Meet Your Hosts
Program Director-jazz/blues radio host/producer for Public Radio 88FM…on air mon.-thurs. 2pm-4pm for “Jazz in the afternoon”..friday BLUE FRIDAY 2pm-4pm…and saturdays 6pm “On the Roadside” show..I’m also entertainment producer for the “Blues on the Hill” concert series. I love good music and smiling faces and BBQ!
I began the “On the Roadside” blues show in January 5th, 1995, in order to fill the slot of a syndicated program from National Public Radio called “Blue Stage.” I suggested to my Program Manager and General Manager that I would like the opportunity to produce a local blues radio program. It took a couple days to make a final decision but I got my wish and began hosting and producing a live radio show on Saturday, January 5th, 1995. I titled the show “On the Roadside,” after imagining a image of a little roadside juke joint where all that happens are good times and good music.
After two years, the show became a popular Saturday night lineup. The show includes all educational aspects of the blues- History, archived recordings, and interviews with blues artists and insight on the music styles. A new segment of the show includes “LIVE TRAX” 15 to 20 minutes of a live concert recording from the past or present.
Now, 19 years later as program director…along with staff I handle a the production, public relations, and programming for Public Radio 88FM. I’ve also helped to produce family oriented music events such as “Blues on the Hill,” concerts held at local venues featuring local and national blues bands.
I’ve had the opportunity to perform with local blues musicians Joe Shull & Chill Bone, Big Brucie & The Maxtones and national and world renowned blues legends Lazy Lester, Texas Johnny Brown
and Guitar Shorty.
I enjoy good music, good food, friendship… I’m mellow but super focused when I have to be!
Thanks for tuning in!
On-Air Host and News Producer, Mario J. Munoz, was born in Harlingen in the Fair Park neighborhood—referred as “El Parque” by the local cognoscenti—and has deep family roots in the Rio Grande Valley. His descendents raised cattle at El Rancho Los Asadores on the edge of the Rio Grande and are buried in the family burial plot behind Runn Elementary School outside Donna.
While attending Texas A&I University in Kingsville, he worked for KTAI FM the college radio station and also local radio stations KINE-AM and KPUP-FM. Upon graduating from Texas A&I, he married and moved to Mathis. He is now single and, to paraphrase a George Strait song, all his “EX’s” live in Texas.