Austin classical radio station KMFA adds 2 new hosts

A look inside the KMFA studios. (Tamir Kalifa photo / American-Statesman)

Listen for two new voices to pop up on Austin classical music station KMFA 89.5 FM.

Nathan Langfitt has been named host of “Sunday Matinee,” which airs Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

His previous broadcast experience includes a stint at the classical radio station in Baton Rouge, La. He also headed up Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s education department for a time and now serves as a lecturer at the University of Texas.

“Nathan’s work with the performing arts, both in education and as a musician, his experience in classical broadcasting, and his friendly, genuine style make him the perfect fit for ‘Sunday Matinee,’” said KMFA director of broadcasting and content Anthony McSpadden.

Nathan Langfitt (Jessica Jones photo)

Carla McElhaney has been picked to serve as host of the newly expanded “Night Music” program. It now runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

“Reverie,” which had aired from midnight to 2 a.m., has been canceled.

McElhaney is the pianist, co-founder and artistic director of Austin chamber music and arts collective Revel.

“One of the first things I noticed about Carla at a Revel performance was her warmth and her ability to really connect with an audience during live performances,” McSpadden said. “She has a wonderful presence at the mic on stage, and she has the ability to transfer that skill to the studio. Her sense of style as well as her musicality put her squarely in the mold of what we think it takes to host our popular ‘Night Music’ program.”

Langfitt and McElhaney replace Carmel O’Donovan, who has departed the station.

Carla McElhaney (Nathan Russell photo)

Darius Rucker prowls Austin in new ‘Undercover Boss’ episode

Darius Rucker performs at the Frank Erwin Center.

Austin is front and center Friday night in a celebrity edition of the hit CBS show “Undercover Boss.”

In the episode, Darius Rucker, lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish and, on his own, a country superstar, relies on heavy-duty makeup to hide his true identity as he poses as a roadie, hosts an open-mic night and tours the Sixth Street Entertainment District.

His goal? Locate undiscovered talent.

The show was taped over the course of several days during one of Rucker’s visits to Austin last year.

“I’ve been in the music business for a long time, and this is an experience I will never forget,” Rucker said in a news release promoting the episode. “Our industry is all about cultivating and sharing great music, so having the opportunity to go undercover and authentically participate in an artist’s early days was just incredible.”

It’s not the first time “Undercover Boss” has visited Austin. The show followed the owner of Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill in a controversial episode that aired in 2014.

Rucker’s episode of “Undercover Boss” airs at 7 p.m. Friday on CBS Austin.

WATCH: CBS Austin’s Allison Miller surprises hubby with baby news

Allison Miller (CBS Austin photo)

In need of a smile?

Well, here you go, courtesy of CBS Austin morning anchor Allison Miller.

At a recent Round Rock Express game, Miller had the honor of the throwing out the first pitch. That’s where this sweet tale starts, not stops.

After the – shall we say, creative – pitch, Miller had her 2-year-old daughter, Audrey, hand the ball off to her husband, Thomas.

This is where things really start to get good. Miller prompts her hubby to read the ball. On it he spots, “Little Slugger, coming December 2017.”

“What?” Thomas asks. “Are you serious?”

Yep, she’s serious. Baby No. 2 is on the way.

“Thomas and I are super excited for Audrey to be a big sister,” Miller said. “We’re planning on finding out if it’s a boy or girl when he/she arrives in late November or early December.”

Big congrats to the entire family!

Catch Miller, co-anchor Chris Saldaña, traffic anchor Chrisdyann Uribe and meteorologist Nicole Hartford weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on CBS Austin, followed by “CBS This Morning.”

 

CBS Austin traffic anchor Chrisdyann Uribe leaving for Houston

Chrisdyann Uribe (CBS Austin photo)

CBS Austin traffic anchor Chrisdyann Uribe has landed a new gig in Houston.

Uribe, who came to CBS Austin two years ago, will head down U.S. 290 next month to start work as the traffic anchor at Fox-owned KRIV, the station said Thursday.

A Texas State University graduate, Uribe handled traffic duties at KFOX in El Paso prior to landing at CBS Austin.

“Between Chrisdyann’s many years reporting on Texas traffic, and strong presence on broadcast and social media, she is prepared to help Houston’s drivers better navigate their commutes and avoid construction projects or delays,” KRIV vice president and news director Susan Schiller said in a written statement.

NBC’s ‘The Voice’ plans Austin casting call

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine is one of the coaches on ‘The Voice.’ (Tammy Perez / For the American-Statesman)

Austin is the live music capital of the world, so it only makes sense that the producers of NBC’s “The Voice” are planning a casting call here.

The show, which is gearing up for its 13th season, will be at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., on May 13. (Use the Trinity Street entrance.)

It’s not the first time “The Voice” has come to Austin in search of talent. You may recall the show stopped here during its very first year on the air.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a contender this season, head to nbcthevoice.com to register. After getting your artist audition pass, you’ll need to prepare two a cappella songs to wow the judges – no instruments allowed!

Other audition cities this year include Los Angeles, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

KVUE adds co-anchor for Sunday evening newscasts

Kris Betts and Brandon Jones (John Gusky photos / KVUE)

KVUE is beefing up its weekend news team with the addition of a new co-anchor.

Reporter Brandon Jones is now joining Kris Betts on the anchor desk for the station’s newscasts at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sundays. Their first show together was last night.

Betts had been anchoring solo on the weekends, and she’ll continue to do so on Saturday nights.

Jones spent the past three months filling in for Betts while she was out on maternity leave, so weekend viewers are already well acquainted with him.

Betts joined KVUE in 2013; Jones arrived at the city’s ABC affiliate in 2015.