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 25 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 26 Years, Real People, Real Values, This Is 97.5 KFTX Real Country!

Today’s Music  News:..

Monday Jan 24th:

This weekend someone sent Chris Young a note on Facebook where people mark themselves safe after a disaster only this note read, “marked safe from having to watch Tom Brady in another Superbowl.”

Nicole Kidman reveals her husband Keith Urban never graduated from high school. She said, “I don’t think Keith finished Year 10 but I probably shouldn’t put that out there.”

Luke Bryan’s home is on 150-acres in Nashville, complete with a trout and catfish pond. There’s also a 3-bedroom guest house that has a media room. The family also own a vacation home in Santa Rosa, Florida, nicknamed The Nut House after Luke’s Nut House fan club.

Finally – ‘Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Blake Shelton’ is out February 4. His hits will be transformed into gentle, xylophone-laden lullabies for babies.


January 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, was Doug Kershaw, fiddle player, singer and songwriter who had the 1969 hit “Diggy Liggy Lo.”

Born on this day in Clarkdale, Georgia, was Ray Stevens, country and pop singer-songwriter. Stevens recorded perhaps his most famous hit, “The Streak,” which poked fun at the early-1970s fad of running nude in public, known as “streaking.” In 1975, he released the Grammy winning “Misty,” which became his biggest country hit (reaching #3 on the country charts).

Born on this day in Bartlesville, Oklahoma was Becky Hobbs country music singer, songwriter and pianist who has charted multiple singles on the Country charts, including the #10 hit “Let’s Get Over Them Together”, a duet with Moe Bandy.

Hank Williams was at #1 on the US Country charts with “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive”, knocking himself from the top of the charts with his previous single “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)”. Williams scored another two #1’s this year with “Kaw-Liga” and “Take These Chains From My Heart”.

Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, was Glenn Worf, a prolific Nashville session bassist. Throughout his career, Worf has recorded with numerous performers including Trace Adkins, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Rogers, Sugarland, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, and Tammy Wynette.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Sing Me Back Home”, his third chart topper. It was also recorded live by the Byrds on There Is a Season as well as the Grateful Dead who included the song in their live set.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'”, his eighth song to reach the top of the charts.

United Artists released Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille”. Written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, the song is about a man in a bar that meets a woman who has left her husband. It became Rogers’ first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year. An international hit, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the UK singles chart in June 1977.

The Muppet Show staring Johnny Cash was broadcast, in which Cash inspired Kermit the frog to hold an old-fashioned hoedown. During the show Cash sang “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and a medley of his famous railroad songs.

Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest.

Charlie Daniels who is known for his #1 country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Chris Stapleton was back at #1 on the US Country chart with his debut studio album Traveller which was later named Album of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards. The album topped the Billboard Year-End Top Country Albums chart in 2016 and 2017.

Lunchtime Trivia 12:15 Weekdays

Previous Questions:

Q: 25% of people do THIS after receiving their Christmas gifts?

Answer: Google to find out how much they’re worth

MMB: The first time this occured in history was on Christmas Eve?

A: The first song played on the radio. It was “O Holy Night!”

BAQ: When it comes to holiday gift giving, 19% of people admit they’ll do THIS at least once?

A: Re-use used wrapping paper!

MMB: This was created by a department store in 1939?

A: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

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

A: Gone caroling!

MMB: What country is the Poinsettia native to?

A: Mexico!

BAQ: Only 7% of people say they’ve actually done THIS during the holiday season?

A: Roasted chestnuts on an open fire!







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