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Gary Allyn-Uncle Sam sent many a young boy to San Antonio to serve, and during their off-hours, many found employment in the buzzing radio community there. Gary Allyn was one of them. Working out his final few months in the service of our nation, he spun wax at KITE. Having a desire to stay in S-A after his honorable discharge, his first civilian assignment was as personality at KONO. He became an instant hit by promoting himself as “The World’s Tallest Midget.” Ratings would skyrocket, and promotions would too, as he quickly became their Music Director. Recognizing his immense talent, owner Jack Roth made Gary the PD of KONO, and their overall ratings reign would soon begin. While KLIF will always be remembered as “America’s most imitated station” the PD that is rarely credited (and was frequently ripped off) for “Hi/Lo,” “Cash Call,” “Don’t Say Hello,” “Win-It Weekends” and others was the incredibly talented programmer Gary Allyn.
Joe Anthony-Who is responsible for making San Antonio the “Heavy Metal Capitol of the World?” Many head bangers and hard-rock radio jocks would say it was Joe Anthony. His resume is impressive: 5 decades long, and all in The Alamo City. Beginning in the 1950’s as host of “Harlem Serenade” on KMAC-AM, it was KISS-FM where Joe would make history for himself and up others. Bands like RUSH, Judas Priest and Triumph all credit Joe for their early exposure, earning him the handle “The Godfather of Rock ‘n Roll.”
Tom Allen- Tom has been in radio for 51 years, since the age of 20, beginning at KUMD at the University of Minnesota. A few short months later, Tom was hired as a weekender and fill-in at local top rocker WEBC. Subsequently, Tom went on to work at major country radio stations in St. Louis, Dallas, and Detroit, both as an air personality and program director. It was while in Dallas that Tom and his family knew that Texas would forever be their home. Tom came to Austin in 1979 to work for country icon KVET-AM, as both program director and air personality. In 1981, a decision was made to switch sister station KASE-FM to country, with Tom in morning drive. Tom held that position for seventeen years, often pulling a number one rating. Tom was awarded a Favorite DJ Award several times by the Austin American Statesman newspaper. In 1998, Tom was asked to move over to sister station KVET-FM as both a mid-day and afternoon drive air personality. He was also asked to take over the popular Saturday morning Country Gold Show from 5 to 10AM, featuring the legends of country music. Tom held that position until he retired from KVET-FM in 2010. Tom thought his broadcasting career was all over, until legendary Austin station KOKE-FM was revived, and in 2012 he was once again asked to host the Saturday morning Country Gold Show from 5 to 10AM.
Norm Alden-A disc jockey, entertainer and Fort Worth native who was on the original staff of Fort Worth station KXOL when it signed on in 1947. Under the on-air nickname “Epod” (which is “dope” spelled backwards,) he hosted tongue-in-cheek comedy programs such as “Doodles for Dollars” (imagine describing doodles to a radio audience!) Alden found fame and fortune as a character actor in Hollywood thereafter, guest-starring in literally hundreds of TV shows and movies, often playing a cowboy or a ne’er-do-well.
Jerry Aulds-While a Texas politician by the name of “Culp” started KULP in El Campo, the name that most associate with the station is longtime manager and personality Jerry Aulds. While traveling through the rice belt, there’s no mistaking the distinctive sound of “The Texas Legend” on 1390am. From Farm and Ag news, to late breaking headlines from Wharton County-fairs, festivals, funerals and family news, Jerry has done it all. What folks still find most fascinating about KULP, is the interesting blend of music, that includes country hits of today and yesterday, with traditional polka favorites which have been a staple of the station for decades.
Vandy Anderson-Few get to live out their childhood dream in their own hometown. For a B O I (that’s Born on the Island) guy Vandy Anderson, that is exactly how his life turned out. Being bitten by the radio bug at an early age, he first set up a studio in his own bedroom, getting his chops. When he was old enough to ride the bus, he made his way to the studios of KGBC, where observed and learned all he could. After graduating from college, he returned to the island, and went to work for 1540am, and spent the next 35 years as a personality, sales person, sports and news reporter, manager and eventually majority stockholder.
Wash Allen-Up until just a few months ago, Wash was the host of the incredibly popular call-in show “Confessions” on KCOH, the first African-American radio station in Texas. Wash spent over 3 decades on the 1430 signal, and branded his name into numerous lifestyle oriented events, including his “Happy Feet Dance” as well as the “man-about-town” celeb and society hob-nobber on “The Wash Allen TV Show” which is still seen in Houston.
Duane Allen-The *announcer* NOT The Oak Ridge Boy. KSBJ/Houston
Dusty Black -After graduating from TCU more than 43 years ago, Dusty headed for the legendary KMEZ / KBOX in Dallas as General Sales Manager and Assistant Station Manager. After working with a Houston broadcast group, Dusty was brought to Austin to become Market Manager for Clear Channel’s Austin properties. Soon promoted to Regional Manager, Dusty was given oversight for operations in Waco, San Antonio, Victoria, Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi. Dusty’s leadership saw the impact of Clear Channel’s Texas stations reach an all time success with new and innovative programming that reached unprecedented audience levels. Outreach to the community was more effective than ever, Dusty continues serving the broadcast industry today as a Board Member for WAY FM, a non-profit broadcasting organization reaching over 70 US cities. Since 2006 Dusty has also lead Black Dog Partners, LLC.
Gene Bender -Joining KIXL Radio right out of the University of Texas 37 years ago, Gene worked to establish Austin’s first Christian radio station. The station was soon purchased by Dick Oppenheimer, giving Gene the opportunity to also work with K98 (KHFI), one of the highest rated radio stations in Austin’s history. As Gene continued to lead KIXL, he was fortunate to serve as a Board Member and Regional Chair of the National Religious Broadcasters for many years. Since 2006, KIXL has operated as The WORD 1490, KLGO. Over the years, the station has been very fortunate to partner with many listeners to raise thousands of dollars for national and local organizations. The WORD has worked to provide resources that provide hope and encouragement for Austin and Central Texas.
Bill Branch-Bill was a radio engineer who took bits and pieces of World War I surplus electronics and built Fort Worth’s very first radio station, KFJZ. While KDKA and WRR and other stations may lay claim to radio broadcasting’s firsts, Branch’s efforts to make a go of KFJZ date back to 1917. He constructed a studio and transmitter behind his house in the Poly section of Fort Worth. Branch owned KFJZ until 1926, but also helped get competitor WBAP on the air in 1922 by building its first transmitter. Branch spent most of the 1930s in Mexico constructing transmitters for several “border blasters,” and, sadly, was electrocuted in the early 1940s while assembling 150,000-watter XELO (later known as XEROK.)
Bev Brown-KGAS/Carthage, KOCA/Kilgore
Zoe Bonet- Remembered fondly by Houston listeners as the 17 year host of “Love Songs” on KODA, Zoe has also occupied the microphones of KSBJ, KIKK, and KMJQ. Zoe currently works for Salem Broadcasting of Houston.
Ted Carson-Ted arrived in Houston in the late 70’s courtesy of ABC Radio. When he was hired as the Promotions Director at 1070am KRBE, a few things would change the radio landscape in Space City forever. Classic Rock would be born, a new morning partnership would form, and a new era would begin for an FM move-in that would turn heads and ears. “Christy and Carson” would arrive at Shamrock’s Z-107 for their historic flip to Classic Rock, and Ted and his partner Paul would entertain Houstonians with their alternative to the popular ZOO morning shows. People by the thousands would tune in for “Police Blotter,” “The Friday Confessional” and of course, the ever memorable “Still Smokin’” billboards. In addition to Ted’s on-air antics, as OM for KZFX, he managed to create HUGE promotions that became mainstays, like Party on the Plaza and The Freedom Festival, which today is the largest 4th of July event in state of Texas.
