Texas A&M University-Kingsville

KTAI 91.1's 'Kingsville Country' Radio Show Earns Station, DJ National Honor

KINGSVILLE - May 25, 2012

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979


       Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s student-run radio station KTAI FM 91.1 continues to earn national recognitions for their leadership and programming. The station’s popular “Kingsville Country” radio show, hosted by communications junior Gabriel Ochoa, was one of four student radio music shows from across the nation earning the Best Music Show award during the first Radio Star Awards sponsored by RadioFlag—a social media and content discovery platform for radio.

       In 2011, KTAI earned the first RadioFlag Spirit of College Radio Day for their efforts during the First College Radio Day. “Kingsville Country” was selected by a panel of judges comprised by former student DJs and professional DJs. Listeners also were able to log on to RadioFlag and vote for their favorite show.

       Ochoa’s on-air persona—Roughneck Rich—served as a popular fixture on KTAI’s late morning to early afternoon line-up during the spring 2012 semester. While country music was the cornerstone of the program, Texas country proved to be the most popular genre during the show.

       Never a fan of hip-hop or rock music, Ochoa said country music, and Texas country music in particular, is laden with themes with which many listeners can identify.

       “Country music hits right there at home,” Ochoa said. “It’s music that deals with roots, family, small towns. It’s always been about things that relate to my life.”

       In addition to playing popular country songs and music from new artists, Ochoa conducted phone interviews on the air with many of country music’s most popular names, including Country Music Award-winners The Eli Young Band, Texas Regional Music Award-winners The Randy Rogers Band. Several regional Texas country musicians also went on air with Ochoa from the KTAI studios located in Manning Hall, including Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson and Budd Boy.

       Ochoa also hosted a popular weekly countdown segment called “The Rodeo,” during which he played the 20 most popular songs in Texas country for that week.

       Program and production director Rami Garza said on-line station listenership grew substantially during the 2011-2012 academic year and credits new programming for the jump. The station has even experienced new popularity in the hometowns of the artists whose music plays during the “Kingsville Country” program.

       “As a team, we are very excited that our station is doing better than ever,” Garza said. “This is the second ‘first’ of a prize contest that we have won from RadioFlag. We are very proud to say our station is doing awesome and we are going to continue to have success throughout the many years to come.”

       Ochoa plans to continue “The Rodeo” countdown show in the fall. While he never envisioned himself in the radio booth, after the success of Roughneck Rich, he cannot imagine life outside of the booth.

      “For now, I want to continue to help make KTAI better known,” Ochoa said. “I want people to know that KTAI is here. I love radio and being able to be a voice for people and hope to have a future in it.”  

About RadioFlag

       Launched from the University of California-Irvine with support from campus station KUCI on April 2011, RadioFlag is social media and content discovery platform for radio. The service allows users to discover new stations, new DJ’s and talk audio hosts, and stream their personal favorite stations from their smartphone or computer. The service offers social connectivity between members of a live radio audience, and links radio listeners through music, lifestyle, opinions, news and trends.

       From the company’s launch at a single college station, RadioFlag has now expanded on a large scale, connecting with over 300 college stations and creating a College Radio Advisory Board, established to help better guide RadioFlag in supporting college stations across the nation.

This page was last updated on: June 21, 2012