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DFW’s other country-radio queens

Posted 12:00am on Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013

Charla Corn is making her mark in the morning at Fort Worth’s KFWR “The Ranch,” but DFW’s more mainstream country stations also have strong female air personalities with Texas ties.

Michelle Rodriguez, KSCS/96.3 FM : Born in Oak Cliff, Rodriguez returned to Dallas after graduating from Texas A&M and began her radio career at KPLX/99.5 FM “The Wolf” in 2004. “I never even imagined it was even possible to have a job in radio,” she says. “I thought that was an impossible dream, yet I allowed myself to dream. I come from a musical family where everyone plays an instrument, so music has always been a part of my life. I knew I would end up doing something with the music industry, but never radio.”

She met Wolf personality Smokey Rivers at an event in Oak Cliff, and he asked her to work in the promotions department. When an overnight slot opened, she gave it a shot and remained at the station for six years. At the beginning of 2011, she moved to rival KSCS (which is now owned by the same company as The Wolf), doing the night shift before moving to her current midday slot.

She says country-music celebrities in general are accessible, but one of her faves is Taylor Swift: “She’s always so authentic, genuine and personable. I remember meeting her on a couple occasions where she’s always complimented my makeup and we’ve shared makeup advice.”

Rodriguez also boasts of a large hat collection, including hats from singers such as Randy Rogers and Blake Shelton, who started it all: “He was playing a show in Arlington, and after the show he insisted our crew hang out with him on his bus. As his way of convincing us to stay past closing time, he offered up a hat that Gretchen Wilson had given him. He told me I could never tell Gretchen he was giving out a hat [she gave him].… There went that promise!” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, KSCS. http://michelleontheradio.com/My_Work.html ; Facebook: Michelle Rodriguez on the Radio ; Twitter: @michrod .

Lisa Taylor, KPLX/99.5 FM “The Wolf”: Taylor is one of those “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could” folks. Or got back as fast as she could, since she worked in San Antonio in the ’80s before going on to some pretty large radio markets. “Even then, there was some kinda draw to Texas,” she says on her station bio. “I remember thinking that Texas was a place where I could really feel at home.” She began her radio career in high school in the small West Virginia town where she grew up, but went to New York in search of an acting career. That led to radio gigs in New York, then Chicago and L.A., which is where she was when she came to The Wolf in 2007. She currently does the Wake Up With the Wolf morning show with Ken Buckner. 5-10 a.m. weekdays, KPLX. Twitter: @WolfLisaTaylor .

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