Kevin Charles-If there is a guy who has ‘done it all’ it has to be Kevin. Personality, Traffic Reporter, Production Director, News Anchor, and even play-by-play. Like many, Kevin started small at KJCS and KEEE (where his brother was Chief Engineer) just doing what he could to get on the radio. Like many other small market jocks looking for their big break, Kevin hit the highway to Houston and KLTR for weekend work. That eventually earned him his first Major Market PM Drive spot-at K-Lite. From there it was KLDE, KPRC, and Metro Traffic/News-where he served as News Bureau Chief during BOTH the Enron scandal and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Today, he can be heard anchoring the midday news on Houston’s “News92fm.”
Steve Coffman-Could rednecks and hippies peacefully coexist? If there was any common ground, it was MUSIC, and for decades ”Coff” made numerous attempts to bring that sound to radio. Steve did that very thing at KAFM in Dallas, KRIO in San Antonio and finally to his very own KTXN in Victoria, where he conceived the oft-imitated, but never duplicated “Texas Mix.”
Morgan Choat- He was one of those perennial, workhorse North Texas broadcasters who managed to evade fame and fortune while enjoying a 50-year on-air career. Choat was a master of the country music format. Upon Choat’s retirement in 2007, his friend, DFW broadcaster Jay Weaver, wrote, “Morgan is another of the older radio personalities who has been able to ‘hold on’ as long as HE wanted to in radio!” Morgan’s resume includes 20 years with KCUL/KBUY, then to KJIM, KXOL, KYAL, KBEC and KHFX; and two tours at KCLE-Cleburne…where he ended his career in June, 2007, at the age of 80.
“Gentleman” Jim Carter-Imagine this: a company spending $35,000.00 on a one single VAN for promotion of their product: in 1966. Gordon McLendon’s KILF in Dallas DID, and Jim Carter was behind the wheel of it. Behind the microphone was where he belonged, and he did get his shot at “The Mighty 1190” not once but twice, as well as sister station KNUS. 2120 Commerce was not the only radio real estate that Jim occupied. He spent time at WFAA during the days of their split-frequency agreement with WBAP. He programmed San Angelo CHR powerhouse KIXY, and did time in the Alamo City at KONO.
Mark Carrillo-San Antonio has been the home of Mark Carrillo his entire life. For most of it, Mark has been on the radio. Getting his start in the news department at KTFM and KTSA, Mark just might have been the youngest morning personality in the Alamo city at only 22 years old. Since the mid-70’s he has been heard on leading S-A stations like KCYY, KISS, KITY, KONO and KKYX. Mark is still heard in his fair city as an in-demand voice talent for TV and radio, and in his spare time works for “The Man” as an ASCAP Investigator. Note: Mark was a TRH of F “Hall of Honor” recipient last year for his logistical work on our San Antonio event. ~jh
Brent Clanton-35 years in Texas Radio is a long time. That is how many Brent has logged. Currently the Business Editor for “News92fm” in Houston, Brent has served in virtually every capacity in radio, including OM, PD, Promotions Director and General Manager. He was the originator and first host of the hugely popular “Sunday Jazz Brunch” on KODA, and also the driving force behind Business Radio 650 for CBS.
Clint Culp-Managers at McLendon Broadcasting had an eye and ear for talent, that is a given. In the early 70’s, they hired a young go-getter by the name of Clint Culp, and ‘get-it’ he did. A top seller for “The Mighty 1190,” he made the move to McLendon’s KNUS before spending 20 years at the helm of CBS owned KTXQ “Q-102” in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Prior to his retirement, he was the VP/DOS at CBS/Austin’s KKMJ,KAMX, KXBT and KJCE. Clint served as VP of Radio Stations for the Radio Advertising Bureau in Dallas, was a member of the TAB Board of Directors, and has been honored for his hard work by the AWRT (in Dallas and Austin) among others. Note: Clint was co-creator of the “Amber Alert Plan” –which has been deployed and implemented at virtually every legally licensed radio station in the nation.
Johnny Chiang-Longtime OM/PD at KKBQ “The New 93Q”/Houston, Johnny defeated incumbent KILT-FM, and now posts an almost 3 share point lead over the former country powerhouse.
Darby Douglas- With a career starting in the 80’s at Houston’s KFMK Darby eventually found his calling as Houston’s traffic authority at Metro Traffic. In 1996 he began a 13 year run at CBS affiliate KHOU and voted “Houston’s Ultimate Traffic Reporter” in 2005. Currently he serves as the Assistant Director of Operation for Total Traffic Network Houston and still helps to navigate the masses through Houston traffic every weekday morning on 740 AM KTRH.
Jon Dillon-Make no mistake, Jon *IS* the voice of Rock and Roll Radio in Dallas/Ft. Worth. “Little Johnny” was a part of the very first progressive/album station in the Metroplex, KFAD, and through the years made fans, friends, and lifelong relationships with the biggest names in music. Being ever ‘plugged in’ to what the locals were in to, he was a tremendous supporter of anything live, local and loud. Over the years, he has worked at premiere and pioneering radio stations in D/FW, including KTXQ, KZEW and KZPS, where he is still heard today. Note: Jon is a member of our “Hall of HONOR” but is not an inductee-yet.
Lew Dee-Lew is a legend in Lubbock radio. Not only could he put on one heck of a show, Lew knew just what to do to go out and sell it. Lew was the co-owner of KEND, and also worked in Lubbock on KSEL. The “Lew and Diana Show” was one of the most listened to, highest rated and highest billing programs of its day in “The Hub City.”
Jerome Davis-worked in both radio and TV behind the pine curtain at KLTV, KDOK, KEEE and KMHT before heading up Interstate 20 to Dallas. He enjoyed great days at KRLD, KFJZ and WBAP prior to going legit in the PR Department for the D/FW International Airport, then on to the City of Dallas PR Department, as well as working as a Corporate Training Exec and in media relations at Texas Utilities.
Alfred P. Daniel-long considered the “Dean of Houston Radio.” The licensee of the second commercial frequency in Space City, he eventually convinced the owners of the Houston Post to get into radio. Shortly thereafter, KPRC was born. He served as chief announcer and Program Director for 21 years, and was also the first announcer on KPRC-FM 102.9
Ben Downs-General Manager and Partner of WTAW/KNDE/KZNE in Bryan/College Station. Former GM of KORA/KTAM Bryan/College Station and KISX Whitehouse/Tyler.
Outlaw Dave (Andrews) -Began his work in radio as an intern at KRBE/Houston. Became a rock legend as afternoon personality at “Rock 101″ KLOL/Houston. Now serves as talk host at KPRC radio in Houston and oversees the *Outlaw Dave* brands of Southeast Texas.
Steve Eberhart-Just like the famous tag line from the electric razor commercials: “He liked it so much, he bought the company.” Radio station owner and personality Steve Eberhart owes a lot to AM 1580 in WAY North Texas (and hopefully will pay it all off eventually.) He began his career there, while growing up in earshot of “The Mighty 1990” in Dallas. Steve knew he could not make the jump to the big leagues without a stop or two along the way, so, from Gainesville, he moved to Sherman, and KIKM-which was a proving ground for many future D/FW radio stars. Eventually, the big time did come, and Steve became a personality at KVIL during it’s absolute zenith. After serving in a number of roles, the premier oldies station in the south, KLUV lured Steve away for their coveted PM Drive position-which he held for years, before moving up the dial to KDMX. Steve has been heard on hundreds of radio stations through his work at The Satellite Music Network/Cumulus Media and a few years ago, came full circle by purchasing the radio station where it all began for him, KGAF in Gainesville. *Note: Steve is the worlds’ foremost authority on KLIF radio, and many have spent hours visiting the pages of his KLIF History website. He was recently appointed to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Paul Easter-Monterey High School in Lubbock wanted a radio station. Student Paul Easter built it. That began an impressive run for Paul as an engineer in a variety of Texas cities and companies. Midland, Amarillo, Abilene, Corpus Christi, Brownwood, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Laredo and even Alice. Today, he is the Director of Engineering for the KHCB Radio Network, and has his hands full, watching over 30+ signals in Texas and Louisiana, all operating out of their home base in Houston.
