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Story About an East Texas High School Marching Band Cited for "Suspenseful Storytelling"

AUSTIN, Texas — Oct. 12, 2020 — A story about an East Texas high school military style marching band and its performance of a lifetime won “Texas Standard” a National Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 5, 2020 – A new podcast from KUT and KUTX Studios explores the many ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the live music scene in Austin – and beyond.

“Pause/Play,” the podcast about Austin music, a global pandemic and what comes next, tells the stories of people from across the spectrum of Austin’s live music ecosystem – their personal experiences, survival strategies, adaptations and what they think is possible on the other side of this pandemic.

“In Black America” Celebrates 50 Years

Aug 31, 2020

Public radio show spotlights luminaries and their work advancing the quality of African American life

AUSTIN, Texas – August 31, 2020 – KUT 90.5’s “In Black America,” the nationally syndicated public radio show dedicated to all facets of the African American experience, celebrates 50 years on the air this September.

Month-long celebration includes daily features, online content and one-hour oral history

AUSTIN, Texas – July 29, 2020 – The Armadillo World Headquarters – the venue that helped put Austin on the musical map – opened 50 years ago and KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, is marking the anniversary with a month-long celebration.

AUSTIN, Texas – July 6, 2020 – A documentary about Texas’s role in the Apollo Moon landing, a feature about navigating Austin traffic during SXSW and a sports story about an East Texas marching band are among nine national awards that “Texas Standard” and KUT News won from the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) for excellence in public media journalism.

“Texas Standard” won the following awards in the Division A category (news staff of 8-15) for work produced in 2019:

KUT Adds '1A' And 'The Daily' To Weekday Schedule

Jun 24, 2020

New Weekend Shows Replace Canceled Nationally Syndicated Shows

AUSTIN, Texas – June 24, 2020 – KUT is adding four new shows – two news- and current-events-focused, and two science-focused – to its schedule to bring fresh and diverse perspectives to the KUT lineup.

The new shows – “1A,” “The Daily,” “The Pulse” and “Climate One” – replace several repeat hours and discontinued shows throughout the schedule. The new schedule begins Wednesday, July 1.

AUSTIN, Texas — May 26, 2020 — A documentary on why Austin schools aren’t working for students of color and KUT’s senior reporter covering energy and the environment were recognized with Charles E. Green awards for work produced in 2019.

Sponsored by the Headliners Foundation of Texas in cooperation with the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, the Charles E. Green Awards honor Texas journalists who produce the “very best” news reporting and commentary.

Experts from Across the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School to Share Latest Insights and Science

AUSTIN, Texas – May 21, 2020 – As Texas moves toward restarting the economy after stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 expire, many questions remain: What do we need to know about the virus? What will it take to live with and move past the pandemic? And how will it affect society long-term?

AUSTIN, Texas – May 12, 2020 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” have won seven Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for stories aired during 2019, including recognitions for Excellence in Sound, Excellence in Writing, News Documentary, Podcast, Excellence in Innovation, Feature Reporting and Sports Reporting.

AUSTIN, Texas – May 7, 2020 – KUT News has been awarded a COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant from the Facebook Journalism Project to support continuing Austin and Central Texas Covid-19 reporting and reach new audiences with fact-based news and information.

“The grant will enable our newsroom to more thoroughly and effectively serve Austin and the surrounding Central Texas communities with critical news and information at a time when other media have drawn back in coverage,” said KUT News Executive Editor Teresa Frontado.

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AUSTIN, Texas – April 9, 2020 – A series about illegal dumping and a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing are among the “Texas Standard” reporting that earned National Headliner awards.

A three-part series about illegal dumping in West Texas, reported by Jill Ament, won first place in the news series category.

KUT News's Education Coverage and Series on Sexual Assault Earn Numerous Accolades

AUSTIN, Texas – March 31, 2020 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, have earned a combined total of 18 awards – including nine first-place designations – from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism.

KUT News swept the documentary reporting category and “Texas Standard” swept the sports category.

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"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.

With the addition of two new editors, The Texas Newsroom plans for innovative, robust election coverage

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 20, 2019 – KUT News is taking ATXplained – its award-winning crowd-sourced reporting series – to the stage for ATXplained Live, an evening of live storytelling based on listener questions about the city’s people, places and culture.

The two-hour performance takes place Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) at the Hogg Auditorium (2300 Whitis Ave.). Tickets are $30 for premium orchestra seats and $20 for all other seats.

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec 2, 2019 – Journalist and digital content strategist Teresa Frontado will join KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR Station, as executive editor in January.

