WHO IS MIKE SHANNON
AND WHAT THE %&*!# DOES HE KNOW
ABOUT DFW RADIO AND TV?

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As co-host of "The Hi-Fi Club," 2006

Let's just say I probably missed my calling...I should have stayed in school longer and pursued that degree in Radio/TV/Film!  I am a 40-something guy who probably listened to the radio a little too much in my life, expecially in the 1960s and 70s.  I was very lucky to be at the receiving (or receiver) end of the last great era in broadcasting...courtesy of Gordon McLendon and KLIF/KNUS.  Maybe things have changed for the worse over the last few years, but there should always be a repository or a place to learn about the history and see that, yes, things were once very different than today!  I hope this site accomplishes that, and gives some long-overdue recognition to those who made radio great in North Texas.

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Before the internet, here's what the "site" looked like!
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I started logging stations, dates and formats as a hobby during a boring semester at Texas A&M University in 1984.  A&M's library has a vast collection of Broadcasting Yearbooks, which were instrumental for finding dates and call letters.  I revisited their library in May, 2002, as a HISTORIAN instead of a HOBBYIST (!) and was able to do some intensive researching that I should have done more thoroughly eighteen years earlier!
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I can't brag on any illustrious personal history in the radio industry; I was a newscaster and newswriter at KNTU-Denton during 1987-88, and a board operator at KDNT-AM/KZRK-FM in Denton in 1988, where I got turned off of working on the air by an impatient, overbearing PD!  I also worked as a photographer/cameraman at CBS affiliate KBTX-TV in Bryan, TX in 1984-85; a few months at KLUV in 1985 and again in 2003,  and spent 3 years as DJ and newscaster on my high school radio station in Garland, TX.  In 2002, I was a mere THREE days away from starting at KCAF-AM "Cafe 990" when the station went belly-up.  Finally, after a 15-year absence from the airwaves, I worked the next six years as a morning drive traffic anchor for top-rated news/talker WBAP-AM in Dallas-Fort Worth, and did afternoon and weekend traffic for WFAA-TV Channel 8.  I was a part-time producer at BizRadio 1360 (2005-07,) and, since 2006, I host the "The Hi-Fi Club," an oldies and nostalgia radio program broadcast across Texas.

Occasionally, I get recognition for this website and for my little contribution to a big industry...I've been referenced to or interviewed for The Mark Davis Show, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, Radio Daily News, Radio-Info.com, The Vince Rowe Radio Showe, The Lake Highlands Advocate Magazine, KFXR-1190, The Garland News, Jim Rose Remembers, the Internet Movie Database, Wikipedia, The Richard Hunter Show, The Jack E. Jett Show, Claude Hall Online, the Dallas Historical Society and The Russ Martin Show; and provided historical information or recorded material for KLUV-FM (Hubcap Carter tribute,) WBAP-AM, KMNY-AM (JFK assassination recordings,) WFAA-TV (for "News 8 Daybreak,") CNN (JFK assassination videotapes,) Apatow Productions (news anchor research for "Anchorman" movie,) KDFW-TV (for "CT 25:  Clarice Tinsley's 25th Anniversary") XM Satellite Radio (KFJZ airchecks, jingles and bits for "60s on 6" tribute,) Fybush.com, WakeAtlanta.com, 440.com, DallasDigest.com, Wikipedia.com, RadioDigest.com and Gerard Productions (JFK assassination information.)  This website was noted as a reference in Joe Nick Patoski's 2008 book, "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life," and in the "Handbook of Texas Music."  In 2012, I was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame's Hall of Honor.
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Fortunately, this website has put me in contact with many radio and TV notables: Russ Bloxom, Steve Eberhart, John Puff, Ray Whitworth, Chris Huff and the late Larry Shannon have been instrumental in the continuing success of the site and in expanding my knowledge of the medium, and I've made countless "email friends" over the years.  A big "thank you" goes out to each one of them for their friendship and contributions to the site, and another big "thanks" to you, the radio enthusiast, for checking out my site!


CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS

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(L) with Patrick Duffy at the "Dallas" 30th anniversary party in 2008; (LC) with Sheree J Wilson of "Dallas" and "Walker Texas Ranger;"
(RC) with legendary KLIF-1190 jock Michael O'Shea in 2008; (R) Hey Romo, time to do some laundry!