Jim Gibbs-From the very beginning, KIVY was a labor of love for Jim and his family. He and his partner literally BUILT the Crockett radio station in 1949, and Jim owned and operated it for 50 years. Along the way he added an FM signal, a TV channel, and a partner publication known as “The Viewfinder.” Always keeping it local and lively, the KIVY empire served a HUGE chunk of East Texas “from our studios in the Davy Crockett National Forrest” with local news and sports, obituaries, weather, hometown happenings, a variety of music-AND- those famous “Door Knocker Deals” –rumored to be facilitated by a home doorbell with one of the tone plates removed. He is credited by many as having promoted life and business in Crockett and Houston County, and contribute to the growth of the region as much as anybody else. *NOTE: Many have heard the story of the small town Texas radio man who would sell a spot, drive to the radio station, produce the commercial, insert it in the automation, make sure it played, then go out and sell another….THAT was Jim Gibbs!
Mat “The Mighty Quinn” Guinn-Nacodoches’ KEEE and KLBK in Lubbock *loved* having a BIG voice, that accompanied a rather small paycheck. But when you are a wide-eyed teen trying to get in to radio you take what you can get. Luckily for Mat “The Mighty Quinn” Guinn, programmers in MUCH bigger markets had their ears on him and that BOOMING baritone. KTHT in Houston was the first of many major market stations to enjoy his pipes and personality. Then it was “Gulf Radio” KULF , “The Big 610” KILT- and KRBE in both their “Super Rock” days as well as their time as “Disco Station of the Year.” –get down….
“Snuff” Garrett-Snuff worked both sides of the platter. Playing them and pushing them. First as personality in Lubbock in the 50’s on KSYD. KSYD-TV realized the popularity of Rock and Roll music, and like many other cities during the craze, produced their own dance show for teens. “Snuff” was the host. Early Texas Rock and Rollers of the day like Buddy Holly were guest on his shows. Snuff later went into producing records and acts, and is largely responsible for the successful careers of Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, as well as Sonny and Cher.
Royce Edward Guinn- For many years, Royce was the main man behind the mic at Top 40 giants KILT and KRBE. Royce also was a top-rated personality for Houston powerhouses KNUZ, KAUM, KQUE and KODA.
Charles “Dad” Garrett-Charles Garrett grew captivated by the growing hobby of sending messages via wireless after the First World War, and so he became a licensed radio operator. While working for the Dallas Fire Department, he had the idea of installing radio sets in the fire engines, so dispatchers could contact firefighters even while in the field. Garrett’s transmitting station began operating in the summer of 1921, and a few months later, it was officially licensed as “WRR” – thus the first radio station in Texas was born. WRR soon grew into more than just an arm of the fire department, as operators would fill the time between its municipal duties with chatter and phonograph recordings. When the Dallas News expressed interest in starting its own radio station in 1922, Garrett happily provided the expertise and equipment to help put WFAA on the air.
Roger Gray-Veteran talk personality at KPRC, KSEV and KTRH. Gray also worked behind the camera at KHOU-TV. Roger resides in East Texas, where for many years he worked at legendary East Texas AM KTBB.
Linda O’Brien-Flores- Linda fell in love with country music the day she got her first transistor radio. She worked at KILT in Houston and KSCS in Dallas, She loves playing the legends of country music and has been lucky enough to meet almost all of them, from Haggard to Jones and Willie to her favorite honky tonk singer, Gene Watson. “I love talking about the stories behind the songs, getting the listeners closer to the artists and the songwriters. And since I’m on the in evening, it’s like we’re just sitting on the back porch catching up on the day.” In her spare time, Linda is a voice actor who you may have heard on various national radio/TV spots and industrial for companies like SONY, Mrs. Field’s Cookies, TCBY and the American Heart Association, to name a few.
Ron Foster-Rare is the time that a personality gets the opportunity to compete in morning drive in TWO major Texas markets, but Ron Foster did. First at the iconic KIKK in Houston, then at KSCS in Dallas. While Ron still makes his home in the Metroplex, his career began on the Gulf Coast at KILE in Galveston, which led to an impressive run at “The Big 610” KILT, before he traded his hippie hairdo for boots and jeans. Ron is still active and heard in numerous markets as morning personality on the
Cumulus Radio Networks “Real Country” format.
Jose Jamie Garcia, Sr. -A true trailblazer as a Hispanic in American broadcasting, Jose Jamie Garcia, Sr. began his broadcasting career in 1952 working at 1370 AM KTXN, He made history as an Austin Spanish Language broadcasting pioneer when in 1976 he established Austin’s first full time Spanish language format on KMXX 102.3 FM. The Garcia family went on to own additional stations with the acquisition of KELG, KKLB, KTXZ and KFON. Mr. Garcia established a strong commitment to serving the Hispanic community all throughout the central Texas featuring a wide variety of Spanish formats for the first time to the Hispanic population. Jose Jamie Garcia, Sr. died on September 6, 1986 after a career of 34 years in broadcasting. KELG continues today as Austin’s longest running Heritage Spanish Language radio station in Austin, Texas.
Gil Garcia-Few can say they entered the broadcasting industry at age 8, the first time Gil sat behind a broadcast console and he continued to be part of that industry for over 49 years. After years of being a DJ and Program Director in Corpus Christi, Gil discovered his desire to be on the technical and transmitter side. Eventually Gil landed in Austin just as the LBJ family renamed KTBC AM to KLBJ AM, becoming KLBJ’s first engineer. KLBJ afforded Gil the opportunity to continue his service in the National Guard allowing Gil to combine his knowledge of broadcast operations with disaster preparedness. Today Gil has lead the effort to standardize communication coordination for all Clear Channel Stations, The TAB and other state broadcasting organizations with local Emergency Management. As a charter member of the TAB, Gil Garcia has long seen the importance of radio as a resource to ensure communication and safety for the communities he serves.
Scott Gillmore-Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, did his best to get to Texas as soon as he could 37 years ago. In the early 80’s Scott was part of building the historic KOKE Radio. Scott then helped launch radio station KGSR that would help to define the sound of today’s Austin music scene. In time Scott would oversee the operations of the all Austin stations for Sinclair Communications. Today, Scott Gillmore continues his long time success as VP/Market Manager for Emmis Austin Radio. Through Scott’s leadership, Emmis Austin Radio has served the Austin Metropolitan community with award winning programming and support for many local charity efforts.
Bill Grady-Bill cut his teeth in radio in the Lone Star State, starting out as a “gofer” at KILT for Jerry Thomas, while in high school. In 1970, Bill anchored and reported for KENR (2nd tour of duty’74-75) then KILT under the direction of Jim Carola, over to KNUZ working for Chuck Scott, then KLIF where he was under the wing of “ Big Joe” Holstead. Bill became news director of KLIF in 1979, then headed West to WBAP. He’s been a general assignment reporter for KMBZ-Kansas City the last nine years . His heart is still in Texas radio, where an occasional “swift kick in the butt” by three legendary news directors kept him on point, and were “teachable moments.”
Ron Harper-With new ratings methodology, and ratings compression, a 4 share can make money, and a 9 share can PRINT it. But how ‘bout a 49 share? Ron achieved that in Midland-Odessa at KRIG. Beginning his career at KWXI as producer of the “Moon River” program, he eventually led the charge at super small market stations like KQXI in Amarillo, and KAND in Corsicana. While proud of his individual accomplishments, he is even prouder of the personalities that he guided and coached, who went on to much greater success in markets like Los Angeles, Dallas, Nashville and Oklahoma City.
Derrill Holly-“Derrill Holly….Houston” That is the way many around the state and nation recall the frequent sign-off of the Associated Press correspondent, and long-time anchor on radio station KIKK. From 1977 to 1994, Holly was a reporter, anchor, handled public service, and covered major weather events, pipeline disasters, refinery explosions and political events. One GM at an all news outlet said of Derrill: “if he shows up on your beat, you’re beaten!”
John Hiatt-Amarillo was not only the place of his birth, but the beginnings of an impressive broadcasting career. John has put in over 40 years as an owner, manager or seller in some of Texas’ most competitive markets. San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Big D have all been stops on his impressive resume. While John recently retired from the day-to-day duties of radio, he currently owns a successful ad agency in Austin.
