12
Fri
8:00
pm
Mothers Day Dance with Darren Cordova Y Calor
May
13
Sat
8:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
May
14
Sun
9:00
am
Solar Country Mondays
May
15
Mon
7:00
pm
Ladies Night
May
18
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
May
21
Sun
9:00
am
Solar Country Mondays
May
22
Mon
7:00
pm
Ladies Night
May
25
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
May
28
Sun
9:00
am
Solar Country Mondays
May
29
Mon
7:00
pm
Ladies Night
Jun
01
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jun
04
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jun
08
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jun
11
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jun
15
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jun
18
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jun
22
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jun
25
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jun
29
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jul
02
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jul
06
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jul
09
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jul
13
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jul
16
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jul
20
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jul
23
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Jul
27
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Jul
30
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Aug
03
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Aug
06
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Aug
10
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Aug
13
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Aug
17
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Aug
20
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Aug
24
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Aug
27
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Aug
31
Thu
9:00
pm
Lake Street Dive
Sep
02
Sat
8:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Sep
03
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Sep
07
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Sep
10
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Sep
14
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Sep
17
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Sep
21
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Sep
24
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Sep
28
Thu
9:00
pm
KTAOS Trash & Treasures Flea Market
Oct
01
Sun
9:00
am
Ladies Night
Oct
05
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Oct
12
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Oct
19
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Oct
26
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Nov
02
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Nov
09
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Nov
16
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Nov
23
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Nov
30
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Dec
07
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Dec
14
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Dec
21
Thu
9:00
pm
Ladies Night
Dec
28
Thu
9:00
pm

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History of KTAOS Solar Radio
Thirty-five years ago, a small radio station began along a dirt road in Taos. Since then, the station has grown into the world’s most powerful solar radio station and the most popular FM radio station in Taos County. The origins of FM radio in Taos extend back to Chicago when the owners of successful station WXRT decided to bring their formula to Taos. In 1975, Taos Communication Corporation (TCC) was formed, and a year later KXRT was on the air. In 1979, Brad Hockmeyer moved to Taos to work at the station, but by 1982, it was clear “the big city” approach would not work in the unique mountain art colony.

Brad took control of the company in 1986 and changed the call letters to KTAO. Five years later, KTAO received international attention when it became the first radio station in the world to be powered by the sun. A super-structure holding 150 solar panels (more have since been added) was installed on the top of the 10,800 ft. Picuris Peak and racks of batteries along with the transmission equipment were housed in an “earthship” made of recycled materials that maintains a safe, constant temperature range year round. In 1996, KTAO grew again, adding staff and doubling the size of its building on Blueberry Hill Road. In 1997, Brad started the KTAOS Solar Music Festival, which attracted an audience of thousands. The three day show was renamed the Taos Solar Music Festival in 1999 and over the next ten years Solar Fest became an internationally recognized event that continues to grow in popularity.

What’s Solar Radio?
In 1991, KTAO installed a structure holding 150 solar panels on the top of the 10,800 ft. Picuris Peak. Racks of batteries along with the transmission equipment were housed in a self-sustaining Earthship – a partially underground building constructed of tires, rammed earth and other recycled materials – that maintains a constant and safe temperature range year round. Over the past 20 years, the number of solar panels has grown and KTAO is now licensed at 100,000 watts, earning it the title of the world’s most powerful solar powered radio station. 50,000 watts is considered big in solar radio, making KTAO huge in comparison. The photovoltaic panels are virtually maintenance free and cut the electric bill to almost nothing, while allowing KTAO the capability to transmit over a 100-mile radius from Taos. KTAO has not only made a commitment to bringing a great variety of music to the Taos community, but on a larger scale, it is committed to making a lasting difference on the planet with its use and advocacy of solar power.

Awards:
New Mexico Broadcasters Association, 2011
1.    NMBA Station of the Year – and 7 of the last 11 years!
2.    Public Service Announcement: “Holiday Shop Local Campaign”
3.    Station Promotional Announcement: “Testimonial Campaign”
4.    Complete Newscast: Paddy Mac in the Mornings
5.    Website: ktao.com – 3 straight years
6.    Single Topic News: Brad Hockmeyer interview with Tom Udall
7.    30 Second Commerical: “Gay Pride Taos – Gayest Dog Wash EVER”
8.    60 Second Commercial: “Taos Solar Music Festival 2010”
9.    NonSports Talk Show: Paddy Mac in the Mornings Valentine’s Day Matchmaking
10. Sports Talk Show: Tigerbeat
Best of Taos, 2011
1.    Best Radio Station – 13 straight years
2.    Best DJ: Paddy Mac – 7 straight years
3.    Best Live Music Venue: The KTAOS Solar Center
4.    Taoseno who deserves a pat on the back: Paddy Mac for gas crisis coverage