50th Anniversary in Country Radio
I was working at KECK, Odessa, Texas, when I didn't return from a funeral in time and was fired. I swear, every time I have been given the ax, they cut a new slice of life for me that is better.
Dee Fletcher, one of the deejays there that went on to be a very successful TV weatherman, called Sky Corbin at KLLL in my hometown of Lubbock, Texas, and told Sky we've got this kid here whose pretty good.
Sky hired me and I started February 15, 1963. Not only was the first song I played "Still" by Bill Anderson, he was the first star I met. It was at a concert at Municipal Auditorium in Lubbock.
Don Gibson was on the show as well. I just Googled it and there is no online record of the show. You will have to take my word for it. Bill and I chatted backstage for a while but he was trying to watch Don Gibson sing so I think I was bothering him.
Over the next few years I had occasion to see Bill again. He has always been the nicest gentleman, more than I can say for me.
So, if you will grant me this, I may post some recollections of the past fifty years here from time to time.
If you don't like 'em, just remember, I love you STILL.