KTBB.com - Our Personalities

Mike Edwards - Morning News

edwards photo Mike Edwards (edwards e-mail graphic) has been in Texas radio and television for 52 years, with 40 of those years spent in Tyler. He came to Tyler as News Director of KTBB in 1974. Over the next fourteen years, KTBB won more national and state news awards than all the other stations in the city combined.

Mike was named station program director and host of "The Morning Magazine" in 1988. In 1992 and 1993, he was named East Texas radio personality of the year by the East Texas Arts and Entertainment Council. He has also been honored with the Eastern District 5 Media Award by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association, and is a past president and vice-president of the United Press Broadcasters Association in Texas.

Mike has served on the boards of a variety of local organizations. He is currently on the board of Goodwill Industries in Tyler and past president of the Goodwill/OIT board. Mike and his wife, Jo Anne, have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.

Melissa Kiser - Morning News

kiser photo Melissa Kiser (melissa e-mail graphic) hails from Kansas City, but planted her roots in East Texas soil at a young age. She took advantage of an internship at KTBB that was offered through a broadcasting class, and after a 6 week stint, landed a part-time gig at the station, which eventually turned into full-time. She is the 1st intern that KTBB has seen in over 50 years.

She is a TJC graduate, earning an Associate in Arts - Communications Radio/TV Broadcasting degree. While away from the job-place, she enjoys good music, sleeping through movies, family and a good debate. She plans to completely take over the airwaves some day, but in the meantime, you can hear her broadcasts on KTBB Monday - Friday 8-12.

Dr. Bob Peters - Weather

peters photo Dr. Bob Peters (peters e-mail graphic) has been a resident of Tyler for most of his life, graduating from Tyler Junior College before going on to earn his BA from Texas Christian University, his MA from Stephen F. Austin, and his Ph.D in History from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 1966, "Dr. Bob" has taught government and history at Tyler Junior College, where he also served as Dean of the School of University Studies. He has served on the governing boards of six state agencies under the administrations of Governors White, Clements, Richards, Bush, and Perry.

 

Bill Coates - Sportstalk/Sports Director

coates photoBill Coates (bill e-mail graphic) is a Tyler native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He got his start in Austin, moving on to WBAP in Dallas in the early eighties. Bill has been broadcasting college and professional sports since 1981, working with the SMU Mustangs, TCU Horned Frogs, Dallas Mavericks, and a variety of national radio broadcast networks. Bill has broadcast three bowl games and a Western Athletic Conference Championship game.

Bill is a four-time winner of the Associated Press award for Best Sportscast in Texas, and the 1988 Dallas Press Club "Katie" award winner for best sportscast.

Bill is actively involved in the South Tyler Rotary Club where he served as President for 2005-2006. He is an Assistant District Governor for Rotary district 5830 2007-2008 serving East Texas and southern Oklahoma

Bill and his wife Diana have three children, Pearson, Lani, and Braden.

Paul Berry - Operations Manager/Morning Sports

paul photo Paul Berry (berry e-mail graphic) Paul Berry was born in Irving, Texas and grew up in Athens. He began his broadcast career at 13 years old and he has been hooked on radio ever since. As a lifelong broadcaster, Paul has been a successful air personality, program director, music director, operations manager and veritable Jack-of-all-trades. He came to Tyler in 1989 and has been with Gleiser Communications since 1995.

Away from the radio, Paul is an avid music collector who enjoys cooking, reading, standup comedy, theatre, live music.

John Sims - News

sims photo John Sims (sims e-mail graphic) is a native of Philadelphia and a veteran of over 36 years in radio, including over 34 in East Texas. John, a graduate of Temple University, is very active in local causes. He is a past president of Leadership Tyler; past president of, and still active in, the Smith County Community Partnership Council (a citizen group that works with the state parole division); and the Chairman Emeritus for the Tyler Together Race Relations Forum.

Other organizations with which he is active include the League of Women Voters, the March of Dimes, the Tyler Church and Community Network, and East Texas Wheelers and Walkers (a fellowship and advocacy group for people with spinal cord injuries).

Lonnie Johnson - The Car Show

lonnie photo Lonnie Johnson (e-mail graphic) was born in New Boston, Texas but spent most of his formative years in Dallas. After attending college in Tyler, he returned to Dallas to ah... well, he returned to Dallas. There he met his wife Stacy and toiled in the mines for the next few years. With nothing more to prove in the metroplex, Lonnie and Stacy moved to Tyler to start a family. Lonnie started his automotive quest as a service writer for a local auto dealership. That led to a job at the station where he pushed his way onto "The Car Show". Tyler radio would never be the same.

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