Bama Brown moved to Odessa, Texas from Alabama when he was seventeen. That's where the "Bama" nickname came from. Bama was trained in oil and gas and roughnecked on rigs and did most every kind of oil related job. He was in that business until he moved to Austin in 1988 when he was thirty and went into radio on Z102 as a part time jock. He moved to mornings and did the Bo And Bama show for three years at Z and then went to KVET, then KASE and back to KVET and has been here ever since. Bama Brown was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2020 and is recognized as one of the broadcasting greats in the Lone Star State.
Bama has been married to his wife Jamie for twenty five years and they have a daughter, Alex, who is in her final year at Baylor Law school.
Besides radio, Bama is also on a TV show on Motor Trend channel called "Iron Resurrection" which is starting to shoot season 5 in a few weeks. Bama says, "It's an old car show and that is my hobby." Bama is also currently building affordable houses on my property in Dripping Springs for workforce people to rent. In Bama's words, "That is my other passion. I am involved in several local charities. My motto is, and I live by it, from MLK -The most important question is what have you done to help others?"
Bama and Heather have been working together on the morning show for 12 years. "I am lucky to get to work every morning with one of my best friends. She is scary smart, super funny and has a heart of gold. I am her biggest fan," Bama says.
Heather White is part of the longtime morning show on 98.1 KVET. She and Bama Brown have been waking up Austin on KVET for 7 years. Prior to that, they were on KASE 101 in the morning. Heather has done everything a person could do in radio--from very humble beginnings in Tallahassee, Florida, where she would drive the station van to her own appearances to singing the national anthem at the Dell Diamond for the Autism Speaks walk. Getting up at 3:45 AM every day is sub-optimal, but being able to interview some of her childhood idols like Marlo Thomas, Julie Andrews, and Carol Burnett makes it worth it. Plus, having a job filled with so much laughter on a daily basis is truly satisfying.
As part of her career in Jacksonville, Florida, Heather got to be a part of the first ten years of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL expansion team founded in 1995. Part of her job was to get the female population fired up about football and the NFL. It rubbed off, and she is an avid Steelers fan.
Because radio is a transient business, Heather wanted to make sure she was trained to do something other than carry on a lively conversation, so she earned a law degree in 2010. Heather has longevity in the business because she said 'yes' to challenges and opportunities, learning technology as it was developed. She started on records and reel-to-reel machines and is now adept at audio production, blogging, and podcasts. She looks forward to encouraging the next generation of communicators.
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