Ex­pect change on air­waves


Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - Con­tin­ued from Read my blog at austin360. com/tvblog or fol­low @ gdinges on Twit­ter to get the lat­est up­dates on lo­cal ra­dio and TV sta­tions. Con­tact Gary Dinges at 912-5987.

5 a.m. to 10 a.m. week­days. Bob Bran­son will han­dle lo­cal news mid­days, with Nathan Bernier de­liv­er­ing KUTFM up­dates dur­ing “All Things Con­sid­ered,” from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

You can find the com­plete line­ups for both sta­tions on my blog, austin360.com/tvblog.

UT’s pur­chase of KXBTFM left most Aus­tinites with­out an oldies sta­tion. But, if you’ve got an HD ra­dio, Ma­jic 95.5 has a sub­chan­nel you should check out. Head to 95.5 KKMJ-FM HD2.

KOKE is it: Former 98.1 KVET-FM morn­ing host Bob Cole was among the veteran broad­cast­ers who helped launch lo­cally owned 98.5/99.3 KOKEFM, which airs pri­mar­ily Austin- and Texas-cen­tric coun­try mu­sic.

Cole hosts morn­ings, of course. The rest of the sched­ule features sev­eral other fa­mil­iar Austin ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing weather up­dates from me­te­o­rol­o­gist Troy Kim­mel through­out the day. Eric Raines has the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. shift week­days.

Week­ends, Tom Allen’s pop­u­lar “Coun­try Gold” show, once a KVET-FM main­stay, runs from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Satur­days. An­other former KVET-FM sta­ple, the gospel brunch, can be heard from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sun­days.

Sta­tion sales: KXBTFM wasn’t the only Austin fre­quency fi­nan­cially trou­bled Bor­der Me­dia sold in 2012. The com­pany liq­ui­dated all of its sta­tions here, in­clud­ing 92.5 KXXS-FM, 104.9 KTXX-FM, 1260 KWNXAM and 1530 KZNX-AM.

Rat­ings race: 96.7 KHFI-FM, known on air as KISS FM, was the sta­tion to beat all year long, ac­cord­ing to rat­ings from Ar­bi­tron. The popfriendly home of Justin Bieber, Ke$ha and Pink has a dom­i­nat­ing lead over the com­pe­ti­tion. Top 10 reg­u­lars in 2012 in­cluded 90.5 KUT-FM, 100.7 KASE-FM, 102.3 KPEZ-FM, 103.5 KBPA-FM and 590 KLBJ-AM.

Jam on: Jammin’ 103.1 made its de­but on Austin’s air­waves, of­fer­ing rhyth­mic hits from to­day and yes­ter­day — ev­ery­one from the Is­ley Brothers to Flo Rida. It re­placed a simul­cast of sis­ter sta­tion 1300 KVET-AM.

Comings and go­ings: We saw lots of D Js come and go this year. Bryan Beck, 93.3 KGSR-FM’s long­time morn­ing D J, de­parted in March, and was re­placed by Kelly Brandt, who once worked at now-de­funct Austin hip-hop sta­tion Hot 93.3.

Pop­u­lar hosts Ge­off Ketchum and Chip Brown dis­ap­peared from 104.9 KTXX-FM af­ter it was ac­quired by To­tal Austin Sports Ra­dio. The sports sta­tion also dumped its lo­cal morn­ing show in fa­vor of ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morn­ing.”

You’ll be hear­ing a lot more of 94.7 KAMX-FM morn­ing side­kicks Sara Os­burn and Alex Franco in 2013. In ad­di­tion to their early-bird shifts, lis­ten for Os­burn from 3 to 7 p.m. week­days, fol­lowed by Franco from 7 p.m. to mid­night.

And it wasn’t a very merry Christ­mas for dozens of folks across the na­tion who were laid off this month by San An­to­nio-based Clear Chan­nel Me­dia and En­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing 102.3 KPEZ-FM af­ter­noon host JoJo and Joel Burke, pro­gram di­rec­tor and on-air per­son­al­ity for 98.1 KVETFM and 100.7 KASE-FM.

What’s in store in 2013? Stay tuned.

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