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Public Radio Legend Laurie Gallardo Makes Magic with Her Voice

“In Austin, we come from an embarrassment of riches when it comes to musical talent.” – Laurie Gallardo on Full Service Radio

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If you’ve ever lived in Austin, you’d probably recognize Laurie Gallardo’s iconic voice. She’s the producer and voice of the Austin Music Minute, and host of the KUTX 98.9 afternoon music show, Monday through Thursday 2pm-5pm. She has been voted “Best Radio Personality” in the annual Austin Chronicle Music Poll for three consecutive years (2019, 2018, 2017). The native El Pasoan moved to Austin in 2002, and began working part-time at KUT 90.5 as a late-night show host, and as a stand-in host for Bob Branson. Hear Laurie describe what it’s like to make a living with her voice, and what makes Austin such a special city.

Photo by Moyo Oyelolo

Editing and Music by Nathaniel Weiner