KUT 90.5′s All-News Schedule Offers Up-to-the-Minute News and Live, Real-Time Discussion Throughout the Day
AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 9, 2012 – “Talk of the Nation,” “Tell Me More,” “The Takeaway,” “World Have Your Say,” “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” and “Marketplace Money” are just some of the new programs that will air on the all-news KUT 90.5 when it launches in early 2013.
These new programs will air alongside KUT staples, including “Morning Edition,” “Fresh Air,” “All Things Considered,” “Marketplace,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Car Talk,” “Radiolab” and “This American Life.” No programs currently on KUT will be eliminated.
KUT music programming, such as “Eklektikos with John Aielli,” Paul Ray’s “Twine Time,” Michael Crockett’s “Horizontes,” the Sunday evening World Music lineup and afternoon music with Jay Trachtenberg will all be moving to KUTX 98.9, KUT’s all-music station, pending Federal Communications (FCC) approval of the license transfer. Other favorite KUT music hosts moving to KUTX 98.9 will include Susan Castle, Laurie Gallardo, Matt Reilly, Jeff McCord and Jody Denberg among others. The full KUTX music schedule will be announced later this month.
KUT’s guiding principles in building the KUT news program schedule are to:
- Establish KUT’s all-news frequency, 90.5, as a source of news throughout the day by featuring live programs with deep editorial resources;
- Balance established programs with newer programs that may become the future voices of public radio; and
- Create partnerships with program producers to bring the creative and intellectual resources of KUT, The University of Texas at Austin and Central Texas into the programs.
“Our new schedule will enable KUT 90.5 to be a source of live programming, up-to-the-minute news and real-time discussion throughout the day,” said Keith Neisler, KUT’s program director. “Programs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. are live, which will enable Central Texans to participate in these national conversations via call-ins and social media.”
Other new programs on all-news KUT 90.5 include: “The Moth Radio Hour,” “Studio 360,” “Travel with Rick Steeves,” “The Dinner Party,” “Wits,” “Travel with Rick Steves,” “The TED Radio Hour” and “Smiley and West” with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West.
“The new schedule features programming that chooses a civil tone over a polarizing approach, offers a global perspective while making a local connection, and values a broad debate about issues that matter,” continued Neisler. “Between KUT News and the resources of NPR and other news partners, we believe KUT 90.5′s all-news schedule will engage our audience more deeply in civic and cultural life.”
A link to KUT 90.5′s all-news schedule is available online.
In August, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved KUT’s move to purchase radio station KXBT 98.9 in an effort to expand its public service, audience and community engagement. Pending FCC approval the new station, KUTX 98.9, will operate as a noncommercial public radio station broadcasting full-time music programming. KUT 90.5 will become a full-time news and information station.
About KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9
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’s news team has won more than 100 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. The station is nationally known for playing a unique blend of handpicked, homegrown and uniquely Austin music.
Contact for media queries: Erin Geisler (512) 475-8071
New Weekday Programs on KUT’s All-News Channel, 90.5
10 a.m. “Tell Me More“
- Host: Michel Martin
- Bold, honest, engaging, “Tell Me More” is an interview show from NPR News. From international newsmakers to everyday people, from spiritual leaders to foreign correspondents, “Tell Me More” strives to reveal whole stories from many, different perspectives.
- Martin welcomes guests to a safe place for difficult conversations and invites us to listen in.
11 a.m. “The Takeaway“
- Host: John Hockenberry
- “The Takeaway” is one-hour news magazine featuring unique conversations about topics of the day with both newsmakers and diverse voices.
- The program welcomes editorial collaboration with local stations and incorporates content from producing partners, the “BBC World Service” and the New York Times, KUT listeners will be exposed to significant, lively and far-from-usual news perspectives.
Noon British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) “World Have Your Say“
- Host: Ros Atkins
- BBC’s “World Have Your Say” is the BBC World Service’s flagship interactive news and current affairs program.
- BBC’s “World Have Your Say” is a one-hour lively, fresh and fluid news-driven conversation that invites listeners around the globe to share their views and questions on key issues on-air and online.
