KUT-FM Thanks

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 27, 2004

Dear Editor,
   KUT listeners and Chronicle readers rock. First you voted KUT 90.5FM the "Best of Austin" radio station ["Best of Austin," Oct. 1] (OK, you shared the honor with KGSR), and then you made pledges totaling more than $611,000 during our recent on-air fundraiser.
   KUT is committed to being your local station with a global perspective. While radio stations and formats come and go KUT is here for the long haul. At the risk of being a bit dramatic, we believe public radio has a responsibility to preserve and promote democracy in our community, and that democracy is better served when citizens have free, accessible, independent, and private access to information from a variety of sources. With your support we have invested in this belief by developing the first public radio news service in Austin, by bringing you the best that National Public Radio has to offer and by seeking out additional perspectives from Public Radio International and the BBC. We also step back from the pressing issues of the day and play some really cool music.
   On behalf of the nearly 200,000 people who rely on KUT each week, thank you so much for your support. Though I'm sure that we could do better. If you have an idea how, feel free to post in on an independent blog at our Web site www.kut.org, or send us an e-mail directly at kut@kut.org.
Thanks again,
Stewart Vanderwilt
Director and general manager
P.S. p.s. For those asking, "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" you can find us on the left of the dial at 90.5FM.
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