"..."Welcome to KUT," Vice-President of Student Affairs Juan Gonzalez joked. To the surprise of few, the Texas Union announced this afternoon that it will entering a deal with KUT-FM, Austin's NPR affiliate, to keep the Cactus Cafe open...."
"...We'll have plenty more on this in tomorrow's paper (see Austin Powell's "Off the Record" column), but there's breaking news about a possible new direction for the Cactus Cafe: A partnership with KUT Radio...."
"...If KUT is an integral part of your morning drive, or KLRU is your go-to for smart, impassioned television programming, then you're going to want to tip your hat to Bob Schenkkan...."
"...Last August KUT-FM sounded like a station in trouble. Just a few weeks before the end of its fiscal year, the public broadcasting station broke into programming to plead for an extra $100,000 in donations, citing an unanticipated revenue shortfall..."
"...Reporters at KUT-FM took to social media this week to announce they would no longer receive overtime pay, translating into a significant cut to their already low salaries and adding to the station's current turmoil. "This has a direct impact on the public service we're able to provide to our audience," tweeted KUT News Managing Editor Matt Largey, adding, "Many KUT reporters make drastically less than their counterparts elsewhere..."
"...If the howls of protest emitted by some KUT (90.5FM) listeners after last year's programming changes provide any indication, the public radio station's fans might go into complete shock after Jan. 28, when station management will initiate wholesale changes in the NPR affiliate's schedule...."
"...After asking freelance journalist Eva Ruth Moravec to investigate and write about its own newsroom culture and practices, KUT-FM has now taken down both of her previously published stories from its website. The move isn't a particularly good look for Austin's troubled NPR affiliate, plagued by accusations of workplace hostility and threats to journalistic autonomy by leadership at the station and by its ultimate owner, the University of Texas at Austin...."
"...The growing protest against KUT-FM's decision to cut back the shifts of longtime disc jockeys Paul Ray and Larry Monroe is shaping up as something of a last stand for the public radio station's old guard disc jockeys. "They haven't even begun to hear from us," said musician Cleve Hattersley, co-founder of seminal local band Greezy Wheels, who is spearheading the protest..."
"...Editor: In reference to the "Naked City" News item (Dec. 19) about the online petition asking KUT (90.5FM) to broadcast Democracy Now! (an award-winning nationally syndicated news program on the Pacifica network), I have this to say..."
"...Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading Richard Whittaker's mention of Elliott Naishtat's "Sonic ID" on KUT-FM in this past issue [“Naked City,” News, Oct. 23]..."
"...Dear Editor, Something is gravely, gravely wrong at KUT these days ["Media Watch: Unwinding the Twine at KUT," News, Aug. 7]..."
"...Dear Editor, Kevin Brass' column [“Media Watch,” News, June 15] regarding the excessive and tiresome fundraising by KUT was missing one apparent, and in my mind the main, reason for the decreasing number of donors. Natural attrition, the economy, competition among nonprofits, and listeners moving out of the area were the excuses given by staff for fewer donors. I'm still alive and well and living in Austin, Texas, thank you very much..."
"...Dear Editor, KUT listeners and Chronicle readers rock. First you voted KUT 90.5FM the "Best of Austin" radio station ["Best of Austin," Oct..."
"...Dear Editor, So, now the suits running the show over at KUT 90.5FM have decided to buy themselves a whole new radio station to play with! According to an article on RadioInsight.com (dated July 7), and finally up on KUT's website on July 11, KUT has asked the UT Board of Regents to approve a $6 million purchase of KXBT 98.9FM. According to RadioInsight, if approved, KUT would shift all of its music programming to the new frequency and broadcast as KUTX..."
"...Dear Editor, I urge KUT to reconsider using a voice-tracked deejay in place of local talent. If you are unfamiliar with voice-tracking, an example of this profit-boosting tactic is when one prerecorded deejay replaces the live deejays in 50 different cities..."
"...Dear Editor, “How do we keep KUT from drifting [off track]?” asks Stuart McDow [“Postmarks,” Oct. 13]..."
"...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]..."
"...Dear Editor, Your article appears to find our NPR station guilty of, well, guilty of being successful [“KUT by the Numbers,” News, Jan. 20]..."
"...Dear Editor, With the announced addition of Jody Denberg to the KUT on-air staff (currently standing in for Jay Trachtenberg and John Aielli) [“Off the Record,” Music, Dec. 31], the commercialization, or "KGSR-ization,” of KUT should be pretty much complete..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Media Watch: Unwinding the Twine at KUT” [News, Aug. 7]: Remember when KUT was a haven from the commercial onslaught? We've been witnessing an unfortunate transformation there – a nonprofit radio station starting to operate very much like a commercial station..."
"...Dear Editor, The former subscriber to KUT (“Soul Being Ripped From KUT”) [“Postmarks,” July 10] is correct in complaining that the station is sounding more commercial rather than not-for-profit because of relentless, loud, prerecorded “announcements.” The current management at KUT justifies this programming with supposed listener statistics, but KUT is violating the spirit and possibly the letter of Federal Communications Commission Code of Federal Regulations Title 47, Section 73.503, defining noncommercial educational FM stations. If Austin KUT listeners, whether subscribers or not, are increasingly annoyed and irritated with this commercial direction, they can voice their concerns by filing an online complaint to www.fcc.gov or by using the mail-in form..."
"...Dear Editor, What's up? I go out of town for a couple of weeks and return to find that one of my favorite shows, Femme FM, is no longer on KUT. And not only is it no longer anywhere on the roster, but it's been replaced by four hours of Paul Ray and Twine Time [“Media Watch,” News, Sept..."
