Austin studied mass communications at the University of California, San Diego (Class of 1975), and worked at Tampa Bay’s 98 Rock WXTB (1988-1993) and WYNF (1993). Prior to that, he had been on the air in Sacramento, CA (KSFM), the San Francisco Bay Area (KFOG, KSJO, KOME, KYA-FM) and Detroit (signed on Detroit's Wheelz WLLZ).
He was music director and on-air talent, and one of the original 98 Rock deejays for (at that time) one of the most influential radio stations in the country - a breakout station for new rock music and the first to do huge outdoor shows. It was he who also coined the term "Livestock" rock festival.
After 98 Rock, Keyes spent less than a year doing evenings during the final days of the legendary 95ynf. When the station folded, he joined 96 K-Rock WRXK-FM in the Ft. Myers/Naples area as assistant program director and music director for a couple years and then, in late 1996, moved back to the West Coast (Los Angeles) to do the swing shift at KLOS-FM for four years.
During this period Keyes was also an independent record promoter, pushing new releases to rock stations. From late 2000 to 2005, he returned to the airwaves with Westwood One’s Adult Rock 24-hour music format and was a fill-in for Westwood One/Dial Global’s rock format.
Today (2017), Austin lives in Los Angeles and runs Austin Keyes Multimedia, a company that provides voiceovers for TV, radio, and other voice production work.
1988 - 1993 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1988 - 1993 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Music Director)