SAN ANTONIO RADIO HALL OF FAME
Roger Allen fell in love with radio as a teenager and started out to learn all he could about it. He would hang around Radio Stations on weekends answering phones and doing whatever he could to learn about radio. The 15-year-old became known to broadcasters as the kid with a thousand questions.
Soon it seemed young Roger knew more about programming than most PD's! He would get his first professional radio job in 1981 working weekend overnights at KONO and also assisting in the station’s research department.
In 1982, Roger moved to weekends at KJ97 and then on to the 10 pm to 2 am air shift at KTSA. In 1984, he was doing the swing shift at KLLS-FM and a year later, returned to KONO to do PM drive on sister station KITY-FM. Then he moved to nights and weekends at KSMG.
Starting in 1986, Roger spent two years with Waterman Broadcasting, first on-the-air nights at KTSA and then as Assistant Program Director at KTFM. During these early years in radio, he found time to graduate with an associate degree from San Antonio College, with a BA from Texas State and with a Masters in Communication from University of the Incarnate Word.
Roger moved away from San Antonio in the late 80s and 1990s to work in Dallas, Austin and Salt Lake City. He even spent a couple of years working as Creative Director at an ad agency where he was awarded The Summit Award for creativity.
By 1998 Roger was ready to come back home to San Antonio…and the station where it all started for him…KONO. This time as Program Director for both the AM and FM stations. In the 19 years that he has held that position, Roger has been named PD of the Year several times by trade publications, and in 2015, he received the prestigious Marconi Award for excellence in radio.