Latest Austin radio ratings: Bob FM tops the list

574768_10151760842165317_567374334_nOnce again, Bob’s the guy to beat on Austin’s radio dial.

In the latest Nielsen ratings, 103.5 KBPA-FM — known on air as Bob FM — ranks No. 1. It’s a familiar spot for the “We play anything” station, which frequently comes out on top.

Next up is country station 100.7 KASE-FM, followed by one of its corporate siblings, pop-friendly 96.7 KHFI-FM.

Much further down the list, but showing signs of growth at long last, is 1260 KLGO-AM. It’s the first time in at least a year that the station, which flipped from gospel to an all-comedy format recently, has had enough listeners to actually show up in a Nielsen ratings report.

Average quarter-hour ratings as of June 17, courtesy of All Access (numbers in parentheses indicate rank as of May 20):

1.) 103.5 KBPA-FM (1)

2.) 100.7 KASE-FM (2)

3, tie.) 96.7 KHFI-FM (3)

3, tie.) 98.1 KVET-FM (4)

4.) 90.5 KUT-FM (6)

5.) 102.3 KPEZ-FM (5)

6.) 95.5 KKMJ-FM (7)

7.) 94.7 KAMX-FM (11)

8.) 93.7 KLBJ-FM (8)

9.) 105.9 KFMK-FM (12)

10.) 101.5 KROX-FM (9)

11.) 96.3 KKMJ-FM HD3 (10)

12.) 93.3 KGSR-FM (13)

13, tie.) 590 KLBJ-AM (14)

13, tie.) 104.3 KLQB-FM (16)

13, tie.) 107.1 KLZT-FM (15)

Ann Wyatt Little takes over as Fox 7 weekend morning anchor

Ann Wyatt Little (Fox 7 photo)
Ann Wyatt Little (Fox 7 photo)

Ann Wyatt Little will take over as anchor of the weekend editions of KTBC’s “Good Day Austin” starting this Saturday.

A reporter at Fox 7 for the past four years, Little replaces Scarlett Greyson, who is leaving the station.

“Ann Wyatt is one of the most dedicated, hardworking and thorough reporters out there,” Fox 7 vice president and news director Pam Vaught said. “We look forward to seeing her energy on the weekends.”

Prior to arriving in Austin, Little worked as a reporter and anchor at the NBC station in Lubbock. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

At Fox 7, she started on the morning shift before moving to evenings.

“I’m excited to move into this new role in a city that I love,” Little said. “After spending two years waking up with Austinites as they got ready for work, I am looking forward to helping our viewers ease into Saturday and Sunday on the weekend edition of ‘Good Day Austin.’ ”

The weekend edition of “Good Day Austin” airs from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.


Look for an Austinite on today’s ‘Jeopardy!’

Alex Trebek and Luke McQuage (Sony Pictures Television photo)
Alex Trebek and Luke McQuage (Sony Pictures Television photo)

Look for a Central Texan on “Jeopardy!” today.

Austinite Luke McQuage, an engineer, will pop up on an episode scheduled to air at 4:30 p.m. on NBC affiliate KXAN.

How’d he do? Well … you’ll just have to tune in to find out.

“Jeopardy!” has been on the air an impressive 31 seasons and has 25 million viewers each week, according to Sony Pictures Television.

Morning, afternoon hosts switching shifts on 104.9 The Horn

Bucky Godbolt (Ralph Barrera photo)
Bucky Godbolt (Ralph Barrera photo)

AM 1300 The Zone isn’t the only Austin radio station tinkering with its lineup.

Fellow sports/talker 104.9 The Horn is set to make some changes of its own starting Monday.

Bucky Godbolt and Erin Hogan will move from afternoons to mornings, with current morning host Chad Hastings taking over their afternoon shift.

The station also said it’s looking for a new sidekick for Hastings. Chip Brown, who had been his co-host, moved to The Zone, where he’s now heard mornings with Sean Adams.

TV producers looking to feature Austin tattoo parlor on new show

(Bart Willis photo)
(Bart Willis photo)

Yet another reality show has its eye on Austin.

This time around, it’s “Behind the Ink,” a new “docu-soap” being made for an unnamed network.

Producers are looking for “the nation’s most colorful, talented and creative tattoo shop.”

From the show’s website: “Do you work in a badass tattoo shop with the most dynamic personalities? We are looking for the ink parlor at the top of its game.   Draw us into the creative, dramatic, funny and outrageous inner circle of the characters that fill in your second home.

“We want to go behind the scenes of your tattoo world, and discover the culture and personal lives of the people you call family, the passion you have for the art form and the clients that proudly wear your brand.”

For more details, head to

Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ is looking for Austin home cooks

"MasterChef" judges Christina Tosi, left, Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot
“MasterChef” judges Christina Tosi, left, Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot

As the current season of Fox’s reality competition “MasterChef” rolls on, producers are already planning for Season 7. They’ll be landing in 11 cities looking for talented home cooks to compete against each other for a prize of $250,000, their own cookbook, and a “MasterChef” trophy.

