East Texas radio legend honored as "Pioneer of the Year"

Radio Legend

(KYTX) - Tom Perryman, East Texas radio pioneer, was honored for his more than 60 years on the airwaves Thursday night in Austin.

Perryman was honored with the "Pioneer of the Year" award at the Texas Association of Broadcaster's Annual Awards Gala.

Tom Perryman began his long career in broadcasting in 1947 as a DJ at KEBE Jacksonville.

His storied career includes being named the first regular DJ of an all-night country music show on the legendary WSM Nashville.

He also partnered with Jim Reeves to manage KGRI-AM-FM Henderson.

In addition to his on-air shifts, he served as engineer, newsman, sports announcer, sales manager, program director and general manager at various times.

The list of Tom Perryman's accolades goes on and on. The Country Music DJ Hall of Fame inducted him in 1988.

At the young age of 85, he is still going strong and playing classic country music at KKUS Tyler-Longview.


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