An award-winning anchor, reporter and air personality, Chris was part of the news staff at KLIF-AM from 1991-1997, and was a fixture on the morning show at KPLX-FM from 1992-2011. He and his counterparts at 99.5 The Wolf won two NAB Marconi Awards, numerous national station-of-the-year honors and helped build America’s largest country radio station. During his 33-year radio career, Chris has interviewed and covered a very diverse group of famous figures, ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Emmitt Smith and from Henry Kissinger to Don Henley.
Born in Houston in 1966, Chris grew up in the Lavaca County town of Hallettsville, just down the road from the Little Brewery in Shiner, Texas. He began his radio career at KRJH Radio (TSN affiliate) in Hallettsville as a 16-year-old in 1983. After graduating with honors from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in 1989, Chris spent two years at KBST in Big Spring. He moved to the area to join KLIF in 1991, and has been a Tarrant County resident ever since.
Of all his accomplishments and experiences enjoyed in a lifetime of radio, Chris is most often asked about his appearance on “Wheel of Fortune” in 2001. As a contestant during Dallas-Fort Worth week, Chris was victorious and also conquered the bonus round, winning a new SUV as part of his total prize package worth $43,000.
Chris, his wife, Brenda, and their 15-year-old daughter, Ashleigh, live in Fort Worth. Chris is very involved in the community, having made hundreds of school visits to promote literacy and honor teachers for their hard work and achievements.
The native Texan talks with 1080 KRLD’s Chris Sommer about receiving the award from the Governor, about coming back to his home state and about President Trump.
Super Bowl 51 will be played in Houston on Sunday. As New England and Atlanta battle for the Lombardi Trophy, the nation will again be locked in on the commercials during the game.
On April 1, 1981, founder Billy Bob Barnett opened his club in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Coming up Saturday, more than 2,000 runners will take part in the Rebuild Rowlett 5k to help local residents recover.
A Fort Worth-based group of experts is training business executives this week on preparing for potential attacks
Thousands of people have heart attacks each year in North Texas, but fewer than half call 911 for help.
With support from AT&T, the Momentous Institute in Dallas is offering a new series of free apps for teachers and parents to help students focus and deal with stress in school.
Coming up on Saturday, June 20, Methodist Dallas Medical Center is hosting a free, interactive event to teach Baby Boomers fun ways to live a healthy lifestyle.
Belle is a ten-week-old Yorkshire Terrier, and she is believed to be one of the smallest dogs in the world.
At Friday’s Your Hometown broadcast in Fort Worth, you can see a chilling reminder of how dangerous is it to be a teen driver.
The survey, which includes 65 restaurant chains, is based on responses from more than 32,000 subscribers.
The City of Dallas has cleared another hurdle in its bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.