The live music capitol now has a radio station dedicated to showcasing Austin music.
KUTX, a noncommercial public radio station, kicked off its first broadcast Wednesday with a live, in-studio performance.
KUT and the University of Texas purchased the new station. KUT which will now focus on news and information and KUTX is being called "Austin's music experience."
Local artist Iron and Wine performed at the new studio located in the new communications building on the UT campus.
The location for the two stations has been in the works for several years. The space is twice the size of the old location and features a live music studio.
KUTX will feature a public-radio-style format with playlists that cover a broad spectrum of Austin music. The plan is to have at least 300 live music performances a year.
The director thanks the people of Austin for the support and generous donations that helped make this happen.
"At the core, it's the programming that makes KUT and KUTX special. It's the local news, the global news and the focus on the Austin experience that really makes what we do unique and something that the community has been very supportive of," KUT and KUTX Director Stewart Vanderwilt said.
The new format will allow KUT to run even more news and information and the station will continue to broadcast national news programing including NPR's "morning edition" and "all things considered."