Sun Radio DJ’s

Sun Radio’s Disk Jockeys (DJs) are what separates Sun Radio from other radio. A cast of characters with a wealth of knowledge, with over 100 years experience.


Larry Monroe- “Blue Monday Master Tapes” 9-12pm,  “Phil Music Program” Sundays 9pm

On January 17, 2014, Sun Radio lost one of its patriarchs with the passing of Larry Monroe.
Click here for more information about the late great Larry Monroe.larrymonroe forever

kevinconnorKevin Connor – Weekday Mornings 6-11am
and “A Hill Country Saturday” 7am-12pm

A 30 year veteran of Austin radio, Kevin currently programs Sun Radio and can be heard weekday mornings 6-11am and on Saturdays 9am-2pm for “A Hill Country Saturday.” For the past 6 1/2 years he has also hosted a Saturday music program on KUT/X. For many years, he could be heard during Austin’s morning commute on KPEZ (Z-102,) K-96.7 (now KISS) and, most notably, for 16 years on KGSR in the Morning. Kevin also programmed ME Television and served as Chairman of the Austin Music Commission.

 

Ms-Jessie-Scott1-e1349994416602Jessie Scott – Weekdays 11am-3pm

Jessie Scott’s pioneering radio career began in 1971, taking her to Pittsburgh, New York, Orlando, Nashville, and Washington DC to program the XM channel, X Country. She coordinated XM’s broadcasts at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Farm Aid, IBMA, The Americana Honors And Awards, SXSW, and MusicFest at Steamboat Springs.

Scott is a founding member of the Americana Music Association, and a continuous member of the board since its inception, and served as President for 2008 and 2009. She is a 2007 Leadership Music Alumnus. Jessie Scott founded Music Fog in 2009, a video production company and Americana coverage website. Scott curates a series at Threadgill’s WHQs, does ‘Southbound’ at Sun Radio.

 

mark-murrayMark Murray – Weekday Afternoons 3-7pm

After more than 25 years forecasting the weather on Austin television, Mark Murray has found a new home at Sun Radio! Mark has always been a big supporter of our local music scene and is thrilled to be back on the radio! In fact, Mark’s first career was as a DJ back in the late 70s and 80s. So, it’s all come full circle!

Because of his passion for both weather and the blues, Sun Radio’s Kevin Connor gave Mark the nickname, Lightnin’!  It stuck!  Join Mark weekday afternoons 3:00 pm-7:00 pm on Sun Radio.

 

Ben Bethea – Tuesdays-Fridays 9pm-12am and Saturdays 4-8pm

Ben Bethea is a born and raised Texan based out of San Marcos and Luling, Texas. His musical tastes range far and wide into many different musical types, but his love for rock ‘n roll trumps it all. In August 2011, he began as an intern when Sun Radio was still KDRP in August 2011, studying at Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. He began his very first radio program on the station, “Rollin’ Radio with Ben Bethea,” in January 2012, digging deep into the catalogs of legendary as well as lesser known artists to bring out the music you normally don’t hear on conventional radio with the occasional thematic-twist.

Ben graduated from Texas State in the Summer of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and was hired on full-time as Sun Radio’s Marketing Director.

 

mike buckMike Buck – “Blue Monday” Mondays 7-9pm

Fort Worth native, Mike Buck, has been part of the Austin music scene since 1977. As a drummer he has played locally and toured internationally with legendary Texas bands such as the Fabulous Thunderbirds, LeRoi Brothers, Doug Sahm and many more.

Between travelling with various bands and co-owning Antone’s Record Shop, Buck has amassed an impressive record collection of Blues, RnB, Rock N Roll and other roots music all of which can be heard on Blue Monday.

He has worked in radio throughout the year s, periodically filling in for Larry Monroe on his original Blue Monday program and Paul Ray on Twine Time.

Buck first met Blue Monday founder Larry Monroe in 1981 and the two quickly became friends spending many hours talking about and listening to music together. He is honored and proud to join Sun radio and carry on Larry Monroe’s legendary Blue Monday program.

 

johndJohn Dromgoole – “Dance Halls And Last Calls” Wednesday 8pm & Sundays 1pm

John Lee Dromgoole is well known for his 35-years at KLBJ-AM with his weekly call-in show “Gardening Naturally.” He has been a regular on Central Texas Gardener’s “Backyard Basics” as well as “The Weekend Gardener” on KXAN for 20-years.