Doug Helton-Longtime news anchor for TSN, Doug honed his skills in East Texas at KMHT in Marshall before making stops in Austin at KNOW, then on to D/FW for jobs at WBAP, KBOX, KMEZ, KILF, KXOL, KRLD and the USA Radio Network.
Bruce Hughes-“Bruce Hughes KLIF News” –who could have had a better handle as a news personality? Bruce was one of the best. Remembered off the air for his mischievous escapades, Bruce had a BIG heart. Many recall the day Bruce risked his life, and put himself in harms’ way to save the life of a teenager from Waco who had been taken hostage by a gunman, and then driven to Dallas. Bruce is credited with brokering the surrender of the suspect, and saving the life of the young lady. The radio special “Their Story Our Story” chronicled this heroic episode.
Jonathon Hayes-reported D/FW traffic for many years aboard the famed KVI “L” O’Copter, for Ron Chapman, and spent plenty of time on the ground as a personality at stations like KLIF and KLUV. He can still be heard there today, alongside Texas Radio Hall of Famer Jody Dean on 98.7fm in Dallas.
Walter Hammock-Houston’s consummate sales pro. Walter sold time for years at KNUZ and KQUE (as well as KLYX and KPRC) prior to hanging out his own shingle as an ad agency owner. Prior to his days peddling air, he was a highly rated and respected personality for KNUZ and KQUE holding down numerous time slots.
Harold Hough-Known on the air as “HH,” Harold took an $800.00 investment from his boss Amon Carter, and started WBAP Radio in Ft. Worth. He was the engineer, manager, first announcer, and guided the growth of this AM powerhouse from the very first day.
Madd Hatta -Unbelievably talented personality in both mornings and afternoons at KBXX-FM “97-9 The Box” in Houston. Without a doubt, the most active and visible radio personality in the Houston radio community. ‘Hatta came to Texas as the night personality at KMJQ/Majic 102.
Glen Ivey- Ivey was PD at KSEL Lubbock in 1966 when it became the highest rated station (55%) in the top 200 markets in the Pulse and Hooper ratings. In 13 years as Ops Director at KLUE Longview under TRHOF owner Tony Bridge he led an air staff that included Larry Thompson (TRHOF), Charles Hadlock, Scott LeTourneau, and TRHOF nominees Jim Lago, John McCarty and Scott Sparks. In 1981 he joined the fledgling Metro Traffic in Dallas and several months later became its first National Ops Manager before moving to Houston where he headed up Metro’s computerized traffic systems for radio and TV for almost 30 years.
Bill Ingram-One might be concerned about a man spreading the word of God from a bright purple van. People who know and love Bill think nothing of it. An on-the-street ambassador for KSBJ, he is seen all over the Gulf Coast, hosting events, shaking hands and reporting traffic via their remote broadcast vehicle.
Willis Johnson- Mr. “Where ~IS~ The Party” was the longtime morning man at KKDA-AM in Dallas-Fort Worth. Perhaps the most community-minded radio host on local airwaves since the man he replaced at KKDA, Tom Joyner. Johnson, nicknamed “Crooner,” worked tirelessly to help the black community with any issue of concern, to be that friendly and sincere voice of patience and respect, and he did it all within a music format and within the tight confines of a morning show. Last year, KKDA let its entire air staff go, and eventually sold the station…but Willis Johnson just recently revived the station’s “You Got a Friend” motto on an internet station.
Chuck Joseph-Chuck learned never to burn a bridge. That is probably the reason he served numerous tours of duty at the very same radio stations at different times during his “storied” career as a radio personality. KILT, KENR, KNUZ, KRLY, KIKK and KXYZ were all stations that Chuck gave his talent to, prior to his retirement from radio in the late 1990’s.
Bob Kingsley – Kingsley’s career began at the Armed Forces Radio Service station in Keflavic, Iceland. He jocked at Los Angeles country station KGBS from 1961–69, then in 1970 became program director at KLAC, which had just dropped MOR for a country format. Kingsley rose to national prominence in 1974 when he became the producer of the nationally syndicated “American Country Countdown” program started a year earlier by Casey Kasem and Don Bustany. Kingsley succeeded the program’s original host, Don Bowman, beginning with the May 6–7, 1978 show. Under Kingsley’s watch, “ACC” became a top-rated syndicated radio program, winning numerous awards. That list includes Billboard magazine‘s ”Network/Syndicated Program of the Year: Country” for 16 years in a row, the only air personality and music program in any format to achieve this continued success. Kingsley won Country Music Association National Broadcast Personality of the Year honors in 2001 and 2003. In 2010, Kingsley was nominated for the National Radio Hall of Fame. Bob records his weekly countdown show from his Blue Stem Studios (in the shadow of a BIG Pink Pig) based in Weatherford.
Troy Kimmel-Troy has been forecasting south central Texas weather for 35 years as a broadcast meteorologist. In addition to on-air TV work at stations in Bryan/College Station, Austin and San Antonio, he has served as Chief Meteorologist on KFMK Radio (97.9 FM) in Houston from the 1980s into the early 1990s and at KVET/KASE Radio in Austin 1997 through 2010. He is currently Chief Meteorologist and part of the “KOKE and Cole” morning show team at the Legendary KOKE (98.5/99.3 FM) in Austin. In addition, he is a Senior Lecturer and teaches undergraduate meteorology classes in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas where he has been teaching since 1988. Kimmel holds broadcast certifications/TV and radio seals from the American Meteorological Society as well as the National Weather Association. Kimmel serves as Incident Meteorologist at the University of Texas within the Safety and Security Committee and, as well, assists the Austin Police Department and the Austin/Travis County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security during local/area activations.
Joey K.-Joey started as an intern at KSBJ in Houston in 1995. He also worked 6 years at KODA “Sunny 99.1″ as an on-air talent and producer for the Weaver and Dana Morning Show.
L.B. Lyon-Few TV men make it their goal to get in to radio, but after heading up the news departments at KXAS and KTVT television, L.B. took his experience and integrity to Criswell’s KCBI radio in Dallas, and his influence was immediate. During his tenure, KCBI took countless awards from the AP, The Dallas Press Club, Scribe Media and the National Religious Broadcasters. Only by a technicality in the year of his birth is L.B. considered a Senior Citizen. Matter of fact, more than one voting member have characterized him as “The Energizer Bunny” and today, he continues to bring his journalistic talents to numerous Christian radio stations in the Lone Star State via his home studio, including KVMV in McAllen, and KBNJ in Corpus Christi.
William Laurie-Bill was a pioneering East Texas broadcaster who owned KEBE in Jacksonville, TX and KNET in Palestine, TX. KEBE was one of the first country stations in the US, and that’s where Laurie gave legendary Texas broadcaster Tom Perryman his start. KNET hit the airwaves in 1937. Bill sold the station to the McLendon family in the 1940s, then bought it back from them when McLendon sold it to finance their forthcoming KLIF-1190 in Dallas in 1947. Bill’s son, the late Ben Laurie, is already an inductee of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
Bob Lewis-aka “Tumbleweed Smith” hosted his self-syndicated “Sounds of Texas” vignettes for dozens of radio stations for years. Tumbleweed was in ad sales in Big Spring at KBYG, and also the face for A-1 Mobile Homes on TV throughout the nation in the 70’s and 80’s.
Mark “Hawkeye” Louis-Hawkeye is a part of the longest running morning show on the FM dial in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Since the late 1980′s he has been a member of the double digit team that brought KSCS their highest morning ratings, and the highest general market ratings in the history of that signal. Alongside market vet Terry Dorsey, Mark continues his wake-up duties on 96.3 still today.
John Lander-He was the “Ringmaster” of the Q-Morning ZOO at KKBQ during their heyday as a Top-40 giant. He also served as Program Director during the well know battle between Houston CHR legends “Power 104″ and “93Q.”
