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Posted: February 01, 2017

J. Ramos


Born in Las Vegas, NV, but raised in Laredo, TX till 1973 when we moved San Antonio.

I am the eldest of 4 boys, married to Sara for the past 30 years with kiddos Jackie & JR and two grandkids (doggies) Zoe & Pegasus. I’m proud graduate of John Jay High class of 80 and a UTSA Roadrunner class of 97.

I love people, music, gardening, fishing, reading, and movies. This all began when I was 9 and my Uncle Thomas Russo gave me a reel to reel recorder he brought back from Viet Nam. I used to pretend I was a DJ like my Idols Bruce Hathaway, Ricci Ware and Wolf Man Jack. My Grandma Viola Ramos got a Phillips turntable when she turned in books of S&H stamps. I proceeded to buy my 45 records and would record myself with the music. Several years later Casey Kasem came onto the scene and I knew what I was going to do. I used to practice announcing when I worked at a local K-MART, I was responsible for announcing the “Blue Light Specials” – Look up and around K-MART Shoppers that Blue Light is Flashing! In late 1980 I met a local DJ, Carmela Griffith, she helped me out and was able to arrange an interview for me. I started out in December of 1981 at 106.7KTUF a local Jazz station. I worked there for a year, then began my college career at Sa Antonio College where I began my studies in broadcasting. While at SAC I was hired as the Program Director/Station Manager of KSYM-FM 90. We took bold strides to play alternative music and with the advent of MTV we were the first station in San Antonio to mirror the music on MTV. We were able to offer several different type of genres of music. This format helped our students find jobs in radio market. In the spring of 1983 I was hired a 55 KTSA and I finally got to meet my Idols, Bruce Hathaway and Ricci Ware. In 1983 I was offered a position at 55 KTSA and then also did a stint at Hot & Fresh KTFM 102.7/103 FM where my nickname “The Flounder” was born, the late great Joe Nasty along with Bill Thorman graced me with it. I worked at Waterman broadcasting till 1988. I took some time off to raise 2 kids and receive my Bachelors of Arts degree from UTSA in May 0f 1997. In 1998 I met up with my good Buddy Davey Rios who was working KONO 101.1 told me that my college Buddy Roger Allen who was now the Program Director at KONO. Roger offered me a part time position and bam I was back in radio. It all began again on December 26th 1998. I’ve been at KONO 1011 ever since having fun and living the dream. Feeling blessed to play great music and to hang out with great people like you. Music touches every aspect of my life, I use music to remember life’s happenings. I love the interaction with people too, music and people the perfect mix.


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