News Releases

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.

Big Thief, Jamila Woods and Lo Moon are Inaugural Class of ‘Slingshot’

Member stations unleash the power of public radio to drive music discovery

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

Music event connects fans to fest’s most anticipated artists, while raising funds for cancer

AUSTIN, Texas — Sept. 19, 2017 — KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering to connect music fans to some of the best acts performing at the 2017 Austin City Limits Festival.

This year’s KUTX Live at the Four Seasons concert takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, on the beautiful back lawn of Four Seasons Hotel Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 6, 2017 – Take off your shoes, spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy family friendly music at the KUTX Live at Mueller fall concert series kicking off Sept. 22 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.”

AUSTIN, Texas – July 12, 2017 – The KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 membership and development team was recognized for achieving and maintaining outstanding fundraising performance with the 2016 Benchmark Award at the annual Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC) in San Francisco last week.

AUSTIN, Texas – June 26, 2017 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” have each won two awards from the PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, which honors the best in local public radio.

“Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, and its documentary “Out of the Blue: 50 Years after the UT Tower Shooting” each won first place recognition.

New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotion Awards

AUSTIN, Texas – June 21, 2017 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, and the documentary “Out of the Blue” have been recognized as among the world’s best radio programs by the New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotion Awards.

AUSTIN, Texas – June 20, 2017 – A “Texas Standard” documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas Tower shooting and KUT News social media have won National Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

Joy Diaz/Texas Standard

Austin, Texas – June 12, 2017 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, won five 2017 Lone Star Awards – including two first-place designations – from the Houston Press Club Saturday in recognition of outstanding achievements in journalism in Texas.

The winning work includes:

AUSTIN, Texas – June 1, 2017 – Cactus Cafe and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, present the Cactus Summer Set featuring four of the most talented songwriters of our time. Together, John Fullbright, David Ramirez, Kevin Welch and Dustin Welch will regale music fans with an evening of songs and stories on Friday, June 23.

Hannah McBride/Texas Standard

AUSTIN, Texas – May 12, 2017 – A “Texas Standard” investigative story examining how some juveniles are tried as adults in Texas courts won a First Amendment award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Professional Chapter.

Adult Crime, Adult Time: How Texas Fast-Tracked Kids to Life in Prison, reported and produced by Alain Stephens and freelance journalist Hannah McBride, won a first place First Amendment award in the investigative report category.

AUSTIN, Texas — April 26, 2017 — KUT News and “Texas Standard” have won five regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

The awards were in the Region 6 (Oklahoma and Texas) large market radio category for the following projects produced in 2016:

KUT News, Austin’s NPR station

Miguel Gutierrez Jr.

AUSTIN, Texas – April 17, 2017 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has won three National Headliner Awards, including Best in Show and first place for the documentary “Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting.”

Erin Geisler

AUSTIN, Texas – April 6, 2017 – A community of engaged listeners, sustaining members and local businesses raised more than $770,000 to support the news, music and information programming on KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 during the just-completed spring membership drive.

Open Mic Nights Return to the Cactus Cafe

Mar 29, 2017
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Kacy Crowley Hosts Music Series

AUSTIN, Texas – March 29, 2017 – Up-and-coming artists looking to hone their performance skills and connect with the Austin music community can participate in the Cactus Cafe’s open mic nights curated and hosted by singer-songwriter Kacy Crowley.

The open mic night series kicks off Monday, April 3. Artist sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. Entry is free.

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