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                                  Nine bands to play unique venues across East Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Jan. 20, 2015 — The third annual MapJam, a daylong music festival that brings the Austin Music Map to life, will showcase some of the hidden musical spaces in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

KUT 90.5 will host StoryCorps for four weeks to help record the stories of local residents

AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 16, 2014 – StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Austin from Jan. 5-31 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 15, 2014 — Capping off a second year of delivering the Austin Music Experience, KUTX 98.9 is producing a second birthday party and benefit concert, featuring Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs and Shakey Graves, on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Bass Concert Hall.

Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday, Dec. 19, at Texas Performing Arts. Proceeds benefit KUTX 98.9.

“Bullseye” with Jesse Thorn comes to KUT Saturdays at 1 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — Dec. 9, 2014 — KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, is shuffling some of its weekend and late evening programs to bring listeners a fresh mix of the original and innovative public radio Austin’s NPR station is known for.

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 13, KUT’s midday and evening shows will be grouped together to reflect a similar sound, sensibility and personality. Some old favorites will have new start times.

See you at the state Capitol and Congress Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 6

EVENT: The community is invited to kick off the holidays downtown on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll hosted by the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience! All events are free and open to the public.

New members power KUT and KUTX fall membership drive

Oct 30, 2014

New members power KUT and KUTX fall membership drive

AUSTIN, Texas — Oct. 30. 2014 — A record 50 percent of the donations made to KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, during the fall membership drive were from new members, surpassing the stations’ goal and raising more than $625,000 for programming.

AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 27 2014 — Five Austin news organizations are hosting a series of candidate forums for the 10 Austin City Council districts and the mayoral race.

“The Austin Chronicle,” “The Austin Monitor,” KUT News, KXAN-TV (NBC affiliate) and Univision are collaborating to host “Ballot Boxing,” a series of in-district Austin City Council candidate debates as a prelude to the city’s geographically-dependent-City Council elections.

The series will include audience participation and, in some cases, live web streaming.

AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 26, 2014 — “On My Block,” an online project aimed at amplifying citizen voices in Austin's new City Council District 1, is a finalist for a 2014 Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association.

“On My Block” is one of four finalists in the “small feature” category.

KUTX Brings John Aielli (Back) to Drive Time

Aug 18, 2014

KUTX Brings John Aielli (Back) to Drive Time and Adjusts Special Programs to Create a More Consistent Listening Experience, Beginning Sept. 1

AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 18, 2014 – KUTX 98.9 is changing the air times of some shows and discontinuing others in order to more consistently deliver on its mission of reflecting the Austin Music Experience.

KUT News wins six awards from Houston Press Club

Jul 22, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — July 22, 2014 — KUT won six 2014 Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club Friday in recognition of outstanding achievements in journalism in Texas.

Politics reporter Ben Philpott earned first place for "Radio Journalist of the Year," while city reporter Joy Diaz earned second place in the category.

Four KUT stories and series also won awards:

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AUSTIN, Texas — June 24, 2014 — A KUT News special on the JFK assassination 50 years later has won a silver designation in the prestigious New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards recognizing The World's Best Radio Programs™. 

KUT News wins fourth National Edward R. Murrow Award

Jun 11, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas—June 11, 2014 — A KUT News story about a legally blind Austinite running the Boston Marathon has won a National Edward R. Murrow award in recognition of outstanding achievement in electronic journalism.

Event: Dallas' KERA and KUT's StateImpact Texas will host community event exploring What’s Behind the North Texas Quakes?

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AUSTIN, Texas — May 19, 2014 — The Cactus Cafe, one of Austin's iconic acoustic music traditions, is proud to announce that Jeff Tweedy will perform in the Texas Union Ballroom on Saturday, June 21, as part of the Cactus' yearlong 35th anniversary celebration.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, May 23, at CactusCafe.org. Tickets for this fund raising event are $85 and general admission. The 700-seat Texas Union Ballroom is the smallest venue on Tweedy's summer tour.

Austin, Texas — May 22, 2014 — KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, will bring the Austin Music Map to life in Austin's 78704 neighborhood next month.

MapJam's "Summer Jam 2014" takes place at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ABGB) on Saturday, June 21. Keeping with the Austin Music Map tradition of featuring the city's best kept musical secrets, Summer Jam will showcase three very different genres of music: Afro-Latin, Cajun and psych-dub.

AUSTIN, Texas — May 19, 2014 — A KUT News special on the JFK assassination 50 years later is a finalist in the prestigious 2014 New York Festivals® The World’s Best Radio Programs™.

"One Day in Dallas: JFK's Assassination 50 Years Later," co-produced by David Brown and Emily Donahue, is one of four U.S. finalists in the history category. The production, first broadcast Nov. 22, 2013, is one of the first by the core team behind the forthcoming daily news program, Texas Standard

PHILADELPHIA –May 15, 2014 — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting today announced a $750,000 grant for a historic collaboration between five public media stations to build a new, national, online music video showcase featuring exclusive live performances of new and emerging bands.

Code named the "Music X Project," this service plans to launch by the end of 2014.  The five founding stations are KCRW in Los Angeles, KTBG in Kansas City, KUTX in Austin, WFUV in New York City, and WXPN in Philadelphia. 

KUT News wins four regional Edward R. Murrow awards

Apr 23, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas—April 23, 2014—KUT News has won four 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 2013:

AUSTIN, Texas — April 23, 2014 — For the second year in a row, KUT StateImpact Texas reporter Mose Buchele has received the Charles E. Green Award for Best Reporter in the radio category.

Sponsored by the Headliners Foundation of Texas, the Charles E. Green Awards honor journalists in Texas who produce the very best news reporting and design.

AUSTIN, Texas — April 8, 2014 — Central Texans raised nearly $800,000 to support the news, information and cultural programming on KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, and the music programming on KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience.

Close to 4,500 individuals and businesses participated in the spring membership drive, which began March 26 and concluded at 9 a.m., April 4. Forty-one percent of participants were first-time donors with more than 30 percent of donors becoming sustaining members.

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