Country Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee: Randy Carroll

Randy Carroll has been a household name to many in San Antonio for over three decades. He has been at KJ-97 (KAJA) in San Antonio for over 32 consecutive years and is still doing the KJ Morning Show with co-host Jamie Martin to this day. This coming Wednesday (6/24/2015) at Omni Hotel Nashville, he will be one of two radio personalities inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame for 2015. This award goes to a very select group of individuals that have made "significant contributions" to the radio industry over at least a 20 year period, 15 of which must have been in the Country format. With approximately 37 years in radio, and at LEAST 35 of those being in Country radio, I'd say this is long overdue! Randy's daughters Kelsey and Hailey (pictured above) will be introducing him on Wednesday night. Both girls have accompanied Randy on the air as fill-ins at times when his co-host was unavailable, and the girls also joined him often for a Christmas Eve show.

Randy was born in Corpus Christi, TX and lived there until at the age of fourteen when he moved to Pleasanton, TX with his family. He began his radio career during high school working for KBOP in Pleasanton, TX for about two years. He left KBOP and worked at San Miguel Power Plant in Pleasanton, but soon after began a once-per-week overnight shift on the air at KBUC-FM in San Antonio, which Carroll had listened to often during high school. When KAJA went on the air in 1981, Randy took a twice-per-week overnight shift and continued this for about three to four months before taking a job in early 1982 at KMFM. KMFM was in the almost non-existent Contemporary Christian format which was beginning to gain popularity at the time. After 2 job offers to return to KAJA over a nearly two year period, Randy finally returned to KAJA on November 16, 1983 as a mid-day/afternoon jock before finally taking over the morning show about a year later. Not to make Randy feel old, but if it helps you put it into perspective just how long Randy has been in radio, he was there for Randy Travis' radio tour when he signed his first record deal.

Randy and co-host Jamie Martin have worked together for the past 7 years. As a team they received the CMA (Country Music Association) "Large Market Personality of the Year" award back in 2012, and although there have been numerous reports of them winning a similar award from the ACM they still remain the "Susan Lucci of radio" (nice quote, thanks Randy!) from the Academy of Country Music. Please share this and congratulate Randy if you get a chance, this is a pretty cool honor for somebody that has devoted their life to music!

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EXCLUSIVE: Video premier of "Old School Cool" by Whiskey Rodeo

I am very proud to bring you the exclusive premier of Whiskey Rodeo's video for their NEW single "Old School Cool"! This great new song was written Greg Francescon, Alec Tippett and Dustin James on a recent songwriting trip to Nashville. Greg, Chase, Andrae and Alec went into the studio with producer Ken Tondre on the week of April 20th and locked in this great new tune! The video is a production of Scott Morgan at River Man Productions and includes cameos from some folks deeply involved in our local music scene. Help me congratulate Whiskey Rodeo on this big day by SHARING this page with your friends and enemies!

Whiskey Rodeo is:
Greg Francescon: Lead vocals/guitar
Chase Carpini: Lead guitar/vocals
Andrae Blissett: Drums/Hammond B3/vocals
Alec Tippett: Bass guitar

Old School Cool on iTunes

VIDEO: Randy Rogers Band at Whitewater Amphitheater

Enjoy some highlights from last Saturday's Randy Rogers Band show at Whitewater Amphitheater. The band, the lights, the crowd, it was ALL on FULL blast and one of the best live shows I've seen!

Ray Wylie Hubbard announces upcoming Conan appearance

According to Ray Wylie Hubbard's latest Facebook post, he's gonna be on Conan on Tuesday, June 23, 2015! Ray's been on a bit of a social media hiatus lately, but his first post back brought great news!

"i hear we gonna go conan o'brien june 23 and have decided to perform 'stone blind horses' as the more i sing it, the more it has come into focus of what it really means.."




WHEN: Sat July 18 & Sun July 19, 2015
WHERE: River Road Icehouse & Lone Star Float House. New Braunfels, TX

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Saturday July 18:  Micky & the Motorcars, Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue, K Phillips, The Crooks, Zac Wilkerson, special sidestage band performance from Court Nance featuring Nate Rodriguez

Sunday July 19: Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider, Owen Temple, Haley Cole, Erick Willis, Kylie Rae Harris, Larry Hooper, Chris King, Brant Croucher, John Baumann, Dan Adams, Kayla Ray, Austin Meade, Austin Gilliam, Mark Allan Atwood, Nick Verzosa and Charlie Stout!

Whiskey Rodeo's NEW SINGLE

Whiskey Rodeo released a hot new single last week, it's a little Cornell meets Hagar and a whole lot of cool... Enjoy the song and watch for their new video premiering SOON!

Whiskey Rodeo - Old School Cool

Prayers for Randy Rogers and family

SO terribly sad to hear this news... Please pray for Randy Rogers and his wife Chelsea for peace and comfort.

Included in the story below is this statement from Randy: "Good morning. Rumer passed away last night. She died after a week long battle with a very rare condition. She died in our arms and in no pain. She was absolutely beautiful in every way. Her brain however was very sick. I'm sure you all have many questions and we have all the answers the doctors gave us. We can share the story with you. It's quite an extraordinary one. A memorial will be planned soon. We love you."

On the heels of Zack and Marci Walther losing their baby Lennon just over a week ago, this is a tough double blow to our local music family. Also please continue prayer for Zack and Marci, their grieving process will likely take quite some time and I'm sure they could use extra support!

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Randy Rogers’ newborn daughter sadly passes away

#FloodRelief 2015 Benefits

I'm going to compile a list of all the various #FloodRelief benefits that pop up here and there. I know there will be lots of them, which is a huge help to all those who have been left without some of all of their belongings, or sadly even those who have lost loved ones. I am involved in the planning of a benefit by Do Good Texas (Amy Painter) that will be held at Billy's Ice on July 25 and July 26. That's right, TWO DAYS of raising money for #FloodRelief! I hope it and all the others are a huge success, and I hope all of them are being well managed so that a majority or hopefully ALL of the proceeds (like ours) will go straight to the victims that need it.

The list so far:
May 30 at Strange Brew: SIMS Foundation
June 6 at 2pm at Taxi's: Concerts for a Cause
June 7 at The Marc: #BandTogetherTX [SOLD OUT]
June 13/14 Stone Valley Texas Music Park: Blanco River Flood Relief
July 25/26 at Billy's Ice: Do Good Texas

62nd Annual Luling Watermelon Thump

Photo courtesy Joe Schumacher
The 62nd Annual Luling Watermelon Thump is rapidly approaching! Luling is a short drive down I-10, check the entertainment schedule below and plan your trip now!

• Texas Unlimited Band

• The Spazmatics
• The Dirty River Boys
• The Spazmatics again!

• Sam Riggs and The Night People
• American Aquarium
• The Josh Abbott Band

• Nathan Colt Young
• Chris Miller and Bayou Roots
• Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition


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