I grew up in South Texas—no, not San Antonio, or Corpus Christi—keep going south! The Rio Grande Valley is, and will always be ‘back home.’ I graduated from Harlingen HS South, and attended college at Southwest Texas State Univ. in San Marcos. My entire life, music was always a passion. It was only natural that I ended up on the radio. I began my radio career on 107.9 KVLY & Q94.5 THE ROCK in McAllen, Tx. From there, the business brought me to San Antonio, Tx where I hosted several different radio shows on 99.5 KISS & KCYY, for a decade.
Now, I proudly call The Texas Hill Country my home, and this is where I plan to be until I retire. I am the newest member of the Ranch Radio Group on-air family, and it has been a blast waking up with you, and serving The Hill Country’s Greatest Hits. You can usually find me at a local farmer’s market, swap meet, live concert or hometown rodeo, when I’m not live on the air. Catch me every weekday morning from 6am to 10am. I’ll make sure you have the latest local news and the biggest hits from the 70s & 80s. Use The River 106.1 App to send me a song request to play, or send me a ‘shout out’ to say hello and let folks know where YOU listen to The River 106.1!
BOB HERE, THEY ASKED ME TO WRITE A LITTLE BIO…SO HERE IT GOES. I WAS BORN AND RAISED ON THE MEAN STREETS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. OH WAIT THAT WAS ICE T. LET’S START AGAIN. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY IN SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA. GRADUATED FROM RIDGEMONT HIGH SCHOOL (YES THAT RIDGEMONT HIGH) AND WORKED IN A LONG LINE OF JOBS. FROM A VENDING COMPANY, SERVICING POOL TABLES AND JUKEBOXES TO WORKING IN A SHEET METAL FABRICATION SHOP AND COUNTLESS OTHER JOBS DURING MY FORMATIVE YEARS.
MY FIRST JOB (OR GIG) IN RADIO WAS IN CONROE TEXAS WORKING SEVEN TO MIDNIGHT RUNNING A COMBINATION A LIVE SHOW AND TAPED PROGRAMING. AFTER LEAVING THE HOUSTON AREA I WENT TO WORK AT MAGIC IN SAN ANTONIO. DURING THE DECADE I SPENT THERE I MOSTLY HELD DOWN THE NIGHT SHOW WHILE WORKING VARIOUS SHIFTS AND LEARNING THE FINE ART OF PRODUCING COMMERCIALS. MY LAST GIG BEFORE ARRIVING HERE ON THE RIVER WAS IN GAINESVILLE FLORIDA (BIRTHPLACE OF TOM PETTY, AND HOME OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GATORS) DOING COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION AND HOSTING A POPULAR WEEKEND SHOW.
NOW, AFTER ALL MY TRAVELS; I FIND MYSELF BACK IN TEXAS, HERE ON THE RIVER EVERY DAY FROM TEN UNTIL TWO. HOPEFULLY WE’LL SHARE A FEW LAUGHS, AND WHO KNOWS IF WE’RE NOT CAREFUL WE BOTH MIGHT LEARN A THING OR TWO.
Ryan Stone is what you would call a 'Radio Guy". That's all he knows...
He's been in the biz 21 years mainly in the Austin area.
When not doing radio, he enjoys sunsets, long walks in the park... photography and fast European cars.
Mama raised him right. That means he was brought up listening to good music. He played guitar in bands during high school and enjoys live music.
Coming from the city, he's happier than ever in the Hill Country.
Catch him weekday afternoons from 3 to 7pm.
Laugh with him or at him, either way works.
NEWS 6AM - 10AM CST
I was born and raised in the rural town of Elwood, Nebraska with one stoplight, a courthouse, three churches, and a bar and I'm a Cornhusker fan, but don't hold that against me. I'm a huge sports fan and love Texas teams too. And I'm really grateful for more populated areas that have lots of great restaurants, shops, and places to take the kids. Like here! I graduated with a Broadcasting degree from the University of Nebraska and worked all over the country on the radio.
When I'm not working, I'm usually running. I try to run between 6 and 9 miles a day, and although it's a pain to get motivated every single day, the runner's high makes it worth it. I try to eat clean and healthy too. I love shopping, going out for salmon and adult beverages, seeing live music and comedy, and listening to all kinds of music. I've got three daughters, and that means I'm an Uber mom, taking them to basketball, flag football, softball, or whatever is in season. They always crack me up and ask odd and interesting questions, and give me the best hugs and make me realize what's important in life. I also have two dogs, two cats, and two fish, and every day truly is an adventure.
SPORTS 6AM - 7 PM CST
JR Zowie is Ranch Radio Group’s sports reporter, bringing both local high school sports and Texas sports. An oil brat, he’s an adopted Texan who grew up in Beeville and is a U.S. Army veteran. He can speak some Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese. His favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros, and whoever plays against the New York Yankees.
For most of the last 20 years, JR has worked in print journalism and in broadcasting. JR has worked at AM 630 KSLR, AM 550 KTSA, AM 1230 WMPC, and AM 910 KNAF. He’s been a board operator, on-air announcer, news director, play-by-play sports announcer, and talk show host.
JR is single, has three grown sons, and lives in Fredericksburg. He likes to geocache, hike, visit museums, write fiction, blog, podcast, and also enjoys a good game of chess (relax, he’s no Garry Kasparov).
You can reach JR at JRZowie@ranchradiogroup.com