Expanding KUT’s Public Service To Better Serve You
The University of Texas System Board of Regents today approved KUT’s proposal to acquire radio station KXBT 98.9. Pending FCC approval of the license transfer we will rename the station KUTX 98.9 and program it as an all-music format. We expect this process to take a few months, but we plan to have the new station on the air sometime this fall.
The new service, KUTX 98.9, will operate as a non-commercial public radio station broadcasting full-time music programming celebrating local music, including content from KUT Performance Studio 1A and the Cactus Cafe.
KUT 90.5 will focus on news, information and variety programs. On KUT you will continue to hear Morning Edition, All Things Considered, KUT News and Wait, Wait …Don’t Tell Me! along with many new programs that give voice to the issues of our global community.
This means you will have even more of the news and information programming you love, and more music celebrating the Austin Music Experience. We have much work to do to bring these services into full bloom, and we are starting today.
Differentiating KUT’s news and music services across two signals is consistent with our strategic plan to double our impact by 2020 and contribute to the long-term public service and sustainability of KUT. The KUT Public Media Studios — with their increased production capacity, public spaces and direct audience interaction — are the foundation of this strategic direction.
We’ve developed an FAQ in hopes of addressing your immediate questions. As always please share with us your thoughts, questions and ideas via firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on the programming of the two stations read the official press release here. Listen to the KUT News interview with KUT General Manager Stewart Vanderwilt here.
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