John started his radio career in high school as a DJ in Laredo, Texas. He has his own show in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico “Sonidos de la Paz” (Sounds of Peace), one of the Border Radio shows. At Texas A&I, he studied radio, television, and film. He was also a frequent guest on WOAI Radio in San Antonio. Currently, he is the owner of The Natural Gardener in Austin and founder of Lady Bug Natural Brand.  John joins Sun Radio with his own blend of classic country music, local musicians and many other dance hall favorites.

 

daDavid Arnsberger – “Texas Radio Live” & “Pioneers of Sun Radio”

David  Arnsberger  has been involved with keeping Austin “weird” for almost 40 years.  He was a founding member of the notorious Uranium Savages. He created, produced and directed Spamarama for 25 years.  He was the host of  the Lone Star All Star Texas Music Review on KSSR (now KGSR) and the Texas Rock and Roll Review on KPEZ. He was involved in artist relations with Austin City Limits for 15 years.

He not only knows Texas music, he knows a whole lot of the folks that make it. Now, he brings you the very best of Texas music on the Texas Radio Live show every Wednesday from 6-8pm and Pioneers Of Sun Radio.

 

photo-Nancy Holt Nancy Holt – Thursday & Fridays 7-9pm and Saturdays 12-4pm

A native Texan and Austinite for 33 years, Nancy was in Radio and Advertising through all of the 90’s and into the new millennium, before making a departure.  She always hated being away from music and was waiting for the right thing to happen.  Happen it did, with Sun Radio. Sun Radio plays music for the people and for the passionate music aficionado.  This is right up Nancy’s alley.  She is glad to call Sun Radio home now.

 

 

Ed Miller – “Across The Pond” Sundays at 7pm

edmillerA native of Edinburgh, Ed Miller first came to the USA for “a year or so” to do graduate work at the University of Texas.  Now, over 40 years later, he is still based in Austin and travels throughout North America entertaining and educating audiences with his wonderful songs and droll stories. Although he did gain a PhD in Folklore from UT in 1981, he has long since moved from university life to being a full-time performer. Over the past 30 years, he has established himself as one of Scotland’s finest singing exports and recording artists, and is in great demand to perform at concerts, folk clubs, coffeehouses, Celtic festivals, Burns Suppers and Highland Games all over the country. He also has a fine reputation as a teacher at music camps such as the Swannanoa Gathering in NC, Spanish Peaks Festival in CO and the St Louis Tionol Weekend.

For the past 16 years, he has expanded his activities into leading folksong-based tours to Scotland to meet the singers and hear the songs “on location.”(see the ‘Folksong Tours’ section of his web page)  Ed is probably best known in Austin as the longtime host of “Folkways” on KUT-FM.  He first DJ’d a late night folk show in the early 1970’s, which later became a Saturday morning Austin institution. This was a genuinely eclectic show ranging from cowboy songs to Celtic; blues to bluegrass; old timey to contemporary singer-songwriters; Tex-Mex to Western Swing, often drawing direct or whimsical connections between these varying genres.

In 2009, “Folkways” became a largely American folk music show allowing Ed to concentrate  his knowledge of Irish, Scottish & English music in a new program, “Across the Water.” Ed’s contribution to Sun Radio’s underlying “roots” focus will be a show that musically crisscrosses the Atlantic, showing how much American music grew from Celtic and British origins, took root in this country and developed in different forms which in turn have flowed back to the Isles to influence singers and musicians there. You can expect to hear Doc Watson’s “Blackjack Davy” juxtaposed with the old Scots ballad “The Gypsy Laddie;” Dylan’s “Pretty Peggy” next to its inspiration “The Bonnie Lass o’ Fyvie;” an Irish band giving their interpretation of a Woody Guthrie song; or the original source of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.” All this and a lot more on Sun Radio’s “Across the Pond.”

The Men of Manchaca

DBTL-guysoug Moreland, Jomo Edwards, Beau Smith, Stoney Gable – “Behind The Lines” Tuesdays at 8pm and Sundays at noon

Originally from the mountains of west Texas, Doug Moreland settled down in Austin at the turn of the millennium as a fiddler, songwriter, and woodcarver! Doug is joined by his friends JoMo Edwards of The Possum Posse, cowboy actor Beau Smith, and Austin bartender Stoney Gabel explore with me the songwriting of a different recording artist each week. And with special guests!

Find out more at www.DougMoreland.com or the Behind The Lines Facebook page

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