SAN ANTONIO RADIO HALL OF FAME
Albert Calvo became interested in broadcasting and public speaking at the age of six when his mother took him to KENS-TV to see Captain Gus. Albert was fascinated by all the mikes, wires and equipment. As a teen, he was the DJ at school parties and M-C for school programs. And he listened to the Davila Brothers and Henry Peña on KUKA radio’s "Top Teen Tunes". They would be the magnet that drew Albert into radio.
In 1977, after graduation and a short stint with the U.S. Army, Albert entered the R-T-F program at San Antonio College and began his legendary radio career. Known to his thousands of fans as Alberto Alegre, which means happy and cheerful, he would become a mainstay of Spanish-language radio for more than four decades.
Albert worked at KVAR, the first Tejano FM station in San Antonio, and at KHFM. At one time, he and his sister Olga hosted a popular show called ‘Two Tons of Fun’. Albert also worked in radio in El Paso, Houston and Corpus Christi, returning to San Antonio in 2001 to join K-S-A-H, Norteno 720 AM - 104.1 FM.
Albert truly cared about his listeners, so when they told him what they needed most were jobs, Albert created two programs to air during his morning show…the On-Air Flea Market and the Job-Line Hour. His goal was to provide opportunities for people seeking work and workers for employers seeking help. He found jobs for thousands of unemployed listeners and workers for hundreds of employers.
Albert won numerous awards in his lifetime for his innovations, accomplishments, professionalism and his popularity with la gente. He has the unique distinction of being the only Hispanic disc jockey in Texas to receive the prestigious Marconi Radio Award as "Spanish Format Personality of the Year".
In 2012 he created the Alegre Awards to honor worthy individuals he felt were not being recognized for their achievements. He said, "I feel blessed when I help others." Albert Calvo passed away in October 2018.