KUTX 98.9 All-Music Programming to Deliver the Austin Music Experience
AUSTIN, Texas — Nov. 14, 2012—The music programs and hosts listeners enjoy on KUT — as well as new music programming reflecting the Austin music experience — will be featured on KUTX 98.9 in early January when the all-music station launches and KUT 90.5 switches to full-time news and information programming.
“Eklektikos” with John Aielli, Paul Ray’s “Twine Time,” “Horizontes” with Michael Crockett, “Texas Music Matters,” “Left of the Dial” with Jeff McCord, “Folkways,” “Across the Water” with Ed Miller and “World Music” with Hayes McCauley, as well as Kevin Connor, Laurie Gallardo, Jay Trachtenberg and others will continue to broadcast in their current time slots on KUTX 98.9.
New music programs on KUTX 98.9 include: “Cactus Cafe Live,” featuring curated live music from the legendary venue; “Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg,” featuring jazz classics, as well as new releases; “New Music Sunday” with Jeff McCord, featuring an eclectic mix of new music and special previews from new and established artists; and a three-hour Sunday morning program hosted by Jody Denberg highlighting a free-form mix of music from off the beaten path.
KUT’s Susan Castle will host music during morning drive time, while Matt Reilly will host afternoon drive time. A detailed KUTX 98.9 schedule will be announced in December.
“The music programming on KUTX will reflect Austin’s evolving music culture,” said Hawk Mendenhall, KUT associate general manager, and director of content and broadcast services. “Listeners will hear fresh, cutting-edge music — music that’s made here and played here — alongside iconic songs and established artists who continue to inspire.”
KUTX 98.9 content will emphasize music that defines Austin, whether it’s the artists who first put Austin on the map, those who are keeping it vital today or those who will make waves in the future. Additionally, live music from KUT’s Studio 1A and the Cactus Cafe, which is operated by KUT, will feature prominently on the station.
“We are extremely excited to be able to expand our service to better serve the Austin community and to bring to the world the music that makes Austin such a great place to live,” said Reilly, who is helping plan the KUTX music service.
When KUT and The University of Texas at Austin announced plans to purchase a second station in August, KUT Director and General Manager Stewart Vanderwilt said “Differentiating KUT’s news and music services across two stations is consistent with our strategic plan to double impact by 2020 and contribute to the long-term public service and sustainability of KUT.”
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. 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.