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The Lead: Here Comes KUTX

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Good morning! You’ll need to bundle up: The National Weather Service says cold temperatures are sticking around today, with Austin looking at a high in the upper 40. Here’s what’s happening this chilly Jan. 2:

Here Comes KUTX: New Year’s Day has come and gone, but today marks a new start for KUT: Beginning today, KUT 90.5 FM changes from its current programming mix of news and music to around-the-clock news and information. KUT’s familiar music personalities – including John Aielli, Laurie Gallardo, Paul Ray, Jay Trachtenberg and company – begin broadcasting 24-hour music on KUT’s new frequency, KUTX 98.9 FM.

Most of KUTX’s music shows are staying in their usual time slots, but  Susan Castle, Jody Denberg, Matt Reilly and Kevin Connor have new hours. And KUT’s change to all-news means several news programs are joining the lineup: The Takeaway” with John Hockenberry, “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin, NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” “Marketplace Money,” “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” “The Moth,” “Rick Steves Travel” and more.

You can find the lineup for KUT 90.5 FM here: here’s the programming schedule for KUTX 98.9 FM:

More change in the new year: New Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty was sworn in yesterday, along with several other WilCo officals. KVUE has a brief video of the ceremonies.

Duty bested incumbent DA John Bradley last year, after a campaign that centered on Bradley’s handling on the botched murder trial of Michael Morton. Morton spent 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife Christine before he was cleared.

In case you missed it: Who doesn’t love the perennial story about the first baby born in the new year – in this case, a one Aubree Star Rodriguez, born at 12:04 a.m. on Jan. 1.

KUT News caught up with 98-year-old Gus Herzik earlier this week. We figured that at nearly 100-years old, Herzik might have some wisdom to impart to the new year’s baby.  For starters: “Keep Austin weird … but not too weird.” You too can listen to Herzik’s advice here.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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