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KBXR
City of license Columbia, MO
Branding "102-3 BXR"
Slogan "Where Music Matters"
Frequency 102.3 MHz
Format Adult Album Alternative
Owner Cumulus Broadcasting
Sister stations KBBM, KFRU, KJMO, KLIK, KPLA, KOQL, KZJF
Website 102.3 BXR Online

KBXR 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 22, 1993. The first song was "You Send Me" by Pharoah Sanders. 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: Graham Parker
3rd Birthday: Wallflowers
4th Birthday: Steve Earle w/ the Bottle Rockets
5th Birthday: Cowboy Junkies
6th Birthday: Sonia Dada
7th Birthday: Fastball
8th Birthday: Ryan Adams w/ Leona Ness
9th Birthday: Beth Orton
10th Birthday: Howie Day
11th Birthday: -
12th Birthday: Guster
13th Birthday: Pete Yorn
14th Birthday: Modest Mouse
15th Birthday (3 separate shows): Rhett Miller of the Old 97's, Mason Jennings and Amos Lee


The daily 102.3 BXR line-up includes:
6-9am - The BXR Morning Show with Simon & Leslie, featuring Simon Rose who has been with BXR since its inception. Simon originally did the afternoon show until he moved to mornings in May 2008.
11am-2pm - Spencer Kane, featuring Lunch Online at noon.
2-7pm - Paul Rotter, featuring "What's New For Dinner," a new music feature that airs weekdays at 6pm.

Other hosts:
Bluesman B (host of the No Name Blues show every Sunday 10pm-Midnight)
Tony Barbis (host of the Acoustic Sunrise every Sunday 6-9am)


KBXR on-air Alums: Mike Richter, Brent Gardner, Terry & Naomi (original Morning Show), Jeff Sweatman, Mo Louis, Lana Trezise, Mason Neff, Kevin Redding, Keefer, Chris Bradshaw, Clay Mathews, Liz Mozzocco, Tim Lloyd

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