Austin Daniels

Music/Program Director

I got my start in radio in February of 1995 from a mysterious stranger who recommended me to then 97.5 KWVS – The Waves “Classic Rock.”  I began working the overnight shift and within six weeks I went to mid-days. In May 1995, we changed our format to country and I was in Heaven! Under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Nelson Stratton, I have learned the in and outs of production, programming and Advertising

After 27 Years, I’m Still Happy To Be A Part Of A Station That Grows And Changes With The Times, Music, And What Life Throws At Us, We Are PROUD Of Winning Texas Regional Radio’s “Large Market Station & Personality Of The Year 2020”  And Nominated Again For Both Categories in 2021, Proud To Be A Part Of A Team Headed By Cyndi Rowden Who Cares About  The Direction Of Our Music, Our Community And Public Service, And Our FAMILY Of Listeners And Friends We Have Been Blessed With For Now 28 Years, Real People, Real Values, This Is 97.5 KFTX Real Country!

Today’s Music  News:..


Morgan Wallen had to cancel Sunday night’s concert in Mississippi because he lost his voice. He did vocal exercises but could not get better. Fans were upset because he knew that morning he had issues but waited until minutes before the show started to announce the cancelation. Last week in Louisville, KY, Morgan tripped on stairs in the center of the stage and fell hard but he immediately bounced back up and didn’t miss a note.

This weekend Thomas Rhett asked his wife to name all five of his albums. She got one right away. Thomas gave have her a few hints and she got two more. Lauren also couldn’t name his most recent record out just a year ago.

Tomorrow Miranda Lambert’s cookbook is out. It includes her mom’s meatloaf and Miranda said every friend who’s been in a serious relationship and makes that meatloaf gets engaged. Miranda says it even worked for her twice.

Finally – Sam Hunt’s wife is pregnant again. Their daughter Lucy Lu is 10-months-old.

Moldy Oldies:.

April 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Camden, New Jersey, was Richard Anthony Sterban, singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 “I’ll Be True To You.”

Born on this day was American songwriter and musician Richard Fagan who had six top ten singles and 18 charted singles on the Billboard Country charts. His songs have been recorded by Neil Diamond, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker, Ricochet, Hank Williams, Jr., George Jones, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless, Collin Raye, Shenandoah, The Crickets, and many others. He wrote two of John Michael Montgomery’s singles: “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”. Fagan died aged 69 on August 5, 2016.

Born on this day in Salyersville, Kentucky, was Rebecca Lynn Howard, country music artist. Her highest-charting single, “Forgive”, peaked at #12 on the country music charts in 2002.

Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind” was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael, who also recorded a version of the song in New York in the same year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album The Genius Hits the Road.

Born on this day, was American country music singer Danny Gokey who was the third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. His debut single “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” lifted from his debut album, My Best Days, debuted on the Billboard charts at #4, and was the highest debut of digital downloads sold by any new country artist ever.

The Survivors, featuring Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, entered the Country chart. The live recording was from a Johnny Cash concert in Stuttgart, West Germany the revious year, when Lewis and Perkins (also on-tour in Germany at the same time), showed up unexpectedly and were asked to perform on the second half of the show with Cash. The live tapes were edited and mixed by co-producer Rodney Crowell.

Born on this day in Taylor Mill, Kentucky was country music singer Carly Pearce. Her 2017 debut single, “Every Little Thing”, peaked at #1 on the US Country Airplay chart.

Garth Brooks won a record six times at the 26th annual Academy Of Country Music awards on NBC. The Country singer won: Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist; Best Album for No Fences, Single Record, “Friends In Low Places”, and Song and Video for “The Dance”.

The sixth Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Arlo Guthrie, The Jayhawks, Jann Arden, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Ricky Van Shelton, Willie Nelson, Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Stuart, Charlie Daniels Band, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Black 47, The Highwaymen and Dwight Yoakam.

Alan Jackson released his version of the Don Williams song “It Must Be Love” which became his seventeenth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.

Curb Records released Set This Circus Down, the sixth studio album by Tim McGraw. The four singles from the album, “The Cowboy in Me”, “Unbroken”, “Angry All the Time” and “Grown Men Don’t Cry” all reached #1 on the Country chart.

