News Releases

Filipa A. Rodrigues Teixeira

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 24, 2018 – Sylvia Ponce-Carson has been named interim general manager of Austin’s KUT and KUTX Public Radio as of Oct. 8. She replaces interim executive director Patti C. Smith who announced her resignation today.

GABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUT

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 21, 2018 –KUT News coverage of the Austin serial bombings received an Online Journalism Award at the annual Online News Association conference in Austin Sept. 15.

KUT News won in the breaking news, small newsroom category honoring digital coverage within 36 hours of an unplanned breaking or developing news event. The award recognizes exceptional journalism, quality of writing, use of other media and creative use of digital and mobile platforms under deadline pressure.

Mobley, Kalu and The Electric Joint, Alesia Lani and Night Glitter Salute MTV’s Golden Era

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 12, 2018 – KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, and Four Seasons Hotel Austin will present “I Want My ALL ATX,” a concert benefitting the music education-based non-profit ALL ATX, Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin lawn.

Photo: Julia Reihs; illustration: Jacquie Fuller

AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 27, 2018 — KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, and Mueller Austin present: “Rock the Park,” a family friendly concert series at the Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater.

This free, monthly music series takes place one Friday each month September through November. Each concert is curated by KUTX Live Music Producer Deidre Gott and Bill Childs, host of KUTX’s Sunday-evening kids’ show, “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.”

The fall 2018 lineup includes:

Event: KUT News is taking ATXplained – its award-winning crowdsourced reporting project – to the stage in an evening of live storytelling based on questions from Austinites about the city’s people, places and culture.

The audience will watch eight never-before-heard stories told live on stage with accompanying visuals by KUT News reporters — as well as some classic ATXplained stories reimagined for a live audience.

AUSTIN, Texas — June 20, 2018 — KUT 90.5’s website KUT.org has won a National Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

KUT.org won in the large market radio website category with the following stories cited for excellence:

AUSTIN, Texas – June 20, 2018 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has been recognized as among the world’s best radio programs by the New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotion Awards ™.

The hour-long weekday show earned a silver award in the Best News Magazine category.

AUSTIN, Texas – June 18, 2018 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, won four 2018 Lone Star Awards – including two first-place designations – from the Houston Press Club in recognition of outstanding achievements in journalism in Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas – May 8, 2018 – Longtime Austin media executive Patti C. Smith has been named interim executive director of KUT and KUTX Public Radio in Austin.

KUT and KUTX director and general manager Stewart Vanderwilt announced last month that he would depart in June to serve as president and CEO of Colorado Public Radio. Smith will serve as interim executive director during a national search for a permanent director for KUT and KUTX. She starts May 14.

AUSTIN, Texas — April 25, 2018 — On the 110th anniversary of the birth of the father of broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, KUT News and “Texas Standard” have won eight regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

From more than 4,400 entries, 785 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 16 categories this year recognize more than 307 local radio, television and digital news organizations across the country and internationally

AUSTIN, Texas – April 23, 2018 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, have earned a combined total of 17 awards, including 11 first-place designations, from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism.

The awards, announced April 21 at an awards event in Austin, were earned in the Division A, large market radio news category. The following work, produced in 2017, was honored: 

Overall Excellence
First place: KUT News

Martin do Nascimento

AUSTIN, Texas – April 16, 2018 – Turn up the volume on Saturday nights. KUTX 98.9’s local hip-hop show “The Breaks” is adding an hour and starting an hour earlier.

Beginning Saturday, April 21, “The Breaks” will start at 10 p.m. and add a third hour to end at 1 a.m. The show, hosted by Austin natives and hip-hop super-fans Confucius and Fresh, highlights the best hip-hop and R&B from local and emerging artists, alongside mainstream acts. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

AUSTIN, Texas – April 13, 2018 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has won a National Headliner Award for one of its Hurricane Harvey episodes broadcasting from the field.

The Sept. 1, 2017 episode – broadcast from a makeshift studio in a Beaumont hotel room with no running water, using an internet signal from across the street – won second place in the radio stations newscast, all-markets category.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

AUSTIN, Texas – April 6, 2018 – Stewart Vanderwilt, director and general manager of public radio stations KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9, and assistant dean for media operations in the Moody College of Communication, has been named president and CEO of Colorado Public Radio.

AUSTIN, Texas – April 2, 2018 – Central Texans showed their support for KUT 90.5’s trusted, in-depth news reporting and KUTX 98.9’s reflection of the Austin music experience during the spring 2018 membership drive.

The seven-day on-air portion of the drive ended March 28 and added nearly 2,000 new members, which are key to public radio’s sustainability. Additionally, many of the stations’ 20,000 sustaining members increased their monthly gift during the drive, bringing the total to $650,000 raised during the spring membership drive.

