Legendary Austin DJ Sammy Allred dies at age 84

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Sammy Allred

Austin radio legend Sammy Allred passed away at the age of 84. 

Allred was on KOKE FM and KVET for decades and brought humor to the shows he hosted. He started his radio career in 1961 as a regular on the Arthur Godfrey Show. 

He also appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “Merv Griffin Show.”

After KOKE FM, Allred became a DJ at KVET in 1969 where he remained for a decade.

In 1979, Allred and his band, The Geezinslaws, went on tour with Willie Nelson. In the mid-80s Allred made his return back to radio at KVET. 

In the 1990’s Allred joined with broadcast partner Bob Cole to co-host the popular Sam and Bob morning show. The program often took on political topics, with local and state leaders appearing as guests.

Allred was fired from KVET in 2007.  He returned to the air few years later on non-profit radio station KDRP to host a weekly talk program. 

KOKE FM says it will pay tribute to the radio veteran on Friday, May 11 starting at 6 a.m.

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