KGSR hires new midday host

Emily McIntosh
Emily McIntosh

Executives at 93.3 KGSR-FM didn’t have to look far to find a new midday host.

In fact, they didn’t even have to leave the building.

Emily McIntosh, who had been handling weekend duties at sister station 101X, can now be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on KGSR. She’ll also serve as music director.

McIntosh fills the spot vacated by Kristen Kurtis, who left Austin after four years to host the morning show at WXPN-FM in her hometown of Philadelphia.

“Emily was the very first resume and tape I received,” KGSR program director Haley Jones said. “She gets Austin, she gets the brand and, most important, I know she’ll be a tremendous asset in helping to take KGSR to the next level.”

Before arriving in Austin, McIntosh kicked off her radio career while still a student at Kansas State University.

“KGSR already has a team of amazing veteran talent, and to be the newest addition to that team is an absolute honor,” she said.

Radio station 101X seeks FCC approval for big power boost

vWwE-e3PAn Austin radio station is looking to give its signal a big boost.

In an application filed with the Federal Communications Commission, 101.5 KROX-FM (known on air as 101X) seeks to relocate its antenna south from the Westlake area to a spot between Austin and San Marcos.

The relocated antenna would be higher than the current one is and would get a major power boost, going from 12,500 watts to 80,000 watts, according to Scott Gillmore, market manager for Emmis Austin Radio, the owner of 101X and several other local radio stations.

Those changes would greatly improve 101X’s reception in Hays County, Gillmore said, without hurting reception in Travis and Williamson counties.

Picking up 101X would also become easier in several other Central Texas counties if the FCC approves the request, he said.

“The filing is just the first step and there are many other steps to making this a reality, so, while this may happen in 2015, the filing gives us a five-year window to make it happen,” Gillmore said.

In addition to 101X, Emmis Austin Radio’s other stations include 93.3 KGSR-FM, 93.7 KLBJ-FM, Latino 102.7, 103.5 BOB-FM, 107.1 La Z and NewsRadio KLBJ (590 AM and 99.7 FM).