Does KUT-FM Realize What It Had?

RECEIVED Mon., March 22, 2010

Dear Editor,
    I enjoyed reading the latest winners in the Readers' Poll [2009-10 Austin Music Awards, Music, March 19]. Thanks again for another well-designed issue.
    But there is one thing that really jumped out at me. On the radio page it shows KUT-FM as the favorite radio station. For the most part, I couldn't agree more; I listen to nothing else. But I hope that the station managers are paying attention to the other poll results. After the much ballyhooed changes in the lineup last summer, you would think that with Matt Reilly now having three straight nights of programming that he would have some fans out there. But his name is totally absent in any category. You see John Aielli's Eklektikos, Paul Ray's Twine Time, Larry Monroe's Blue Monday all listed under Radio Music Program, and you see all three men listed again under Radio Personality. And these were the very same three that either had their programming axed or reduced last July. I can only hope that someone over at KUT is paying attention to the listeners of Austin and reconsiders the decision to drop The Phil Music Show and Paul Ray's Jazz from the lineup. And to either restore Aielli Unleashed or give John back the right to program his own show without management interference.
    But maybe some changes have already been made. According to your listing under Radio Music Program, Larry Monroe and Blue Monday are on KLBJ, not KUT. Has KLBJ managed to steal him away?
Jim Vest
   [Editor's note: We made a mistake in listing Blue Monday as a KLBJ show, as opposed to correctly noting it as a KUT program. We regret the error.]
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