March 8: No Boys Allowed

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March 8: No Boys Allowed

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a worldwide day of recognition and action for women and girls. KUTX will participate the best way we know how: with music! From 6am until 11pm, we’ll shine the spotlight on women – from singer-songwriters, to kick-ass frontwomen, to rappers  – from here in Austin to all around the world. (We can’t promise you won’t hear some men singing – how else do we honor awesome lady drummers and guitarists?)

What’s more – we’re kicking the men out of the studio! The entire day will be hosted by the Women of KUTX:

6-9 A.M.Elizabeth McQueen (Saturday mid-morning and This Song host) gives John Aielli the morning off (which he’ll need, since it’s the day after his 50th Anniversary celebration.)

9 A.M. to 12 P.M.Susan Castle remains the queen of her mid-morning castle.

12-2 P.M. – Live Music Booker/Producer Deidre Gott gives Jay Trachtenberg the boot. (Will she play Dolly Parton? Our sources say yes!)

2-5 P.M. – Laurie Gallardo rocks her usual spot!

5-7 P.M. – For your afternoon drive home, KUTX’s Assistant Program Director Jacquie Fuller will take the wheel from Jody Denberg.

7-9 P.M. – Taylor Wallace (Thursday night and Saturday midday host), makes usual Wednesday night host Jack Anderson sleep on the couch.

9-11 P.M. – Late-night host Audrey Morton makes an earlier appearance.

Follow along on Instagram (@KUTX), too, where we’ll be sharing portraits from some of our favorite women artists who have come through KUTX.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

 

Five Questions with KUTX Booker Deidre Gott

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Five Questions with KUTX Booker Deidre Gott

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

Live music producer Deidre Gott is the person responsible for booking the diverse array of live music you hear on KUTX every day – from our 300+ live Studio 1A broadcasts, to KUTX Winter Jam, to our KUTX Live events at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin and Mueller.

 Someone who likes to dive deep into her music passion, Deidre has worked nearly every angle of the music industry from radio and music television, to Waterloo Records and slinging merch with Shearwater. She has been singing in the same cover band for the last 12 years and might be Dolly Parton’s number one fan. Before joining KUTX in early 2016, Deidre spent 10 years championing Austin music for a commercial Alternative Rock station and spent time programming Triple A, Alternative and Indie Rock programs for retail and restaurants. Some of her favorite bands include Tame Impala, Beck, and Octopus Project – among an ever-growing list of favorites! 

 Five Questions with KUTX Booker Deidre Gott

 What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio? 

My whole family is musical and it’s always been a big part of my life. Piano, choir, band – I was a total music nerd. When I was old enough to listen to the radio and pick my own music I was obsessed with the oldies station. My friends and I would tape ourselves pretending to be DJ’s when I was a kid.

 It wasn’t until I moved to Austin in 2001 that I finally pursued radio. I stumbled onto a radio remote happening at a club on 6th street and asked the DJ how to get a job in radio. She gave me a card and that was that.

 What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?

The Black Angels in 2006 at the very first Fun Fun Fun Fest. It had been an amazing festival, the sun had set and in the middle of “Black Grease” a helicopter flew over. It was such perfect timing. It sounded like it was part of the show. I just knew I had been a part of something really special and felt lucky to be having that experience.

 Why public rather than commercial radio?

I worked 15 years in commercial radio before moving over to public radio last year. When I first started working at KUTX, I kept marveling, “This is what I always hoped radio would be!” There’s a freedom afforded in public radio that commercial radio doesn’t have. We’re not bound by charts and singles. We know the hits, but we get to take chances. It opens us and our listeners up to so many different genres and artists that I’m constantly discovering new stuff I really dig.

 How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?

Eating bean and cheese tacos. 

 Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

 Connect with Deidre on Twitter @DeidreGott

International Clash Day 2017

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International Clash Day 2017

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017

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One Friday in February 2013, KEXP Morning Show host John Richards decided that one Clash song wasn’t enough, and so International Clash Day was born.

This year we also celebrate all of the world governments that have declared International Clash Day an official holiday: The City of Seattle, The State of Washington, The City of San Francisco, The City of Vancouver, BC, The City of Austin, and more!

