KUT Named Best Radio Station
KUT Named “Best Radio Station”
“Eklektikos” Named Best Radio Music Program
AUSTIN, Texas – March 15, 2007 – KUT Radio, 90.5 FM, was named “Best Radio Station” by the Austin Chronicle at the annual Austin Music Awards show, the official kick-off to the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Longtime weekday morning music program “Eklektikos” with John Aielli was named “Best Radio Music Program.”
Each January, the Austin Chronicle asks readers to vote for their favorite things in Austin music over the past year. KUT Radio and “Eklektikos” have been named “the best” many times in the Austin Chronicle’s annual “Best of Austin” awards, which are given each fall and also are based on votes, but this is the first time in more than 15 years that KUT and “Eklektikos” have won in the Music Awards program.
“The ‘Best Radio Station’ award validates our focus on playing music that matters to Austin – music that is hand-picked for qualities of substance and integrity – and that is as innovative, authentic and passionate as the city itself,” said Stewart Vanderwilt, director and general manager of KUT Radio. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the community in this very special way.”
“John’s been engaging, entertaining and enlightening Central Texans with his musical knowledge since the early 70s,” said Program Director Hawk Mendenhall. “We are thrilled that Austinites would pay tribute to ‘Eklektikos’ in this way.”
The Music Awards, presented by The Austin Chronicle and SXSW and co-sponsored by 107.1 KGSR, is a benefit for the SIMS Foundation, a non-profit organization offering low-cost mental health services to the music community.
About KUT Austin
For nearly 50 years, KUT Radio, 90.5, Austin’s listener-supported public radio, has strived to be the most trusted radio source for news and music in Central Texas. Nationally known for playing music that matters to Austin, KUT produces award-winning news programming, special features series and documentaries that are regularly broadcast nationwide – in addition to providing news from National Public Radio and Public Radio International. For more information, go www.kut.org.
About the Austin Chronicle
Serving the Austin community for 25 years, The Austin Chronicle has grown to a readership of more than 294,000 in the greater Austin metropolitan area. The Chronicle is the eloquent and incisive voice of the city, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. The Austin Chronicle is available at over 1,700 locations every Thursday.
Erin Geisler, KUT
Erin Collier, The Austin Chronicle