Dan Walthers first became interested in radio broadcasting while attending high school in the Dallas area where he was a ham radio operator. He also did some part-time work taking meter readings for a local directional AM station, a job which required a First-Class Radio-Telephone License. Dan studied for that first-class ticket and would obtain it between his Junior and Senior years of high school.
After a short time in the RTF department at a North Texas college, Dan began working in commercial radio as a newsman and engineer at two different stations in San Angelo. He soon realized he was a better technician than newsman and moved to a station in Kerrville as the full-time Chief Engineer.
While in Kerrville Dan put a new FM station on the air and moved the AM station to a new location where he built four new studios and two transmitter sites.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Technology at Amarillo College, he worked in Austin and in Oklahoma City before coming to San Antonio in 1985.
Dan arrived during the birth of Clear Channel Broadcasting starting as Chief Engineer for WOAI and KJ97. Later Dan became Chief of Engineering for the entire iHeart Media San Antonio cluster. In that position he oversaw engineering for 9 radio stations on 9 different transmitter sites.
At the same time, Dan also worked at the AT&T Center as the on-site radio engineer for visiting NBA teams during San Antonio Spurs basketball games.
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