Jim Lago-Lago was in the big time, THEN became a big thing…Working in Houston at KNUZ and KILT, he is regarded as one of the best prepared, most engaging and entraining personalities in Texas radio. He arrived in Corpus in 1985, as a Top 40 jock, on and off for almost 3 decades, his programs have made headlines, stirred the pot, and been the go-to destination for news makers, movers and shakers, residents of note, and regular folks to voice their opinion. Today he handles wakeups at KKTX in Corpus Christi.
Charlie McGregor-Charlie represents the best traditions from which the radio industry grew and made its impact on the local community over the last 52 years. While attending Sam Houston pursuing a degree in Education, Charlie was drawn to the broadcast industry in the late 60s. Beginning at KMIL in Cameron, Texas in 1961, Charlie learned all aspects of broadcasting as both and on air announcer, show host, sports broadcaster and an as a broadcast salesman on the street. Learning the business in small markets taught Charlie the importance of serving your community and understanding that the success of your station was dependent on your community commitment. In 1989 Charlie was fortunate to put together a group to put KRXT in Rockdale, Texas on the air. For 29 years, Charlie McGregor has expanded the importance of what it means for a broadcaster to serve his community and region. From local high school sports to community fairs, from agricultural reports to the latest town square news, Charlie McGregor has exemplified the best in what has made the “local radio station” an indispensable community partner.
Martha Martinez-was known to many as “The News Muchacha” alongside Texas Radio Hall of Famer’s Mark Stevens and Jim Pruett on KLOL in Houston, as well as KEGL in Dallas. In a time when female news anchors were limited to fluff or puff, hippy/dippy, or just playing the bimbo, Martha managed to maintain the highest of journalistic integrity-even in a studio full of bad boys. Martha spent time in the news department of KFJZ in Ft. Worth, and can now be heard in Houston, on Radio-One’s “News92fm.” A seventh generation Texan, born in San Antonio, Martha was the first full-time Hispanic female in The Alamo City, working at KEXL and KITE.
John McCarty-John was a man who devoted his life to radio. Save for ownership, there was hardly a job responsibility that John didn’t hold in his 40-plus years of broadcasting. Starting off as a teenage broadcaster in Kentucky, McCarty brought his well-honed radio personality and programming skills to Texas airwaves in 1979. An on-air position at Fort Worth’s KXOL led the way to a successful career at North Texas stations like KJIM, KLUV, KRSR-“Star 105,” KSNN-“Sunny 95,” KYNG, and the first all-news FM station in America, KEWS. Concurrently, McCarty was perhaps best known as Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier traffic reporter. By the 2000s, John managed the DFW office of Traffic.com and NAVTEQ, grooming the next generation of traffic reporters with his expertise and quest for accuracy, and a knack for conveying urgent information with a soft touch.
Nathaniel “The Magnificent” Montague-One of the earliest African-American entertainers on radio, Nathaniel took a ‘high-brow” approach to rhythm and blues of the day, combining it with poetry; which appealed to a much broader audience in The Golden Triangle than anybody bargained for. So popular (and threatening) to some , the KKK massed in Beaumont to run him out of town, when it was learned that more white women were listening than young blacks. *You can thank TRH of F inductee J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson for diffusing that situation. On to Houston he eventually went and KCOH, which led to bigger markets, and even better paychecks. Nathaniel Montage is still with us today, living with his wife of 60+ years, in Las Vegas.
William “Rascal” McCaskill-Bill began his career in radio in 1951, and has a distinction in Houston that few do. He worked on the 610 frequency under three sets of call letters. KLEE, KLBS and KILT. While the handle “Rascal” came during his days at KCOH, he also worked under the name of “Whirling Willie” while spinning C&W tunes, and hosted programs in Southeast Texas like “Harlem Boogie” and “Night Train.” Over the years, Rascal entertained listeners of KREL in Baytown and KRCT in Pasadena, KFMK and KYXZ in Houston, and also in the Redneck Riviera at KTXN in Victoria.
Weaver Morrow-“Weavy” (as he was nick-named by Barry Kaye) did a few tours of duty on Space City radio, but might be most fondly remembered at the easy-going morning man at KODA/Sunny 99.1. Funny thing is, they very soccer mom’s he was entertaining every morning, might have been the former teenagers he was cracking jokes to during his days at Top 40 KRBE a decade earlier. Weaver spun the album tracks at KAUM, and also worked between stints in Houston in our state capital of Austin and in Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Dade Moore-Dade is a rare bird. He’s a jock, he is a PD, he is an engineer, and is one of just a few that can operate virtually every facet of a radio station, including janitorial services. A successful contract engineer on the Gulf Coast, Dade is currently the Program Director of Conroe/N. Houston country giant KVST. Dade has also worked on the air at KKBQ during their Top 40 days, at KHMX during their reign as top AC station in Houston, KIKK during the last of the great country days, KLDE, the premiere oldies outlet in Texas as well as the legendary KNUZ.
James McWain-As an engineer, James has done work in numerous Texas cities, small and large, including KXOL and WBAP in Ft Worth. Long associated with The Osburn-Reynolds Group, James constructed, tinkered and tweaked on dozens of radio stations, including KAGG in College Station, KCRS in Midland-Odessa, KIXS in Victoria and KAZE in Tyler-Longview.
Jerry Mueller-aka “Jerry Miller” pulled double-duty at times in both sales and programming. His rich, baritone voice was heard on both KILT and KNUZ. Jerry’s tenure in Houston was from 1969, until his retirement in 1997.
Dave Moreland-”Dave started on the air in Tyler in 1974 at KDOK. He was PD/Afternoon Drive and Morning Drive on KTYL for 12 years. In 1997, he joined KOOI as PD and morning host and had the market leading morning show there for 12 years. He is presently OM of the Reynolds Radio Group, KBLZ, KAZE and KZTK in Tyler.
Danny Merrill-Danny worked part time in College Station for about two weeks for Rusty Reynolds and Dick Osburn in 1990 at KAGG. He was asked to fill in for a single week as the night guy on sister-station KYKS in Lufkin. He never left. That was 1990. Danny has been morning personality and Program Director in the market ever since.
Mike Marshall-After an assignment in the US Army with American Forces Radio as a jock in Frankfurt and Berlin, Mike returned in 1964 to KFJZ in Fort Worth, doing 7-12 (following Mark Stevens). Preferring MOR to Top 40, Mike moved to WFAA in Dallas in 1967, again from 7-12 on the powerful clear channel 820 AM. Mike was recommended for an afternoon drive slot at KPRC, and began there in the summer of 1969. From there, again 7-12 at KXYZ 1320 and 12-5 AM at KULF 790 in 1974. In 1983 Mike joined KQUE from 9p-12m until the station was sold.
Chuck Martin-KRLD/Texas State Networks
Tom Perryman-He is the current TAB Pioneer of the Year, and continues to play radio every weekday. “Behind the Pine Curtain” is where it all began for Tom, at KEBE in Jacksonville in 1947. He was personality and Manager of KSIJ in Gladewater, made a slight northern detour by way of WSM in Nashville, and eventually partnered with a singing GIANT of the day, “Gentlemen” Jim Reeves to operate KGRI AM and FM in Hendersonville. In addition to his broadcasting endeavors, Perryman promoted and booked many of the artists that he played-and is credited for the early exposure of artists like Elvis Presley, The Browns, Johnny Cash and Jimmy C. Newmann. He was a 1988 inductee of the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame, and is currently (at 86 years old) the 9a-11a personality on KKUS “The Ranch” in Tyler/Longview.
Dick Porter-When KONO radio in San Antonio needed a stand-in jock for their popular 2am-5a music program, Dick Porter took a shot-and was hired on the spot, WAY back in 1956. After a stint in the US Army, Dick returned to San Antonio to work as a reporter at The San Antonio Light. But, KONO wanted Porter back, and in 1959 he began a career in their news department that lasted until 1972. After that, he made the move to legitimate employment (AKA a REAL job) and served as Public Information Officer for the City of San Antonio until 2000. Dick is a past President of the UPI Broadcasters of Texas as well as President of The Christian News of South Texas newspaper.
