February 12, 2016
8:50 am

Afternoons with Tony Booth

What a ride it has been!!!  Never would I have imagined that some 54 years after "cracking my first mic switch" that I would still be doing radio!!!  The ride has been incredible.  Everyday I can't wait to get to the radio station as it's like actors saying "the smell of the grease paint"...it gets me going.  The people make it for me...my colleagues. What a gig!
I was 13 when I won two tickets to the Grand Theatre in Paris, Texas, my hometown. I went to the studios thinking it would be very exciting since I had NEVER been inside a radio station before.  I walked in....and have never really left.

After I graduated from Paris High School, I was hired at age 17 to host the afternoon show at the top rated Top 40 station in Beaumont, Texas.  But on October 15, 1967, I received my draft notice and in the Army I went. I was assigned to Defense Information which got me what I wanted to do in the Army...Armed Forces Radio and Television. I was assigned to Korea and, as luck would have it again, I was asked to do "Good Morning, Korea" on AFKN.  A two week audition turned into almost two years doing the show.  I also emceed several USO shows which came to Korea. 

After the military, my lucky break into major market radio happened in 1971 at KLIF/Dallas. I did just about ever shift on the station except morning drive. On the side, I was stadium announcer for the Texas Rangers Baseball Team, had a syndicated show which ran in about 20 markets, and did voice overs for commercials.

In 1974, I married Ms. Marsha and we moved to Phoenix where I was program director of a Top 40 station. I also did work in California and Pennsylvania before moving to Richmond some 31 years ago.  Ms. Marsha and I have been married for over 41 years and we have two children, Michael and Lisa and two grandchildren.  Two very important members of our household are our two Jack Russell Terriers, "Ms. Sophie-Sophia" and "Ms. Zoe (I ain't  got no middle name) Booth.  I hope you will tune in and enjoy Richmond's Greatest Hits of the 70s and 80s (I remember playing everyone of them the FIRST time around).  Thank you for listening afternoons.  Zay Gezunt

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