Ed Chandler spent many years in major markets developing his skills and style. His latest role before coming to KBEY was at Kerrville’s The Ranch 92.3 FM. The Country Music On-Air Personality Hall of Fame nominee has had a significant influence on country music. If you’ve ever heard the duet “Good Hearted Woman” sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, you can thank Chandler for that. The two singers recorded the piece separately, but Chandler took both versions of the songs and mixed them together to create a duet. RCA officials heard the mix and got Jennings and Nelson to record it together. The single soared to the top of the charts and still gets frequent play.
Kay Baker worked 11 years as a KBEY radio personality before leaving the Highland Lakes for Colorado in 2006. It was only a temporary loss. When Victory Publishing and The Picayune bought the station in early 2013, Baker returned to the Highland Lakes airwaves.
Baker got her start as an on-air personality in Roswell, N.M., after completing broadcast school. She gained her love for country music at the radio station in Pampa, Texas, before moving to the Hill Country.
News director Connie Swinney also reports for The Picayune and DailyTrib.com covering the Highland Lakes. Her road to journalism wound through radio, print and even TV in West Texas and the Hill Country, culminating in a perfect skill match for Victory Publishing’s many endeavors in Marble Falls.
Swinney grew up in Big Spring, where she worked as a DJ and a news reporter for the local station while she was in high school. She graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, specializing in broadcasting.
She and her family have been in the Highland Lakes since 1998. She covered nine counties in the Hill Country as a TV reporter for KXAN-NBC before going to work for The Picayune.
Jennifer Fierro has been a journalist with Victory Publishing for almost a decade.
The Marble Falls High School graduate matriculated at Abilene Christian University, where she earned a broadcast journalism degree. She has worked as a sports reporter in New Mexico and a managing editor at newspapers in Arizona and Boerne, Texas.
You can hear Fierro’s reports on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune in the mornings at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and in the afternoons at 12:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. weekdays. She also provides video sports reports for DailyTrib.com and writes for The Picayune.
A Hill Country native, Ben Shields has been working at KBEY for more than 10 years. He called his first on-air ballgame while a student at Stephen F. Austin University. He now lives for the sports seasons in the Highland Lakes.
Throughout the years, Shields has worked in every aspect of radio, including as a news reporter, an on-air personality and a producer. And though Shields can pick up any job duty at KBEY and run with it, he loves covering sports, especially football, the best.
Wade Hibler is KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune’s “Hill Country Agriculture Show’ host and reporter. As the Texas A&M AgriLIFE extension agent for Burnet County, he is responsible for networking with and educating farmers and 4-H groups regarding new and existing knowledge about agriculture.
Hibler specializes in rangeland resources, horticulture and animal science areas. He provides training opportunities for 4-H leaders and Master Volunteer, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs. To ask a question, click on “Ask Wade,” type in your question and click “submit.”
Hibler has served as the Burnet County extension agent in agriculture and natural resources since 1992. Before that, he was an extension agent for Lee, Travis and Bastrop counties. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from Texas A&M University. Licensed as a non-commercial pesticide applicator by the Texas Department of Agriculture, he also is a certified hunter education instructor by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and a certified wildland firefighter by the Texas Forest Service.
Auto expert Alan Pilibosian owns Treadworks Tire & Auto in Cottonwood Shores. He rebuilt his first engine at the age of 15 before he even got his driver’s license.
Pilibosian knows it all, from dirt bikes to muscle cars to 4-wheel drives. With 20 years’ experience (30 if you count his childhood), he is an ASE Certified Master Technician and a graduate of San Juan Basin Area Vo-Tech. He has earned a reputation as an honest and capable mechanic and business owner.
Country Music Hall of Famer and lead vocalist for Alabama Randy Owen hosts four hours of country classics from the 1970s through the mid-1990s.
Countdown the week’s top 30 country hits with host Lon Helton and a surprise celebrity guest.
Hosts Damon Beierle and David Lackey play the newest and hottest Texas country/Red Dirt artists, including Pat Green and the Randy Rogers Band. They also keep you up to date on concert dates, so you’ll know when and where to catch your favorite Texas musicians live.
As owner of Double Eagle Entertainment in Burnet, Beierle offers mobile DJ services, sound and lighting and event production and promotion. Since 2005, he has worked with more than 100 bands and produced festivals and events across Texas.
Beierle also is a director on the Burnet Chamber of Commerce and the Burnet County Fair & Rodeo boards. And, he’s a member of the local Rotary Club.
Lackey began working in the music industry in 1998 as a stage hand for Les Hartman, a local artist out of Llano. From running cables to setting lights and selling T-shirts, he learned it all. After 12 years of dance halls and live music festivals, Lackey met Beierle and soon went to work at Double Eagle Entertainment.
Lackey also is a firefighter for the City of Burnet. He is involved in a multitude of community projects.
Johnny Stone hosts two hours of inspirational country music that speaks to the heart.
“Rise Up Country” is a “weekly dose of Inspiration” about God, family and country, says host John Ritter.
A non-denominational church, the Hill Country Fellowship Church of Burnet broadcasts each Sunday’s sermons on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune.
For performances by new stars, superstars and the legends of country music, tune in to “America’s Opry Weekend” with host Mike Terry, the voice of the Grand Ole Opry.