KUT hosting live forum on Austin bombings this Thursday

The suspected bomber killed himself last week as officers approached. (Jay Janner photo / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Austin NPR affiliate 90.5 KUT-FM will host a “community conversation” on the recent Austin bombings this Thursday.

The event, set to run from 9 to 10 a.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum, will look at how law enforcement, members of the media and the community at large responded to the bombings, which killed two people and injured several others.

The suspect in the case detonated a bomb as police and federal agents closed in, killing himself.

The George Washington Carver Museum is located at 1165 Angelina St. in East Austin.

KUT requests that attendees RSVP using this link. The event will also air live on KUT.

The panel will feature Chas Moore from the Austin Justice Coalition, Emlyn Lee from Brave Communities, Gilbert Rivera with the Rosewood Neighborhood Association, interim Austin police chief Brian Manley and University of Texas professor S. Craig Watkins.

KUT’s Jennifer Stayton will serve as moderator.

‘Big Brother’ auditions happening this weekend in Austin

Julie Chen hosts ‘Big Brother’ on CBS.

Producers of “Big Brother” are looking to cash in on all the out-of-towners here for South by Southwest.

The hit CBS show, which has been on the air for 20 seasons, will be hosting an open casting call here this Sunday.

The casting call will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parlor & Yard, 601 W. Sixth St. in downtown Austin.

To be considered you must be at least 21 years, a U.S. citizen and be in “excellent physical and mental shape,” among other qualifications.

To learn more, head here.

Austin TV ratings: KXAN grabs February gold

KXAN’s evening anchor team includes sports director Roger Wallace, left, news anchors Sydney Benter and Robert Hadlock and chief forecaster Jim Spencer.

Powered by the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, Austin NBC affiliate KXAN took home the ratings gold in February, airing the city’s most-watched newscasts in most time periods.

The station’s 6 a.m. newscast, for example, was up 87 percent in the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults ages 25-54 — the largest year-over-year increase of any newscast in Central Texas.

But even without the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, Austin ABC affiliate KVUE was still in hot pursuit, posting its own double-digit year-over-year gains in many time periods among total households and with adults ages 25-54.

At 5 a.m., for instance, KVUE was up 32 percent in total households and 78 percent among adults ages 25-54.

Fox-owned KTBC typically landed in third place in most competitive time periods, while CBS Austin tended to rank fourth.

KXAN’s 6 p.m. broadcast was the market’s most-watched newscast, regardless of timeslot, in February with 60,946 total households and 24,522 in-demo viewers, according to Nielsen.

February Nielsen ratings: Total households

Each ratings point equals 7,915 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.4/ 12 / 11,081
  • KVUE: 1.3 / 11 / 10,290
  • KTBC: .9 / 8 / 7,124
  • KEYE: .3 / 3 / 2,375

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.9 / 16 / 22,954
  • KVUE: 2.7 / 14 / 21,371
  • KTBC: 1.3 / 7 / 10,290
  • KEYE: .9 / 5 / 7,124

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.8 / 7 / 14,247

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.7 / 10 / 21,371
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 4 / 8,707

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6 / 15 / 47,490
  • KVUE: 4.5 / 11 / 35,618
  • KTBC: 2.3 / 5 / 18,205
  • KEYE: 1.3 / 3 / 10,290

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.7 / 16 / 60,946
  • KVUE: 5.3 / 11 / 41,950
  • KEYE: 1.9 / 4 / 15,039

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.5 / 4 / 19,788

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.9 / 14 / 54,614
  • KVUE: 3.4 / 7 / 26,911
  • KEYE: 2.5 / 5 / 19,788

February Nielsen ratings: Adults ages 25-54

Each ratings point equals 8,456 Central Texans ages 25-54. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total in-demo viewers.

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: .8 / 17 / 6,765
  • KVUE: .7 / 13 / 5,919
  • KTBC: .2 / 3 / 1,691
  • KEYE: .1 / 2 / 846

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.9 / 21 / 16,066
  • KVUE: 1.5 / 17 / 12,684
  • KTBC: .5 / 6 / 4,228
  • KEYE: .4 / 5 / 3,382

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: .5 / 5 / 4,228

Noon

  • KXAN: .9 / 8 / 7,610
  • KTBC: .4 / 4 / 3,382

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.7 / 10 / 14,375
  • KVUE: 1.5 / 9 / 12,684
  • KTBC: .8 / 4 / 6,765
  • KEYE: .4 / 2 / 3,382

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 2.9 / 13 / 24,522
  • KVUE: 2.2 / 10 / 18,603
  • KEYE: .5 / 2 / 4,228

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 1.3 / 4 / 10,993

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 3.3 / 12 / 27,905
  • KVUE: 1.5 / 5 / 12,684
  • KEYE: .8 / 3 / 6,765