Frontado will focus on strengthening the newsroom’s audience focus with an emphasis on engagement, digital innovation, diversity, accountability reporting and the storytelling that is distinctive to public radio. The executive editor position – a new role at KUT – reflects the evolution of KUT News as one of Austin’s leading local news sources.

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AUSTIN, Texas – Nov. 19, 2019 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR Station, and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, invite the community to kick off the holidays at the annual Holiday Sing-Along at the Texas Capitol, the Downtown Holiday Stroll and tree lighting, a series of free, family friendly events, on Saturday, Dec. 7.

AUSTIN, Texas —Sept. 9, 2019 – Public radio stations across Texas are teaming with NPR to increase coverage of statewide issues and boost reporting from underserved regions, including the border with Mexico. Reporters and editors from the state’s four largest public radio stations — KUT in Austin, KERA in Dallas, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, and Houston Public Media — will plan statewide coverage together, share resources, and dig deeper into the most important stories in Texas.

KUTX Live at The Four Seasons: HAAM Day Concert and Live Broadcast featuring Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Sept. 24

“StarDate’s” Sandy Wood to Retire

Aug 6, 2019
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Billy Henry to Replace Her as Voice of “StarDate”

Austin Texas – Aug. 6, 2019 – Sandy Wood, the popular and charismatic announcer of “StarDate,” is retiring after 28 years on the air. Her final episode aired July 16. Voice talent Billy Henry is the new voice of the long-running science program.

AUSTIN, Texas – July 22, 2019 – KUT and KUTX Associate Director of Broadcast and Content Hawk Mendenhall will retire on Dec. 31.

He joined KUT 90.5 in 2001 when the station was a music and national news format with a monthly listenership of 85,000 and no local news programming. During his tenure, he led the station through several transformational schedule changes that brought in new audiences and increased overall listening. Today, the station serves a monthly audience of about 600,000 through two broadcast signals, multiple digital platforms and a statewide weekday news show.

Event: Test your knowledge of news and current events in KUT 90.5’s inaugural Spectacle of Knowledge Trivia Night, hosted by KUT News reporter Jimmy Maas.

You don’t need to be a news nerd to compete; if you listen to KUT 90.5 on the regular, we declare you fit to compete. Teams can range from two to a maximum of six.

Topics fall into four categories: News, Business/Money, Life and Sports.

Sign up at

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AUSTIN, Texas – April 30, 2019 – KUT reporter Ashley Lopez and multimedia journalist Julia Reihs won Charles E. Green Awards for Best Reporter and Best Online/Special Content, respectively.

Sponsored by the Headliners Foundation of Texas, the Charles E. Green Awards honor Texas journalists who produce the “very best” news reporting and commentary.

AUSTIN, Texas – April 29, 2019 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, have earned a combined total of 15 awards – including seven first-place designations – from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism.

The awards, announced April 27 at an awards event in Austin, were earned in the Division A, large market radio news category. The following work, produced in 2018, was recognized:

KUT Recognition

AUSTIN, Texas – April 23, 2019 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” have won six regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism, technical expertise and adherence to RTDNA’s code of ethics.

This year’s winners were judged in 14 regions and represent 309 local radio and TV newsrooms. KUT News and “Texas Standard” each won three awards in the Region 6 (Oklahoma and Texas) large market radio category for the following projects produced in 2018:

AUSTIN, Texas – April 19, 2019 – Central Texans stepped up to voluntarily support fact-based journalism and the Austin music experience at KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 during their joint spring membership drive.

The on-air portion of the seven-day membership drive, which ended April 12, raised $675,000 and added more than 1,275 new members, with some sustaining members choosing to increase their monthly donation.

AUSTIN – April 19, 2019 – “Texas Standard” programs about a post-election blue wave reaching Texas, a legacy of “pirate” radio over Texas airwaves, and a series where people confess some of their darkest secrets won National Headliner awards today.

The Nov. 7 show examining what the election results say about the future of the Lone Star State, produced and reported by “Texas Standard” staff, won first place in the newscast category.


AUSTIN, Texas – March 28, 2019 – KUT 90.5’s story about a program that would improve the way blind people use the bus system won a Barbara Jordan Media Award in recognition of work that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities, using People First language and respectful depictions. 

This is the third win for KUT and its daily news magazine Texas Standard.

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 28, 2019 – Once again, Central Texans have voted KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, “Best Radio Station” in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music poll.

This is the fifth time KUTX 98.9 has been named “Best Radio Station” in the annual readers’ poll since the station launched six years ago.

Concerts featuring Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Wyclef Jean, Andrew Bird and More Support HAAM

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 26, 2019 – No badge? No problem. KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, is bringing together some of the most anticipated 2019 SXSX Music Conference artists – and those poised to break out – for four mornings of music appreciation and discovery at Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Proceeds benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).