Andrea Garcia for KUT

Community Conversation will Air Live on “Morning Edition”

AUSTIN, Texas – March 26, 2018 – Central Texans are invited to participate in a community conversation about the Austin bombings and the response by police, the media and the community.

AUSTIN, Texas — March 7, 2018 — KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, and Mueller Austin present: “Rock the Park” (formerly KUTX Live at Mueller), a family friendly concert series at the Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater.

This free, monthly music series takes place one Friday each month March through May. Each concert is curated by KUTX Live Music Producer Deidre Gott and Bill Childs, host of KUTX’s Sunday-evening kids’ show, “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.”

The spring 2018 lineup includes:

AUSTIN, Texas – March 1, 2018 – KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, is your destination for the Austin and South by Southwest (SXSW) Music experience during the annual music conference and festival.

In addition to playing SXSW artists in heavy rotation throughout the week, KUTX 98.9 is producing exclusive content to help music fans discover new artists and connect them to the best of the annual gathering of musicians and fans. Just search for the #KUTXSXSW hashtag.

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 26, 2018 – KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, has been voted “Best Radio Station” in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music poll.

This is the fourth time in the station’s five-year history to be named “Best Radio Station” in the annual readers’ poll.

Gabriel C. Pérez

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 26, 2018 – “DJ ElGee” – also known as Laurie Gallardo – has been voted “Best Radio Personality” for the second consecutive year by voters in the Austin Chronicle Annual Readers’ Poll.

She received her award at the annual Austin Music Industry Awards last night at the Palm Door.

Martin do Nascimento/KUTX

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson, Dessa, David Ramirez, Bully Among this Year’s Performers

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 21, 2018 – Want to discover up-and-coming artists? Set your alarm clock for the early hours and head to Four Seasons Hotel Austin for KUTX Live at the Four Seasons to hear some of the music people will be talking about at the 2018 SXSW Music Conference – and beyond.

On Feb. 16, during the Austin City Council public comment regarding the proposed ordinance requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave for their workers, a list of businesses opposing the ordinance was read aloud. It included KUTX. 

This was erroneous.

As a state agency, we are prohibited from taking an official position on political issues. Moreover, we are a journalistic enterprise and would never take a position on an issue like this.

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 1, 2018 – What better time to show love and appreciation for the Austin music scene than in February – the month known for love?

KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience; the Austin Music Foundation; and the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division have declared February “Love Austin Music Month” and are making a concerted effort to highlight and spread the love of Austin Music.

Nate Ryan

Special Guests Shovels & Rope, Snarky Puppy, Gaby Moreno Pete Holmes to Perform

AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 10, 2018 – Chris Thile, musician, singer, songwriter, radio personality, Grammy® winner and MacArthur Fellow, hosts the radio variety show “Live from Here” from the Bass Concert Hall Jan. 27, with special musical guests Shovels & Rope, Snarky Puppy, comedian Pete Holmes and duet partner Gaby Moreno.

KUT Adds An Hour Of 'Morning Edition' To Weekdays

Dec 18, 2017

Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s The Thing” comes to KUT Friday nights

KUT to Announce Replacement for “The Tavis Smiley Show” in January

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 18, 2017 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, is expanding the broadcast time for its most listened-to program, “Morning Edition.”

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

StoryCorps MobileBooth to park in front of Bullock History Museum for four weeks to record the stories of local residents

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 12, 2017 – StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Austin from Jan. 5 to Feb. 2, 2018 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

                                                              EVENT ALERT

WHAT: The Downtown Austin Alliance; KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station; and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, invite the community to start the holidays downtown at the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll! All events are free and open to the public.

AUSTIN, Texas – Nov. 3, 2017 – A community of engaged listeners, sustaining members and local businesses showed their support for the news, information and music programming on KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9, during the fall 2017 membership drive.

The stations’ shortened, seven-day fall membership drive concluded Oct. 30 and focused on the theme “News for All. Music for All,” emphasizing that listener support makes quality journalism, trusted information, and the Austin music experience available to everyone. No subscription. No paywalls. No barriers to access.

Martin do Nascimento

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 4, 2017 – National Murrow Award-wining journalist Claire McInerny has joined the KUT 90.5 news department to report on issues of education and equity in Central Texas.

McInerny will cover issues from pre-kindergarten through college, focusing on equity in various education systems. This includes socioeconomic, racial and geographic issues of diversity in Austin.

After 30 years, NPR Ends Production of “Car Talk”

Sports magazine “Only a Game” joins Saturday morning lineup, weekend lineup shifts

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 25, 2017 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, is adding eight additional hours of news to the weekend schedule by expanding “Weekend Edition” and BBC news.

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