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AUSTIN, Texas – April 25, 2016 – A “Texas Standard” story on disabled workers earning pennies per hour working for the state won a Barbara Jordan Media Award in recognition of work that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities.

AUSTIN, Texas – April 25, 2016 – “Texas Standard” reporter Joy Diaz has received two first-place First Amendment awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Professional Chapter.

The annual awards recognize exceptional journalism in Texas and Oklahoma that furthers the public’s right to know how governments and businesses affect their lives, and champions the powerless and disadvantaged.

What: KUTX Live at Mueller, a free, family friendly music series kicks off Friday, May 6, and continues Friday nights through May 20.

Each concert starts at 7 p.m. with a kid-friendly act hosted by “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child,” (heard on KUTX from 6-7 p.m. Sundays) followed by rock ‘n’ roll for the grown-ups. Additionally, some of Austin’s favorite food trucks will be onsite.

KUT News wins seven regional Edward R. Murrow awards

Apr 19, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas — April 19, 2016 — KUT News has won seven regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) – more than any other large-market station in the country – 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 2015:

AUSTIN, Texas – April 7, 2016 – Austinites wanting to give voice to the stories, music and experiences that make Austin – “Austin” helped KUT and KUTX public radio raise more than $625,000 during the semi-annual membership drive, which ended last night.

AUSTIN, Texas —March 8, 2016—KUTX 98.9 was voted “Best Radio Station,” while “Twine Time” and its longtime host Paul Ray were named “Best Radio Program” and “Best Radio Host” respectively in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music Industry Awards last night at the Palm Door.

This is the third consecutive year the station has earned the “Best Radio Station” distinction since launching in January 2013.

VuHaus to Live Stream From SXSW 2016

Mar 2, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas – March 2, 2016 – KUTX and nine of public radio’s most influential tastemakers present a special live radio broadcast and video stream from the SXSW Radio Day Stage powered by VuHaus at the Austin Convention Center.

AUSTIN, Texas – March 2, 2016 – “Texas Standard” is celebrating one year of exploring and reflecting, statewide, on what it means to be Texan.

The one-hour daily news show made its debut on public radio stations around the state one year ago today, Texas Independence Day. Now heard on 24 stations across the state – including KTEP in El Paso, which joined the network this week – “Texas Standard” is living up to its tagline, “the National Daily News Show of Texas.”

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 29, 2016 – Four reporters, three of whom started as interns at KUT, have joined the KUT News team, while two longtime reporters have earned promotions.

Syeda Hasan, Ashely Lopez, Audrey McGlinchy and Andrew Weber have joined KUT News, while longtime reporters Matt Largey and Ben Philpott have been promoted to managing editor and senior editor respectively.

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUTX

AUSTIN, Texas — Feb. 24, 2016 — KUTX 98.9 and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering for the fourth consecutive year to connect music fans to some of the most anticipated artists at the 2016 SXSW Music Conference, including White Denim, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Sweet Spirit and Hayes Carll, as well as those poised to break out.

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 24, 2016 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” have earned a combined total of 18 awards, including seven first-place designations, from the 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 2015, was honored: 

Two longtime reporters promoted

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 23, 2016 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, has named Emily Donahue director of journalism sustainability and impact for KUT, while Matt Largey and Ben Philpott have been promoted to managing editor and senior editor of KUT News respectively.

Marsha Miller

What: Jimmie Vaughan and friends will celebrate Paul Ray’s life at Antone’s Nightclub, Austin’s home of the blues. The event will feature music of the Cobras, as well as tributes from some of Austin’s finest musicians – including Denny Freeman and Charlie Sexton – who were influenced by “Twine Time,” the rhythm and blues radio show Ray hosted for nearly 40 years.

Additional special guests will be announced closer to the show.

Marsha Miller

AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 15, 2016 – Paul Ray, Texas Radio Hall of Famer and host of “Twine Time” on KUTX, died today He was 73.

Ray hosted “Twine Time” on KUTX 98.9 – which spun out of KUT 90.5 as a full-time music service in 2013 – since 1978 when he teamed up with KUT music hosts Bill Bentley and Pat Crumhorn for the monthly rhythm and blues show, which went weekly in 1979.

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 22, 2015 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, is bringing four new-to-public-radio shows to the Austin airwaves next month.

Save the date:

Event: KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, is showcasing three of its Artists of the Month from 2015 to play a show at the ABGB.

Moving Panoramas, Walker Lukens, and Sweet Spirit will be featured in KUTX 98.9’s Winter Jam. This all-ages event is free and open to the public.

When: 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016

MEDIA ALERT

EVENT: The Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and KUT News 90.5 and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, invite the community to start their holidays downtown on Saturday, Dec. 5, during the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll! All events are free and open to the public.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season during KUTX 98.9 host John Aielli’s Holiday Sing-Along.

AUSTIN, Texas – Nov. 16, 2015 – KUT News journalists Mose Buchele and Ben Philpott have been selected to participate in NPR’s Collaborative Coverage project. The initiative aims to connect NPR and member public station newsrooms around the U.S. to move faster, dig deeper and reflect the fabric of America as a network.

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 29, 2015 – More than 2,000 listeners became first-time donors, helping KUT and KUTX exceed new member goals for the fall membership drive.

KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, began the eight-day membership drive with a goal of recruiting 2,000 new members. When the drive ended last night, 2,050 listeners had become first-time donors to KUT and KUTX, with an additional 2,300 renewing their support.

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.

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