KUT’s Texas Music Matters Wins National Headliners Award for Armadillo Oral History Project
AUSTIN, Texas—March 29, 2011— KUT 90.5 FM’s signature music news unit Texas Music Matters has won first place for “Home with the Armadillo: The Armadillo Oral History Project” in the annual National Headliners Awards.
“The Armadillo Oral History Project,” was a year-long effort to document the voices of Austin’s Armadillo World Headquarters era, culminating in an hour-long radio special, “Home with the Armadillo,” which aired in August, a living oral history archive, multimedia presentations, a website and a week of music programming exclusively dedicated to the storied music venue.
The project resulted in a priceless oral history archive—a living time capsule—of a vital chapter in Austin’s musical story. It is a story told by the people who were actually there in the ’70s, from hundreds of different perspectives. Modeled after the national project StoryCorps, the archive will become part of the Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.
The documentary is anchored by Brown and was produced, edited and reported by KUT’s “Texas Music Matters” unit, with special assistance from independent journalist Ann Leifeste and musician and music history aficionado Nick Marcotte.
KUT will rebroadcast “Home with the Armadillo” at 10 p.m., May 12, before Sound Opinions.
KUT’s Texas Music Matters team won in this same category for the 2009 radio documentary “Amazing Grace: the Story of Willie Nelson“.
The National Headliners Awards is one of journalism’s oldest, largest and most prestigious competitions, conducted since 1935 by The Press Club of Atlantic City. Other winners this year include the Associated Press, the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, CBS Radio News, CNN, Marketwatch Radio Network, NPR, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
The juried competition recognizes journalistic excellence in several categories including newspaper, radio, television, photography and online media.
About KUT Radio
For more than 50 years, KUT 90.5, listener-supported public radio from Austin, Texas, has striven to be the most trusted radio source for news and music in Central Texas. A founding member of NPR, KUT established a news department in 2002. Since then, KUT News has won more than 50 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. KUT is nationally known for playing a unique blend of handpicked, homegrown and uniquely Austin music. Its signature music journalism unit , Texas Music Matters, uses the highest standards of public radio journalism to report on Texas music. The station relies on individuals and local businesses for more than 85 percent of its operating budget with 100 percent of those contributions going directly to programming and broadcasting expenses. For more information, go to www.kut.org.
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