KUT 90.5, established in 1958, and KUTX 98.9, established in 2013, are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to the University of Texas at Austin and operate as a department within the Moody College of Communication. Both stations strive to be leading sources for knowledge and ideas that enrich and sustain greater Austin’s unique sense of place, cultural identity, and position as a center of leadership. Each month, nearly 500,000 Central Texans listen to KUT and KUTX on the air and online.
With a full-time, dedicated news staff, KUT News 90.5, Austin's NPR station, uses the highest editorial standards to shed light on Central Texas' civic challenges and opportunities. A founding member of NPR, KUT 90.5 established a news department in 2002. Since then, KUT News has won more than 200 state, national, and international awards for journalistic excellence. In 2015, KUT launched Texas Standard, a one-hour daily news program airing across the state offering coverage of politics, lifestyle, the environment, technology, innovation, and business from a Texas perspective.
KUTX 98.9, "The Austin Music Experience," features fresh, cutting-edge music, alongside iconic songs and established artists who continue to inspire. Programming includes live, one-of-a-kind performances in Studio 1A; the Austin Music Minute; the KUTX Song of the Day; and the Austin Music Map, which features some of the unlikely places where music is being made in Austin.