93.3 KGSR-FM names new morning show host

Chris Mosser
Chris Mosser

The six-month search for a new 93.3 KGSR-FM morning host has come to an end.

The station has hired longtime Austin broadcaster Chris Mosser, who most recently was heard mornings on 103.1 iHeartAustin and afternoons on 98.1 KVET-FM.

Mosser replaces Kelly Jordan, who left KGSR late last year.

“I’ve been a loyal KGSR fan since I moved to Austin in the early ’90s, and it’s a total honor to become part of this legendary station and hugely talented team,” he said. “Glad to get to hang with the cool kids.”

His first day on the air is July 6. “Mosser in the Morning” will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.

“Chris is the queso for our chips,” KGSR program director Haley Jones said. “He’s a student of the arts and culture that make up Austin, a ginormous music fan and all-around nice guy.”

Loris Lowe, who had been filling in on the morning shift, will slide to evenings, KGSR said.

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.

Austin radio host Kristen Kurtis lands Philly gig

Kristen Kurtis
Kristen Kurtis

Austin radio host Kristen Kurtis is heading home.

Kurtis, who spent about four years as KGSR’s midday host, has been tapped to host mornings on legendary Philadelphia radio station 88.5 WXPN-FM. In addition to her on-air duties at KGSR, Kurtis also served as assistant program director and music director.

She’s previously worked for stations in Boston and Spokane, Wash.

“As one who was raised on Philadelphia radio, returning to the area via 88.5 brings my life and career full circle,” Kurtis said. “I am ecstatic, proud and honored to be joining the prestigious staff at WXPN.”

Kurtis’ new gig is set to start next month.

“We’re really excited to have Kristen join our team,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN’s assistant general manager for programming. “She’s a huge lover of music, radio, people and the Philly area, where she grew up.”

Even though we’ll no longer see her around town, we can still listen to Kurtis on air via the WXPN website. Check it out at xpn.org.


Host Roger Allen moves to Sun Radio

jwj Roger Allen 037Well-known Austin radio host Roger Allen has switched stations.

Allen, who was the longtime host of “Lone Star State of Mind” on 93.3 KGSR-FM, can now be heard on Sun Radio, which broadcasts on four Central Texas frequencies: 100.1 FM in Austin, 103.1 FM in Dripping Springs, 99.1 FM in Fredericksburg and 88.9 FM in Johnson City.

At Sun Radio, he’s on the air weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

“We’re pleased that Roger Allen has agreed to join the Sun Radio family as our new afternoon DJ,” Sun Radio program director Denver O’Neal said. “It seems a natural fit given that Roger has been a friend to Texas musicians for 40-plus years, many of whom we play daily on Sun Radio. Roger’s friend and Sun Radio patriarch Larry Monroe always spoke highly of his talents and we can’t wait to hear him on the Sun Radio airwaves.”

SXSW: KGSR takes over Facebook’s music page

KGSR has taken over the 'Music on Facebook' page today.
KGSR has taken over the ‘Music on Facebook’ page today.

Austin’s 93.3 KGSR-FM is getting some international exposure today.

For one day only, the radio station is taking over “Music on Facebook,” Facebook’s official page for all things music, to help kick off the music portion of South by Southwest.

Stop by to see plenty of Austin-centric content, including videos from KGSR’s live SXSW broadcasts at the W Austin Hotel, as well as artist interviews and other tidbits from KGSR hosts Kristen Kurtis, Kelly Jordan and Andy Langer.

KGSR’s annual SXSW broadcasts feature a mix of established acts and up-and-comers. Performers this year include Milky Chance, Bob Schneider, Charlie Mars, Big Data, Max Frost, The Ting Tings, Heartless Bastards and Best Coast.

“The KGSR ‘takeover’ of the Music on Facebook page is one additional, and very large, avenue for sharing this exclusive and very special experience with music fans who can’t make it to the standing-room-only event,” Langer said. “And I think a lot of folks are like me, in that as much as we’re all in the thick of SXSW, I never disconnect from Facebook. So this all feels very natural.”

Get more details on the KGSR live broadcasts at kgsr.com.