2018 Parade Marshal
I’m a native Texan, born in Houston, raised in Longview. I started my career doing radio news while still in college at Baylor University studying journalism/broadcasting. I got my first television reporters’ job at KWTX-CBS in Waco before moving to Port Arthur and KJAC-NBC as weekend sports anchor in 1979. After five years in sports I left television and tried radio management in Tyler before returning to Beaumont to start Southeast Texas first daily talk radio show on Newtalk 560 KLVI in 1986. Uncle Larry talked me into joining the staff of Channel Six News in 1987 and for a short period of time I anchored the 10pm news with Sally Rieger.For more than 25 years I have started my workday in the middle of the night 33 total at KFDM serving as the Executive Producer/Host of a 4-hour morning show.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife of more than 30 years, three grown kids and 9 grandkids… all girls. I’ve been known to do doubleheader movie days, but really enjoy spending my spare time outside. An avid tennis player, I love to travel and have checked one item off my bucket list by attending the US Open in New York City.
I like to think I have a simple mantra for my life…Try To Learn Something New Every day and around the KFDM newsroom there never seems t o be a shortage of opportunities.
Parade Marshals are chosen by the President of the Festival. They have been Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Judges, Recording Artists, Commissioners, Sheriffs, and Civic Leaders both on local, county and state levels.