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I grew up on the east coast, but have lived in Texas for over 20 years - two different times in Dallas-Fort Worth, a long stretch in Austin, & now here in Tyler-Longview. I married a U.T. Longhorn Nurse & we have 3 daughters who are on their own now but all still live & work in Texas. One followed her mother to the Texas School of Nursing, another’s a grad student in Accounting after going to Texas A&M, & the third went to Texas Tech & is now an Elementary School Teacher. The radio business is the only career I’ve ever had since college. It’s given me the chance to see the country & experience events that most can only imagine. For instance, I’ve had the opportunity to sit down for dinner with music industry stars from all genres: Don Henley, Little Steven Van Zandt, James Taylor, Diana Ross- even Britney Spears! When people ask about my job, I always say it sure beats workin’ for a living! Here are some of my personal “top 3s”: Musicians: The Beatles, Steely Dan, The Eagles Songs: Layla, Stairway To Heaven, What A Fool Believes Concerts: Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John Movies: The Godfather (all 3), Star Wars (all 8), Dirty Harry (all 5) TV Shows: The Sopranos, 24, Hawaii 5-0 And just for laughs, here 3 things about my life that aren’t common knowledge: 1. We lived at the Jersey Shore during summers when I was a kid, so learning to surf was a must. I started when I was 10 & did it almost year round until I turned 20 & began my radio broadcasting career. 2. Thanks to a scholarship, I played small college football for DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana (offensive lineman & placekicker). John Mellencamp’s long-time guitarist Mike Wanchic was a defensive back on that Tigers team in my freshman year. 3. While working in Dallas radio from 1986-89, I also did television commentary & ring announcing for World Class Championship Wrestling. Kerry Von Erich & Freebird Michael Hayes knew me from doing promotions with 97.1 KEGL, & that Eagle connection opened the pro wrestling door for me.
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Shreveport Gets Two More Classic Rock Concerts

This is going to be a jam-packed summer for East Texas classic rock fans.  Just when it seems like every band or singer who could possibly be heading out on tour has already announced their plans, another one comes along to add their dates to the crowded concert calendar...

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Texas Guitar Icons Open & Close 1st of Clapton’s Farewell Shows

Eric Clapton's putting the wraps on a 50-year musical-career with 4 concerts this month.  The first happened Sunday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, with two rock & blues guitar virtuoso's from Austin adding a Lone Star touch to the occasion.  Jimmie Vaughan & Gary Clark Jr. not only did solo opening sets, but joined Slowhand on stage for the show's finale.

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Major Concert Reveal: Don Henley To Play Dallas

The gag order's off & now we can tell all...  Texas native, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, 8-time Grammy Award winner, co-founder of the legendary Eagles, & solo star in his own right, Don Henley, is coming home to celebrate his birthday with a show at American Airlines Center July 22nd.

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Big Name Concert Announcement Coming Monday Morning

Rumors have been circulating for the past week, loud enough that I've mentioned it as a real possibility on Classic Rock 96-1 several times in the past few days.  Now, it's been confirmed, but the promoters put a gag order on us 'til early Monday morning.  That's killin' me, so here are a few hints:  1-  the venue is pictured here.   

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