This South by Southwest, there's hope for the badgeless.
Austin radio stations have grandiose plans for the annual festival, lining up a host of musicians for live performances that can be enjoyed in person or on the air.
KUT, KGSR and KVRX are among broadcasters pulling out all the stops. Here's a quick look at what to expect.
KUT: Stop by the Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., March 14-17 to see performances by buzzy music acts each morning.
The cost is $10, which includes a breakfast taco and coffee. Money collected goes to the Shivers Cancer Center at Seton Hospital.
"Covering South by Southwest and bringing the experience to our listeners is core to what we do here at KUT," said Matt Reilly, one of the station's nighttime hosts. "South by Southwest can be an intimidating event, and since this event is open to everybody, it allows people the opportunity to experience the festival in a relatively relaxed environment without having to stay out late and deal with huge crowds and long lines."
Confirmed performers include Glen Hansard, Grace Woodroffe, James Mercer of the Shins, Jimmy Cliff, Justin Townes Earle, Kat Edmonson, M. Ward, Motopony, Nada Surf, Nneka, Punch Brothers, Ruthie Foster and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
"We expect to have a few more names to add to the list, as well, in the coming days," Reilly said. "Most of these artists are staples of KUT and others, such as Grace Woodroofe, Lost in the Trees and Motopony, are new acts that we are very excited about."
The city's NPR affiliate will also serve up a song of the day, which can be heard at 1:30 p.m. daily during the fest. Like what you hear? The selected tunes can be downloaded for free at KUT.org.
KUT's full SXSW schedule:
March 9Noon and 11 p.m.: "The List," previewing must-see SXSW performances.
March 14-169 to 11 a.m.: Live broadcast from the Four Seasons.1 to 3 p.m.: Broadcast of the day's early morning performances recorded at the Four Seasons.
March 148 to 11 p.m.: Live broadcast of portions of the NPR Music showcase, featuring Alabama Shakes, Andrew Bird, Dan Deacon and Sharon Van Etten.
March 164 to 6 p.m.: Blitzen Trapper and Heartless Bastards on the SXSW Radio Day stage.
March 177 to 11 p.m.: SXSW wrap-up show with Susan Castle.
Friday, March 23Noon and 11 p.m.: "Texas Music Matters" SXSW wrap-up show spotlighting breakout artists and the fest's best performances.
KGSR:This year's shows have moved to the W Austin Hotel, 200 Lavaca St.
Live broadcasts are set to take place from 6 to 10 a.m. March 14-16 and 8 a.m. to noon March 17.
Make a $5 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to gain access. You'll score a breakfast treat, too.
For folks who can't attend, KGSR will have a live video stream available at KGSR.com.
Performers are:March 14: My Jerusalem, Amy Cook, the Lumineers, M. Ward, Ben Kweller, Michael Kiwanuka and Bob Schneider with the Tosca String Quartet.March 15: Nakia, Elle King, Jimmy Cliff, Rhett Miller, Blitzen Trapper, Ingrid Michaelson and Delta Spirit.March 16: ZZ Ward, Graffiti6, Fun., Walk the Moon, Nada Surf, Tom Morello, Charlie Mars and James Mercer of the Shins.March 17: Kat Edmonson, Yellow Ostrich, Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Givers and Keane.
KVRX: The station's first official SXSW showcase is set for March 12 at Trinity Hall.
Performers include the Dikes of Holland, the Frontier Brothers, Little Lo, Love Inks, SPHYNX and the Zoltars.
There are also two unofficial shows on tap at Spiderhouse on March 14 and March 17 at Domy.
More details at KVRX.org.
KISS tops ratings
KISS-FM is Austin's top-rated radio station.
That should come as no surprise to folks who've been following numbers from Arbitron in recent months.
The pop-friendly home of Flo Rida, Rihanna and Gym Class Heroes has a comfortable lead over No. 2 BOB-FM.
Newcomer Comedy 102.7 continues to impress, coming in at No. 10. The low-power station is beating KLBJ-FM, KVET-FM and KGSR-FM, among others.
Average quarter-hour ratings as of Feb. 1, courtesy of Radio-Info.com (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of Jan. 4):1. 96.7 KHFI-FM (1, tie)2. 103.5 KBPA-FM (4)3. 100.7 KASE-FM (2)4. 95.5 KKMJ-FM (1, tie)5. 102.3 KPEZ-FM (6)6. 107.1 KLZT-FM (5)7. 590 KLBJ-AM (3)8. 90.5 KUT-FM (8)9. 94.7 KAMX-FM (9)10. 102.7 K274AX-FM (10)
Around the dial ...
Kudos to the folks at KASE 101 for another successful Radiothon. The station raised more than $200,000 in email, phone and in-person donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Radiothon ran for 16 hours on Feb. 24. ... Read my blog at austin360.com/tvblog or follow @gdinges on Twitter to get the latest updates on local radio and TV stations.