North Texas radio and television historian Mike Shannon has been tracking changes up and down the local dial since 1984. His website, www.knus99.com, is the culmination of years of research, and covers the entire history of North Texas broadcasting since 1920. Shannon’s name and voice may be familiar to some, as he spent most of the last decade reporting traffic over WBAP-AM in Fort Worth and WFAA-TV in Dallas, and currently hosts a syndicated radio program, “The Hi-Fi Club.” But his on-air roots began right here in Denton as a news anchor at both KDNT-AM and KNTU-FM while attending school at the University of North Texas in the late 1980s. In fact, the latest addition to Shannon’s historical website is a thorough tribute to Denton radio station KDNT, complete with hundreds of photographs and interviews with former station personnel, including the son of original station owner and founder, the late Harwell V. Shepard. “Although my employment at KDNT was brief,” Shannon said, “I was so proud to be a part of a local tradition. Cataloging the history of KDNT was my way of preserving something I learned was very important to this community, and then doing so before the storytellers and storymakers were gone.”
Mike will share the history of KDNT on Saturday, November 12th at 2 p.m. at the Emily Fowler Central Library. For more information contact Leslie.Couture@cityofdenton.com.