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KUTX 98.9 Named 'Best Radio Station' In Annual Readers’ Poll for Sixth Year

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KUTX 98.9 staff members Jay Trachtenberg, Taylor Wallace and Deidre Gott celebrate the station's sixth win for “Best Radio Station” in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music poll.";s:3:

"Left of the Dial," Laurie Gallardo named Best Radio Music Program and Personality respectively

AUSTIN, Texas – March 4, 2020 – For the sixth year, Central Texans have voted KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, “Best Radio Station” in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music poll.

“Left of the Dial,” hosted by Rick McNulty, was named “Best Radio Music Program” and Laurie Gallardo was named “Best Radio Host” at the 2020 Austin Music Industry Awards at Emo’s Austin on March 2.

This is the first time “Left of the Dial” has won the “Best Radio Music Program” category. Hosted by Rick McNulty from 7 to 11 p.m., Fridays, “Left of the Dial” is a freeform throwback to the early days of FM radio where anything goes. From new music discoveries, to old forgotten gems – it's a treasure of ear candy that caters to all tastes.

This is the fourth consecutive year Gallardo has been named “Best Radio Personality” in the readers’ poll. She hosts music from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KUTX 98.9 and produces the Austin Music Minute, which shines the spotlight on live music shows around town six days a week.

The complete list of Austin Music Industry Award winners is online.

About KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience
Named “Best Radio Station” in the Austin Music Awards poll six times since it launched in 2013, KUTX 98.9 is the destination for new music from the artists driving the sound of Austin today – from new and local artists, to music that has stood the test of time. Programming includes more than 300 live, one-of-a-kind performances in Studio 1A each year; the Austin Music Minute, the KUTX Artist of the Month and the KUTX Song of the Day, as well as KUTX Live events that connect music fans to local and national talent. More at

About the Austin Chronicle
“The Austin Chronicle” is an independent, locally owned and operated alternative newsweekly that reflects the heart and soul of Austin. Boasting a readership of 586,000 weekly, the Chronicle addresses the community's political and environmental concerns, expresses Austin's rich cultural scene, and provides in-depth coverage of the Capital City's live music and entertainment venues, performing arts centers, restaurants, recreational activities, and outdoor excursions. Special annual issues include "Best of Austin," the First Plates Restaurant Awards, the Austin Music Awards, and the Short Story Contest. For more information, go to


Contact: Erin Geisler (512) 475-8071