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Houston, TX (August 3, 2022)

Texas Radio Hall Of Fame
Announces 2022 Inductees

Class of 2022 to be inducted November 5th in Kilgore, TX

Voting has ended and the ballots have been tallied. Twenty Texas broadcasters have been added to the Class of 2022 to be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, Texas on November 5, 2022.

The inductees are (in alphabetical order):

Final voting concluded on Sunday, July 31st and the twenty individuals will be honored on Saturday, November 5th at the TRHOF’s Annual Induction Ceremony at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX. The annual TRHOF reunion and induction weekend is open to the public. Schedule, hotel, and ticket information will be posted on the TRHOF’s website on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

Houston, TX (May 25, 2022)

Eight Texas Students Receive Texas Radio Hall Of Fame Scholarships

Radio groups, Hall of Famers fund $1,000 grants to broadcast students

The Texas Radio Hall of Fame (TRHOF) has awarded individual grants of $1,000 each to eight Texas students pursuing collegiate courses of study related to broadcasting. The honorees and underwriters of the THROF’s inaugural scholarship program were feted on May 19th in the Performance Centre of Houston’s Ensemble Theatre, during a luncheon sponsored by Amber Mostyn and Mostyn Law. inductee.

“We’re halfway through our 20th anniversary celebration, “observes TRHOF Executive Director Doug Harris,” and we’ve notched another important milestone. Any plan for the future of broadcasting must include the training and education of the next generation of hall of famers and we’re looking forward to finding and saluting worthy candidates for years to come.”

Luncheon guests included eleven Texas Radio Hall of Famers, including emcee Madd Hatta, along with representatives of Audacy, Cox Media Group, IHeartMedia, Urban One, and KTSU-FM.

The scholarship recipients and their underwriters are:

Malone Graham
The Audacy-Texas Scholarship

Viktor Hargrove
The KTSU 90.9 The Choice Scholarship

Duncan Harmo
The Mike Edmonds Sports Journalism Scholarship

Roy Jimenez
iHeartMedia’s The Beat/Black Information<br>Network Scholarship

Denise Miller
Mostyn Law’s Power of Radio Scholarship

Mario Salazar
The Dan D. Acree Texas Radio Hall of Fame Scholarship

Alexander Weister
Harold Gunn Texas Radio Hall of Fame scholarship

Arianna Xavier
The Cox Media Group Scholarship

The commemoration of the TRHOF’s 20th anniversary will reach its zenith during the organization’s Annual Induction Weekend, November 4-5, 2022, at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, Texas. Nominations for the 2022 induction class open June 1, 2022.


Doug Harris
TRHOF Executive Director 713-569-7716

Houston, TX (January 28, 2022)

KTSU 90.9FM, Texas Radio Hall of Fame Salute Pioneers of Texas Black radio

Series spotlights the on-air and behind-the-scenes personalities who built this legacy

The Madd Hatta
2013 TRHOF inductee

In celebration of Black History Month and in continuing tribute to KTSU’s ‘Journey to 50’ celebration, 90.9 The Choice will air a series of audio vignettes spotlighting the people who first brought music, news, and commentary to Black audiences in Texas. These episodes, researched by and co-branded with the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, will be produced under the supervision of KTSU program director Donna Franklin. The 60-second features will air on KTSU-FM beginning February 6, 2022, and will be voiced by The VIBE Houston content director The Madd Hatta, a 2013 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee.

“Each year, Black History Month gives us the opportunity to remember significant contributors to the growth of our community and the strength of Black culture, “said KTSU general manager Ernest Walker. “With the advent of Black-owned and operated radio stations in the mid-20th century, the voices and music that inspired and entertained Black citizens were woven into the fabric of everyday life. That’s the role that KTSU-FM continues to play to this day.”

KTSU’s Donna Franklin shares Walker’s enthusiasm for the project and looks forward to personally overseeing the creation of this on-air salute.

“These broadcast pioneers, whose vision, resources, and talent made radio tailored to Black audiences and Black businesses a reality, are most deserving of this recognition. The people ‘behind the mic’ as well as those who ‘wrote the checks’ were both brave and resolute. These are the stories we’re going to share.”

The series also helps to lay the foundation of KTSU’s upcoming 50thanniversary and its ‘Journey to 50’ celebration. As Houston’s first FM black radio station, launching in 1972, KTSU has remained a staple in the Community, playing a variety of music from Jazz, Blues, R&B and Hip Hop that supports local Houston artists, news and public affairs talk shows discussing topics dealing directly with Black Houston, and staying consistent with the traditions of one of the only options in radio for Sunday Gospel Music. “It’s been a miracle for many years, but when you really talk about a station that has been consistent in serving our community for 50 years, I think that’s really amazing,” Walker, said. The station is planning fundraising events and continues to offer year-round memberships that often come with special thank you gifts and private events for members only.

The Texas Radio Hall of Fame also celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022 and enjoys a strategic alliance with the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, Texas. In addition to The Madd Hatta, KTSU sports director Ralph Cooper and Muriel Funches, executive director of advancement with the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, are Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductees.

Support for the initiatives of KTSU and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame is provided by Amber Mostyn, co-founder of Mostyn Law.


Natalie Jones
KTSU Marketing & Community Engagement Director 281-804-4176

Doug Harris
TRHOF Executive Director 713-569-7716

Houston, TX (August 3, 2021)

Texas Radio Hall Of Fame
Announces Class of 2021

Inductees to be honored November 6 at Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications at Kilgore, Texas

Voting has ended and the ballots have been tallied. Twenty Texas broadcasters have been added to the Class of 2021 to be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, Texas on November 6, 2021.

The inductees are (in alphabetical order):


"After a spirited season of balloting, our voting members have selected twenty broadcast professionals to join the group of Lone Star veterans who have distinguished themselves in the radio industry," said Doug Harris, Executive Director of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. This list of inductees represents award-winning sellers, programmers, on-air talent, and production aces along with masterful ratings and revenue generators across the industry, representing a variety of formats."


The annual induction ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon, November 6, 2021, at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, Texas.

Tickets for the event go on sale on August 23.

Houston, TX (June 29, 2021)

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

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.”


Nominations for the 2021 TRHOF Class will be accepted from voting members beginning July 1, 2021 at the association's website 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.

Houston, TX (June 29, 2021)

Doug Harris Named TRHOF Executive Director

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.

Houston, TX (June 29, 2021)

Former Operations Manager Josh Holstead Accepts Position of Director Emeritus

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.