The Hill Country Rock Show
In the early 80's, there wasn’t much to do in small town Oklahoma. For young Rob and his friends, riding their bicycles through the dusty streets, listening to their favorite rock station on a boombox was often the height of entertainment. At this time, discovering Van Halen and ZZ Top inspired many young boys to dream of being rockstars, but Rob knew he wanted to be the one sitting behind the mic, spinning the tunes, and introducing the ROCK to the masses (also, Rob really sucked at guitar and, even at 12, he knew no one would actually pay him to play Pac Man).
So, Rob grew up and went to college, met the girl, started a family and launched a three decade radio career that included a stop at the ROCK station he grew up listening to, KATT in Oklahoma City.
Rob and his wife of 30 years have 3 daughters, 1 son, 2 children in-laws, 3 dogs, a cat, a bird, and a cannibalistic fish and they’re here to ROCK the Hill Country.
MARTY & SHANNON
Marty has four loves in life: His three children, and racing! Put him in a go-kart and he’s a happy boy. Put him in the stands with a Coors Light, and he’s in heaven. Marty loves watching sports and knows heartbreak as a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan. He’s done everything from club DJ to late night disc jockey in his 30-year career. The past sixteen years working with Shannon have obviously been his best in the business (Shannon *may* be writing this bio). And according to Marty pineapple does not belong on pizza.
Shannon grew up in the 80’s, a child of hippies and music lovers. She was listening to the Beatles and Janis Joplin while her friends were listening to New Kids on the Block. It’s what her dad called her “Early Music Education.” She’s a sci-fi nerd who loves anything Star Trek/Star Wars/Doctor Who-ish. Shannon married her college sweetheart, Ted, and got two beautiful step-daughters from the marriage, and then added one from scratch. She’s a proud autism mom. Her daughter is the light of her life who continues to teach her how to be a better person on a daily basis. Oh, and sometimes she forgets to change out of her “house crocs” and wears them in public.
McKenzie hit the ground running in a major market with her very first job over thirty years ago. Writing, producing, programming, and being a top rated personality, she’s done it all. McKenzie’s a big fan of the outdoors. Exercising, walking her dogs, playing softball, and spending time with her daughter. She likes all kinds of music but has a passion mostly for classic rock. Led Zeppelin, Rush, Eric Clapton, and Van Halen are what she grew up with so they bring back fond memories.
It all began with a knock on the radio station door of the American Forces Network in Taiwan, where a 17-year-old Tony Scott had moved with his family. That led to Tony working for some of America’s biggest radio stations. When not behind the mike Tony continues his delusional fantasy of being an Olympic skier, watching football, hitting as many concerts as he possibly can, and raising champion Golden Retrievers.
Steve cut his rock-teeth in Bowling Green Kentucky and was a
communications major at Western Kentucky University. That’s where he became a founding member of the band that became The Black Crowes. Steve was the Black Crowes drummer for more than 15 years, and has toured the world relentlessly, leaving a small piece of his sanity at every stop. Not only is Steve well-connected in the Classic Rock world, he’s also an author, former host on Fox Sports Radio, and an
incredible storyteller. Steve and his wife Rose Mary have two kids and entirely too many pets.
Carl grew up with plenty of street & strip drag racing, stock car racing, and playing musical instruments and having a good time. He would then apply that energy into rock & roll and a career in radio. A major market radio personality, TV personality, and radio station owner, he did it all. His sense of civic duty was also a priority for Carl wherever he went. He served as a fireman in many cities where he’s worked.
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A native Texan who caught the broadcasting bug during a high school career fair. She went on to get broadcasting degrees from San Antonio College and the University of Texas Austin. Describing herself as a radio nerd, AC has worked most of her life in radio at stations in San Antonio,
Austin, Houston and San Diego, California. She even worked for border blasters XETRA-AM and FM from Tijuana. She considers herself a little bit country and a lot of rock and roll thrown in with other kinds of musical genres. An avid reader and film buff, AC enjoys all kinds of cuisines from around the world – hold the bacon. Her DNA shows she’s over 50 percent South Texas and Mexican indigenous with Spanish
ancestry mixed in with a few other nations to round her out to 100% American. She currently is a mom to Chihuahuas Allie and Willie Bear. And on a final note, her current claim to fame is being inducted into theSan Antonio Radio Hall of Fame in 2017.
