Ken Foote’s Radio/TV Files: An Introduction
My name is Ken Foote, and I am the Director Of Programming for KTVT CBS11 and TXA21. The good folks at CBSDFW.com have asked me to write a regular blog about the history of radio and television which happens to be a passion of mine. But before we start that, let me tell you a little about me.
I am a native Texan who grew up in North Dallas. The radio/tv “bug” bit me at the age of three and ever since then I have loved radio and TV. My family teases me that as a very young child I would wake up early before the TV stations signed on and watch the test patterns so I would not miss the early morning cartoons! Can’t live that one down!
While in grade school, I tried to convince the principal of George B. Dealey Elementary School, Bill Abbott, that we should buy the land by the school and build KGBD AM-FM-TV! That didn’t go very far!
In 1968 at the age of 14, I won a 2 hour Sunday radio show on a little known station then called KVIL-FM about 2 months before legendary radio personality Ron Chapman took over. Little did I know that one of the most successful radio stations and a superb talent in Ron Chapman were about to explode the national radio scene! And Ron dominated the DFW radio market for nearly 40 years! That station is a part of the CBS family and known to listeners today as “103-7 Lite FM”
While in high school at St. Mark’s School of Texas, a classmate of mine started a closed circuit radio station and I was able to get on board as a personality. In 1972, I attended Baylor University and got a job at KWBU-FM as a classical music disc jockey simply because I studied classical piano for seven years and knew the music!
I am SMU graduate and while going to school I worked for three different radio stations: one AM and two FM. One of the FM station is now one you see listed on this website: 105.3 The FAN, KRLD-FM. The other FM became K104, one of the most successful urban radio station in the U.S. and launched the career of Tom Joyner.
Upon graduating from SMU and the University Of Texas At Austin, I started my TV career in Greensboro, North Carolina. For the next five years I was transferred to Tampa FL and Phoenix AZ in various capacities. I will have some stories to tell in future blogs about my travels around the U.S.!
In 1984, I started what has been a career that I have been honored and blessed to have experienced, serving as the Director of Programming for five different TV station here in DFW area and for a short time resurrected a radio career on a small country music station. In a business where people move around a lot, I got to stay here and live and raise my family in the best area of the country!
I want this blog to be fun, informative, peek your curiosity, and keep alive this extraordinary business and medium we call broadcasting. If you have any ideas for things that you are curious about that you would like to see in this blog, feel free to email me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you next time!