Doesn't Find Fault With KUT

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 27, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Kevin Brass in his story on KUT seems to be looking for a skeleton in KUT's financial closet ["KUT by the Numbers," News, Jan. 20]. After reading the article I for one can't find the fault in the station's business or message that he seems to be implying. Yes, KUT seeks corporate funding and yes, it may get a little hyper in its on-air fundraising and yes, it pays healthy salaries, but so what? If it can turn out good programming and not find itself bowing to the wishes of the big money donors I don't have a problem. The reality of noncommercial radio is that it plays in the same ballpark as all those commercial stations and many listeners don't differentiate. What KUT's approach spares us is the constant grating blare of lots of commercials every hour of every day. Twice-a-year fundraising is nobody's idea of fun but a small price to pay in exchange for that.
    Instead of a nonexpose on KUT finances I'd like to see an article on the improvement in the station's on-air sound that I have heard since the current management took over. Six or eight years ago the station sounded dull to say the least, and amazingly Morning Edition cut off at 8am. Now there is local news, more national news, Texas Music Matters, and more. And I don't know what they put in John Aielli's coffee but now he actually sounds awake when he does the show.
    Still, Austin could use more news and information like the excellent Talk of the Nation from NPR. I'd like to see KUT use all that money that Kevin Brass points to and try to pick up another frequency as public stations (including San Antonio and Denver) have done. Then we could have a full-time news and information outlet and even more of the local music shows that Austin loves.
Kenneth Pfluger
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