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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Dinges: KISS FM remains Austin’s No. 1 radio station



By Gary Dinges

American-Statesman Staff

The latest Arbitron numbers are in, and 96.7 KHFI-FM continues to be Austin’s radio station to beat.

Known on air as KISS FM, the pop-friendly home of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga had its highest ratings in recent memory, with a commanding lead over No. 2 100.7 KASE-FM.

Both stations are owned by San Antonio-based Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

Average quarter-hour ratings as of Sept. 14, courtesy of allaccess.com (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of Aug. 17):

  • 1.) 96.7 KHFI-FM (1)
  • 2.) 100.7 KASE-FM (3)
  • 3.) 590 KLBJ-AM (4)
  • 4.) 107.1 KLZT-FM (7)
  • 5.) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (5)
  • 6.) 103.5 KBPA-FM (2)
  • 7.) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (8)
  • 8.) 90.5 KUT-FM (9)
  • 9.) 93.7 KLBJ-FM (6)
  • 10.) 93.3 KGSR-FM (12)

 

Part of ‘Face the Nation’ pre-empted

Lots of folks are wondering why KEYE-TV hasn’t been showing the full hour of the CBS network’s “Face the Nation” program, which airs at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.

The problem, according to vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal, is that, because of prior commitments, the station doesn’t have room on its schedule – yet – to air the show in its entirety.

Initially, “Face the Nation’s” expansion from 30 minutes to an hour was thought to be temporary, so KEYE picked up a religious program featuring Houston pastor Joel Osteen to fill out its Sunday morning lineup.

“I personally talked to (host) Bob Schieffer,” Villarreal said, “and he could not guarantee me that the hour would be picked up permanently.”

Once the contract with Osteen comes to an end, she said KEYE will “heavily consider” airing all of “Face the Nation.”

KMFA names interim GM

Classical radio station 89.5 KMFA-FM has named Ann Hume Wilson as its interim general manager.

She’s in charge until a permanent replacement can be found for Joan Kobayashi, who was named vice president of Development Exchange Inc., which provides research and fund-raising for public radio broadcasters, in June.

“KMFA is a remarkable cultural gem, one of the best stations of its kind in the country,” Wilson said. “It’s a privilege to be of service to the passionate community of music lovers whose support keeps classical music thriving on Austin’s airwaves and beyond.”

Wilson most recently spent three years as executive director of Conspirare, a professional choral ensemble.

Time for 101X holiday shows

It’s not even Halloween yet, but that’s not stopping 101.5 KROX-FM from hyping its annual Christmastime concerts.

Bloc Party will play Dec. 12, followed by Silversun Pickups on Dec. 16.

Both 101X Independent Workforce X-Mas shows will happen at Emo’s East, 2015 E. Riverside Drive.

Tickets are $35 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at 101X.com. Members of the station’s 101X Workforce fan club can take advantage of an early-bird sale slated for Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Net proceeds from ticket sales will go to Austin Habitat for Humanity.

Read my blog at austin360.com/tvblog or follow @gdinges on Twitter to get the latest updates on local radio and TV stations.

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