• 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.

  • Lonesome Nights – Wed, 7/27 – Sahara Lounge

    KOOP Radio, Thundercloud Subs & The Lonesome Stranger present Lonesome Nights, a monthly country night at Sahara Lounge. Join us every last Wednesday for live tunes & records spun by The Lonesome Stranger DJs & friends. Our 5th edition features live music from Guma, Dan & Christy Foster, and Sarah Barlow plus DJ Jammertime Jeremiah. […]

  • If It Involves Volunteers, John Hardberger Does It

    John is KOOP’s Volunteer Coordinator. He also hosts Voyager every week and, once a month, Lonesome Stranger. We spoke on July 12. Michael A. Brown: Tell us about your background and how it helped prepare you for your job at KOOP. John Hardberger: I’ve always been a big music fan and a big radio fan. […]

  • Local Music Spotlight: The Lonesome Heroes

    The Band: The Lonesome Heroes is a cosmic Americana foursome fronted by lead singer and songwriter Rich Russell. Other members of the band include bassist Brandon Gonzalez, drummer Ben Galloway, and lead guitarist Gary Newcomb (also of seminal Austin band Li’l Cap’n Travis. Other friends and occasional band members come and go, depending on the […]

  • On the Air and Off, Michelle Manning-Scott Serves the KOOP Community

    Michelle arrived in Austin in 2018 and quickly found her way to KOOP, where she says she can exercise her passions for media production and social justice. We spoke on June 15. Michael A. Brown: How did you first encounter KOOP? Michelle Manning-Scott: I found out about KOOP in 2011 because Robert Sims’ wife was […]

  • Artists In Residence: Candler Wilkinson Quartet

    I came to Austin for the first time in late August, 1996, at the end of a month-long road trip. We drove all night from Arizona and crashed at a friend’s house in North Campus. I had impressions, but really no idea what Austin was. Friends took us out that night to shows at the […]

  • The One-Seven: Happy Pride

    June is Pride Month here in the States. The mark that queer and trans musical acts have left on the music industry is unmistakable, undeniable, and irreplaceable. This edition of the One-Seven playlist is dedicated to  the LGBTQ+ artists and musical groups with queer/trans members who have called the state of Texas home. Happy Pride […]

  • Meet KOOP’s Renaissance Man

    For as long as I’ve been writing these features, Kim Simpson is the guy who makes them actually show up at the KOOP website. And he does much more for our radio station and beyond. We spoke on May 16. Michael A. Brown: Take us through your history with KOOP … what sorts of things […]

  • Local Carpenters’ Union Fights for Fair Compensation at Austin City Hall

    In the KOOP Community Council’s continued celebration of international labor rights and labor organizers for May Day 2022, we’re sharing this local news about the Central South Carpenters Regional Council’s April 12, 2022 press conference at Austin City Hall. The Tax Fraud Day of Action press conference brought awareness to the issue that current labor […]

  • Carrie Clark’s B-Day Party

    Come celebrate the birthday of Austin musician and friend of KOOP, Carrie Clark, this Saturday, May 14 from 7-10pm at Bobo’s Snack Bar. DJ Scott Gardner from KOOP’s Stronger Than Dirt will be providing the party tunes. Bobo’s is located at 3850 Airport Blvd (across the street from the KOOP studios).