Ken Foote

Ken Foote

Ken Foote is the Director of Programming for CBS 11 and TXA 21.

He got his start in radio in 1968 as a “guest DJ” on 103.7 KVIL-FM in Dallas. In 1972, he did the evening shift at KWBU-FM in Waco. Later, he was on KIXL-AM and KOAX-FM in Dallas for a short time while in college. In 1978, he started his TV career at WGHP-TV in Greensboro, N.C. He was transferred to Tampa in 1981 to the corporate office of its owner, Gulf Broadcast Group, where he was a financial analyst. He served as Assistant Program Director at KOOL-TV in Phoenix in 1983.

By 1984, Ken started his longtime career in Dallas/Fort Worth, where he has since been the Director of Programming for five stations in the area: KXTX, KTVT, KDFW, KDFI and KTXA. He was originally with KTVT during its independent days from 1987-1993, and then rejoined in 2004 after KTVT became a CBS Owned & Operated station. From 2008-2010, he did the Saturday evening shift on Fort Worth’s KTFW-FM, 92.1, a classic country music station.

Ken holds a bachelor’s degree from SMU and an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Country Music Association.

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The Foote Files Remembers Charles McCord

Don Imus is no doubt one of the most successful American radio personalities in history, but much of his success is due to his longtime sidekick, Charles McCord.


The Foote Files: Super Pop Rockers ABBA

During the 1970’s, the Swedish pop/disco group ABBA was probably one of the more commercially successful pop rock quartets.


The Foote Files: Steppenwolf

One of the best hard rock/blues bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s actually got their start not in the United States… but Canada.


Remembering Alvy Moore

Alvy Moore was born 1921 and served in the Marines during World War II. After the war, he started his acting career. He did some theatre before moving to television, but the role of Hank Kimball on “Green Acres” put him on the national stage.


The Foote Files: Happy 50th Birthday WCBS Newsradio 880

This iconic radio station in New York has been celebrating 50 years of all-news for New York and the Tristate area.


Edwin Starr With “Agent Double-O-Soul”

Written by Edwin Starr and Bill Sharpley during the James Bond movie craze of the ’60s, the song “Double-O-Soul” exemplifies the strength and beauty of Starr’s voice.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: “Get Down, Get Down (On The Floor)”

Summer isn’t officially over until September 22, so let’s look at one more summer song. This week’s song isn’t really about summer, but was released in May 1975 and was a top 10 hit for R&B singer Joe Simon.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: “Good Time”

This is a good summer song that gets you going!


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: Summer In The City

“Summer In The City,” written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone, was released July 4, 1966 on the Kama Sutra record label.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: “Hot Summer Nights”

The song “Hot Summer Nights,” written by Walter Egan, hit the Billboard charts in the summer of 1979 and finished at No. 18.


Foote Files Follow Up: “Little Latin Lupe Lu”

“Little Latin Lupe Lu” was a great Top 40 song from the ’60s, but Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders did a rock version of the song in the 1980s for a great cause.


Happy 45th Birthday, CBS-FM!

This month in 1972, WCBS-FM in New York City became the place for New York’s Greatest Hits.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: “I Wanna Be A Cowboy”

“I Wanna Be a Cowboy” was an international hit in 1986. In the United States, it peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Remembering Will Wright

Wright was born in San Francisco in 1894. He worked as a newspaper reporter before he went into show business. He was truly a star of stage, screen, radio and television.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: “America” From Neil Diamond

For the 241st birthday of our great country, this song written and performed by Neil Diamond was a top 10 Billboard hit in the spring and summer of 1981.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs 2017: Saturday In The Park

I was a recent high school graduate headed to Baylor University in Waco when this song hit the American Top 40 charts.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: “Steal My Sunshine”

This week’s summer song was a one hit wonder for alternative/indie rock band Len.


Ken Foote’s Summer Songs: Two From Brian Hyland

Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” was considered a novelty song, but it became a No. 1 hit in the summer of 1960, the only No. 1 hit that he had.


The Foote Files: Summer 2017 Songs: American Girl Bonnie McKee

Bonnie McKee is a true veteran of the pop music scene for someone who is only 33 years of age.


