Press Release

Daily news show serves as platform for connecting stories of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 9, 2015 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has hit the six-month milestone of connecting Texans to stories around the state through expansive coverage of politics, the environment, lifestyle, culture, technology and business — from a distinctly Texas perspective.

AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 13, 2015 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has hired producers from NPR’s “Morning Edition” and North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC to direct and assist with show production.

Leah Scarpelli and Hady Mawajdeh join “Texas Standard” as director and production assistant respectively.

KUT among four public media stations partnering to enhance statewide news coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C., and AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 6, 2015 — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced it has awarded the Texas Station Collaborative (TSC) a two-year grant totaling $750,000. Led by KERA (Dallas-Fort Worth), the statewide collaboration includes KUT (Austin), Texas Public Radio (San Antonio) and Houston Public Media as partners. 

KUTX names assistant program director

Jun 8, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – June 8, 2015 – KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, has named its first assistant program director who will focus on marketing, outreach and fundraising efforts for the station.

Jacquie Fuller has joined the KUTX programming team where she will oversee the station’s presence at live shows and cultural events around Austin, as well as collaborate with the fundraising and marketing departments across the station. Listeners will hear her on 98.9 as a fill-in host.

KUT News wins two regional Edward R. Murrow awards

Apr 23, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — April 23, 2015 — KUT News has won two 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 2014:

AUSTIN, Texas — April 16, 2015 — Central Texans have helped KUT and KUTX public radio raise more than $500,000 to deliver independent local and national journalism, and hand-picked music that reflects the Austin music experience during the spring 2015 on-air fund drive.

The semi-annual fund drive began on April 7 and ended a day early – April 14 – thanks to a buy-back initiative in which listeners bought back a day of the on-air fund drive by raising $125,000 before the start of the drive.

AUSTIN, Texas — March 26, 2015 — KUT News, Austin’s NPR station, earned 11 awards, including five first-place designations, from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism.

The awards were earned in the Division A, large market radio news category in the reporter, feature, documentary, digital, special content, spot news and specialty and categories. The following content produced in 2014 was recognized:

AUSTIN—March 10, 2015—KUTX 98.9 was voted “Best Radio Station” and “Twine Time” was named “Best Radio Program” in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music Industry Awards.

This is the second time the station has earned this distinction since launching in January 2013. Sister station KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, landed at No. 3 in the poll.

Live concert will feature Twin Shadow, Gang of Four, Ryan Bingham, Best Coast, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, and Courtney Barnett

AUSTIN, Texas — March 5, 2015 — KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, is one of five top public radio stations presenting a special concert and live radio broadcast and webcast from the SXSW Public Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center on Friday, March 20.

AUSTIN, Texas — Feb. 25, 2015 — No wristband? No problem! Once again KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, is partnering with Four Seasons Hotel Austin to connect music fans to some of the most anticipated artists at the 2015 SXSW Music Conference, including Delta Spirit and Chuck Prophet, and those poised to break out. 

KUTX 98.9 will air four early morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons Austin Hotel Ballroom from 7 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 21.

New statewide public radio news magazine to originate from Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Feb. 9, 2015 — Texans have a new source for expansive coverage of local, national and international news — from a distinctly Texas perspective — with the launch of “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas.

                                  Nine bands to play unique venues across East Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Jan. 20, 2015 — The third annual MapJam, a daylong music festival that brings the Austin Music Map to life, will showcase some of the hidden musical spaces in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

KUT 90.5 will host StoryCorps for four weeks to help record the stories of local residents

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 16, 2014 – StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Austin from Jan. 5-31 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 15, 2014 — Capping off a second year of delivering the Austin Music Experience, KUTX 98.9 is producing a second birthday party and benefit concert, featuring Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs and Shakey Graves, on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Bass Concert Hall.

Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday, Dec. 19, at Texas Performing Arts. Proceeds benefit KUTX 98.9.

“Bullseye” with Jesse Thorn comes to KUT Saturdays at 1 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — Dec. 9, 2014 — KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, is shuffling some of its weekend and late evening programs to bring listeners a fresh mix of the original and innovative public radio Austin’s NPR station is known for.

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 13, KUT’s midday and evening shows will be grouped together to reflect a similar sound, sensibility and personality. Some old favorites will have new start times.

See you at the state Capitol and Congress Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 6

EVENT: The community is invited to kick off the holidays downtown on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll hosted by the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience! All events are free and open to the public.

New members power KUT and KUTX fall membership drive

Oct 30, 2014

New members power KUT and KUTX fall membership drive

AUSTIN, Texas — Oct. 30. 2014 — A record 50 percent of the donations made to KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, during the fall membership drive were from new members, surpassing the stations’ goal and raising more than $625,000 for programming.

AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 27 2014 — Five Austin news organizations are hosting a series of candidate forums for the 10 Austin City Council districts and the mayoral race.

“The Austin Chronicle,” “The Austin Monitor,” KUT News, KXAN-TV (NBC affiliate) and Univision are collaborating to host “Ballot Boxing,” a series of in-district Austin City Council candidate debates as a prelude to the city’s geographically-dependent-City Council elections.

The series will include audience participation and, in some cases, live web streaming.

AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 26, 2014 — “On My Block,” an online project aimed at amplifying citizen voices in Austin's new City Council District 1, is a finalist for a 2014 Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association.

“On My Block” is one of four finalists in the “small feature” category.

KUTX Brings John Aielli (Back) to Drive Time

Aug 18, 2014

KUTX Brings John Aielli (Back) to Drive Time and Adjusts Special Programs to Create a More Consistent Listening Experience, Beginning Sept. 1

AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 18, 2014 – KUTX 98.9 is changing the air times of some shows and discontinuing others in order to more consistently deliver on its mission of reflecting the Austin Music Experience.