KUT 90.5, “Twine Time” Earn Austin Music Awards in Annual Austin Chronicle “Best of” Music Poll
AUSTIN—March 13, 2013—KUT 90.5 has been voted “Best Radio Station” in the Austin Chronicle’s 31st annual music poll. This is the 15th time the station has earned this distinction since the poll began in 1981.
“Twine Time” hosted by Paul Ray on KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, was named “Best Radio Music Program.” This is the second time “Twine Time” has earned this distinction. Ray was named “Best DJ” in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll in 1981 and 1982. He was inducted into the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1994 and again with Paul Ray & the Cobras in 2003.
Rounding out the top 10 for “Best Radio Music Program” were KUTX 98.9 programs: “Eklektikos,” (2) hosted by John Aielli; “Texas Music Matters,” (7) hosted by David Brown; “Left of the Dial,” (9) hosted by Jeff McCord; and “Horizontes,” (10) hosted by Michael Crockett.
Six KUTX 98.9 music hosts were recognized in the “Best Radio Personality” category including Ray (2); Aielli (4); KUTX Program Director Matt Reilly (6); Laurie Gallardo (7); Brown (9) and Rick McNulty (10).
“We’re thrilled to receive this vote of confidence from the community,” said Stewart Vanderwilt, director and general manager of KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9. “It re-affirms our decision to launch a full-time music platform – KUTX 98.9 – to showcase and expand our music programming.”
The Cactus Cafe, which is programmed by KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9, was recognized (2) in the “Best Acoustic Venue” category.
A complete listing of winners is available online.
Austin music poll winners will be honored during the Austin Music Awards at the Austin Music Hall at 7 p.m. today.
The Austin Music Awards will feature a tribute to the late SXSW music director Brent Grulke by The Wild Seeds featuring Susan Cowsill, Britt Daniel, Alejandro Escovedo, Robyn Hitchcock, and Adrian Quesada with the Grupo Fantasma horns.
The Austin Music Awards are presented by The Austin Chronicle and SXSW and co-sponsored by KUTX, Planet K, Discount Electronics, Ticketbud and is a benefit for the SIMS Foundation. This year, the Music Awards show will air live on America’s longest, continually running community television station, channelAustin (Channel 10).
About KUT 90.5
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.
About KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience
Launched on Jan. 2, 2013, KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, is the non-commercial, member-supported music service of KUT Public Radio and The University of Texas at Austin. KUTX 98.9 features fresh, cutting-edge music, alongside iconic songs and established artists who continue to inspire. Programming includes live, one-of-a-kind performances in Studio 1A; Texas Music Matters, the award-winning music journalism program; the Austin Music Minute, the KUTX Song of the Day, and the Austin Music Map featuring some of the unlikely places where music is being made in Austin. More at kutx.org.
About the Austin Chronicle
The Austin Chronicle celebrates 32 years as Austin’s independent news source, covering music, film, arts, and politics, with 195,000 readers per week in the greater Austin metropolitan area. The Chronicle is the eloquent and incisive voice of the city, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. The Austin Chronicle is available at over 1,800 locations every Thursday. For more information, go to www.austinchronicle.com.