Listen Now

Nathan Gibbs

General Manager

Nathan Gibbs is the general manager of KACU. He is also the director of operations for the school's television production studio, as well as an assistant professor in the journalism and mass communication department of Abilene Christian University.

Prior to joining ACU, Gibbs worked for nine years at KPBS in San Diego, California. His project management credits include mobile apps, branding and digital strategy, workflow standards for daily audio and video content, and custom web apps for feature news stories. He was responsible for live streaming and on-demand media for, which saw a tenfold increase in unique monthly visitors during his time with the station.

As an adjunct instructor for Point Loma Nazarene University, Gibbs designed and taught a course in multimedia journalism in 2010. He also taught video production at Platt College, and led photography trainings for the staff of the Fronteras Desk and students in the California Chicano News Media Association.

Gibbs started at KPBS as a radio technical director in 2004 where he produced a number of public affairs segments focused on Latino issues. He also produced local episodes of StoryCorps, an independent radio documentary, original multimedia features, photography and video elements for live musical performances. As a web producer during the 2007 wildfires in Southern California, Gibbs played a key role in the successful use of social media that led to the station's Mark Twain Award for "Best Use of Web for Breaking News." He also received First Place and Best of Show awards for "Integration of Media" from the San Diego Press Club for his work on web elements for the television documentary series Envision San Diego.

In 2004, he completed an M.F.A. in electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. As an independent artist, his work has been exhibited in Tijuana, San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York City, Belgium, China, New Zealand and Spain. While at RPI, Gibbs produced and hosted a bilingual radio program for WRPI featuring Latin-Alternative music. He also taught lab sections of a hybrid course designed for engineering students but taught by art professors called Creativity and Information Technology. Between semesters, he taught digital media courses for at-risk youth and summer tech programs.

In 2000, he completed a B.S. in electronic media from Abilene Christian University, where he earned college awards for photojournalism, video production and music composition. Gibbs began his career in public media as a radio announcer in 1998 for KACU in Abilene, Texas.

Ways to Connect

We've updated our programming schedule in response to an audience survey conducted in June. View the full schedule online. 

International News & Music

Starting this week, we're increasing the presence of international news and music in our schedule. You'll hear more from BBC news anchors throughout the day, and BBC correspondents on a new program, "The World," at 2 p.m. weekdays. "The World" focuses on international stories that remind us how connected we all are. Listen for the Geo Quiz and music interviews that test your knowledge and explore new sounds.  

Nathan Gibbs

Tavis Smiley spoke about the role poverty plays in American democracy at the Christian Scholars Conference at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, on June 5, 2015. Smiley is an author, philanthropist and hosts "The Tavis Smiley Show" on PBS and NPR stations.

Nashville-based Tokens Radio Show collaborated with Abilene artists and personalities in a performance at the Paramount Theatre on June 4, 2015, as part of the Christian Scholars Conference at Abilene Christian University. Tokens is a variety show combining music, comedy sketches and interviews with authors. The event was hosted by Lee C. Camp, professor of theology & ethics at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Abilene's NPR radio station, KACU, will make a historic change to expand its broadcast coverage area. Its FM radio frequency will change from 89.7 to 89.5 on March 15.

"This is the first time many of the communities surrounding Abilene will hear the high-quality news programming of KACU," said Nathan Gibbs, KACU general manager.

We're proud to announce the addition of new NPR programs to our daily schedule. It's no longer enough to offer news only in the morning and afternoons. It’s essential to have access throughout the day to news you can trust. Abilene deserves to hear the best of what public radio has to offer and it all starts today! 

Come join us to discover new voices with honest answers, creative passions, political insight, and enjoy plenty of laughter along the way.