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New KVET-FM morning team ready to help Austinites start their day

Gary Dinges, Static

Staff Writer
Austin 360

New 98.1 KVET-FM morning hosts Anne Hudson and Chris Mosser know they have some really big shoes to fill — and they're up for the challenge.

The duo debuted Monday, taking over the spot abruptly vacated last month by 20-year station veteran Bob Cole, one of the city's best-known radio personalities.

"We've been very open, direct and honest on the air," Mosser said.

"We have great respect for everyone who has been in that studio in the past — especially Bob Cole," he said.

Program Director Joel Burke said Mosser, host of KVET-FM's nighttime "The Roadhouse" program, and Hudson, who worked nights on sister station 100.7 KASE-FM, were obvious choices to take over the wake-up shift because they're deeply involved in the Central Texas music scene.

"KVET is very unique to Austin," Burke said. "We knew we couldn't bring in someone from the outside because that person would have had a really hard time being accepted.

"This is a real win-win situation for everyone. In all my years in the radio business, I've never seen as much excitement at a station as I'm seeing here at KVET right now," he said.

The opportunity to host a morning show is rare, according to Hudson, and though the hours are rough, she said the new gig is "a dream come true."

"Chris and I have been running on adrenaline," Hudson said. "Our heads are spinning. A morning show is the top of the business."

Both hosts are Texas music fans and plan to weave in songs — and interviews — with acts big and small from across the Lone Star State.

"We look forward to giving those bands some love," Hudson said.

In addition to Texas tunes, listeners can expect to hear the hosts talk about a wide variety of issues, and they'll be encouraged to call in and share their views.

"We want this show to be something that's accessible to a variety of people," Mosser said. "We're trying to hit everyone.

"If it's happening in Austin, we'll be talking about it."

Changes at KUT

A pair of familiar voices will no longer be heard on KUT-FM.

"Morning Edition" producer and backup host Crystal Chavez, a five-year veteran, headed to San Antonio earlier this month to serve as "Morning Edition" host for Texas Public Radio.

Ian Crawford, the station's news editor, departed Friday, bound for Washington, D.C. He'll serve as a community engagement project coordinator for AmeriCorps VISTA, a program designed to combat poverty.

"This was an opportunity to get out of the newsroom and to face the challenge of day-to-day service to the community that I've reported on for so many years," Crawford said.

More KUT changes to pass along: Nathan Bernier, who has been focusing on the NPR affiliate's website, is set to return to on-air reporting. He'll be replaced by Wells Dunbar, who arrives from the Austin Chronicle.

Got all that? Good.

New No. 1 on Austin's airwaves

Flo Rida's the dude to beat on Austin radio.

His "Good Feeling" was heard 188 times on local stations Jan. 10-16, putting him in the No. 1 spot on our fair city's most-played list.

Rihanna's "We Found Love," the song that ruled the roost for several consecutive weeks, was heard 177 times, just behind Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain," which had 179 spins.

Moving up the charts: Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg's "Young, Wild and Free," Kenny Chesney's "Reality" and Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain."

On the way down: David Nail's "Make It Rain," Jason Aldean's "Tattoos on This Town" and LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It."

Below are the top five songs played on a random sampling of local stations, according to AllAccess.com:

Mega 103.5 HD 2

  • Breathe Carolina, "Blackout" — 98 spins
  • Calvin Harris, "Feel So Close" — 98
  • Avicii, "Levels" — 98
  • Adele, "Set Fire to the Rain" — 98
  • David Guetta, "Turn Me On" — 98

98.1 KVET

  • Wade Bowen, "Saturday Night" — 25
  • Kevin Fowler, "That Girl" — 25
  • George Strait, "Here For a Good Time" — 19
  • Rodney Atkins, "Take a Back Road" — 18
  • Eric Church, "Drink In My Hand" — 17

101X

  • Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" — 51
  • Young the Giant, "Cough Syrup" — 49
  • Foster the People, "Helena Beat" — 48
  • Awolnation, "Sail" — 27
  • Coldplay, "Paradise" — 27

96.7 KISS-FM

  • Flo Rida, "Good Feeling" — 118
  • Rihanna, "We Found Love" — 115
  • Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain" — 111
  • Adele, "Set Fire to the Rain" — 89
  • Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away" — 81

Around the dial ...

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