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Dinges: Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ won’t return to SXSW this year

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

I’m totally bummed, y’all.

And you’re about to be, too.

Officials with the Bravo cable TV network have confirmed that host-with-the-most Andy Cohen and his “Watch What Happens Live” show won’t be returning to South by Southwest this year.

In 2013 and again in 2014, the show originated from Austin, bringing buzzy celebrities to the city and giving Central Texas global exposure on Bravo.

The network didn’t provide a reason why “Watch What Happens Live” isn’t bound for SXSW, but it’s not all that surprising. A number of other high-profile events have also pulled out this year, including the iTunes Festival at ACL Live and that ginormous Doritos-vending-machine-turned-stage near the Austin Convention Center.

The city is issuing fewer permits this year — in part, a response to last year’s crash that left several people dead after a man plowed a car into a crowd of festival-goers. That incident led many to question whether the festival had gotten too big for Austin.

While Bravo won’t be here this SXSW, ABC still will. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is set to originate March 16-20 from the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Majic 95.5 ranks first on radio

There’s a new No. 1 on Austin’s radio dial.

Majic 95.5 placed first in the most recent Nielsen ratings, unseating 103.5 BOB-FM.

BOB-FM didn’t fall far, though. It landed in second place.

Pop-friendly 96.7 Kiss FM and its country cousin 98.1 KVET-FM tied for third – one of several ties on the top 10 list.

Average quarter-hour ratings as of Jan. 1, courtesy of All Access (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of Dec. 4):

1) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (4, tie)

2) 103.5 KBPA-FM (1)

3, tie) 96.7 KHFI-FM (4, tie)

3, tie) 98.1 KVET-FM (3)

4) 100.7 KASE-FM (2)

5) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (6)

6) 94.7 KAMX-FM (7)

7, tie) 105.9 KFMK-FM (11)

7, tie) 90.5 KUT-FM (5)

8) 101.5 KROX-FM (10)

9, tie) 96.3 KKMJ-FM HD3 (13)

9, tie) 590 KLBJ-AM (8)

9, tie) 93.7 KLBJ-FM (9)

9, tie) 107.1 KLZT-FM (12)

10) 93.3 KGSR-FM (14)

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