KOKE-FM launching news department

Dick Ellis
Dick Ellis

More news is coming to Austin’s airwaves.

The locally owned Austin Radio Network is launching a news department this week led by well-known Austin broadcaster Dick Ellis, who spent 32 years anchoring TV newscasts on ABC affiliate KVUE and Fox-owned KTBC.

Ellis will make his debut Wednesday morning on KOKE-FM, which can be heard on three Central Texas frequencies: 99.3 FM, 98.5 FM and 1490 AM.

His broadcasts will air primarily during the station’s morning show hosted by Bob Cole, who is Austin Radio Network’s principal owner.

“Dick Ellis has been an important member of the news media for more than three decades and his experience will be a great asset to the people of Central Texas,” Cole said. “I’ve known, watched and listened to Dick for over 30 years. To this day, I have zero idea what his politics are or even might be. He is Austin’s Walter Cronkite. We’re asking him to join the family here and build a news department that is an accurate, reliable and trusted source for news that affects the lives of our listeners.”

The Austin Radio Network news team is expected to expand in the coming months. The company’s other stations include sports-focused 104.9 The Horn and 105.3 The Fringe, home of morning hosts JB Hager and Sandy McIlree.

“I’m blessed to have the marvelous opportunity to join the fine men and women at the Austin Radio Network,” Ellis said. “Keeping our listeners informed on the events and issues that affect their lives is a great challenge and responsibility, and I eagerly look forward to building on the legendary accomplishments of such an outstanding group of radio stations.”

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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