You can reach A.C. at Aurora@ranchrmg.com
I was born and raised in the rural town of Elwood, Nebraska with one stoplight, a courthouse, three churches, and a bar and I'm a Cornhusker fan, but don't hold that against me. I'm a huge sports fan and love Texas teams too. And I'm really grateful for more populated areas that have lots of great restaurants, shops, and places to take the kids. Like here! I graduated with a Broadcasting degree from the University of Nebraska and worked all over the country on the radio. When I'm not working, I'm usually running. I try to run between 6 and 9 miles a day, and although it's a pain to get motivated every single day, the runner's high makes it worth it. I try to eat clean and healthy too. I love shopping, going out for salmon and adult beverages, seeing live music and comedy, and listening to all kinds of music. I've got three daughters, and that means I'm an Uber mom, taking them to basketball, flag football, softball, or whatever is in season. They always crack me up and ask odd and interesting questions, and give me the best hugs and make me realize what's important in life. I also have two dogs, two cats, and two fish, and every day truly is an adventure.
JR Zowie is Ranch Radio Marketing Group’s sports reporter, bringing both local high school sports and Texas sports. An oil brat, he’s an adopted Texan who grew up in Beeville and is a U.S. Army veteran. He can speak some Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese. His favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros, and whoever plays against the New York Yankees. For most of the last 20 years, JR has worked in print journalism and in broadcasting. JR has worked at AM 630 KSLR, AM 550 KTSA, AM 1230 WMPC, and AM 910 KNAF. He’s been a board operator, on-air announcer, news director, play-by-play sports announcer, and talk show host. JR is single, has three grown sons, and lives in Fredericksburg. He likes to geocache, hike, visit museums, write fiction, blog, podcast, and also enjoys a good game of chess (relax, he’s no Garry Kasparov).
You can reach JR at JRZowie@ranchrmg.com
MORNING & MIDDAY
WEEKDAY WEATHER REPORTS
Dan Holiday was raised on a farm, east of El Dorado, Kansas. Throughout his childhood he built his own radio and weather station in his bedroom and began practicing his passion for a career. While in high school, Dan got his first job at KOYY Radio as an afternoon announcer. Since that time, he has worked at several radio stations including eleven years at KZSN-FM as mid-day on-air host and music director. In 2004, Dan moved to Kansas City to join KFKF-FM as the afternoon personality. In 2006, he earned certification as a Broadcast Meteorologist through Mississippi State University. Dan is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. During college basketball season, Dan will be rooting for the Wichita State Shockers.
AFTERNOON & EVENING
WEEKDAY WEATHER REPORTS
Jennifer is a Midwest girl, originally from Beech Grove, Indiana. Her interest in weather came in middle school. She was living in Central Florida at the time and became fascinated with hurricanes and tracked every storm on the tracking charts you get at the grocery store. Her family moved to Pennsylvania when she was in high school and Jen went to the Pennsylvania State University (Go Lions!) and received her Bachelor of Science in Meteorology in 1995. In her spare time, Jen is an avid tennis player. She plays on competitive leagues year round.
WEEKEND WEATHER REPORTS
Steve Hamilton is originally from Gloucester County, New Jersey, near Philadelphia. He’s been a weather enthusiast since 1972 when Hurricane Agnes roared across his home town. He began to write to TV weather forecasters in Philadelphia, asking for weather maps and satellite images so he could study them. Steve graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Communications. Then he embarked on a career in Radio before going back to school in 2005 to study meteorology at Mississippi State University. He graduated three years later, and earned his American Meteorological Society Seal Of Approval in 2008. Steve is also a storm chaser and has been on hundreds of solo chases, witnessing nearly 40 tornadoes and countless severe thunderstorms.
R.J. Bones is Ready to Rock with you every day on the Raptor 106.5! Who is he exactly? Even we aren't quite sure. He is allegedily in the Raptor studio everyday. Daily we search for him and he never seems to be around, yet we hear him on air. Many have attempted to prove his existinence, but all result in only speculation. We swear he is more elusive than the yeti himself. Stop on by. See if you can catch sight of him...