Press Release

AUSTIN, Texas – July 12, 2017 – The KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 membership and development team was recognized for achieving and maintaining outstanding fundraising performance with the 2016 Benchmark Award at the annual Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC) in San Francisco last week.

AUSTIN, Texas – June 26, 2017 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” have each won two awards from the PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, which honors the best in local public radio.

“Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, and its documentary “Out of the Blue: 50 Years after the UT Tower Shooting” each won first place recognition.

New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotion Awards

AUSTIN, Texas – June 21, 2017 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, and the documentary “Out of the Blue” have been recognized as among the world’s best radio programs by the New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotion Awards.

AUSTIN, Texas – June 20, 2017 – A “Texas Standard” documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas Tower shooting and KUT News social media have won National Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

Joy Diaz/Texas Standard

Austin, Texas – June 12, 2017 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, won five 2017 Lone Star Awards – including two first-place designations – from the Houston Press Club Saturday in recognition of outstanding achievements in journalism in Texas.

The winning work includes:

AUSTIN, Texas – June 1, 2017 – Cactus Cafe and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, present the Cactus Summer Set featuring four of the most talented songwriters of our time. Together, John Fullbright, David Ramirez, Kevin Welch and Dustin Welch will regale music fans with an evening of songs and stories on Friday, June 23.

Hannah McBride/Texas Standard

AUSTIN, Texas – May 12, 2017 – A “Texas Standard” investigative story examining how some juveniles are tried as adults in Texas courts won a First Amendment award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Professional Chapter.

Adult Crime, Adult Time: How Texas Fast-Tracked Kids to Life in Prison, reported and produced by Alain Stephens and freelance journalist Hannah McBride, won a first place First Amendment award in the investigative report category.

AUSTIN, Texas — April 26, 2017 — KUT News and “Texas Standard” have won five regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

The awards were in the Region 6 (Oklahoma and Texas) large market radio category for the following projects produced in 2016:

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Austin would not be the music town it is without Willie Nelson

AUSTIN, Texas – April 18, 2017 – In celebration of Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday, KUTX 98.9 is dedicating the weekend of April 29 and 30 to all things Willie.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr.

AUSTIN, Texas – April 17, 2017 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has won three National Headliner Awards, including Best in Show and first place for the documentary “Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting.”

Erin Geisler

AUSTIN, Texas – April 6, 2017 – A community of engaged listeners, sustaining members and local businesses raised more than $770,000 to support the news, music and information programming on KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 during the just-completed spring membership drive.

Open Mic Nights Return to the Cactus Cafe

Mar 29, 2017
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Kacy Crowley Hosts Music Series

AUSTIN, Texas – March 29, 2017 – Up-and-coming artists looking to hone their performance skills and connect with the Austin music community can participate in the Cactus Cafe’s open mic nights curated and hosted by singer-songwriter Kacy Crowley.

The open mic night series kicks off Monday, April 3. Artist sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. Entry is free.

AUSTIN, Texas – March 7, 2017 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” won 18 awards, including eight first-place designations, from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters on Thursday.

The awards were earned in the Division A, large market radio news category in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism in various reporting categories such as continuing coverage, investigative report and documentary. The following stories, produced in 2016, were honored: 

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Mary Kang

AUSTIN, Texas – March 1, 2017 – Emerging and established artists Hippo Campus, Lizzo, Chicano Batman, Spoon, Valerie June and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears will play the SXSW Radio Day Stage sponsored by VuHaus on Friday March 17.

Music fans can tune in for this live broadcast from noon to 6 p.m. on KUTX 98.9, at and on the KUTX app.

KUTX Live at Mueller Announces Spring Lineup

Mar 1, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – March 1, 2017 – Pack the blankets and saddle the Rody Horse because KUTX and Mueller are collaborating on another round of free music and fun for the whole family!

Join us as we kick off the spring series of KUTX Live at Mueller – a free, monthly music event – March through May at the Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater. One Friday evening each month, KUTX and Mueller bring you a kid-friendly act – hosted by KUTX’s Sunday-evening kids’ show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” – followed by rock ‘n’ roll for the grown-ups. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Family Friendly Music Stage Attracts the Stroller Set

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 22, 2017 – KUTX 98.9 and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering again this year to connect music fans to some of the most anticipated artists at the 2017 SXSW Music Conference, including Spoon, Real Estate, Temples and The Black Angels, as well as those poised to break out, such as Maggie Rogers, Middle Kids, OJR and Little Simz.

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Fans Invited to Celebrate in an Evening of Live Music

AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 30, 2017 – Music lovers, weather watchers, gardeners and fans of the thoughtful pause are invited to celebrate KUTX 98.9’s John Aielli and his 50 years on the Austin radio airwaves at an anniversary concert featuring an eclectic line-up of all-star Austin artists.

Martin do Nascimento

“World Music” Returns to Airwaves Sunday Nights

AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 27, 2017 – A new show hosted by local hip-hop super-fans Confucius and Fresh joins the KUTX 98.9 airwaves Saturday nights.

The Breaks,” a live show from 11 p.m. Saturdays to 1 a.m. Sundays, highlights the best hip-hop and R&B from local and emerging artists, alongside mainstream acts. “The Breaks” replaces late nights with Katie Bradley.

KUTX Winter Jam, Jan. 21

Jan 11, 2017


What: Discover new music that reflects the diverse spirit of Austin at KUTX’s Winter Jam 2017 – a free concert showcasing a variety of local music acts, from hip-hop, to country, to indie rock.

When: Doors at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21

3 p.m. Texas singer and songwriter James “Slim” Hand

4 p.m. Indie psych-pop outfit Tele Novella

Theresa DiMenno

AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 9, 2017 – KUTX Music host Jody Denberg is being inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame in recognition of his longtime support of the Texas music industry and role in making the state “the fertile music landscape that it is.”

Denberg is among 10 inductees this year, which include songwriters, musicians, and individuals and groups that created and continue to nurture the music community.