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UT/Marsha Miller

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

CALENDAR ALERT

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.

KUT 90.5 to Broadcast Award-Winning Program 'Think'

Dec 19, 2016

Texas-based show features interviews with prominent regional, national newsmakers

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 19, 2016 – “Think,” the award-winning radio program that sparks interesting conversations in Texas through intimate, thought-provoking long-form interviews, joins the KUT 90.5 lineup on Jan. 2.

EVENT: The Downtown Austin Alliance, KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, invite the community to start the holidays downtown on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll! All events are free and open to the public.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing songs of the season, led by KUTX 98.9 music hosts John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen. Attendees will receive a commemorative songbook (while supplies last).

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 28, 2016 – Central Texans showed their support for in-depth journalism and music that reflects the spirit of Austin by investing more than $576,000 in KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 during the fall membership drive, which ended Wednesday night.

To keep pace with Austin’s population growth, KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, set a goal of recruiting 2,000 new members. By the end of the nine-day, semi-annual membership drive, 2,019 listeners became first-time donors to the stations.

Join KUT’s Ben Philpott and The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root for a live recording of their weekly podcast, “The Ticket 2016” – a look at presidential politics from a Texas perspective.

Ben and Jay will kick off the evening with a review of the latest news from the campaign trail; including some debate comedy from our friends at Coldtowne Theater. Following the live recording, we’ll watch the final Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

A community discussion about the making of an ambitious oral history project
and the stories it brought to life

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 3, 2016 – In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas Tower shooting, “Texas Standard,” a daily statewide public radio news broadcast, aired the hour-long oral history, “Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting,” the culmination of a two-year effort to locate survivors of the shooting and gather their stories.

Music event connects fans to Austin City Limit’s most anticipated artists in beautiful, intimate setting

AUSTIN, Texas — Sept. 16, 2016 — KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering to connect music fans to some of the best hometown acts performing at the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival.

UT/Marsha Miller

City of Austin proclaims Sept. 1, 2016 “John Aielli Day”

Austin, Texas – Sept. 1, 2016 – From an exploding population and gridlock, to the opening – and closing – of The Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin has undergone significant changes in the past 50 years, but one thing has been a constant: John Aielli, host of “Eklektikos” on KUTX 98.9.

UT/Marsha Miller

AUSTIN, Texas – June 30, 2016 – In observance of the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas Tower shooting, “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, is producing “Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting,” an hour-long radio oral history, five-part reporting series, companion website and a permanent oral history archive at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

KERA hires Rachel Osier Lindley as Statewide Coordinating Editor

AUSTIN, Texas – June 21, 2016 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has been recognized as one of the world’s best radio programs by the New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotion Awards.

The radio news magazine, launched in March 2015 and produced at KUT in Austin, won a bronze radio award in the “Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program” category.

Host and Managing Editor, David Brown also was recognized with a certificate in the “Best Writing” category.

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.

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