What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio?
My first music concert was probably as a toddler. I remember being five years old and getting my first records and tapes, eventually my own radio. For 12 years I was glued to the radio. I listened while getting ready for school in the morning and then evenings doing homework and eventually it lulled me to sleep. After high school, I enjoyed hanging out with radio DJs. I just never imagined being one in real life. Since high school, I have always been in the media-TV, print and always radio. My degree is in broadcast journalism, which I’ve had a nearly 20 year career in. My favorite part of it all is radio. It is the perfect job.
What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?
All the concerts we went to at the original Austin City Limits studios-because KUT used to be just a few floors down in the old building. I remember Alejandro Escovedo, The Raveonettes, Spoon, Bettye LaVette to name a few.
Why public rather than commercial radio?
I have done both commercial and public. Although, I’ve only done music on public radio stations. Both have their own separate perks. I do believe I’m pretty spoiled working at KUTX having so much freedom to play my own music. I’m never automated. Listeners can call in and I’m there for them. They may need to hear a song, and I can make that happen. I have a relationship with my listeners. They know I’m there for them. And, I know they’re there for me.
How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?
Most of the day and nights, I can be found reporting and anchoring the news. I scoot out to get in my volunteering for The Junior League of Austin. Weekends I try to catch up with my family, furry four legged babies, church and housework!
Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”
…the mixtape to my life.