About Us

The Grizz is the student-run radio station for Butler Community College and the surrounding communities. Unlike most radio stations that play only ONE kind of music, The Grizz flavors our Rock-Jazz format with a wide variety of specialty music and talk shows.

The Grizz features sports/talks shows for the brain and comedy shows to get you going. In addition, multiple podcasts are exclusive to our online listeners.

With the Sports Media program, The Grizz broadcasts all Butler football and basketball games. We are the EXCLUSIVE radio home of Butler Women’s basketball. From opening day to national bowls and tournaments, keep your radio tuned to 88.1 FM or listen to our stream.

Contact Us

EMAIL: KBTL@butlercc.edu
REQUEST LINE: 316-323-6881
 901 S. Haverhill Road
 BOE 111
 El Dorado, KS 67042
GENERAL MANAGER-ADVISOR: Dr. Keith West – 316-322-3194

Join Us

All Butler students, faculty, staff and community members can join the station. Regular staff members must enroll in selected Mass Communication courses to insure a consistent approach to operations. Contact our Advisor for opportunities and more information.

Academic Program

Butler offers a number of Associate degrees that lead to careers in all aspects of Mass Communications, including Multimedia Journalism and Media Arts & Production. Full tuition-textbook scholarships are available. Whether you want to enter the workforce immediately or continue your education at a university, check out our Department.

Station History

Under the direction of Mr. Lance Hayes, Butler received a license from the FCC to begin broadcasting on May 22, 2001. In August 2009, Dr. Keith West became the General Manager and Faculty Advisor. Currently, KBTL is a self-contained radio broadcast and streaming operation, consisting of a main control studio, audio/video podcasting studio, and news/training production studio. The station also includes a reception area, engineering support and storage for still, audio and video equipment checkout.

KBTL personnel have received more student production awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters than any 2-year and many 4-year institutions in the station. Radio and television awards, along with a collection of historic media artifacts, are on display in the reception area.

Station Profile

KBTL broadcasts over 88.1 FM at 400 watts ERP, covering an approximately 25-mile radius from the campus, and simulcasts worldwide via streaming channels. The station operates year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a mix of live and computer-automated programming. With a staff of scholarship students, non-scholarship students and volunteers under the supervision of a faculty advisor/General Manager, KBTL offers a wide variety of entertainment, news, sports, public affairs and specialty programming.

Station Public File

In compliance with FCC regulations, this station maintains a public file of required documents online. This public file is updated periodically and can be viewed here..