KGSR host Randall Metting had never been on the radio when he first went on air in March 2010.
The instincts of KGSR’s program director back then to hire him were spot-on, though, and Metting has held the Saturday morning slot talking about all things Austin — from the musicians featured on KGSR’s Music Lounge to acts playing at South by Southwest — ever since.
But he spends far more than three hours once a week sharing his knowledge of the city by keeping up with his blog, holding a day job as the new associate marketing manager at Dulce Vida Tequila, and volunteering with nonprofits such as CureDuchenne, whose Austin branch is hosting a fundraiser in March.
He got involved with CureDuchenne after becoming a bone marrow donor a few years ago to a boy who badly needed the transplant. For the fundraiser, he is in charge of bringing eats to the University of Texas Golf Club, where the March 22 event will be held. Restaurants such as Moonshine Restaurant Patio Bar & Grill, on Red River Street, and the Vince Young Steakhouse, on San Jacinto Boulevard, will chip in their tasty wares. (Young is hosting the event.)
Metting knows many of the good local spots to eat around town because he makes sure to go to as many of them as possible before writing about them in his blog, randallmetting.com. For example, earlier this month, he attended the opening party of Freedman’s Craft Cocktails and Fine Food, a beer garden and smokehouse tucked into a building from the Civil War era, located behind the sports bar Cuatro’s, another favorite of his, on San Gabriel Street.
He also plans to attend Thursday’s opening of the Chicago House, a craft beer offering from the restaurant mogul who has been branching out from his Bikinis franchise to open other joints such as live music venue the Parish Underground on East Sixth Street.
When Metting moved here in 2008, he marveled at Austin’s variety and versatility, with hike and bike trails for fitness gurus, live music spots for music lovers and pet-friendly parks and restaurants for dog and cat owners.
"The coffee shops are a good reflection of what Austin is all about," Metting said, gesturing around Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse, a South First Street cafe not too far from his house. "You could be sitting at a table next to a group of politicos. They could be sitting next to a table of hippies. And right next to them, there could be a table of UT students."
Metting owns a dog in addition to everything else that he does. He said that Shiner, a golden retriever he adopted four years ago and named after the popular Texas beer company, is him in dog form. Shiner is so friendly that Metting can take him to places such as Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden, a Rainey Street bar that has an outdoor play area for dogs, and the Dog and Duck Pub.