Dixie Chicks launched a publicity campaign to explain their position after the controversy of Natalie Maines statement regading the Iraq war. During a prime-time interview with TV personality Diane Sawyer, Maines said she remained proud of her original statement. The band also appeared naked (with private parts strategically covered) on the current cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine, with slogans such as “Traitors”, “Saddam’s Angels”, “Dixie Sluts”, “Proud Americans”, “Hero”, “Free Speech”, and “Brave” printed on their bodies. The slogans represented the labels (both positive and negative) that had been placed on them in the aftermath of Maines’ statement.

Toby Keith had a performance at a base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, interrupted by mortar fire as he was performing for over 2,500 troops.

The Chatham County, Georgia Grand Jury indicted Billy Currington on felony criminal charges of “abuse of an elder person by inflicting mental anguish” and “making terroristic threats”. Both criminal charges stemed from an incident involving boat captain Charles Harvey Ferrelle on April 15, 2013. Currington was later released from a Georgia jail after posting $27,700 bond. On September 25, 2013, Currington pleaded no contest to the abuse charge; the terroristic threats charge was dropped. Currington was sentenced to 5 years’ probation and a $1000 fine and was ordered to attend anger management counseling.

Lunchtime Trivia At 12:15 Daily:

Friday, February 3rd, 2023 -Question

20 years ago, every adult knew how to do this. Now, only about 75% do. What?

Answer: Write a check!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 -Question

30 years ago there were only about 620 of these in the world. Today, there are more than 200 million. What?

Answer: Websites!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 -Question

2% of people will do this in the month of February. What?
Answer: Take down their Christmas tree!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 -Question

Americans eat 110 pounds of these every year. What?

Answer: Potatoes!

Monday, January 30th, 2023 -Question

This piece of sports equipment used to be white, but was changed to a different color in the 70’s for a better TV viewing experience. What?

Answer: Tennis balls!

Friday, January 27th, 2023 -Question

According to a study, this is the number one pet peeve of dads. What?

Answer: Leaving the lights on!

Thursday, January 26th, 2023 -Question

10% of Americans haven’t replaced this in their home in 20 years. What?

Answer: Their mattress!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 -Question

Americans toss away 92% of these without ever using them. What?

Answer: Instructions!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 -Question

We spend almost 40 hours a year staring at this. What is it?

Answer: The inside of your refrigerator!

Monday, January 9th, 2023 -Question

13% of couples sleep in different rooms because one person does this. What?

Answer: Hogs the covers!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 -Question

This is 27% more likely to happen to you in the first week of the year than any other time. What?

Answer: Get fired!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 -Question

76% of people in a new survey say they plan on doing this this weekend. What?

Answer: Taking down Christmas decorations!

Thursday, December 29th, 2022 -Question

People say this is the number one thing they wish they could write-off on their taxes. What?

Answer: Coffee!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2022 -Question

The average cost of one of these in 2022 was $27,000. What?

Answer: A wedding!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022 -Question

One of every 4 cars sold this year had this in common. What?

Answer: They were white!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022 -Question

When it comes to re-gifting, most people said they would be most likely to re-gift to this person. Who?

Answer: A co-worker!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 -Question

About 155,000 men will do this on Christmas morning. What?

Answer: Propose! It’s the most popular day to get engaged.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2022 -Question

36% of adults have participated in this Christmas activity as a child, but only 16% have as an adult. What?

Answer: Gone caroling!

Monday, December 19th, 2022 -Question

44 million people will forget to buy this person a gift for Christmas, even though they see them almost every single day. Who?

Answer: Your neighbor!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 -Question

About 35% of people say they currently have one of these in their house. What is it?

Answer: An elf on the shelf!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 -Question

The average person buys 3 of these every holiday season. 3 what?

Answer: Rolls of wrapping paper!

Monday, December 12th, 2022 -Question

This happens more in the two weeks before Christmas than any other time of the year. What?

Answer: Couples break up!

Thursday, December 8th, 2022 -Question

When you buy one of these, it’s at least 10 years old. What?

Answer: A Christmas tree!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 -Question

There are now almost 10,000 of these in the U.S. What?

Answer: Roundabouts!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 -Question

According to a survey, December 10th is the most common day for this. What?

Answer: Putting up the Christmas tree!

Monday, December 5th, 2022 -Question

In a survey, 73% of women think that this looks ridiculous on a man over 40. What?

Answer: A backwards baseball cap!

Thursday, December 1st, 2022 -Question

These retailers do nearly one-fifth of their annual business in the month of December. Who?

Answer: Jewelry stores!