Read Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s International Clash Day proclamation and make plans to join KUTX and KEXP at the ABGB Tuesday, February 7th starting at 6:30 p.m., with Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and a Holler, Migrant Kids, a dub DJ set, and special guests. Below, KUTX’s Clash expert Paul Carrubba talks with KEXP’s John Richards about the celebration and the Clash’s enduring legacy.

5 Questions With Jody Denberg

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5 Questions With Jody Denberg

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

photo by Theresa DiMenno

Texas radio icon Jody Denberg was among 10 music industry stalwarts inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame last month in recognition of his longtime support of the Texas music industry and his role in making the state “the fertile music landscape that it is.”

What better way to kick off our Five Questions series than by sitting down with Jody.

Five Questions with KUTX Host Jody Denberg

 

What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio?
My seminal musical experience was seeing The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964; the next day I went down to our neighborhood record store in The Bronx to buy the 45 rpm single for “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The Beatles set me on my musical course; radio was something I accidentally fell into because of my love of music!

 

What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?

I can’t pick just ONE favorite Austin music experience. Here are a few: Helping to raise $2 million for the SIMS Foundation; going to the Cactus Cafe and Austin City Limits tapings for more than 35 years; singing onstage with some of my musical heroes, including Pete Townshend, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane, Billy Bragg, Loudon Wainwright, Shelby Lynne, Doug Sahm, Alejandro Escovedo, Steve Forbert and others; interviewing Yoko Ono at SXSW in 2011 (and co-authoring a book about her); and live on-air interviews and/or performances with the likes of Brian Wilson, Patti Smith, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, The Band and and and …

 

Why public rather than commercial radio?

I spent 29 years in commercial radio in Austin; my path has now led me to public radio and KUTX 98.9. It almost seemed pre-ordained as I graduated UT in 1981 and 30 years later, voila! – I’m on public radio. Following the deregulation of ownership at commercial radio, budgets shrank and the need for revenue and ratings eclipsed any mission for sharing a wide variety of music with a listening community. Public radio seems the last bastion for broadcasting to a higher target than the lowest common denominator. I am so blessed I found a place where I can serve our community.

 

How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?

When I am not spinning on air I love to hang out with my wife Barbara, our cats, family and friends, read books and watch movies, walk on the treadmill and in the park, go out on the lake, eat good food – and still listen to plenty of great music, live or on shuffle.

 

Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”

…the lifeblood of our city!

Jody hosts music on KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays.

Say hi to Jody on Twitter @JodyDenberg

KUTX Adds Hip-hop Show to Saturday Night Lineup

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KUTX Adds Hip-hop Show to Saturday Night Lineup

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

photo by MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO

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.

“I’m really excited about bringing ‘The Breaks’ to KUTX 98.9. Confucius and Fresh bring great knowledge and energy to the air and – with their hometown roots – they’re the perfect messengers to bring more attention to the Austin hip-hop scene,” said Matt Reilly, KUTX program director.

“Austin has seen rapid growth of the hip-hop scene over the last several years and reflecting this scene is a part of our core mission of delivering ‘The Austin Music Experience,’” he said.

Austin natives and hip-hop super-fans Confucius and Fresh honed their broadcasting skills hosting the long-running podcast “Those Damn Comic Book Guys.”

“The Austin scene is still in its infant stages simply because no one had made it out on a major level in terms of success,” said Confucius, who is also a local DJ. “The scene needs more outlets and ears to finally get the respect it deserves – with our help, hopefully.”

Tune in for “The Breaks” Saturday, Jan. 28, to discover the best music from the local hip-hop scene alongside insightful commentary from two of Austin’s biggest hip-hop champions. Hop-hop artists are encouraged to submit their music to “The Breaks” by e-mailing a .wav file to [email protected].

Sunday nights at KUTX are getting more local too.

Beginning Feb. 5, “World Music” with Hayes McCauley re-joins the KUTX 98.9 lineup from 10 p.m. to midnight Sundays. The show aired on KUTX until 2014 when it moved to the KUTX.org stream and KUT HD 3 to make way for “Alt.Latino,” the NPR Music-produced Latin alternative and Spanish rock music show. “World Music” will follow “Horizontes” with Michael Crockett, to create a five-hour block of locally produced music featuring eclectic sounds from around the world.

“Alt.Latino” fans can listen to the show on KUT HD-3 24/7.