Editor, Since reading your recent article giving us a look at KUT's financial doings [“KUT by the Numbers,” News, Jan. 20], I've been wondering how the powers that be over there were feeling about the Chronicle. But after hearing today's Texas Music Matters installment South by ... the Numbers, I think I got my answer. I especially enjoyed the bit wondering just how much the big three at SXSW (Messrs. Black, Barbaro, and Swenson) might be possibly making. Complete with dollar figures pulled from ... well, somewhere. Sounds like you've guys have gotten mighty rich though. But then, it's fixing to be fundraising time over there. Maybe they're just putting in a plug early, hoping for a bigger pledge this year from all that loot.
Thanx, Jim Vest
[News Editor Michael King responds: The letter refers to a Jan. 20 Chronicle story by Kevin Brass ["KUT by the Numbers," News] to which the KUT Texas Music Matters story by David Brown – headlined "SXSW by the Numbers" – implicitly but not directly responded. For the record, David Brown's report on SXSW was based on financial speculations about SXSW he himself described as "not real numbers," while the Chronicle feature on KUT was a detailed account of the station's very real finances – those of a public institution licensed to a taxpayer-supported university using the public airwaves to ask the public to send in money.]