News Releases

Hannah McBride/Texas Standard

AUSTIN, Texas – May 12, 2017 – A “Texas Standard” investigative story examining how some juveniles are tried as adults in Texas courts won a First Amendment award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Professional Chapter.

Adult Crime, Adult Time: How Texas Fast-Tracked Kids to Life in Prison, reported and produced by Alain Stephens and freelance journalist Hannah McBride, won a first place First Amendment award in the investigative reporter category.

AUSTIN, Texas — April 26, 2017 — KUT News and “Texas Standard” have won five 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 2016:

KUT News, Austin’s NPR station

Austin would not be the music town it is without Willie Nelson

AUSTIN, Texas – April 18, 2017 – In celebration of Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday, KUTX 98.9 is dedicating the weekend of April 29 and 30 to all things Willie.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr.

AUSTIN, Texas – April 17, 2017 – “Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, has won three National Headliner Awards, including Best in Show and first place for the documentary “Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting.”

Erin Geisler

AUSTIN, Texas – April 6, 2017 – A community of engaged listeners, sustaining members and local businesses raised more than $770,000 to support the news, music and information programming on KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 during the just-completed spring membership drive.

Open Mic Nights Return to the Cactus Cafe

Mar 29, 2017
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Kacy Crowley Hosts Music Series

AUSTIN, Texas – March 29, 2017 – Up-and-coming artists looking to hone their performance skills and connect with the Austin music community can participate in the Cactus Cafe’s open mic nights curated and hosted by singer-songwriter Kacy Crowley.

The open mic night series kicks off Monday, April 3. Artist sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. Entry is free.

AUSTIN, Texas – March 7, 2017 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” won 18 awards, including eight first-place designations, from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters on Thursday.

The awards were earned in the Division A, large market radio news category in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism in various reporting categories such as continuing coverage, investigative report and documentary. The following stories, produced in 2016, were honored: 

KUT News

Mary Kang

AUSTIN, Texas – March 1, 2017 – Emerging and established artists Hippo Campus, Lizzo, Chicano Batman, Spoon, Valerie June and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears will play the SXSW Radio Day Stage sponsored by VuHaus on Friday March 17.

Music fans can tune in for this live broadcast from noon to 6 p.m. on KUTX 98.9, at KUTX.org and on the KUTX app.

KUTX Live at Mueller Announces Spring Lineup

Mar 1, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – March 1, 2017 – Pack the blankets and saddle the Rody Horse because KUTX and Mueller are collaborating on another round of free music and fun for the whole family!

Join us as we kick off the spring series of KUTX Live at Mueller – a free, monthly music event – March through May at the Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater. One Friday evening each month, KUTX and Mueller bring you a kid-friendly act – hosted by KUTX’s Sunday-evening kids’ show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” – followed by rock ‘n’ roll for the grown-ups. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Family Friendly Music Stage Attracts the Stroller Set

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 22, 2017 – KUTX 98.9 and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering again this year to connect music fans to some of the most anticipated artists at the 2017 SXSW Music Conference, including Spoon, Real Estate, Temples and The Black Angels, as well as those poised to break out, such as Maggie Rogers, Middle Kids, OJR and Little Simz.

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.

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