Six Alumni Inducted Into KTAI FM 91.1 Hall of Fame During Station's 40th Anniversary Banquet
KINGSVILLE - April 01, 2010
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An Emmy Award-winning video news editor, a legendary South Texas sports anchor, a local chief meteorologist, two popular local radio personalities and a former KTAI FM 91.1 operations manager were honored as the inaugural class of the station’s newly formed Hall of Fame during the station’s 40th Anniversary Banquet March 31 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
While they have enjoyed individual successes, all six inductees share a common experience—they all spent time honing their craft on air at KTAI FM 91.1—the student-operated radio station at A&M-Kingsville.
- Frank Edwards- “Big” Frank Edwards has been a mainstay of South Texas country radio since 2000. Soon after his graduation from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2000, Edwards began working for K-99, where he continues to entertain listeners and play the area’s favorite country music hits. Though he graduated with a B.S. in Agribusiness, Edwards began his career in radio at KTAI FM 91.1.
- Gino Flores- Flores is host of one of the most popular morning radio shows in South Texas--the Hot Z95Wake-up Zone. Flores graduated from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2002 with bachelor’s degrees in communications and political science. He has worked for KZFM Hot Z95 since 2000. He worked as a student disc jockey at KTAI FM 91.1 from 1997 to 2001. He also owns his own mobile DJ and personal training businesses.
- Ram Guzman- Guzman is a highly decorated video news editor. He began his career at KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi soon after graduation. He has served as the Chief Editor for KTVT-TV CBS 11 in Dallas/Ft. Worth since 2002. He has won several NPPA Best of Photojournalism awards, two Emmys, 4 Press Club of Dallas Katie awards and several Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards.
- Alan Harwell- For 30 years Harwell was a familiar face on South Texas television, having served as a sports anchor/reporter for KIII-TV. He graduated from Texas A&I University in 1983 with a bachelor’s in secondary education (speech and journalism). He currently teaches journalism/broadcast media at Miller High School in Corpus Christi. He is also the ball park announcer for the Corpus Christi Hooks and owns a television advertising business.
- Al Tapia- Both as a student and later a staff member, Tapia is responsible for helping lead KTAI FM 91.1 into the 21st Century. As a student, Tapia hosted popular radio shows and helped bring back the station-sponsored concert, Mesquite Groove. Later, under his leadership as operations manager, the station flourished. He currently works for the University of Texas-Brownsville and Texas Southmost College’s department of media services.
- Bill Vessey- The KIII-TV chief meteorologist, Vessey was voted Best of the Best Meteorologist in South Texas by readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. While earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&I University, he began working for KTAI FM 91.1 as a student disc jockey. He hosted a series of programs and called play-by-play for Javelina athletics. He has since worked for a variety of radio and television stations.
“We are so proud to have these wonderful success stories among our alumni,” said Dr. Manuel Flores, chair of the communications and theatre arts department. “These alumni had wonderful student careers here and have gone on to very successful professional careers.”
The alumni were honored with special plaques during the concluding banquet of the university’s month-long celebration of KTAI FM 91.1’s 40th anniversary. The station broadcasts a variety of music, including oldies, rock and Top 40 and several Javelina athletic events. KTAI FM 91.1 serves both the university and greater Kingsville community. It can also be heard live on-line at www.tamuk.edu/ktai.
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