Allan Peck Sr.-From the earliest days, radio could be considered a ‘boy’s club.’ But things changed in the 1970’s, when “Peck and Penny” made their debut on KBOX in Dallas. Arriving at the 1480 spot on the dial in 1967, Allan partnered with two females during his time there, and blazed a trail for the new male/female radio team concept. Allan went on to other properties in D/FW, including KIXK, WBAP and KSCS, and can still be heard north of town on Americana KHYI, where he has spent the past 17 years. Allan has been awarded the CMA Personality of the Year Award, and was Billboard Magazine’s DJ of the Year.
Sam Pate-He was already an established radio newshound before the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Pate was a colorful character who would chase ambulances, report robberies at the local 7-11 firsthand, and, once, even walked in on a bank robbery and stuck a microphone in the robber’s face to ask him why he was holding up the bank! But he’ll always be remembered for those immortal words he spoke on the air while sitting in the KBOX mobile news unit, just beyond the Triple Underpass on November 22, 1963: “It…it appears that something has happened in the motorcade…” Those words comprised the very first radio report that the president had been shot. Besides KBOX, Sam also worked for KLIF and KVIL over the years.
Jack Pieper-He celebrated 50 years in the *biz* this year, and has spent many of them in the Golden Triangle at KLVI, KAYC, and got his career stated in Paris at KPLT. Don’t think that jack is a small timer, as he was in the trenches of the 60’s radio war between Dave Morris and Gordon McLendon as news anchor on KNUZ and KQUE. Jack can be heard now on KSET in Beaumont.
Brian Purdy- The first “Jet-Setting GM” in Texas radio. First for Clear Channel, then for CBS. He racked up the Southwest Fun Fare Miles running properties in Houston and Dallas-and overseeing more wattage in the Lone Star State than any other General Manager in Texas.
Don Peterson-Don spent decades in Houston radio. He was a top sales rep at KULF and others, and made his biggest waves as General Manager of “Mix 96.5″ which might have been the most imitated format in FM radio history. Prior to that, he was GM of KLTR-which was a billing and ratings MACHINE in Houston.
Lou Roney- At one time or another, hundreds of radio stations called themselves “kiss.” There is only one K-I-S-S, and it is in San Antonio. There, KISS rocked-and it still does today. Lou was the man who brought metal to S-A, there and at KMAC. He was also instrumental in launching the careers of many in the Heavy Metal arena.
Craig Roberts- (la la la, la la) A Houston radio sports mainstay at KPRC/950, he informed and entertained on radio (and TV) for 22 years. Craig provided sports updates for KLOL’s Stevens and Pruett, as well as KZFX’s Bob and Crash, before hosting his own show on Sports Radio 790-KBME. Today, he is a part of the stellar lineup at “News92fm” in Houston, working side-by-side with numerous TRH of F inductees, like JP Pritchard, Lana Hughes and Lanny Griffith.
Jim Ray-Jim has held virtually every job there is in radio over the last 50 years: from overnight DJ to Owner/Operator. He has been awarded multiple AP and TAB honors for news reporting dating back to the 60’s. He served on the Board as President of Country Radio Broadcasters in the 70’s and 80’s. He also served on the TAB Board in the 90’s and the LAB (Louisiana) in the 2000’s. Jim Ray is one of the founders and originators of the KOKE FM Progressive Country format in the 70’s that was nationally recognized and awarded. He is currently the Market Manager at the new incarnation of KOKE FM in Austin.
Eric Raines-Eric was born and raised right here in Texas! He has a little different perspective on radio because he has been on both sides of it…. behind the mic of course and, he spent 15 years of his life on and off the road with different bands as a drummer. He started his radio career in Central Texas and he feels lucky to be back working in the area he has lived in since he was four. His radio career has spanned 22 years and in that time he was an innovator of the medium. While working for Star System, he was the first person to send a Voice Track in the new modern radio world. He was also proud to host The Music Series in Austin for 7 years.
Penny Reeves-Originally from the “Show Me State” Penny made her way to Big D after graduating High School to live with her recently relocated family and attend SMU. As luck would have it, she landed a sweet little gig as the morning traffic reporter at KBOX. After several weeks of light chit-chat with morning man Allan Peck, the “Peck and Penny Show” began. After 3 years, Penny headed to Austin, where she was “The Afternoon Delight” on KVET from ’76-’84, and returned 5 years later for another impressive run as the midday personality. Penny spent much more time working *off* the air than *on* the air, as an unbelievably active ambassador for the radio station, helping countless charities and organizations from the 70’s though the 90’s.
Irene Runnels- She was a pioneering female in the broadcast industry. Certainly, there were a small handful of women across the US who were holding down air shifts or were part of an entertainment ensemble. But Irene built a successful (and unheard of) career in radio sales and management out of humble beginnings as a secretary at WIL in St Louis, then for sister station KBOX-AM in Dallas, starting in 1958. Runnels quickly moved up the ladder as a no-nonsense boss who got results, while commanding respect from the mostly-male staffs she managed. By 1969, after achieving positions as sales manager and general manager, she left KBOX to operate upstart KKDA-AM, then onto management positions with KRLD-AM, WFAA-AM, the Texas State Network, and for KOAX-FM, where she was a founder of the station in 1971 and served as Vice President and General Manager.
Mike Roberts-Still active in radio today, Mark’s career in Texas radio began in the late 70’s. While attending college at SAC, campus station KSYM proved to be the springboard that led to a fine start for Mike. It led to his internship at the #1 radio station in The Alamo City, KTSA. Armed with those call letters would let a young broadcaster gain access to just about any small market station, and KBOP in Pleasanton gave him his very first shot. From there it was back to San Antonio, and premier signals like KONO and KITY, KQXT and KSMG. Mike is still on the air at “Magic 105.3” –and also served as station voice for 50,000 watt WOAI.
Gary Ryder-Host of the popular “Road Show” on KILT/610, Gary also spun Top-40 hits on KRBE, and was a part of the all-star lineup at personality driven KULF in the 1970’s. Gary paid his dues in the Texas small town trenches at KRZI and WACO in Waco, as well as KTFS in Texarkana. His career began in 1969 in Austin at KNOW.
Mike Rogers-After two-plus years in Beaumont in the mid 80′s at KWIC, Mike returned to his hometown of Dallas, working four years at KMGC. The mass blowout following a corporate buyout in 1991 sent Mike around the corner to KRLD, and he’s been there ever since. Initially hired as a general assignment and features reporter, Mike began anchoring weekends in 1996, afternoon drive in 1998 and mornings in 2005. Throughout that time, he’s continued to produce, write and voice the Other Side of the News, one of the longest-running daily features in Texas radio. Mike has won dozens awards for his work, from the RTNDA, the TAPB, and both the Dallas and Houston Press Clubs. He’s covered six political conventions, several natural disasters, and was on the scene both the day the siege began in Waco, and the day it ended.
David Rancken-David spent 7 years as the morning news personality at KLTR in Houston, then 12 years at KODA, hosting overnights, then as morning news anchor for Weaver Morrow and Dana Tyson. He the traveled up I-45 to Dallas as part of the morning show at KVIL, pulling double duty at sister property KRLD. Recently, David made the move again, to KLUV; alongside Texas Radio Hall of Famer Jody Dean.
Jim Rose-Even with today’s technology and publishing software, Jim might still have a hard time putting ALL the call letters of ALL the stations he worked at on one page. But, he DID work at most of the biggies, in some capacity, at one time or another. Not just one market but many. KLIF, KILT, KFJZ and others all gave Jim a shot, prior to his move in to the oil and gas industry. Jim is still somewhat connected to fans and radio insiders with his bi-weekly “Jim Rose Remembers Radio” e-newsletter.
