About KBTX 3KBTX has a long history as a television station in the Brazos Valley, first going on air on May 22, 1957. It has always been located in the same studio, though the building has been expanded multiple times over the years. Originally airing programming from both CBS and ABC, KBTX became an exclusive CBS affiliate in 1984.
In an effort to expand its reach, the station installed a new transmitter in the Grimes County community of Carlos on October 14, 1983. The 1,700-foot tower nearly doubled the number of homes that could receive the station's signal.
One of the most memorable events that KBTX covered was the Aggie Bonfire stack collapse on November 18, 1999, in which 12 people were killed and 27 were injured. The station provided non-stop coverage of the event and served as a major source of information for the local and national community in the aftermath.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary in May 2007, KBTX invited many former on-air staff members to return and even guest anchor some newscasts.