Trina Quinn


, Sunday 10am to 2pm

What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?

I moved here as a teen with my family in 1990, so there have truly been so many! One show that stands out, probably because of the state of mind that I was in. It was kind of sad times that SXSW 2006, but I powered through knowing that music could cure me! Some friends and I ended up at a makeshift SXSW stage, I believe it was next to Fox and the Hound… if that’s still in place… Inside the tent, The Flaming Lips were going to play. We all went to church that night! The crowd wasn’t huge– only a few hundred people — enough to hold Wayne Coyne up in the bubble thing he’d get in. They covered Bohemian Rhapsody and we all sang along! They also brought out one of my favorite performers, Peaches, and they covered War Pigs together, which was epic! I was cured.

Why public rather than commercial radio?

I worked in commercial radio for many, many years and still have wonderful friends who love music and love radio and work in commercial radio. The downer for me when I got into the radio business was realizing the lack of freedom and variety in the programming. That’s the nature of commercial radio though and it’s not going to change. I still loved being on the radio and it became more about that, as well as having an awesome time at free shows and with fun people!

KUTX is extraordinary though. We have the freedom as show hosts to choose much of what we play. Because we all love variety, that’s what you get. That was the dream when I was starting out as a DJ. So grateful I’m here now. Plus, no frickin commercials! It’s radio heaven.

How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air? I love going to shows and spending time with my daughter. I’ve been a Homeschool Mom for 13 years.

Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”

Your Momma. Show some damn respect.