In 1993, in collaboration with the university’s Center for Mexican American Studies, KUT introduced Latino USA, the premier English-language public radio newsmagazine covering Latino news and culture, which is broadcast on 130 NPR member stations and 40 community radio stations across the country.
With the goal of rounding out its news programming with the kind of local coverage listeners would expect from NPR, KUT started a news department in 2002. Since then, KUT News has broadened its daily local news programming to produce special feature series and documentaries, which are regularly broadcast nationwide. KUT News is now the largest public radio news operation in Texas and has earned more than 50 state, national and international awards, including 12 Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence.
KUT is also known nationally for its diverse music programs and its efforts to play artists of importance to central Texas while introducing national acts that might not get airplay on commercial stations. This is achieved through programs on traditional radio, such as “Eklektikos” with John Aielli, “Music” with Jay Trachtenberg, “Left of the Dial” and the many projects of KUT’s “Texas Music Matters,” and through podcasts, blogs and the Internet with programs, including “Radio Without Borders,” “KUT Song of the Day,” “Aielli Unleashed” and a video project, “Retread Sessions.”
Additional information about KUT’s 50th anniversary events, along with a timeline of KUT’s history and historical photographs, is available online at www.kut.org.