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Mark Abuzzahab leaving KKXT/91.7 FM

Mark Abuzzahab
Mark Abuzzahab

Mark Abuzzahab, who has been program director of adult-album-alternative public-radio station KKXT/91.7 FM since June 2011, will leave near the end of the month, the station confirms.

AllAccess.com reports that Abuzzahab will become program director for VuHaus, described as “the brand name for a new, non-profit video collaboration of public radio’s leading music discovery stations.” VuHaus’ Twitter feed, which appears to have just launched today, says “View rare in-studio performances in intimate settings, one-of-a-kind interviews, live performance streams — They’re all here, housed under one roof.” In other words, VuHaus = “view house.”

In his nearly four years at the DFW station, better-known as KXT, Abuzzahab brought a much-needed balance to the station’s programming, making more room for local music, playing national acts that the adult-alternative genre is known for, and throwing in familiar songs for listeners to sing along to while cutting back on the amount of classic-rock war horses in the station’s rotation. (For more on that, check out the Dallas Observer’s piece on him from December).

A KXT spokesman says that Abuzzahab’s last day will be March 27. Assistant program director Amy Miller will take the reins till a new program director is named.

According to AllAccess, VuHaus is a collaboration among some heavy-hitter public-radio stations, including Austin’s KUTX, Los Angeles’ influential KCRW, New York’s WFUV, Philadelphia’s WXPN, Seattle’s KEXP and Kansas City’s KTBG.

Abuzzahab has the adult-alternative cred to go with that; his background includes Austin’s KGSR and Denver’s KBCO, both big names in the AAA format.

“The stations have joined together to build a new service for audiences to discover emerging and established artists in an ever-expanding video collection from America’s most vibrant music scenes.,” AllAccess says of the VuHaus consortium. Perhaps Abuzzahab can keep the Fort Worth-Dallas-Denton scene in the mix, even with an Austin station behind VuHaus; according to AllAccess, he’ll be responsible for the curation of videos and a platform POV for the VuHaus national website and national app.

Abuzzahab has some experience with this: Check out his list of KXT’s Top 5 Live Sessions during his tenure. Here’s one now.