Tweed Scott-Some might remember him most recently one the radio for navigating commuters out of traffic snarls on the Mopac Expressway in Austin on KVET and KASE-but that was his second tour of duty, not only in Austin, but at the powerful AM/FM Country combo in our states’ capitol. Tweed’s career in Texas took him to a number of the launch pad markets, like Lufkin and KLUF, Beaumont at both KTRM and KLVI-even Conroe’s KMCO, and KSEY in Seymour. Multi-tasking before it became commonplace, Scott has been a producer, news anchor, Assistant Program Director, top-rated personlaity and General Manager.
Allen Stone-If you love college or pro basketball on the radio, you know the name Allen Stone. The longtime voice of The Dallas Mavericks, he is now the play-by-play man for the SMU Mustangs. News, information and entertainment have been his background for 35 years in D/FW radio –including WBAP, WRR, KLIF, KVIL, KAFM, KRLD and KIXL. Stone is the winner of 3 Dallas Press Club awards, and was part of the WBAP News team that took the Dupont/Columbia Award for Excellence for their 40th Anniversary JFK Assassination series.
Ron Samuels- With a career that has span from coast to coast Ron has always found his way back to Texas starting in 1968 at Houston’s KYOK. After many travels he returned to Houston in 1983 and made is name at 1003. KILT. There he started the “Lovin’ Hour” which would lead to the famous Cryin’ Lovin’ and Leavin’ request and dedication show. Over the next 30 years he made the Texas circuit working at Oldies 94.5 KLDE Houston, Y-100 San Antonio, KIXS 108 Victoria and now back Home in Houston at 100.7 KKHT.
Eliza Sonneland-“Fair and Balanced” is a frequently used phrase on FOX News. In Texas radio, Eliza perfected it. Never swaying too far to the right or to the left, she steered things right down the middle for almost three decades in The Alamo City. Originally hired by TRH of F Board Member and legal counsel John Barger while he was at WOAI, Eliza worked for years at KTSA and KAHL, and performed one of the most well produced and prepared talk-shows in San Antonio radio.
Dick Siegel- He was the longtime broadcast partner of Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee Hal Jay over WBAP-AM in Fort Worth. Both Hal and Dick defected from a reformatted KPLX in 1981, bringing with them a tight on-air bond that lasted 22 years. Hal was usually the straight man to Sieg’s shenanigans, and the laughs made for two decades of success for them and for WBAP…while working both mornings AND afternoons every weekday for their first 13 years at the station! Dick delivered traffic reports and punch lines from his own plane, eventually trading it all for a quiet retirement near Granbury. But sitting idle was not Sieg’s style, and he was soon back on the air at KPIR in Granbury, and later finished out his radio career in El Dorado at KLDE.
Harwell Shepard- Founder of Denton, TX radio station KDNT-AM in 1938. While many stations were spread across the dial by that point in history, most covered either a major metropolitan area or strictly a local community. KDNT had the luxury of serving both. While Shepard insisted that KDNT focus on the activities of the city of Denton, the station had many listeners in the DFW area who could receive a clear signal. And the station’s close proximity to the Metroplex made for many opportunities to cover major events with a local slant. Harwell was on the scene for the 1957 tornado outbreak in Dallas, the Kennedy assassination in 1963, among other breaking stories over the years…including several that he covered firsthand from his own airplane! Shepard sold KDNT (now AM and FM) in 1972. Shepard’s upstart FM station he set up in the early 1960s lives on today as the runaway #1 station in the DFW market, KHKS-106.1FM.
Steven O. Sellers- Kenedy, Texas was not much of a hot-spot for entertainment for a teenager. But for 14 year old Steven Sellers and his guitar, the welcome mat was always out at his hometown KAML radio. He picked for their country music program, and that is where his love affair with radio began. While his broadcasting path includes some impressive stops in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, most of his life has been spent in San Antonio. As a top jock on BIG stations of the day, like KITY, KONO, KITY, KTSA, KISS and KSYM-at San Antonio College.
John Steel-Steel’s BOOMING voice rattled and rumbled out of AM and FM powerhouses on two Texas coastlines. Houston/Galveston and Corpus Christi. Steel could not only hit the posts, but could re-wire the studio, and spent just as much time inside of a console as he did blasting tunes out of them. KNUZ,KITY, KLDE, KILT, KZFM and KUHF are all radio stations that have benefited from the good work on the air, and in the air, courtesy of John Steele.
James Schumacher-KMHT/Marshall, KLUE/Longview, KBUY/Ft. Worth, KJIM/Ft. Worth
George Schank-George knows his way around a transmitter, the site and the studios. He has been a friend to many radio people and radio stations, working largely behind the scenes as an engineer. He constructed four sites alone for KSBJ, and is the current owner of Broadcast Site Management. He contracts for KSBJ, KTRU and KUHF, and over the years, his good work could be heard (as loudly and legally as possible) on KPRC, KTRH, KXYZ, KNRO, KIKR, KGOW and KPFT.
Mike Shannon-Mike might be having the best year ever when it comes to the TRH of F. Mike was recognized for his contributions to our organization during our San Antonio ceremony, and placed in our Hall of Honor. He recently became a member of our Board of Directors, and voting members have now nominated him for induction in 2013. Mike is a Texas radio historian, and has been heard reporting traffic, weather and news on numerous Dallas-Ft. Worth stations, and began his career at KDNT in Denton.
Mary “Sam” Stoddard – “Sam” made headlines, Jan. 1,1965, as the very first FCC Licensed Female DJ on Texas Radio (KVIL’s Girl-Named-Sam.) Her warm, friendly, Girl-Next-Door style and a good ear for good music, soon propelled her into the #1 spot in the Midnight to Six time slot in Dallas/FW Radio! Her days as a Pioneer Texas Radio Broadcaster can be traced back to 1954, at KULP in El Campo. She’s worked at McClendon’s Mighty 1190 (KLIF), KVIL, W-A-C-O, KORC, KSKY and TX-based national USA Radio Network, with some of the biggest names in Radio. And, “Sam’s” worked with Academy Award winners like: Karl Malden, Bette Midler, Diane Lane, Cloris Leachman and many others. Still active today, Mary “Sam’s” voice can be heard on interviews, freelance commercials and industrial narrations around the globe. “Sam” celebrates her 60th Anniversary in Broadcasting in 2014!
Ray Schilens-Few programmers get to be a part of something big several times. It happened to Ray in three states. Michigan. Florida, and his beloved Texas. Programming “Joy 95” In Houston, Ray was behind their successful re-branding into “Oldies 94.5.” Ray was also successful personality at “K-Lite” and KODA, “Sunny 99.1.” Nowadays, he is the owner of Radio Lounge, in Sugar Land, crating top-notch production for radio and television, as well as hosting his popular “Advertising Show” to a worldwide audience.
Scott Sparks-Scott anchored the afternoon drive slot on Top 40 KRBE for about two decades. He currently is the APD and afternoon drive talent on Houston’s Eagle 107.5/106.9.
Benny Springer-Ben came to radio during the Urban Cowboy BOOM during the Texas oil days. A product of Port Neches High (and an All-Star place kicker for soon to be Houston Oilers Coach Bum Phillips) after selling for KAYD/KAYC, he accepted the job as General Manager for KEAN in Abilene. Three months later, they were “top dog” and Benny’s reign of winning stations never ended. Nicknamed “QB” –short for “Quota Buster” by Mark Mays, he has served as General Manager and Partner at Texas radio properties in Longview, Tyler, Abilene and Bryan-College Station.
Ted Stecker-Theodore Stecker grew up in Castroville, and spent his career as a personality, programmer and programming consultant in a variety of Texas markets. His biggest success came as OM/PD of WBAP and KSCS in Dallas. Orchestrating the hiring of personality Terry Dorsey from KPLX, Ted took KSCS to new rating heights, and was the last Program Director in the history of D/FW radio to post double digit share points. Prior to his arrival in Dallas, Ted programmed KEEZ and KITY in San Antonio, and KHYS in Pt. Arthur, with yet another double digit success story, which earned him (briefly) the title “KING of DISCO Radio.”
Bob Tucker-PD and morning man at KEYS in Corpus Christi, Bob had an almost decade long run, prior to the second leg of his broadcasting adventure, becoming one of the most popular sports personalities on TV3, the ABC affiliate in Corpus.
