News Releases

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.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

AUSTIN, Texas – April 6, 2018 – Stewart Vanderwilt, director and general manager of public radio stations KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9, and assistant dean for media operations in the Moody College of Communication, has been named president and CEO of Colorado Public Radio.

AUSTIN, Texas – April 2, 2018 – Central Texans showed their support for KUT 90.5’s trusted, in-depth news reporting and KUTX 98.9’s reflection of the Austin music experience during the spring 2018 membership drive.

The seven-day on-air portion of the drive ended March 28 and added nearly 2,000 new members, which are key to public radio’s sustainability. Additionally, many of the stations’ 20,000 sustaining members increased their monthly gift during the drive, bringing the total to $650,000 raised during the spring membership drive.