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KVET (AM) logo.png
CityAustin, Texas
Broadcast areaAustin-Round Rock metropolitan area
BrandingAM 1300 The Zone
Slogan"Austin's Sports Talk Leader"
Frequency1300 kHz
Translator(s)103.1 K276EL (Austin)
First air dateOctober 13, 1946
Power5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Facility ID35850
Callsign meaningK VETerans
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(Capstar TX LLC)
WebcastListen Live

KVET (1300 kHz), branded as "AM 1300 The Zone", is an Austin, Texas, radio station. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., and it carries a Sports radio format with both local sports shows and programming from Fox Sports Radio.

KVET uses a directional antenna, broadcasting at 5,000 watts to the northwest over the Texas Hill Country during the daytime and 1,000 watts to the south over central Austin at night. The transmitter site is just a few miles north of downtown, on Metric Boulevard.[1] KVET shares studios and offices with four other sister stations in the Penn Field complex in the South Congress district (or "SoCo") of south central Austin, within walking distance of St. Edward's University.

KVET can also be heard on FM translator station K276EL 103.1 MHz.[2] Programming is available on the iHeartRadio platform.



Austin's Third Radio Station[edit]

With the end of World War II, a group of Texas veterans pooled their resources to start a radio station in Austin. They chose a call sign that includes the word "Vet." KVET AM 1300 signed on the air on October 1, 1946.[3] The owners included future Texas Governor John Connally and future Congressman Jake Pickle. KVET, Austin's third radio station, was a network affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System, carrying its schedule of dramas, comedies, news, talk, cooking shows, soap operas and big band broadcasts during the "Golden Age of Radio." Connally initially served as KVET's president and general manager.

Unusual for its day, KVET also included programming for Austin's minority communities. Spanish language news and music was heard on "Noche De Fiesta." Music and news for African American listeners was heard on "The Elmer Akins Gospel Train." In the 1950s, even more diversity was added to the lineup when Lavada Durst introduced Austin to R&B and "Jive Talk" on KVET's nighttime "Dr. Hepcat Show." Noche de Fiesta and Dr. Hepcat were phased out in the 1960s, but the Gospel Train was on the air on KVET for many years after.

The Country Giant[edit]

During most of the 1960s, KVET featured a full service middle of the road music format, with a strong emphasis on news and sports programming. The music of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole and Barbra Streisand, plus Paul Harvey commentary, the Joe Pyne show, and Houston Astros baseball were all part of the mix.

KVET switched formats on April 14, 1969, to country music, and the "Country Giant" was born. Popular celebrity DJs Arleigh Duff, Penny Reeves, Jerry Gee and Sammy Allred took KVET to the top of the local ratings during the 1970s. In the 80s, KVET aired country music, news and sports, including Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys football.

Switch to Talk, Sports[edit]

In 1990, KVET began to also simulcast on 98.1 FM, which had previously been the home of Top 40 KHFI-FM, which moved to 96.7. With the new signal came the creation of the Sammy Allred and Bob Cole Morning Call-In Show. When most of the country audience had moved over to the 100,000 watt KVET-FM signal, management decided to switch AM 1300 KVET to all talk programming in 1994.[4] KVET Talk Radio was an ABC Information Network affiliate and also ran syndicated talk shows. In 1998, KVET-AM-FM and KASE were sold to Capstar Broadcasting, which would later merge into Clear Channel Communications, a forerunner of current owner iHeartMedia.

AM 590 KLBJ had already been Austin's well-established talk station. AM 1300 KVET had trouble challenging KLBJ in the talk radio field. So Capstar switched KVET to all-sports on October 2, 1998.[5] Because iHeartMedia has a financial investment in the Fox Sports Radio Network, KVET began airing Fox Sports programming with some local shows and team coverage.

Local Programming and On-Air Staff[edit]

  • The Bottom Line with Chip Brown and Mike Hardge

Syndicated Programming[edit]


  • Ken Milam (Central Texas Fishing guide and Outdoor expert) The Great Outdoors (Saturday) and The Sunday Sportsman

Simulcast Programming[edit]

  • The Great Outdoors with Ken Milam (WOAI)

Formerly Simulcast Programming[edit]

  • The Sports Buffet with Rod Babers (KTKR) - The show was broadcast by both stations studios using talent in both markets.

