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KOOP Austin - 91.7 FM

"Community Radio for Austin, Texas"

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KOOP radio (pronounced "co-op") is a community radio station, operated and broadcast entirely by volunteers. With around 60 different weekly shows, there's always something unique on KOOP.

Well, not always - KOOP Austin shares the 91.7 fm frequency with the University of Texas' KVRX student run radio station.

KOOP's hours of operation are weekdays 9am-7pm and weekends 9am-10pm.

KOOP is another great example of what makes Austin unique and a terrific place to live. From the radio station's Mission Statement:

"The mission of the Corporation is to provide high quality, innovative, and diverse community- oriented programming to Austin with an emphasis on those communities that are ignored or underserved by mainstream media; including serving and promoting specific communities of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Chicanas/os, elders, gays, lesbians, homeless, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, Latinos/as, peoples with disabilities, women, working and poor people, youth, and other underserved communities. KOOP Community Radio supports the struggle for social justice and peace. KOOP Community Radio will operate with a high level of participation and accountability to the communities being served."

Programming and Station Highlights

With such diverse audiences and volunteer base, there's obviously no easy way to summarize all the programming. Be sure to check out the full KOOP programming schedule.

And some of my personal favorites:

  • Excavation Nation - (Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 6pm) - Hosted by the energetic, entertaining, and knowledgeable Rick McNulty (aka Rick Daddy), Excavation Nation specializes in funk and soul (and rock) from way, way back. The show is always a great listen and McNulty is probably one of the best DJs on any Austin radio station. Downloadable podcasts of recent shows are available on the separate Excavation Nation website.
  • Writing on the Air - (Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm) - A terrific resource as well as an entertaining and engaging show for anyone interested in the writing process in particular or creativity in general. The show is hosted by a talented cast: Dillon McKinsey, a tremendous poet and a clinical psychologist specializing in dream therapy; Lee Davis, who has a strong background and interest in screenwriting; Francois Pointeau, writer and publisher who runs New Belleville Press; and educator Dr. Dora Robinson. All the hosts have a great sense of curiosity which is on display each Wednesday evening. The show features fascinating discussions and indepth interviews with writers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, and thinkers from a variety of different backgrounds and disciplines. Be sure to check out the official Writing on the Air website to access the archive of previous shows and guests.
  • This Great White North - (Fridays, 4:30pm - 6pm) - Billed as "All Canadian - All the Time" and hosted by Doug the Canuck, this may seem an unusual choice for an Austin, Texas community radio station, but what can I say? I love it. I spent some good years in the Northern Rockies (Montana and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming), and Canadian indie music makes me nostalgic. From the This Great White North MySpace page: "Any Canadian musicians from the 1970's til present day. Mostly indie-pop/rock, but always open to folk, punk, emo, and electronic."
  • Celtic Storm - (Mondays, 9am - 11am) - Don't let the Castro name throw you - I'm also part Scottish. And this is another great show that makes me feel nostalgic. Hosted by Donnelle McKaskle, Celtic Storm is one of the longest running and most popular broadcasts on KOOP Austin. You can check out the Celtic Storm archived playlist here.

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