If you haven’t picked up a copy of this month’s Lone Star Music Magazine, you need too! They pictures are all so pretty, but there are also articles on The Trishas, The Departed, and Radney Foster in this edition. If you can’t get a hold of one, you can always check everything out by clicking HERE.
When you are reading, check out my column too! I actually lay off the snark just enough to tell you all about my first few months of being an “on air personality”.
Here is a snippet:
My alarm clock now goes off at 3:30 a.m., five days a week.
When I am crawl out of bed in what feels like the middle of the night, I ask myself the same question: “How in the hell did I go from being a civil servant that inspected dirty kitchens, public restrooms, rodent infestations and Hepatitis A outbreaks, to co-hosting a morning radio show?”
I guess if I had to come up with an answer, it would be sheer luck — and because Roger Creager didn’t feel like autographing T-shirts at his merchandise table one night almost three years ago. Or at least that is how the old story goes.
Rita Ballou was “born” after a bad night as a bad joke and the rest is pretty much history. I didn’t create this “character” or the Rawhide and Velvet website thinking people would ever read it; I just wanted a place to voice my opinions about the music I loved, passively aggressively bitch about bad show experiences, make fun of the obnoxious people you always run across at concerts, and to create a place where my eclectic group of music-addicted friends could do the same without their comments being deleted. To say that Roger Creager changed my life would be an understatement.
Earlier this year when I heard rumblings of a new radio station coming to the Waco area that would be playing Texas/Red Dirt/Americana music, I was excited, but skeptical. I knew that the Central Texas area was lacking this type of programming because other than Saturday nights, there wasn’t a station playing this type of music between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Austin. But I never thought that it would actually happen.
I was wrong.
When the former Mix station started playing Billy Joe Shaver’s “Wacko From Waco” on a loop right before the format switch, I knew the rumors had to be true. The new Shooter 929 “Young Guns and Legends of Country” station was finally here.
Shooter FM was on the air about a week when I got a Twitter direct message from the program director, Chris Austin, formally of KORA in College Station, asking if I would be interested in working part time for the station. Since I had quit my job the year before to become a trophy wife and full-time blogger, I thought it sounded like a great idea. I just assumed I’d be doing some promotional stuff like passing out T-shirts or bumper stickers at concerts.
Again I was wrong.
After a lunch “interview” that I didn’t even realize was an interview and a quick tour of the studio, I had suddenly become part of the new Shooter FM morning show, soon to be known as the “A.M. Corral with Terry and Rita.”
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