During the last weeks of summer we got to experience KUT and KUTX the way we had never experienced before! We went behind the scenes and met the people that make this amazing radio station possible. We learned how programs are made and how many people you need to create thousands of hours of programming.
KUT is the news side of the radio station. They hire journalists that do what any other journalist would: research the most updated and true information. Then they sit down in meetings to decide what the most relevant information is for Austin and most of Texas. Finally they write down their pitches and record them after careful editing. They have TVs on all day so they don't miss a thing!
KUTX is the music section of the radio station. They hire DJs that handpick music. They have a digital library but they also have a physical one full of CDs and LPs. We were lucky enough to see a band setting up at the studio so they could record a live session. We also met Laurie Gallardo one of KUTX DJs. She writes down a draft of her program and chooses the songs before going live, but she also leaves time in case anyone calls with comments or requests. Her radio cabin is sound proof, as is the rest of the building. Even the floor is made of a material which prevents vibrations to interfere with the sound! This is especially important since they are located at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keaton.
Much like ATX Kids Club, these two radio stations are non profits. This means they are supported by sponsors and individuals who love what they do, but also it means they are commercial free! They offer volunteer and internship opportunities and other ways to support them. Catch them at KUTX 98.9 and KUT 90.5.