Jim Travis-Jim was the morning man at KBUC in San Antonio before heading up I-35 for a 15 year stint at KVET. “Sassyfrass Travis” partnered with Hall of Famer Sammy Allred for years before leaving the station in the 1990’s.
Billy Thorman-Bill has been in radio for 42 years, and his resume reads like a ‘who’s-who’ of top performers. KONO, KTFM, KITY and KSAQ in San Antonio. Billy programmed KFMK in Houston, and KFWR in Ft. Worth. He earned his stripes in Corpus Christi at KNDA, as well as KXTN in Victoria, and KWBY in Edna. He is responsible for the return of two San Antonio radio icons, Sonny Melendrez and George “Super” Cooper and the mastermind of some of the greatest radio promotions in San Antonio-including the famed “Alamobile.” He is currently the owner of NCHA radio-the audio arm of the National Cutting Horse Association.
Chuck Tiller-aka “Charles Calloway”-Currently the OM/PD at KKHT/KTEK and KNTH in Houston, Chuck may have more format experience in one market that any other personality or programmer. Chuck has spent time behind the mic at KRBE, KNUZ, KHJZ, KIKK and KILT-where be pulled double duty as jock and producer for the Marconi award winning Hudson and Harrigan © Show.
Rod Tanner-Rod just might have been the last creative force on KILT/610am as a music station-and took entertainment over the top on the country signal until they flipped to sports. Rod was a hot rockin’ Top 40 radio stud at 55/KTSA in San Antonio, as well as the morning man at KRLY in Houston. Today, Rod focuses his talents on books-and is a noted author.
Vonceile Tiller-broke the color barrier as one of the first African-American women on country radio in Texas. Under the names “Lacey Fortune” and “LaJuan Kirks,” Vonceile worked as a personality, talk host, and station manager at legendary and historical properties like KCOH and KNUZ in Houston, as well as Richmond-Rosenberg AM/FM combo KFRD.
Richard Tuck-Richard Tuck and his wife Faye founded KBEC in Waxahachie on June 26, 1955. Despite its proximity to Dallas (30 miles south), Tuck never aspired to move his station into the big city, unlike so many other similarly located operators. Instead, he insisted the station Keep Building Ellis County. (In 1960, Tuck turned in the license to KBEC-FM after less than two years of operation to focus solely on the AM.) After Tuck’s passing, KBEC remained under the ownership of his children, and only recently (2011) was sold to another local Waxahachie family.
“Cactus” Jack Talley-Jack is the incumbent afternoon personality on country KKBQ “The New 93Q” in Houston. A Mississippi native, Jack found his way to Houston via WHTZ in New York as Z-100′s “Jack Da Wack.”
Dana Tyson-Dana is the top rated morning personality at KODA “Sunny 99.1″ in Houston.
Keith Vaughn-Keith did his time in “BIG” radio at KZPS and was a howling head-banger on the Z-Rock International format out of SMN’s Dallas headquarters. But, Wichita Falls was where he called and CALLS home. His career began there in 1985 at KKQV, and over the years, his talents could be heard on KLUR, KTLT, KQXC and KYYI. Keith is currently the PD of 104.7 The Bear in Wichita Falls.
Mike Wade-Mike’s good work on Texas radio began in Lubbock, at the legendary K “Triple” L. But, he was destined for much bigger things. After pit-stops at KSEL and KEND, he made it to the majors at Houston’s KRLY. But, the lure of D/FW radio was just too great, and KXOL was in need of an afternoon guy. From there, KLIF came calling-and Mike answered, hosting midday’s and serving as their Production Director. He traveled to Providence, New York City, The RKO Radio Network before returning to Texas. He was OM of KLDD and KZEW, before hosting mornings on KLUV for more than five years. Mike is still working today, again, on the network level as personality for the “AC” format programmed and distributed by Cumulus Media Networks.
JC Webster-Joyce was the “go-to-girl” for some of the greats in Texas radio, like legendary programmer Mike O’Shea and Dave Ambrose at KLIF, and contributed to the news and public affairs departments at “The Mighty 1190” as well as KNUS and KLUV. JC also handled a myriad of duties at KMGC, including news, sales, production and talk show host. Ken Carter, Joe Holstead, Mike Selden, Bob Morrison, Scott Hodges, Chuck Murphy and many others became some of the greatest MEN in the industry, due to a woman by the name of JC Webster.
Jay West-Jay had a gift. Management at KRIO in McAllen knew this. When he arrived, Jay began an impressive run, including 8 of his 11 years as Program Director, and he even took the Gavin Trophy for Disc Jockey of the Year in 1971. With that kind of attention, bigger markets wanted West, and the Big 610 in Houston was too tough to turn down. Jay worked at KILT until 1976, and was eventually lured away by KODA, where he spent just under two years. Always having a love for production, he opened his very own independent commercial recording studio-and managed to successfully run it for 28 years.
Joe Tom White-Joe Tom has been in one Texas town as a broadcaster since 1959. When it came to country music, Farm and Ag news, weather coverage and home-spun stories, on the air they are synonymous with Joe Tom White. While he calls KWFS/1290 his home (and has for the past 20 years) his voice BLASTED out of KWFT for decades, alongside partner Mike Campbell. Joe Tom is also the owner of “Joe Tom and Co.” a promotions and ad firm, which oversees publicity of the Texas/Oklahoma Fair, The Wichita Falls Gun Show and Family Sportsman Magazine.
Steve Weldon-while KILT FM100 earned most of its’ double digit ratings as the “12-in-a-row” country radio station, they were BIG on personality far beyond morning drive during their infancy. One of the most colorful characters was: Steve Weldon as “The Horse Doctor.” Steve was no stranger to Texas radio prior to, and after his departure from Houston. He was the morning man on KOUL in Corpus Christi, and a top rated personality at KVET in the 1970’s.
Andy Waldrop-Andy just might be the most accurate traffic reporter in Houston, and a part of numerous morning and afternoon shows in Space City for decades, and was a part and partner of the two-time ACM nominated “Rowdy Bunch” on KILT in 1999 and 2000. Andy was part of the “elite” class of broadcasters out of North Texas State University and KNTU, and has worked exclusively in the Lone Star State ever since. Today, he continues to spin the hits on his weekly “Solid Gold Sunday” program on KSHN in Liberty.
Ray Whitworth-If there is ever a Best Beard category in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, Ray just might come in a close second to Hall of Fame Inductee Wolfman Jack. But, he has his 35+years in Texas Radio to fall back on. Ray has done it all, and for some pretty impressive call letters in more than one Texas City. KSYM and KEEZ in San Antonio, as well as WBAP, KERA, KLIF and KRLD in Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Dave Ward-A TV fixture on KTRK in Houston, Dave is no stranger to radio. Working at WACO in Waco, and KNUZ in Houston during their epic and early battle with KILT.
Bill Ward- Bill Ward started in radio as a teenager at KBEC/Waxahachie. While attending college, he landed the overnight shift at WRR/Dallas. He honed his on-air skills in places like Louisville, Providence and Atlanta, before returning to Dallas as the morning man and program director of KBOX. During his tenure, the station enjoyed some of its highest ratings. In 1967, Ward oversaw KBOX’s successful flip from top 40 to country. From there, he went on to program country stations KBBQ and KLAC in Los Angeles. Ward later rose from the programming to executive ranks, serving as president of Metromedia and later Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasters. Ward passed away in 2004, and was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame a year later.
Jim Zippo- -Zippo spearheaded morning drive on ABC’s Pure Gold 24 hour format running daily on over 200 stations nationwide including Armed Services Radio and numerous Texas signals. He can now be heard on classic hits/giant 98.7 KLUV from 7p-11p weeknights. During the first incarnation of “KISS” at the 106.1 frequency, D/FW listeners got their first taste of the “Zippo in the Morning” in the late 1980’s. We cannot forget other cities and places where Jim was heard, including KITE in Corpus Christy, and KINT in El Paso.
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