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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...

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...

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. Wednesday, Oct....

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...

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. This year’s KUTX Live at the Four Seasons concert takes place from 9:30-1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 on the beautiful back lawn of the...

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. This month, Aielli marks 50 years on Austin’s radio airwaves. To mark the occasion, the City of Austin has proclaimed Sept. 1, 2016 ...

UT/Marsha Miller

AUSTIN, Texas – June 30, 2016 – In observance of the 50 th 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 . On Monday, July 25, “Texas Standard” will devote its statewide, hour-long broadcast to...

KERA hires Rachel Osier Lindley as Statewide Coordinating Editor DALLAS/FORT WORTH – June 21, 2016 – Rachel Osier Lindley, award-winning news director of WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., has been hired as Statewide Coordinating Editor for the Texas Station Collaborative — a first-of-its-kind public radio initiative created to expand and enhance news coverage of Texas. In this new role – to be based at KERA, the public broadcasting station in North Texas – Lindley will connect with...

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. A complete...

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. “ State Pays Some Workers with Disabilities Pennies per Hour ,” reported by Alain Stephens , won in the radio category in the 33 rd annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards sponsored by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. The story...

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. Diaz’s story “ These Indigenous Mexican Textiles Face a Copyright Controversy ,” which...

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. KUTX Live at Mueller is sponsored by Mueller and Wild About Music , with support from Rock and...

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: Overall Excellence , KUT staff The Missing Tortoise of South Austin , reported by Mose Buchele , won the...

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. 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. The stations met the new-member goal and raised more than $625,600 to support...

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. It’s the second consecutive year “Twine Time” has won the “Best Radio Program” category....

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. VuHaus, the music discovery video platform that curates music videos from the nation’s most influential public radio stations, will be live streaming six hours of amazing performances from the SXSW Radio Day Stage on Friday March 18 from 12-6 p.m. CDT. The artist...

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.” “Our vison in launching ...

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. Syeda Hasan joins the station as general assignment reporter. She previously worked as a reporter at Houston Public...

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. KUTX 98.9 will air four early morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons...

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: Use...

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