Down Is Up, Up Is Down: Lamenting KUT’s Purchase of KXBT 98.9 FM [Opinion]
Note: This editorial was authored by our Administrative Coordinator Jason Callahan.
As a devout Austinite since 1999, I feel strange mourning the triumph of a longstanding local institution such as our beloved public radio station over a commercial radio station owned by a broadcasting company headquartered in Dallas, but the fact is: I love KXBT 98.9 FM, “Austin’s Greatest Hits.”
Rather than read about KXBT’s unique mix of quality disco, soul, and funk with 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s rock and pop gems a typical “oldies” station might overlook, give it a listen for yourself before it’s too late. I especially recommend Bo Chase in the Morning (weekdays 6am-10am, if you can tear yourself away from John Aielli) and Saturday Night Dance Fever (Saturdays 9pm-1am, broadcast live from a dance party at the Iron Cactus North). I hate losing such important musical diversity on our airwaves, especially to a public radio station I otherwise support. Perhaps KUTX will maintain the staff and programming of KXBT without the commercials (not likely), or maybe KXBT will continue its excellence on another frequency (which wouldn’t be its first move: it started as KXXS 92.5 FM, “True Oldies,” in November 2009 while KXBT 98.9 FM, under the control of Bain Capital, was “The Big Talker” broadcasting such local favorites as “The Glenn Beck Program” and “The Jesus Christ Show;” KXBT 98.9 FM only became “Austin’s Greatest Hits” in August 2011).