Sam Kindrick is probably best known as the controversial writer, editor and publisher of Action Magazine, which he has been creating and distributing in and around San Antonio since 1975.
When he was fired from the San Antonio Express-News for, quote, “associating with undesirable characters” …one of which was identified as well-known outlaw Willie Nelson … Sam launched Action Magazine with the blessings and advertising dollars of Lone Star Beer owner Harry Jersig…a staunch supporter of outlaws and beer drinkers.
Over the years, Sam has written a book … been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize … and won numerous Associated Press writing awards.
But, more important than all of that …. was Sam’s work as a sometimes jock and the “news” voice on legendary rock station KEXL … from 1975 until the station was pulled off the air in March 1977.
Sam describes his job at KEXL this way… “They called me an ‘alternative news director’ to satisfy FCC regulations that called for a certain amount of ‘news’ each day. Basically, I was a paid bullshitter … who yapped with radio legends Ron Houston, Nick St. John, and Allen Grimm.”
A 1977 KEXL newspaper ad shows a photo of Sam and Nick and reads “Music and Madness in the Mornings with Nick St. John…Nice Guy Nick … and the Other One.” …That says it all.
SAN ANTONIO RADIO HALL OF FAME