Wed April 9, 2014
Setting A New Standard, Texas Style
In the 21st century, as Texas goes, so goes the rest of the country? Many think so. And not just Texans. As a recent Time magazine story proclaimed, "(i)t's not an accident that three of the five fastest growing cities are in Texas. It's more like destiny."
Perfect timing, it would seem, for public radio's first daily news program from the Capital of Texas, for Texas and beyond: Texas Standard. The program is built around partnerships with public radio stations across the state, as well as the Texas Tribune, Texas Monthly and many others.
Hosted by veteran public radio journalist David Brown (Marketplace, Monitor Radio), the program is conceived as a fast-paced hour covering breaking news, business and money, politics, life and culture, whatever's generating buzz across Texas – no matter where the news is happening. With plans to broadcast daily in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and smaller towns across Texas, Texas Standard is both a news show without borders, and an unapologetically distinctive Texas perspective. As we like to say, no matter where you are, you're on Texas Standard time.
Listen to our brief conversation with Stewart Vanderwilt, Director and General Manager of KUT Austin, home station of Texas Standard.
We'll be telling you more as we near our summer launch window. But for now, we hope you'll enjoy this sneak peek at our most recent test runs – done in "real time".
Nota bene: These samplers are updated weekly. The sponsors aren't really program sponsors, the theme music's a placeholder, the newscasts are dated, and we don't even have a Texas Standard website as such (in fact, we're still working with a skeleton crew and that dramatically limits what we can and cannot do editorially). But we're working hard behind the scenes to put the pieces together. It's a work in progress – and we'd love to get your feedback. Thanks for checking us out, and as they say in radio, stay tuned!