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KGSR picks new morning show host

Gary Dinges, Static

Staff Writer
Austin 360

The search has ended for 93.3 KGSR-FM's next morning host.

On June 18, Kelly Brandt is set to slide into the seat Bryan Beck vacated back in March.

"It's the golden gig," he told me. "KGSR is such a great station."

This isn't Brandt's first time in Central Texas. He arrives here from Corpus Christi, but before that, Brandt spent six years working the morning and evening shifts at now-defunct Austin hip-hop station Hot 93.3. Back then, he was known on air as "Boogie."

"I was like, 'Man, I've got to get back to Austin,' " Brandt said.

"Although he worked in hip-hop for many years, his adaptive delivery fits really well on KGSR," said Chris Edge, the station's program director.

"His personal music tastes are actually more in line with what KGSR sounds like today, and he's excited about making his return to the Austin airwaves."

Brandt says listener feedback will help shape KGSR's morning show, which he hopes will "reflect what everyone in Austin's talking about."

"It's going to move quickly," he said. "I'm going to try not to get in the way of the music. It seems like every morning host believes people want to hear them talk for an hour straight, and I just don't think that's true."

Burke stays at KVET-FM

Joel Burke, 98.1 KVET-FM's afternoon DJ, isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Burke, who also serves as program director for KVET and sister Clear Channel station KASE 101, has signed a new, multiyear deal keeping him in Austin.

"Joel has decades of radio experience, has done a great job re-inventing KVET and has built KASE to be one of the best contemporary country stations in the nation," said Jay Shannon, director of operations for Clear Channel's Austin radio stations.

"It's a pleasure to work with him, and we value his programming knowledge and creativity."

A radio veteran with more than 30 years in the industry, Burke arrived in town after a stint in Denver.

His show airs weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m.

Stations host free shows

Two Austin radio stations are serving up free concerts this summer on the shores of Lake Travis.

Corporate siblings 93.3 KGSR-FM and 93.7 KLBJ-FM will host the rooftop shows at Uncle Billy's, 6550 Comanche Trail.

KGSR's Lakeside Live happens from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays, while KLBJ's Rock the Lake takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays.

Lakeside Live lineup:Sunday, Warren Hood; July 1, Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys; and July 8, T Bird and the Breaks.

Rock the Lake lineup:Thursday, English Beat and the Romantics; June 21, Soul Hat; June 28, Alpha Rev; and July 12, Cody and Willie Braun of Reckless Kelly.

All the acts haven't been announced just yet, so keep checking kgsr.com and klbjfm.com for updates.

Green joins a.m. show

There's a new, but very familiar, voice on the 98.1 KVET-FM morning show.

Country singer Pat Green is joining hosts Chris Mosser and Anne Hudson all month long. Some days he'll be in studio; other times he'll call in from the road while touring.

"Pat Green is a Texas music icon, and we are excited to have him be part of the 'Mosser & Hudson Morning Show' every weekday," said Joel Burke, the station's program director.

"Pat is very well-spoken on a variety of topics, and we look forward to sharing his perspective and experiences with KVET listeners each morning."

The "Mosser & Hudson Morning Show" airs from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays.

Radio sales exec dies

Some sad news to pass along: John Defee, who spent 17 years as an Austin radio sales executive, has died, according to his family.

Defee worked for Emmis, owner of 93.3 KGSR-FM, 93.7 KLBJ-FM, 101.5 KROX-FM, 103.5 KBPA-FM, 107.1 KLZT-FM and 590 KLBJ-AM.

He was a top biller for KLBJ-AM, his wife Kathryn said, and also voiced commercials and promotional announcements.

Before arriving in Austin, Defee worked in several other Texas cities, including Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Lufkin and San Antonio. Out-of-state gigs included a stop in Tucson, Ariz.

In his obituary, Defee is described as a "gentleman, scoundrel, dog lover, squirrel shooter, cigar smoker, peach ice cream maker, whiskey drinker, radio personality, chaplain, decorated Vietnam veteran, father, husband, grandfather (and) best friend to all of us who loved him dearly."

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Contact Gary Dinges at gdinges@statesman.com or 912-5987