News Releases

AUSTIN, Texas – May 8, 2018 – Longtime Austin media executive Patti C. Smith has been named interim executive director of KUT and KUTX Public Radio in Austin.

KUT and KUTX director and general manager Stewart Vanderwilt announced last month that he would depart in June to serve as president and CEO of Colorado Public Radio. Smith will serve as interim executive director during a national search for a permanent director for KUT and KUTX. She starts May 14.

AUSTIN, Texas — April 25, 2018 — On the 110th anniversary of the birth of the father of broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, KUT News and “Texas Standard” have won eight regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism.

From more than 4,400 entries, 785 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 16 categories this year recognize more than 307 local radio, television and digital news organizations across the country and internationally

AUSTIN, Texas – April 23, 2018 – KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, have earned a combined total of 17 awards, including 11 first-place designations, from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism.

The awards, announced April 21 at an awards event in Austin, were earned in the Division A, large market radio news category. The following work, produced in 2017, was honored: 

Overall Excellence
First place: KUT News

Martin do Nascimento

AUSTIN, Texas – April 16, 2018 – Turn up the volume on Saturday nights. KUTX 98.9’s local hip-hop show “The Breaks” is adding an hour and starting an hour earlier.

Beginning Saturday, April 21, “The Breaks” will start at 10 p.m. and add a third hour to end at 1 a.m. The show, hosted by Austin natives and hip-hop super-fans Confucius and Fresh, highlights the best hip-hop and R&B from local and emerging artists, alongside mainstream acts. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

AUSTIN, Texas – April 13, 2018 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has won a National Headliner Award for one of its Hurricane Harvey episodes broadcasting from the field.

The Sept. 1, 2017 episode – broadcast from a makeshift studio in a Beaumont hotel room with no running water, using an internet signal from across the street – won second place in the radio stations newscast, all-markets category.