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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

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Austin Has Lost A Huge Radio Legend

Posted 05-22-2022 at 07:18 PM by case44

The radio airwaves of Austin have been changing for years, and they'll never be the same going forward. Disk jockeys come and go. Some become very successful at the station they program at, and others didn't quite make the grade.

Radio has lost a longtime legend. And I'm sure this fellow will be remembered, not just in Austin, but also in country radio circles all across America. While I was vacationing in Corpus Christi this past Wednesday, this award-winning radio host had passed away at age 80. The world has said goodbye to Tom Allen, whose works I've shared with you right here on Case's Column. He spent thirty-four years in the Austin market, except for a two-year absence after KVET-FM (98.1) did some serious restructuring which cost them their top-rated status in the ratings books. And Tom Allen was consistently first in most ratings races while in the Capital City, having done morning drive, afternoon drive, and, most recently, middays. During his Austin run, Tom spent time at the aforementioned KVET (which included their AM counterpart at 1300), as well as KASE-FM (100.7) and KOKE-FM (99.3). His other stops were St. Louis, Dallas, and Detroit.

The biggest memory that I'll ever have of this Austin legend was the many Saturdays that I spent listening to The Country Gold Show, which Tom hosted for fifteen of the next seventeen years at two radio stations, beginning in 1998. For a time, he was Saturday morning to this writer. But it also helps when a guy like Tom Allen played country songs during what I call the Country Gold era (which, basically, was 1924 to around the mid-1980s). Tom's career began around 1962 when he was still at the University of Minnesota. He started in rock radio before one of the stations he worked at switched to country, but Tom embraced the change and caught on. Who knew that, through the years that followed, he'd rub elbows with many of country music's legendary singers and songwriters of that period? That is something that this writer only wished he'd have done had I gotten into radio. Tom Allen had been there, done that, and more.

Ol' Case has actually met Tom Allen in person..................once. Datewise, I think it was around 2010. I sojourned on down to Austin early one Saturday, not only to listen to one of Tom's Country Gold shows from my own car, but to actually get the opportunity to meet him at the Travis County Expo Center. That opportunity came late that morning. Was able to get in, and I think it might have been some kind of outdoorsman exhibition. There was Tom in one of the booths at the Expo Center, and I got to chat with him for about twenty minutes or so. The only regret was, I didn't get a picture made with him. Previously, I had e-mailed him on a number of occasions but relished an opportunity to meet him in person. That day did come. Nevertheless, that Saturday was well worth it. I've visited with radio jocks before, but the one with Tom was certainly the greatest.

Today's radio landscape is forever changed. You might still hear that voice from the past in clips which were recorded, but Tom Allen will never be live and in living color again. The curtain has lowered on one of Texas' great voices.

Rest in peace, Tom Allen. May you be playing the country classics in Heaven. Thanks for some great aircheck memories.
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    So that had to be your inspiration on those Music forums....?
    Posted 09-16-2022 at 04:23 PM by malfunction malfunction is offline

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