KISS-FM is absolutely unstoppable, folks.
For what seems like the zillionth time, the latest Arbitron ratings show Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's 96.7 KHFI-FM — those are the station's real call letters — is No. 1 in Central Texas. In fact, the home of Top 40 acts such as Maroon 5, Flo Rida, Gotye, Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen had nearly twice as many listeners as runner-up 103.5 KBPA-FM.
Pretty darn impressive.
Two of KHFI's Clear Channel siblings also made the top 10: contemporary country station 100.7 KASE-FM (No. 3) and hip-hop-friendly 102.3 KPEZ-FM (No. 4).
The rest of the list features the usual suspects, albeit in a slightly different order.
Average quarter-hour ratings as of May 23, courtesy of radio-info.com (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of April 25):
1.) 96.7 KHFI-FM (1)
2.) 103.5 KBPA-FM (2)
3.) 100.7 KASE-FM (3)
4.) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (5)
5.) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (6)
6.) 90.5 KUT-FM (4)
7.) 590 KLBJ-AM (8)
8.) 104.3 KLQB-FM (7)
9.) 94.7 KAMX-FM (10)
10.) 107.1 KLZT-FM (9)
Texas Monthly, KUT team up
Our continued drought is the focus of a new hourlong special produced by 90.5 KUT-FM.
The news team at the city's NPR affiliate worked on the project with its recently founded StateImpact Texas unit, as well as Texas Monthly, which has a July cover story titled, "Life by the Drop: Drought, Water and the Future of Texas."
"We're coming off the worst single-year drought in Texas history," said KUT news director Emily Donahue. "While parts of the state had rains this past winter, other areas continue to experience drought, and there's still a long-term forecast of real water scarcity."
Jake Silverstein, the magazine's editor, serves as host.
"Water is one of the three or four most important issues facing Texas," Silverstein said. "It always has been. We knew we wanted to go big on this topic and working with KUT and StateImpact Texas was a natural way to do that."
You can hear the special, which was also picked up by NPR stations across the state, by heading to kut.org.
Around the dial ...
The locally based "Bobby Bones Show" is now heard in St. Louis. Station 107.7 KSLZ-FM recently picked up Bones' morning program, which also airs in a number of other cities coast to coast. The show originates from Austin's 96.7 KHFI-FM. ... Congratulations are in order yet again for 90.5 KUT-FM, which has snagged another award. This time around, the station took home the bronze at the 2012 New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards for "West Texas, 1941: The Story of Guy Clark," a "Texas Music Matters" documentary focusing on the well-known singer/songwriter that was put together by David Brown and Haley Howle. ... Read my blog at austin360.com/tvblog or follow @gdinges on Twitter to get the latest updates on local radio and TV stations.
Contact Gary Dinges at gdinges @statesman.com or 912-5987
Most-played list: Gotye, meet Rihanna
We finally have a new No. 1, ladies and gents.
Yep, Rihanna has bumped Gotye from the top spot on Austin's airwaves, according to the latest figures from allaccess.com.
Her hot "Where Have You Been" was heard 191 times June 25-July 1, compared with 163 spins for "Somebody That I Used to Know." It was a nice run, though, for Gotye, who held on to first place for nearly two months.
Rihanna, however, shouldn't get too comfortable. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Maroon 5's "Payphone" and Usher's "Scream" are all within striking distance.
Moving up the charts: Ca$H Out's "Cashin' Out," Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and One Direction's "One Thing."
On the way down: Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," Tyga's "Faded," Kix Brooks' "New to This Town," John Mayer's "Shadow Days" and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."
Here are the top three songs played on a random sampling of local stations:
Eli Young Band, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" – 58 spins
Luke Bryan, "Drunk on You" – 51
Jana Kramer, "Why Ya Wanna" – 49
Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know" – 40 spins
Lumineers, "Ho Hey" – 40
Of Monsters and Men, "Little Talks" – 40
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe" – 118 spins
Maroon 5, "Payphone" – 112
Katy Perry, "Wide Awake" – 92
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" – 10 spins
Adele, "Set Fire to the Rain" – 10
Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks" – 10