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(L) with former WFAA-TV news anchor Debbie Denmon; (C) with KXAS-TV meteorologist David Finfrock; (R) with Paul Camfield, son of "Icky Twerp" (Bill Camfield)
 
 

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(L) with late North Texas radio legend Sam Pate in 2009; (C) getting attacked by WFAA-TV anchors
Jeff Brady and Macie Jepson!  (R) with WBAP traffic guy Alan Barnes, 2009

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(L) Mary Ellen Keyser; Nancy Johnson of KZEW, Q-102 and KDGE, our cardboard friends Larry and Tom, and me, 2009;
(C) Denise Welch/"Necie Marie" of Platinum 96.7 and WFAA-TV traffic, me, and Debbie Douglas/Alcocer of KOAI, KZPS etc, 2009;
(R) A KNTU reunion!  Ray Whitworth, Paula Walker, Andy Waldrop and me, 2008

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(L) with my cousin, actor Roger Davis, 2007; (C) "Book 'em Dano!"--it's the late James MacArthur of "Hawaii Five-O," 2007;
(R) with actor Ben Murphy, 2007

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(L) with ABC News' Charlie Gibson; (C) with George Stephanopoulos, 2008; (R) with Clarence Bruyere of WFAA and wife Margaret Brown Bruyere
of KWBC-AM; in the background is Jo Interrante (aka Darcy Kane) of KNUS

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(L) with Burton Gilliam, "Blazing Saddles" star and Pace Picante Sauce spokesman ("New York City???"), 2006;
(R) with the late Ben Laurie and with Jay Weaver, both longtime DFW radio personalities, in 2006

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(L) with the late Charlie Payne, author, station owner, former KIXL jock and later Gordon McLendon's right-hand man, 2006;
(R) with the late Ben Laurie and with Suzie Humphreys, DFW radio legends and former personalities at KVIL, in 2006

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(L) with my cohorts at WBAP traffic, Laura Houston and Monty Cook in 2006, (R) with WBAP morning show host Hal Jay in 2006

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(L) with the late "Odd Couple" and "Quincy" star Jack Klugman in 2005, (R) with former KXAS-TV sports director Scott Murray in 2005

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(L) with Chuck Norris in 2004, (C) with Cowboys great Mel Renfro in 2004, (R) with WBAP/KXAS-TV legend Bobbie Wygant in 2011

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(L) with the late DFW news anchor Chip Moody in 1982; (R) with Chip's wife Vikki and daughter Tiffin in 2009

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(L) with the late Larry Hagman in 2001, (C) with the late Dick Clark in 1999, (R) with longtime DFW newsman Dick Wheeler in 2011

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(L) with actor Bo Hopkins in 2003; (C) with Channel 5 anchor Russ Bloxom in 2001; (R) with Ross Perot in 2006

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(L) with the Channel 4 weather team...Evan Andrews, Ron Jackson and Dan Henry in 2003,
(R) with radio legend Jimmy Rabbit in 2002

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(L) with radio legend Ron Chapman in 2002, (C) with "Face the Nation"'s Bob Schieffer in 2002,
(R) with radio personality Katie Pruett in 2002

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(L) with our late family friend and wrestling legend General Skandar Akbar in 2001 (Akbar is cousin to longtime OKC radio great Dale Wehba,)
(C) with the late country star and friend "England Dan" Seals in 1992, (R) with actor David Selby ("Dark Shadows") in 2000

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(L) with the late actor and former KXOL announcer Norm Alden, 2001, (R) with actor Tom Wilson, 2006
(Alden and Wilson, of course, played Lou the diner owner and Biff the bully on "Back to the Future!")

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(L) with Erik "Ponch" Estrada in 2005; (R) hanging out with the real "CHiPs," 2000

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(L) with the late Dallas Cowboys' assistant coach Joe Avezzano, 2003, (R) with Bret Michael and Tempie Lindsey, 2003
(little did Bret and I know that we'd both be out of jobs there soon thereafter!)

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(L) with Mike Love of The Beach Boys, 2003; (R) with actor and game show host Jim MacKrell, 2006

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(L) with Cowboys great Drew Pearson, 2003; (C) with Danica "Winnie" McKellar; (R) with Peter Yarrow of "Peter Paul and Mary"

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(L) with the late Eddie Barker and the late Murphy Martin in 2003, (R) with Bob Davis, Bob Huffaker, Wes Wise and the late Alex Burton, 2003

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(L) with singer and "Touched By an Angel" star Della Reese in 2005, (R) with Craig Allen (KLUV sportscaster) on a remote, 2003

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(L) with 1984 Olympics gymnast champ Mary Lou Retton in 2006; (C) me on the WFAA-Channel 8 news set, 2003;
(R) with Mike Selden, son of Texas radio legend Michael Selden, 2006


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