George Strait's Career Has San Antonio Roots
November 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM (PT)
GEORGE STRAIT’s CMA Entertainer of the Year win LAST NIGHT (11/6) was big - huge, actually - especially in STRAIT’s home town of SAN ANTONIO.
The city has a strong connection to STRAIT dating back to the very beginning of his career in 1981, with the release of his first-ever single, “Unwound.” As STRAIT visited radio to promote the record, COX MEDIA KKYX-A – now a Country Legends outlet – was the first station to play the song, immediately following his visit with morning man, JERRY KING.
This morning on KKYX’s Country clustermate, KCYY (Y100), morning personality JEFF MILES brought KING into the studio to share that now historic moment. KING recalls that as “Unwound” begin to play, STRAIT abruptly left the control room, leading KING to think something had gone wrong. STRAIT’s manager ERV WOOLSEY explained that it was the first time the artist had heard his song on the radio, so he dashed out to the car to listen. Click to hear KING's description of that moment.
KING Continues to handle mornings on KKYX and just as STRAIT went on to a legendary career with his 2007 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, so too did KING, who was selected for the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2004.