Weekly One Hit Wonder: Sausalito Summernight

This week’s one hit wonder comes from a Dutch pop/rock quartet named Diesel.


The Foote Files: WJM, Mary Tyler Moore & A British War Song

I never thought that a 1912 war song from Ireland could make its way into the final episode of one of the most successful network TV shows in history… but it did.


The Foote Files: Remembering Ted Cassidy

Follow CBSDFW.COM: Facebook | Twitter FORT WORTH (CBS11) – For those of us who lived in the DFW area in the early 1960’s, you would remember a radio disc jockey who became a television actor and voice artist: Ted Cassidy. Born in Pittsburgh in 1932, he and his wife moved to Dallas shortly after they married in […]


Lost Hit From The 60s: “Little Latin Lupe Lu”

Written by Bill Medley and recorded by The Righteous Brothers, the song was based on Medley’s high school relationship with a girl name Lupe Laguna.


“Yessssssssss?” Remembering Frank Nelson

There are some actors whom you never forget, whether they be in a starring role or as a character actor. Character actors can make or break a TV show. And one such guy who was successful was Frank Nelson.


The Foote Files: The Greatest Top 40 Instrumental Ever

If you grew up during the early years of rock and roll and listened to Top 40 radio, you more than likely heard this fabulous musician and his big hit of 1956.


Union Strike Stories From The Past

You may have read that the Writers Guild of America has reached a tentative agreement with the Hollywood studios. I have two stories from the past that came about as a result of union strike.


Bananarama Returns!

One of the most successful British girl groups ever in the history of pop music is reuniting this year for a first time tour: Bananarama.


Weekly One Hit Wonder From The Jaynetts

The song was based off of one that young girls used to sing when they jumped rope.


The Foote Files: The Rolling Stones Return To The Blues

The Rolling Stones released a new album six months ago called, “Blue & Lonesome.” This is the group’s first album in eleven years.


The Foote Files: Radio Personality Of The Week: WCBS-FM’s Broadway Bill Lee

You do not have to reside in New York to be familiar with this talented radio DJ or to hear him: Broadway Bill Lee on New York’s WCBS-FM 101.1.


The Foote Files: TXA21 Programming Alert: Dallas Mavericks Basketball In April

All games are preceded by a 30 minute pregame and postgame show with CBS11 sportscasters Bill Jones and Keith Russell.


Maxi Priest & The Jamaican Sound

Born as Max Elliott in London in 1960, Maxi Priest was the eighth of nine children of Jamaican parents. He got his start singing in live dance hall shows. He signed with Virgin Records in 1985 and released his first song, “Wild World.”


Remembering Chuck Berry

As you all know, we lost Chuck Berry last week. Very few musicians have or have had significant influence on music and other musicians like Chuck Berry.


One Hit Wonder Wednesday: Jimmy “Bo” Horne

Continuing our blogs on “one hit wonder” artists, here is one you may or may not be familiar with: Jimmy “Bo” Horne.


The Foote Files: 1-Hit Wonder Wednesday: Deee-Lite!

You know, I feel a little like the 2014 Becky G song, “Can’t Stop Dancing” with these recent one-hit wonder blogs on Top 40 dance groups……….but here we go again!


Happy 130th Birthday, William Frawley!

I don’t know what prompted me to see if there was some sort of anniversary date for the late character actor William Frawley, but there is this year. Frawley is best known as Fred Mertz from “I Love Lucy.”


One Hit Wonder: Ketty Lester

In 1961, singer Ketty Lester released two songs. The ‘A’ side was “I’m a Fool to Want You.” But when radio station DJs heard the ‘B’ side, that’s the one they played that made her famous.


CBS 11 & TXA 21 Programming Alert For March 6, 2017

I want to make sure you know that CBS 11 and TXA 21 have some rare daytime programming changes starting Monday, March 6.


The Foote Files: The Last Lady Standing: Barbara Hale

Born in DeKalb, Illinois, Hale had planned to major in art and drawing. She began as a model for a comic strip, “Ramblin’ Bill,” while working her way through the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.


The Foote Files: One-Hit Wonder Wednesday: “Dynomite”

The song was inspired by a word used by actor Jimmie Walker on the CBS hit show “Good Times” which ran on the network from 1974-1979 with 133 episodes.