San Antonio’s first radio stations, KTSA and WOAI, began broadcasting in 1922 and remain on the air today. To mark 100 years of radio in the Alamo City, San Antonio College’s KSYM will host a celebration on campus Friday. The event will take place from 3-7 p.m. at the Longwith Radio, Television and Film Building at 121 W. Courtland Place. It is free and open to the public and will include refreshments, speeches and tours. The festivities will also be broadcast live on KSYM (90.1 FM).
Those involved in the arts in San Antonio have likely spent time at San Antonio College’s radio station chatting with KSYM talent, either on air or in between live broadcasts. Friday’s event offers a chance for the general public to meet some renowned radio personalities — walking encyclopedias of music and talk radio history — that include past and present KSYM DJs, as well as select local and national peers.
The student-run community college station is observing the centennial anniversary of local radio broadcasting in conjunction with the grand reopening of its newly remodeled on-site studio. KSYM station general manager, SAC instructor and faculty advisor Donnie Meals is spearheading the event and the reopening of the renovated campus studio as the station’s primary site of operations, a welcome return to the studio after broadcasts went remote in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
Sonny Melendrez, a well-known radio and television personality in San Antonio and beyond, will serve as master of ceremonies.
In addition to Melendrez, Meals said special guests include state Sen. José Menéndez, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilman Mario Bravo, a performance by Michael Martin and Val Cronk of The Infidels, and numerous air talents and directors from San Antonio’s radio and television industry.