After a delay earlier this month, KUT-FM in Austin, Texas, has purchased KXBT, a commercial station now broadcasting classic rock at 98.9 FM. The $6 million deal was approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents today (Aug. 23). The new KUTX will operate as a noncom music station, with KUT switching to all news. The new formats will begin sometime this fall, following FCC approval of the deal.
"Music is part of Austin’s DNA," the station said in an FAQ on its website. "We see an opportunity to deliver an all-music service focused on the Austin Music Experience. KUTX 98.9 FM will provide a new music service for Central Texas not found anywhere else on the dial. The two services will create a broader platform to share the intellectual and cultural assets of the university and Central Texas with a national and international audience. Additionally, they will provide more education and internship opportunities for students at The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere."