Famous WRR Disc Jockeys

From the WRR Collection, Dallas Municipal Archives
City Secretary's Office, City of Dallas


Jim Lowe

James E. "Jim" Lowe Jr. (1926-2000) was one of WRR’s best loved personalities. The Fort Worth native helped start KXOL-AM in the late 1940s and was an announcer and music director before moving to Dallas in 1950, where he began a 24-year career with WRR-AM. As “The Cool Fool,” Lowe introduced white Dallas and North Texas listeners to Rhythm and Blues music and artists with his Kat's Karavan show. Many future DFW-area stars including Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Doyle Bramhall, and Delbert McClinton, were acknowledged listeners and devotees. He brought a number of innovations to the station, including the Library of Laffs, which played cuts from comedy albums throughout the day.

Besides his radio career, for nearly four decades he greeted millions of visitors to the State Fair of Texas through the voice of his alter ego, Big Tex. In a 1982 interview, Lowe recalled that Mayor R. L. Thornton instructed him to make Big Tex talk “like a cross between Gary Cooper and Santa Claus.”


A Few of WRR’sVoices and Personalities Through the Years…

John Stone
Frank Glieber
Brad Sham
Doug Helton
Bruce Hayes
"Gentleman" Jim Carter
Lee Brumm aka Lee Arthur
Buddy Harris
Dan Squibb
Dave Naugle
Pete Mood
"Brother" Dave Gardner
Jim Lowe 
Roy Newman
John Ravenscroft aka John Peel
Bob Warren
Ron Wortham
Bob Jett
John Roosevelt
Al Jones 
Marvin Williams
Joe Hickman
Dave Cook
John Henry Faulk
Hal King
Brice Armstrong
Ben Smith
Fulton Lewis Sr.
Fulton Lewis III
Rob Milford aka Rob Williams
Eddie Hill
John Miller
Bob Kelly
Kenny Sargent
Clyde White aka Jim White
James Alderman
Charlie Haggard
Rick Teddlie
Dale Berry
William Boyd
Ocie Brisby
"Handyman" Al Carrell
Victor Cortinas
Pat Couch
Jerry Doggett
Chuck Duncan
Cedric Foster
G. Guy Gibson
Lois Goldthwaite
Nancy Leitstein (Brinker) aka Nancy Goodman
L. B. Henson
Norm Hitzges
David Hultsman
John Thorwald
Harry James
George Gimarc
Ron Knowles
Tim Jernigan
Ray LaPere
Jim Lawrence
Joe McChesney
Sterling "Mac" McClain
Brian Melton
Bob Norman
Laurel Ornish
Ted Parrino
Paul Pryor
Vickie Robbins
Edd Routt
Brad Sham
Neil Sperry
Jess Smith
Patricia Smith
Durward Tucker
Tom Tully
Ken Walters
Mark Lambert
Mark Willis



General Radio impedance bridge 650-A, circa 1955

John Peel

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, (1939 – 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style. He was an internationally popular, respected, and influential DJ and broadcaster who introduced hundreds of new artists to the world’s airwaves.
In 1961 he got his first radio job in Dallas, albeit unpaid, working for WRR where he presented the second hour of the Monday night program Kat's Karavan. Following this, and as Beatlemania hit the U.S., Peel became an official Beatles “expert,” due to his being from Liverpool. He later worked for KOMA in Oklahoma City until 1965 and KMEN in San Bernardino, California before returning to England in early 1967 to work with the offshore pirate radio station Radio London. He enjoyed a long career with the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1967 until his sudden death in 2004.


Al Jones

Al Jones (1918-1956) was an announcer and dj at WRR for only eight years, but he was well remembered for his work at the station and around Fair Park, where he emceed acts at the Magnolia Lounge and provided the original voice of Big Tex at the State Fair for Tex’s first three years.



Original exhibition date: March, 2006

Exhibit Curator and Designer: John Slate