RISE & SHINE! Monday – Saturday, 6:00 am – 10:00 am
Sultan of segue, Billy D brings 39 years of broadcast experience to the airwaves. His is the most familiar voice on KRTN, working in the studio and the remote broadcasts. His love of Raton and the surrounding area is undeniable, creating a distinctly welcoming atmosphere to the radio waves as he talks with his guests.
Billy is active in the community, serving on the board of the Shuler Theater Restoration Commission, Inc., He is often seen at the Shuler Theater running sound & lighting boards and sometimes even on stage when the play calls for sound effects and spot-on character acting. In the studios, or out and about, Billy D brings the smiles out in everyone he meets.
I was first introduced to KRTN radio in 1969 when I came with members of Jeanette Fidel’s 9th grade Drama Class to record sound effects. Owner Jim Roper asked if I might be interested in working part-time and the rest is, as they say, history.
I worked at KRTN throughout high school then attended New Mexico State University for a year majoring in Broadcast Journalism. I returned to Raton and started working again at KRTN. In 1974, La Mesa Park track announcer Bill Erwin asked if I might be interested in horse race calling. “Sure, why not?” It turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life. I was “ the voice of La Mesa” for all but one year until the close of the track in 1992. Announcing lead to publicity and marketing duties and I was able to serve as Director of Publicity for La Mesa Park, Sunland Park in southeastern New Mexico, Portland Meadows in Oregon, and also Rillito Downs in Tucson. Sprinkled throughout those racetrack stints, were radio programs and jobs in Colorado Springs, Tucson, El Paso and also here in Raton at KRTN.
The gypsy life of the track and the cold corporate mentality became too much, though, when my daughter, Shana, arrived. A move back home to Raton in 1989 proved to be a great decision. Four years later my son Franko arrived and I began collaborations with Bill Fegan Attractions and our beautiful Shuler Theater. My current stint at KRTN started in 1997. I was able to purchase the station from Jim Roper in 2005 and Enchanted Air, Inc. was born.
93.9 KRTN, Enchanted Air radio serves a special area. Awesome geographical sights, history as rich and interesting as anywhere on earth, along with clean water and air are enough for anybody to stop here and make it home. However, it’s the people that make our area really special. Real people who are generous, independent, resourceful and resilient. It’s both an honor and a privilege to provide a service to our communities that not only helps but also, hopefully, entertains.
Thanks for listening!