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Texas Radio Hall Of Fame Names New Board Members; Streamlines Nomination and Voting Process


(HOUSTON, TEX.) The Texas Radio Hall Of Fame (TRHOF) has invited six broadcast professionals, all prior inductees, to join its Executive Board. Recent Board action approved the addition of T. J. Callahan, Caroline Devine, Muriel Funches, Gil Garcia, Jr., Glen Ivey, and Steve Zetsche to lead the organization into the future. Retiring executive director Josh Holstead was named Director Emeritus.


“We’re building a strong team of advisors to help chart a meaningful, relevant future for the TRHOF,” said Doug Harris, newly installed Executive Director. “These pros add experience, strength, and balance to an organization committed to honoring the contributions of worthy broadcasters in every format, every Texas market, and every job description in which exemplary performance is present.”


A SIMPLIFIED NOMINATION AND VOTING PROCESS


Nominations for the 2021 TRHOF Class will be accepted from voting members beginning July 1, 2021 at the association's website TRHOF.net. Nominations and voting for an expanded field of recognition will now be accepted in two categories: On-Air and Programming and Management and Sales.


Engineers, marketing/promotion directors, production directors, and others whose work connects directly to the content and quality of the on-air product, would be considered in the On-Air and Programming category. The Management and Sales category will salute the accomplishments of owners, market managers, GM’s, OM’s, GSM, SM, DOS, CFOs, and other organizational personnel.


Nominations will be announced, and final voting will commence, on July 20th. The 2021 TRHOF Inductees will be revealed on August 2, 2021, and honored on Saturday, November 6, 2021, in a special ceremony at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX.


Doug Harris Named TRHOF Executive Director


June 29, 2021 (HOUSTON) In 2020, Doug Harris assumed duties as the TRHOF’s Executive Director. Named Billboard Magazine Promotion Director of the Year for his work at Houston’s legendary AOR KLOL-FM, Harris is the recipient of dozens of industry accolades. His service to Texas broadcasters includes stations in Austin, Beaumont, DFW, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio and Tyler and his movie reviews are currently heard on Made in Texas Radio.


Doug's creative legacy spans 30+ years in marketing and a stable of clients around the world, Doug Harris has earned a reputation as one of the world’s premiere consumer promotions and marketing consultants. On the international front, he has addressed marketing groups in twenty-six foreign countries on five continents and was a featured presenter at the NAB Europe for eight consecutive years. As President of Creative Animal International and Chief Creative Officer of Noisemaker Communications, Harris continues to consult a variety of clients worldwide.



Former Operations Manager Josh Holstead Accepts Position of Director Emeritus


June 29, 2021 (HOUSTON) Joshua C. Holstead, former Operations Manager of the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame, and been offered (and accepted) the position Director Emeritus. Josh has been an integral part of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame since its’ inception, and was handed the operations and ownership by Founder Larry Shannon in 2010, during the Texas Radio Hall of Fame induction celebration in Houston, Texas.


Known to radio listeners as Rowdy Yates, the award-winning country radio personality and former OM began his service to the TRHOF beginning in 2014 as the organization’s Executive Director. A 2008 inductee, he was the youngest member to ever be inducted-at age 38. A “radio baby,” he is the youngest son of Joe Holstead, the “dean of Texas radio news”,  Holstead hosts “The Original Country Gold with Rowdy Yates” which airs in syndication in over 120 US markets. A 2013 Academy of Country Music Award radio winner and a three time Mr. Universe hopeful,  Josh Holstead was the youngest inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame at the time of his selection.


In February of 2014, he was selected by the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) along with industry peers and readers of Country Aircheck with the “Best Personality/Show” award. In 2013, he was selected at the Academy of Country Music “Personality of the Year.” and currently oversees the country offerings of RFC Media’s “Suite Radio” 24/7 radio formats, based in Houston.


Prior to that, Holstead served almost two decades as afternoon host on KILT-FM in Houston as “Rowdy Yates.” He has also served as Personality, Promotions and Program Director in numerous markets like Dallas/Ft. Worth, Bryan/College Station and garden spots in the Lone Star State such as Brady and Bridgeport. Josh began his career (as many did) at KDNT/1440am in Denton.


Josh (along with his wife Kim) are the people who send out the e-updates, take the mail, organize the events, handle the day-to-day duties, manage the website, and are usually seen sweating profusely and foaming at the mouth at TRHofF events-so YOU don’t have to.