KOOP Brunch at Try Hard Coffee!

Get your brunch on every first Saturday of the month with KOOP DJs spinning your soundtrack at Try Hard Coffee Roasters! This month features Dot Matrix of The Girlie Show and DJ Lippy of Free Samples, a duo you do not want to miss. The fun starts at 8:30 and runs through 12:30. See you there!

Register to Vote With KOOP and Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches!

Tuesday, October 11th is the last day to register to vote in November’s elections, and we’re setting up all day with Ground Game Texas at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches to get folks registered!

VDRs will be there from 8 AM, and starting at 5 PM KOOP DJs Scott Gardner (Stronger Than Dirt), ValloGallo (Love On The Dole), and Yance Man (Channel Surfing, The Lonesome Stranger) will provide the soundtrack to your registration!

Stop by and register, or bring someone you know who needs to register!


The SIMS Foundation Celebrates World Mental Health Day October 10

The Austin Artists Show recently featured Patsy Dolan, Executive Director of the SIMS Foundation, which is based here in Austin. The following is an excerpt of their interview.

Q: Musicians in Austin are certainly familiar with the SIMS Foundation, but for those who are not: can you tell us a little bit about its history?

A: The SIMS Foundation was founded in 1995 after a young man by the name of Sims Ellison died by suicide. He was in a band called Pariah, and a lot of the people in the local music community were really good friends of his; people knew that he suffered from depression, but like a lot of things when it comes to mental health, no one really talked about it. When he died by suicide, it sort of just shook the community, and they banded together to form SIMS. It started with a really sort of innocent idea that we have musicians who are suffering needlessly, so let’s connect them to some therapists. Since then, we’ve grown immensely; we help with every level of care that our healthcare system offers for behavioral healthcare issues. We serve musicians, music industry professionals, and their dependent family members, and we are the only nonprofit in the nation that does this work.

Q: I’ve had the privilege of working with SIMS on a couple different occasions, both as a recipient of resources and helping raise awareness against the stigma of mental illness. Where can we expect to see the SIMS Foundation out and about in our community?

A: Well, locally, we have an ongoing partnership with BLK Vinyl [Editor’s note: On “SIMS Saturdays,” BLK Vinyl matches all sales with donations to the SIMS Foundation]. We’ve hosted fundraisers everywhere, from large public spaces like St. Elmo’s Brewing to private residences.

On October 10th [Ed: World Mental Health Day], we’re having our annual Music for the Mind event at Arlyn Studios, and this is the first time we’re back doing a live version of this since 2019!

Q: Tell us more about that.

A: As I said, it’s an annual event that we actually started in 2019, and it’s just a time to have everybody come together in this historic recording studio that some of the most amazing people have recorded in, have some great artists play, and just enjoy each other, enjoy the music, and share a little bit about SIMS. This is our first year back in person since the pandemic, so we’re really excited! We have Paul Wall and Deezie Brown playing, among others, and we should have the graphics and the ticket link up on our website.

Q: What is that website? Where can we get more information?

A: The best place to find information about SIMS is just on our website, which is simsfoundation.org. It has our history, information on how you become a client, everything about all the various levels of care, events that are happening… You can find out how to get support, learn about services and eligibility, and get help from the SIMS clinical team. The website also has information on how to donate to support the emotional well-being of our music community, and it also tells you how you can get involved as an individual.

Check out this drive’s thank you gifts – The Texas Survival Kit!

It’s fall membership drive and that means we’ve got some great thank-you gifts for our supporters. Check out the fantastic t-shirt design from volunteer Kayla Dockery, a sunshade to get you through Second Summer and a cooler tote that holds up to 30 cans or whatever else you’d like to keep cool, like your great taste in radio! Call 512-472-5667 to find out how you can score one of these, or hit the donate button!

R.I.P John Aielli

Safe travels to John Aielli, who passed away this weekend at the age of 76. A pillar of the Austin radio community for over 50 years, John brought his unique style to our mornings and was an inspiration to many KOOP programmers. His presence will be missed.

Celebrate and Take Action for Earth Day!

This year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet.”

What is needed is not financial, but a personal investment.  It calls for universal courage, action, and accountability from businesses, governments, and every individual.

This action is long overdue, but there is still time to positively change our shared planet.  We must all act together now to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods.

Our actions must be bold, broad, and equitable because a green future must be a prosperous future for all.  How to get involved?

There is still time to solve the climate crisis, time to choose BOTH a prosperous and sustainable future and time to restore nature and build a healthy planet for our children and their children, time is short.

What Will You Do? 

The Spring Membership Drive Gifts Are Here!

What better way to let people know that YOU are KOOP with one of these fantastic gifts: a Who Is KOOP T-shirt, a royal purple embroidered KOOP hat, and a messenger bag big enough to carry your favorite vinyl everywhere you go. Let us know YOU are KOOP and donate now!