Ra­dio, TV an­nounce changes


Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - Con­tin­ued from Con­tact Gary Dinges at 9125987. Twit­ter: @gdinges

how the sta­tion cov­ers weather, Kim­mel said.

“They just have a dif­fer­ent weather phi­los­o­phy and want to go a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion,” he told me. “I’m not go­ing to stand in their way.

“They were very cool about it all. I wish them good luck.”

Kim­mel says he’ll con­tinue to be heard on the re­cently launched 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM and will still teach at the Univer­sity of Texas. His web­site, troykim­mel­weather. com, will be up­dated reg­u­larly, as well.

“I’m not go­ing any­where,” he said. “I’m stay­ing right here in Austin.”

DJs come and go

I have bunches of ra­dio comings and go­ings to pass along.

Let’s start off at 94.7 KAMX-FM, where two mem­bers of the Mix 94.7 “J.B. and Sandy Morn­ing Show” have picked up ad­di­tional air­time.

Sara Os­burn has taken over the af­ter­noon shift, work­ing from 3 to 7 p.m. week­days. She re­places Nikki Nite, who de­parted for a gig in Sacra­mento, Calif.

Alex Franco is the new night­time voice on Mix 94.7. Catch him from 7 p.m. to mid­night week­days. Franco’s show fills a sched­ule gap left af­ter Austin-based “Your Time with Kim Iver­son,” a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated show that fo­cused on re­la­tion­ships, ceased pro­duc­tion.

Both Os­burn and Franco will con­tinue to re­main part of the lon­grun­ning “J.B. and Sandy Morn­ing Show.”

LA Lloyd, who served as the voice of the Amer­i­can-States­man’s Austin360 Ra­dio, is the new pro­gram di­rec­tor at rock sta­tion 93.7 KLBJ-FM.

Most re­cently, Lloyd has been work­ing at 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM. Pre­vi­ous stops in­clude San An­to­nio and Austin’s 101.5 KROX-FM.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with the leg­endary ‘Dud­ley and Bob Morn­ing Show’ and con­tin­u­ing to carry the torch of one of the top rock ra­dio sta­tions in the U.S.,” Lloyd told me.

Lay­offs, sadly, have been the norm in re­cent years at sta­tions owned by San An­to­nio-based Clear Chan­nel Me­dia and En­ter­tain­ment.

An­other round of job cuts was car­ried out this month, putting some Austin em­ploy­ees out of work, ac­cord­ing to Al­lAc­cess.com.

Joel Burke, pro­gram di­rec­tor for coun­try cousins 98.1 KVET-FM and 100.7 KASE-FM, was among the ca­su­al­ties. He also han­dled the af­ter­noon shift on KVET-FM.

The news comes just six months af­ter Clear Chan­nel an­nounced Burke, a 30-year ra­dio veteran who pre­vi­ously worked in Den­ver, had signed a new, multi-year deal.

Also gone is 102.3 FM KPEZ-FM host JoJo. He’d been helm­ing the mid­day shift, keep­ing lis­ten­ers com­pany from noon to 6 p.m. week­days on Beat 102.3.

KISS FM tops ra­dio rat­ings

The lat­est ra­dio rat­ings are in ... and it’s the same ol’, same ol’, with Austin’s 96.7 KHFI-FM, bet­ter known as KISS FM, sit­ting atop the Ar­bi­tron list yet again.

Af­ter drop­ping to sev­enth place last time around, 100.7 KASE-FM re­bounded nicely, land­ing back in its usual No. 2 spot.

In its fi­nal month on the air, oldies sta­tion 98.9 KXBT-FM achieved its best rat­ings ever, land­ing in the Top 10 for the very first time. The Univer­sity of Texas has ac­quired the sta­tion and will launch a new, com­mer­cial-free mu­sic for­mat Jan. 2. That move clears the way for UT-owned 90.5 KUT-FM to shift to round-the-clock news that same day.

Av­er­age quar­ter-hour rat­ings as of Dec. 5, courtesy of al­lac­cess.com (num­bers in paren­the­ses in­di­cate rank as of Nov. 7): 1.) 96.7 KHFI-FM (1) 2.) 100.7 KASE-FM (7) 3.) 103.5 KBPA-FM (4) 4.) 590 KLBJ-AM (3) 5.) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (8) 6.) 107.1 KLZT-FM (2) 7.) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (5) 8.) 90.5 KUT-FM (6) 9.) 98.9 KXBT-FM (13) 10.) 93.7 KLBJ-FM (10) Read my blog at austin360.com/tvblog or fol­low @gdinges on Twit­ter to get the lat­est up­dates on lo­cal ra­dio and TV sta­tions.

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