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Rancho Alegre Radio celebrates first anniversary on Austin’s KOOP Radio

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Baldomero “Frank” Cuellar (left) and Piper LeMoine (right) in the KOOP studios in Austin

By Nancy Flores, Austin American-Statesman

When Rancho Alegre Radio hit the airwaves on KOOP 91.7 FM last August, it brought Tejano and Conjunto music back to FM radio in Austin.

“We’d been disappointed for years that you couldn’t find Tejano music on FM radio here,” says Rancho Alegre co-host Piper LeMoine. Austin lost the last of its Tejano music radio stations in late 2005, which sparked a fight to get the music back on the airwaves. In 2008, Tejano music returned to the air and was soon simulcast in both FM and AM. However, today Austin has only one Tejano music station — KTXZ 1560 AM— after the FM station switched formats.

“Rather than complain about it, we saw an opportunity to change that,” LeMoine says. She and co-host Baldomero “Frank” Cuellar went through the KOOP radio training and launched the hour-long program, which now airs every Monday at 9 a.m.

Read the full story at Austin360.com.

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About Piper LeMoine (40 Articles)
I manage all things technical, promotional, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music and I have covered Tejano for Austin Vida since 2012. With Baldomero Cuellar, I co-host Rancho Alegre, Austin's only Tejano music program on FM Radio. Rancho Alegre features classics, new releases, and rare tracks along with interviews with Tejano and Conjunto artists and community organizations and can be heard every Monday from 9-10 a.m. on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and online at koop.org.

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