Think what you’ve got to impress judges Gordon, Graham and Christina? Austin auditions are slated for Aug. 29. No location has been revealed, but the most current audition information can be found on the show’s casting website.

Here’s the complete list of audition cities and dates:

San Diego, Calif. Saturday, Aug. 15
Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday, Aug. 15
Las Vegas, Nev. Saturday, Aug. 22
Detroit, Mich. Saturday, Aug. 22
Austin, Tex. Saturday, Aug. 29
San Francisco, Calif. Saturday, Aug. 29
Chicago, Ill. Saturday, Sep. 26
Louisville, Ken. Saturday, Sep. 26
Jackson, Miss. Saturday, Oct. 3
New York City, Saturday, Oct. 3
Los Angeles, Calif. Saturday, Oct. 10

Winner picked for HGTV’s Austin Smart Home

The wait is over … and, sorry to say, you didn’t win the gorgeous Austin home the HGTV cable network was giving away.

Unless you’re Isabel Villarreal, in which case congratulations are in order.

In addition to the home near Zilker Park, Villarreal, a Harlingen resident, got a Mercedes and $100,000. The total prize package was worth more than $1 million, HGTV said.

“I love Austin,” Villarreal says on “The location of the home was very special, partly because I am from Texas and I was born not too far from the home.”

More than 40 million people entered the contest, according to HGTV.

Morning co-host Sgt. Sam retiring from NewsRadio KLBJ

The NewsRadio KLBJ morning team includes Sgt. Sam Cox, left, Mark Caesar and Ed Clements (NewsRadio KLBJ photo)
The NewsRadio KLBJ morning team includes Sgt. Sam Cox, left, Mark Caesar and Ed Clements (NewsRadio KLBJ photo)

Longtime Austin radio personality Sgt. Sam Cox will retire at the end of the month.

Cox, part of the morning show on NewsRadio KLBJ (590 AM/99.7 FM), has been with the station for nearly three decades.

“For 28 years, Austinites have known they can wake up and drive to work getting heartfelt and no-punches-pulled analysis and commentary from the perspective of a man who has served this community with honor,” said Scott Gillmore, market manager for Emmis Austin Radio, NewsRadio KLBJ’s owner. “We’ll miss him on our airwaves, but we wish Sam Cox the best and we have no doubts that his service to our community will continue.”

In addition to his radio career, Cox spent 31 years as an Austin police officer, joining the force in 1964. Three of those years, he served as president of the Austin Police Association.

He later joined the Texas Department of Transportation, where he helped create highway courtesy patrols.

Cox’s last day on NewsRadio KLBJ will be July 31.

AM 1300 The Zone rolling out new morning show

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 9.38.11 PMBig changes are coming to the lineup on AM 1300 The Zone this Monday, starting with a brand new morning show.

Sean Adams and Chip Brown will host “The Bottom Line” weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m.

Adams had been heard afternoons on The Zone, while Brown most recently worked at competing station 104.9 The Horn.

The two previously hosted a show together from 2007 to 2010.

“I’m so excited to be back with Sean and bringing local sports talk in the morning back to AM 1300 The Zone,” Brown said. “No one has Sean’s perspective. It’s unique, compelling commentary. And yet we can totally make fun of each other. When Sean and I did radio together previously, we always made it our goal for the show to be the best part of our day and everyone else’s day. Austin will see how much fun we’re having, and join in.”

The new show will have a heavy focus on college sports, especially University of Texas football, the station said.

“Nothing could have forced me to wake up when it’s still dark every morning except rejoining Chip,” Adams said. “Doing a show together has easily been the most fun I’ve ever had doing radio. Chip is an incredible reporter and brings information to the show that people can’t find anywhere else. But we also just have a whole bunch of fun.”

The full lineup on The Zone, starting Monday, includes:

  • Midnight to 5 a.m.: Fox Sports
  • 5 to 10 a.m.: “The Bottom Line” with Sean Adams and Chip Brown
  • 10 to 11 a.m.: “Fox Sports Daybreak”
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Rich Eisen
  • 2 to 4 p.m.: Jay Mohr
  • 4 to 7 p.m.: “The Sports Buffet” with Craig Way and Rod Babers
  • 7 p.m. to midnight: Fox Sports

Austin-filmed ‘American Crime’ gets 10 Emmy noms

Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman

Austin scored some serious Emmys love today.

The ABC network’s “American Crime,” which filmed here in 2014, snagged 10 nominations:

  • Outstanding Limited Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Felicity Huffman)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (Timothy Hutton)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (Regina King)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series (Richard Cabral)
  • Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series (John Ridley)
  • Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series

ABC announced in May that “American Crime” would be back for a second season. A premiere date hasn’t been announced.

The Emmys will be presented Sept. 20 on the Fox network.