- “World Have Your Say” broadcast from KUT in November 2008 in front of a live audience in the Austin City Limits studios on The University of Texas at Austin campus.
1-3 p.m. (M-Th) “Talk of the Nation“
- Host: Neal Conan
- “Talk of the Nation” links the headlines with what’s on people’s minds, providing a springboard for listeners and experts to exchange ideas and pose critical questions about major events in the news and the world around them. Each day, ”Talk of the Nation” combines the award-winning resources of NPR News with the vital participation of listeners.
- Conan invites callers to discuss areas of topical interest, including politics and public service, education, religion, music and healthcare.
1-3 p.m. (Fridays) “Science Friday“
- Host: Ira Flatow
- Each Friday, journalist Ira Flatow is joined by listeners and studio guests to explore science-related topics — from subatomic particles and the human genome to the Internet and earthquakes. Flatow offers in-depth discussion with scientists and others from all walks of life, giving listeners the chance to hear from the people whose work influences their daily lives.
8-9 p.m. “Q with Jian Ghomeshi“
- “Q” is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes listners on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities — such as Van Morrison, Neil Young, Al Gore and Barbara Walters — and tackling the cultural issues that matter.
- Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with his trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.
New Weekend Programs on KUT’s All-News Channel, 90.5
Noon “Studio 360“
- Host: Kurt Andersen
- Peabody Award-winning “Studio 360″ from PRI and WNYC is public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what’s happening in pop culture and the arts.
- Each week, Andersen introduces listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. “Studio 360″ regularly guides listeners to the must-see movies, the must-read next book or that life-changing song.
1 p.m. “Marketplace Money“
- Host: Tess Vigeland
- Looks at the week’s major national and international stories that will impact the average listener’s wallet.
2 p.m. “TED Radio Hour”
- Host: Alison Stewart
- “TED Radio Hour” explores the ideas underlying the famous TED Talks, allowing listeners a space to think about the big picture.
3 p.m. “Day 6”
- Host: Brent Bambury
- “Day 6″ is a news magazine that serves up a surprising take on the week. On “Day 6″ listeners gain a different perspective on the biggest stories going. Audiences find out about some of the stories they may have missed: on news, tech, politics, arts and pop culture.
7 p.m. “Wits“
- Host: John Moe
- “Wits” is a live public radio show that brings world-class comedians, actors and musicians to the stage where host John Moe gives them and the audience the time of their lives. Wits mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation, music and genuine beauty in a program praised as “one of the rare public radio comedy shows that’s actually funny.”
8 p.m. “Live Wire!”
- Host: Courtenay Hameister
- “Live Wire!” is a radio variety show recorded in front of an enthusiastic live audience from the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Ore. It’s music, conversation and sketch comedy. In other words, it’s radio variety for the A.D.D. generation.
2 p.m. “Travel with Rick Steves“
- Host: Rick Steves
- “Travel with Rick Steves” is the Lowell Thomas-award-winning radio show that is a fun and practical show with guest experts and questions from travelers. Each week, Rick Steves provides a portal into of travel and takes the listener to the many destinations. It has been described as the “movable feast for the ears.”
6 p.m. “The Moth Radio Hour“
- Host: Jay Allison and others
- “The Moth Radio Hour” takes the very simple idea of real people telling true stories before a live audience and has created a phenomena that Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion says “...I think it’s the next big huge hit in public radio.”
8 p.m. “Smiley and West“
- Hosts: Tavis Smiley and Cornel West
- “Smiley and West” is a one-hour, weekly program of thought-provoking, intelligent and stimulating dialogue on every subject from news and politics to entertainment and culture.
9 p.m. “Ask Me Another“
- Host: Ophira Eisenberg
- “Ask Me Another” is NPR’s exciting new show featuring puzzles, word games and trivia played in front of a live audience. It’s essence, according to the creators, is the idea of puzzlemaster Will Shortz and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” host Peter Sagal walk into a bar and bring a “rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia with comedy and music.”