A favorite patient and friend, Dr Bruce has received another prestigious honor that I want to share with you. Listen to Dr Bruce each week day morning on KFTX-FM, 97.5FM. Real Country
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dr. Bruce Into
Hall of Fame!
The list of 2009 inductees for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame (www.trhof.com) has been released. Among the individuals who will be honored at the annual induction celebration are 97.5 KFTX Real Country’s General Manager Dr. Bruce Nelson-Stratton.
Stratton will be accepting his THIRD Hall of Fame award at the 8th annual event. He was previously inducted in the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame in 1999 and most recently into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
His induction into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in March of 2004 recognized Stratton for his long radio career as an air personality and programmer of legendary and influential Country stations including WPLO, Atlanta; WUBE, Cincinnati; WMIL, Milwaukee (where he served as program director,) and twenty years in Houston at KENR and KNUZ radio.
While at KENR in 1973, he was part of the team that took a Country station to the number one position in a major market for the first time. Dr. Bruce was Gavin Music Director of the Year in 1974 and holds more than fifty record company awards for helping break the careers of Mickey Gilley, Freddie Fender, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson and many others.
In the early 1960’s Dr. Bruce worked at the first FM country station in the United States WXRA in Woodbridge, Virginia (serving the Washington DC/Baltimore area.) A sometimes recording artist, he charted nationally in 1973 with “Shake ‘Em Up and Let ‘Em Roll” on the Royal American label and was the opening act at Gilley’s for Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee where he also originated the first live broadcast over KENR in Houston from Gilley’s (The Saturday Night Special,) which later evolved into the syndicated “Live at Gilley’s during the Urban Cowboy heydays. In 2005, Governor Rick Perry and the State of Texas recognized Dr. Bruce with a Senate Resolution noting his contribution to country music in the Lone Star State. Stratton is considered a pioneer of today’s modern country music format, being among the first to advocate a departure from yesterday’s “corn-pone” approach to country music, and to strive for professional radio first.
Today, Bruce is the morning air personality on “Real Country Radio” KFTX-FM in Corpus Christi, where he also serves as General Manager. His charitable work includes raising funds for the Ontonagon Theater for the Performing Arts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Dr. Bruce came to the Coastal Bend 14 years ago.
After 50 years on the radio, hosting TV shows, recording music and writing hundreds of newspaper columns, he continued to increase his visibility by doing a couple of movie roles! The western “Palo Pinto Gold” co-starring country music greats Mel Tillis and Roy Clark was released in January 2009. Another comedy titled “Code Enforcer” is set to be released next spring. Dr. Bruce portrays a bartender in the western and plays the role of an announcer in the comedy.
The 2009 Texas Radio Hall of Fame Induction Celebration and Awards Presentations will be held on Sunday, November 8, at the famous and historic Tin Hall – www.tinhall.com – Texas’ oldest reception hall, NE of Houston, in Cypress.
Tickets for the event are priced at $25 each and will be on sale online at www.trhof.com
The official announcement will be made at 2 pm Central Time today when the list of 2009 inductees is posted on the Web site at www.trhof.com . TRHOF questions may be directed to Larry Shannon via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 713-234-0489.
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