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Texas Radio Hall of Fame to induct Lew Dee

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Photo from Facebook, Diana Dee; This is a promotional photo from KEND in the 1970s. Photo from Facebook, Diana Dee; This is a promotional photo from KEND in the 1970s.
Photo from Facebook, Diana Dee. Promotional event at the South Plains Mall for Stars 104.3. Photo from Facebook, Diana Dee. Promotional event at the South Plains Mall for Stars 104.3.

Lubbock radio legend Lew Dee, who broadcast in the area for better part of five decades, is among this year's inductees to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Dee, born in Brooklyn, New York as Lewis Thomas D'Elia, died in 2011 at age 79. In the peak of his career, Lew Dee commanded the radio ratings in Lubbock, at times among the highest audience shares of any market in the nation.  

The Air Force brought Dee to Lubbock. He first worked on-air and in sales for stations in the area owned by R.B. McAlister, then at McAlister's KSEL-AM and KSEL-TV in Lubbock. In 1971 he helped found KEND radio. Lew Dee and Diana hosted the morning show at KEND then at Kool 98. In 2002 Lew Dee and Diana moved to Ramar Communications' Stars 104.3. After leaving the airwaves, Lew Dee and Diana continued to work in sales at Ramar.

On the Texas Radio Hall of Fame Facebook page Diana Dee responded to the news:

I’m so happy that my late husband is one of this years inductees. He did Morning Drive for 48 years in Lubbock. Radio, TV, ownership & Management all helped make him a Lubbock Icon. Congratulations to all.

Other inductees this year include T.J. Callahan, Dave Ambrose, Bud Little, Don Samuel, Bo Roberts and Jim White, Bobby Prado, Chuck Wolf, Mike Rogers, Jimmy “Louis” Wilken, Bill Rhode, Jim Love, Jody Seay, Judy Bormaster Hart, Mary “Mike” Hatcher, Dave Scott and Bill Hill. The induction ceremony is Saturday, Nov. 3 in Kilgore. More info here.

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