KLBJ (AM)

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KLBJ
City of license Austin, Texas
Broadcast area Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area
Branding News Radio KLBJ
Slogan "Austin's 24-Hour News Station"
Frequency 590 kHz
Translator(s) 99.7 K259AJ (Austin)
First air date July 2, 1939 as KTBC
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 65791
Callsign meaning K
Lyndon
Baines
Johnson
Former callsigns KTBC (1939-1973)
Owner Emmis Communications
(Emmis Austin Broadcasting Company, LP)
Sister stations KBPA, KGSR, KLZT, KLBJ-FM, KROX
Webcast Listen Live
Website newsradioklbj.com

KLBJ (590 AM) is a talk radio station broadcasting from Austin, Texas, USA. It was once owned by the family of Lyndon Baines Johnson, but is now owned by Emmis Communications of Indianapolis, Indiana. On October 30, 2009, 590 AM began simulcasting its programming on K259AJ 99.7 FM. The station has studios along Interstate 35 in North Austin, and the transmitter site is located east of Austin near the Colorado River in unincorporated Travis County.

Local hosts[edit]

  • Mark Caesar
  • Ed Clements
  • Sam Cox
  • John Dromgoole
  • Todd Jefferies
  • Sheryl McLaughlin
  • Don Pryor
  • Kenny Rahmeyer
  • Tom Spencer
  • Carl Stuart
  • Jeff Ward

News staff[edit]

Audrey Morton

  • Melinda Brandt
  • Diann Hodges
  • Todd Jeffries
  • Carol Nelson
  • Perry Watson
  • Cedric Perry
  • Jimmy Maas
  • Rachel Marisay
  • Stacey Haley
  • Ryan Conine
  • Eric Alderete

Syndicated programming[edit]

KLBJ carries the nationally syndicated programs "Coast to Coast AM", "Glenn Beck Radio Program", "The Rush Limbaugh Show", and "Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis" as part of its daily schedule. The weekend schedule includes the nationally syndicated programs "The Kim Komando Show", "The Dr Dan Show", "The Alex Jones Show", "Beyond the Beltway" and "The Mutual Fund Show".

Controversy[edit]

KLBJ became the subject of controversy in July 2009 when Don Pryor, the co-host of the Todd and Don Show repeatedly used the term wetback to refer to illegal aliens in a satirical attempt to make a point about labels. Both hosts issued an on-air apology the next day, and were put on a 2 week unpaid suspension. It was announced on July 20 that the show was canceled, though both remained employed at the station.

The Todd and Don Show returned to the airwaves on December 7, 2009, with a transformed perspective on community history, expectations and cultural sensitivity.

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Coordinates: 30°14′16″N 97°37′47″W / 30.23778°N 97.62972°W / 30.23778; -97.62972