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.
Texas Radio Hall Of Fame Nominees Include Two KNUE Staffmembers
Since it began in 2002, about 300 Lone Star State radio execs & on-air performers have been enshrined. Class Of '17 voting is on, w/ winners' achievements displayed at Kilgore's Texas Museum Of Broadcasting & Communications. Danny Merrell & John Roberts are potential inductees.
Almost Time For The New School Year- Let’s Stuff The Bus!
KNUE & Citizens National Bank are teaming up with Buckner Family Hope Center again this year to collect new school supplies, but we need your help!
Late Lunch with Luke Pell – Wanna Join Us?
From Burnet to The Bachelorette to the concert stage at Cowboy's in Tyler. You can be part of our special private "meet & greet" on Thursday afternoon. Sign up now for KNUE's "Late Lunch With Luke"!
Texas Blows Away Other States For Best Places To Be 1st Time Home Buyers
We've got the top three towns / four of the top 10, and seven of the top 25 nationwide!
A Hot Summer Saturday With KNUE On The East Texas Streets
Mandee Montana & the KNUE Rollin' Radio Show will be at the newest Tyler location of O'Reilly Auto Parts from 11am til 1pm for the "Grand Opening Celebration". Then Buddy Logan sets up from 2 til 4pm at Palm Harbor Homes on Tyler's Northeast Loop for their "Big 4-0 Sale-A-Thon".
Mountain Lions In Texas: Mysterious or Just Mythical?
Over 250 sightings reported in 5 years, but officials say most aren't legit. What's got people convinced they see things state reps swear aren't there?
Cow Appreciation Day = Free Chicken… Just 1 Little Catch!
Show up at any East Texas Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday wearing black & white spots & a cowbell! You'll get a free sandwich from now til 7pm.
More Summer Fun At Schlitterbahn New Braunfels- Win Tickets All Week
Listen Monday through Friday between 9am & 5pm to win, & spend the whole day with your family enjoying the waterpark, & keeping cool in the Texas heat, on us!
Win Our Flyaway To See Tim & Faith Before They Hit Texas
Their Soul2Soul World Tour comes to Dallas in October, but you can be at the show & meet 'em backstage one month sooner than the rest of us. Sign up for our trip to the Tim McGraw-Faith Hill concert in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend.
New Study Names Texas 2nd Best State In USA For Business Start-Ups
We've seen the trend of established companies from other states relocating here for awhile. A report now shows those same key economic indicators make the Lone Star State one of the country's most conducive for brand new businesses.
KNUE’s Celebrating July 4th in Longview
We're saying "happy birthday USA" with our Rollin' Radio Show on the streets. First stop: Hyundai Of Longview starting at lunchtime. Then later this afternoon & through the evening, we move to Maude Cobb for the big Fireworks & Freedom Celebration.
Celebrate The USA With Tim McGraw & Faith Hill On Sunday
KNUE will have the "red, white, & blue" flying high all 4th of July weekend. Our salute to the greatest country in the world, & the freedom it offers us, includes a holiday music special hosted by Tim & Faith. The fun begins at 4pm & continues 'til midnight.