Like you, we’ve been adjusting to living in a pandemic. From upping our handwashing game, to learning to work from home, to incorporating new cleaning and safety protocols into the KUTX studios to keep our hosts safe – we’re learning to embrace change, growth and flexibility in 2020.
Some of the biggest changes you’ve likely noticed have been on 98.9. We condensed our hosted hours to minimize staff (and germs) in the control room. Two of the biggest personalities missing on weekdays were John Aielli and Laurie Gallardo. A few months ago, John suffered a stroke, leaving him unable to host “Eklektikos.” He is collaborating with his “Eklektikos” producer, Jack Anderson, on new and interesting ways to bring his unique voice and perspective to KUTX. We’re excited to see how that plays out. John is a treasured and valuable part of the KUTX team so you can expect to hear from him – in a different way – when he’s ready.
(Send John Aielli a message with our virtual card)
We’re thrilled to say that beginning Monday, September 14, our very own Taylor Wallace will host Monday through Friday mornings on KUTX from 6-9 a.m. This is an exciting development for Taylor and a new chapter for her career and KUTX so please join us in cheering her on.
Laurie Gallardo, who was named “Best Radio Personality” for four consecutive years in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll, returned to the afternoon airwaves weekdays from 1-5 p.m. (that’s an extra hour y’all, cuz she’s extra), on Monday, September 7. Welcome back El Gee!!
Sundays will see some changes too. Starting September 13, Paul Carrubba takes over the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. timeslot, while Confucius Jones, half of “The Breaks,” puts his spin on our mix from 2-6 p.m. This marks a new chapter for Confucius and his role at KUTX. If you’re listening closely, you may have noticed, Fresh, the other half of “The Breaks,” has been holding down 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift on Saturdays in recent weeks. Having Fresh and Confucius hosting individual shifts helps us build on the audience and success of The Breaks.
“World Music with Hayes McCauley” is ending its Sunday night run, but the good news is that Michael Crockett is bringing back “Global Grooves” from 10 p.m.-midnight beginning September 6.We may make more changes to the schedule in the months ahead – it is 2020 after all and we’re embracing flexibility. Feedback? Drop us a line.
Here’s how our revised schedule looks:
6-9a: Taylor Wallace
9a-1p: Susan Castle
1-5p: Laurie Gallardo
5-8p: Jody Denberg
8-11p: automated mix
11p-1a: World Cafe
6-9a: Taylor Wallace
9a-12p: Susan Castle
12-4p: Jody Denberg
4-7p: John E Dee’s Old School Dance Party
7-11p: Left of the Dial w/Rick McNulty
6-10a: automated mix
2-6p: Ryan Wen
6-7p: My KUTX
7-10p: Uptown Saturday Night w/Rick McNulty
10p-1a: the Breaks w/Confucius and Fresh
7-10a: Jazz w/Jay Trachtenberg
10a-2p: Paul Carrubba
2-6p: Confucius Jones
6-7p: Spare The Rock, Spoil the Child
7-10p: Horizontes w/Michael Crockett
10-p-12a: Global Grooves w/Michael Crockett