"...Dear Editor, I am appalled by the article about KUT's highly questionable fundraising (or more to the point, spending) as delineated in your article [“KUT by the Numbers,” Music, Jan. 20]..."
"...Dear Editor, Just when I think I am over the monumental arrogance at KUT, they find a way of moving the bar higher. Or is that lower? Either way they have just stooped to new depths. Trying to cash in on the death of an Austin icon is bad enough, doing it while whitewashing the past takes unmitigated gall..."
"...Dear Editor, I'm glad to see Austin Powell commenting on the problems at KUT in “Off the Record” [Music, Nov. 6]..."
"...Dear Editor, I object to KUT's management making changes to KUT's programming without consulting the people who pay for it, the listeners [“Media Watch: Unwinding the Twine at KUT,” News, July 7]. I miss Paul Ray's Jazz and Larry Monroe's Phil Music Program and want them back..."
"...Thank you for all the great shows Teresa, you will be missed. You would think that KUT could have done something special for the last Femme FM (aired over the past 12 years) instead of just unceremoniously pulling the plug..."
"...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..."
"...Dear Editor, I read Kevin Brass' illuminating story about KUT's fundraising with a sense of relief [“KUT by the Numbers,” News, Jan. 20]..."
"...The Texas Union and KUT Radio have struck a handshake deal over the future of the Cactus Cafe. On May 19, Juan González, vice president for student affairs, announced that as of August the local NPR affiliate will take over year-round booking for the music side of the venue at the University of Texas, while the Texas Union will continue to manage the bar operations..."
"...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..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Doesn't Support KUT's Management” [“Postmarks,” Oct. 30]: What the latest of the many recent critics of KUT’s management might be interested in is that it’s the University of Texas that holds the station’s FCC nonprofit, public broadcasting license, not the station..."
"...As we all know, the best of Austin is pretty much the best in the world, so it's always worth the read. And I'm glad that KUT-FM got the nod as All-Time Winner in Media..."
"...Dear Editor, The management at KUT-FM continues to try and justify their recent programming changes ["Media Watch: Unwinding the Twine at KUT," News, Aug. 7] as being either due to financial considerations or a move to reflect what they call “flat listenership.” But as Stu Wilson put so eloquently last week [Postmarks, Aug..."
"...Dear Editor, Thank you for the recent articles on KUT-FM [“KUT by the Numbers,” News, Jan. 20]..."
"...Dear Editor, So, in announcing the new "partnership" between KUT and the Cactus Cafe, Stewart Vanderwilt says, "We're all family” ["Cactus: KUT to the Rescue," News, May 21, and “Off the Record,” Music, May 21]. So I guess Big Daddy Stewart and Uncle Hawk should have it all taken care of from here on out. But considering the treatment of long-standing "family" members Larry Monroe (20-plus years at KUT), Paul Ray (20-plus years), and John Aielli (40 years!) last summer, I would say these newly adopted siblings might want to watch their backs..."
"...Dear Editor, KUT’s funding drive has commenced. It’s actually ongoing, but now in aggressive panhandling mode..."
"...Dear Editor, "Support for KUT is brought to you by ______." Fill in the audio blank. Listeners to KUT may cringe when they hear that intro, knowing it means another commercial from their nonprofit, noncommercial local radio station of the University of Texas at Austin (the license held by the university regents)..."
"...Dear Editor, For years now, the management of KUT has been whittling away the freedom of its talented programmers. We must speak with our ears and our donations..."
"...Dear Editor, Wow. I came back from vacation and was sickened to hear what’s been going on at beloved KUT! I am appalled at the station’s irreverence for the “old guard” deejays who spent so much of their lives enriching the Austin music community through their dynamic radio shows..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “KUT – Once a Commercial-Free Station” [“Postmarks,” Jan. 4]: Bryce Welch is correct in his comment on KUT..."
"...Dear Editor, Thank you for the informative article about funding at KUT [“KUT by the Numbers,” News, Jan. 20]..."
"...Dear Editor, Hello, my name is Robert Flores, and I'm responding to the article about the future of KUT [“Getting on the KUTting Edge,” News, Nov. 25]..."
"...Dear Editor, OK KUT, I have paid my money: now hear me roar, or at least talk louder than Mr. Aielli..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: "Media Watch: Unwinding the Twine at KUT" [News, Aug. 7]: Here's a proposal for KUT programming which welcomes the young new bands and honors the "old-timers." Why not have two new music programs showcasing the new young talent – one with Larry Monroe and one with Paul Ray? The new programs could invite young Austin bands to play their new works in the studio and then have Larry or Paul (depending on the genre) play the root music that led to these works..."
"...Dear Editor, Do you hear the giant sucking sound? It’s the soul being ripped out of Austin public radio. KUT's corporate suits just announced they're cutting Paul Ray and Larry Monroe's on-air time to a scant one show a week to make room for more nonlocally produced, syndicated programming..."
"...Dear Editor, It was with great sadness that I returned to Austin after a few days away to find that KUT had taken yet another step down the road toward vacuous corporatism ["A Blizzard of Rhetoric," News, Sept. 8]..."
"...Dear Sirs, I too appreciate the recognition that you've given KUT and NPR ["Best of Austin," Oct. 1]..."
"...Dear Editor, Exactly what qualifications can anyone at KUT show regarding the rather complex skill set required to profitably manage a live concert venue ["Off the Record," Music, April 30]? People thinking like this are so far beyond clueless that it borders on satire. Perhaps the plan is to continue running a venue that needs subsidization..."
"...Dear Editor, I just got through reading Colin Barth's letter in this week's Chronicle asking KUT management to "hear him roar” [“Postmarks,” April 23]. I wish him a lot of luck with that. While I do not agree with many of the changes Mr..."