Current producers[edit]

  • Michael Rivera - Programming Coordinator, Sports Director
  • Shannon Sweeney - The Bottom Line
  • Karl Schoening
  • Eric Krueger
  • Andrew Zimmel

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Craig Way (voice of the Texas Longhorns)
  • Rod Babers (last host of the Sports Buffet)
  • Sean Adams (passed away suddenly, 2017)
  • Brandon Wark
  • Ryan Kramer (Former PD, also at KPEZ-FM)
  • Jim Apfelbaum (Author and Golf Etiquette Expert). Moved on to Pennsylvania.
  • Lydia Alba Anderson (The Midnight Angel)
  • Tom Allen
  • Bucky Godbolt (Now KTXX)
  • Brad Kellner (Now KTXX)
  • Trent Giesen (Former Producer Sports Buffet, now at KVET-FM)
  • Ahmad Brooks (The Wake Up Call) now The Longhorn Network/ESPNU
  • Jon Madani (Program Director) now at ESPN
  • Eric Blumberg
  • Sammy Allred
  • David Anderson
  • Major Applewhite
  • Bama Brown (now at KVET-FM)
  • Glenn Brown
  • Elmer Akins ("The Gospel Train")
  • Fred Cantu ("Concerned Citizen")
  • Mike Carta (Program Director)
  • Jim Collier (1966)
  • John Connally
  • Bob Cole (Now KOKE-FM)
  • Kevin Dunn
  • Arleigh Duff
  • Ronald "Trey/Boner/Viper" Elling
  • Tom Ellis ('Daddy Tom' on 'High Time' afternoon teen show 1956-58) He went on to a news career in San Antonio, Boston, and New York.
  • Rusty Gabbard (Wrote Ray Price hit "I'll Be There")
  • Mike Gamble
  • DeRoy Glass
  • John Gary (Henry Williams)
  • Steve Gary
  • Jerry Gee (Jerry Garvin, KVET Program Director 1969–1973)
  • Billy Goodnight
  • Pete Grady (R.J. Mott)
  • T.J. Greaney
  • Jerry K Green (1956–58 while attending U. T. Again 1975–78 as DJ/Program Director)
  • De Hansen
  • Chad Hastings (Now KTXX)
  • Gregg Henson
  • Dr. Hepcat (Lavada Durst, DJ of the Rosewood Ramble late evening show in the 1950s) "In the cool of the evening, wishing you a very warm Good night"
  • Lalo Campos "Noche De Fiesta" which broke down the walls for Hispanic programming in Austin in 1947, he would go on to start KTXN (Now KOKE)
  • Erin Hogan (Now KTXX)
  • Marc Hoenig
  • Olin Murrell
  • Dave Marcum
  • Phil Miller
  • Brian "BJ" Jones (cohost of Gio and Jones in the Morning on CBS Sports Radio)
  • Davy Jones (DJ in the old studio, pre C&W), a.k.a. David B. Jones (newsman ca. 1968–1972)
  • Mark Jones
  • Chuck Licata (Owner of K-MAC Sports Broadcasting, www.kmacsports.com; Owner of LibertyHillSports.com)
  • Hugh Lewis
  • Chuck Meyer (Program Director)
  • Bob Pickett (now at 98.1 KVET-FM)
  • Jake Pickle
  • Trey Poston (Program Director)
  • Penny Reeves
  • Stan "Taylor Thompson" Robak
  • Bill Schoening voice of the San Antonio Spurs
  • Tweed Scott (Assistant Prog. Dir 1984-1989) Retired from KVET-FM, July 31, 2001)
  • Barbara Jo Skorude
  • Dave Smith
  • Jim W.W. Travis (The Snipe Warden)
  • Jeff Ward (Now KLBJ)
  • Mike Taylor (later KTKR)
  • Janice Williams
  • A.J. Hoffman (now 97.5 ESPN Radio in Houston)
  • Cedric Golden (Sports columnist with the Austin American Statesman)

Network affiliations[edit]

Former Network Affiliations[edit]

Station management[edit]

  • Program Director - Brian Gann


  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KVET-AM
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/K276EL
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1947 page 186
  4. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995 page B-392
  5. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2000 page D-426
  6. ^ http://houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/schedule/radio_affiliates.jsp. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Coordinates: 30°22′30″N 97°42′58″W / 30.37500°N 97.71611°W / 30.37500; -97.71611