Two Promising New Shows Join KUT 90.5 Sunday Line-Up
AUSTIN, Texas — July 30, 2012 — KUT 90.5 is adding two of public radio’s most promising new shows to its Sunday lineup. Beginning Aug. 5, Snap Judgment and Radiolab will surprise, inspire and move listeners.
At 11 a.m., “Snap Judgment” host Glynn Washington, a winner of the 2007 Public Radio Talent Quest, dares listeners to see a slice of the world through another’s eyes with raw, intimate and musical narrative. The one-hour show highlights compelling people from around the globe with one commonality: they put everything on the line.
According to Washington, “It’s the Robert Frost thing: the roads diverge, and you have to make a choice. You always wonder what your life would have been if you’d gone the other way.” The show’s tagline — “It’s storytelling, with a beat!” — says it all.
“Snap Judgment” will be followed at noon by “Radiolab” with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. “Radiolab” is a one-hour experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds and stories that experiments with sound and style, allowing science to fuse with culture and information to sound like music. “Radiolab” won a Peabody Award in 2011.
“We’ve used the show in the past as a replacement for ‘Fresh Air’ when Terry Gross was on vacation and listeners frequently request that we add the show to our regular program lineup,” said Keith Neisler, KUT’s program director. “This listener favorite is expanding from 10 shows a year to a weekly program and we’re delighted to be able to have it on the schedule every Sunday.”
Following “Radiolab” at 1 p.m., Lynne Rossetto Kaspar and “The Splendid Table,” which has aired at 11 a.m. Sundays since 2010, will continue to talk food — from restaurants and artisans to anthropologists and authors; and of course, listener calls. Locally produced “Field and Feast” with Cecila Nasti will continue to be a five-minute segment of the show.
“Snap Judgment” and “Radiolab” replace the two-hour repeat broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” that airs from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. KUT will continue to carry the live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” from 5-7 p.m. Saturdays.
“The overall audience for ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ has been softening for some time,” said Neisler. “These two up-and-coming programs complement “This American Life,” which airs at 10 a.m., and present the opportunity to infuse new vitality to Sundays on KUT 90.5.
“We will give an added push in the fall to the live Saturday night airing of the new season of “A Prairie Home Companion.” We’re excited about regular spots for Radiolab and Snap Judgment and I’m confident that these changes will result in better audience service in the long run.”
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 100 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. KUT is nationally known for playing a unique blend of handpicked, homegrown and uniquely Austin music. This summer, KUT moved into the KUT Public Media Studios, which were built to emphasize creative collaboration and increase community interaction by bringing together creative and editorial production, and delivery of content in one interactive, dynamic space.
Note to editors: Photos of Glynn Washington, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are available and all three can be made available for interviews
Contact: Erin Geisler (512) 475-8071