Texas Country Radio Spotlight
Texas 99 / KNES FM, Fairfield TX
2021 Texas Country Music Awards' Broadcast Personality of the Year
We had the chance to catch up with Buzz Russell, Program Director at Texas 99,
KNES-FM in Fairfield, Texas, who won the 2021 Texas Country Music Awards
Broadcast Personality of the Year, and ask him to let us know a little more
about himself to share with our readers.
Buzz was born May 1962 Birmingham Alabama, moved to Texas 1967. He grew up in Alief, Texas (just outside of Houston), and began his broadcasting career in Aug 1983 in Baytown, Texas at KBUK-AM 1360. Since 1989 home has been Fairfield Texas, with his wife Vanessa (pictured above with Buzz) of 26 years. Together we have five children and numerous grandchildren.
Buzz has also done play by play for high school football and basketball for 30+ years and have called several state championships games for area teams. He just finished calling the state championship basketball game for the 3A Fairfield lady eagles at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Big moments in his career were (in part) introducing George Strait 1985 in Beeville. He flew with the Blue angels May 1988 in Corpus Christi and Interviewed Garth Brooks in 1989 prior to his playing the Cowboy Club in Mexia.
He won Broadcast Personality of the year at the 2021 Texas Country Music Awards on November 14 at Billy Bob’s in the Fort Worth Stockyards, and was presented that award from two good friends, Darrin Morris, and Will Carter.
He has always believed in the power of radio to do good things and be community oriented. Over the years Buzz has served in the girl scouts, Civil Air Patrol, Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department (to the rank of Assistant Chief), Freestone Cancer Support Group, and has assisted many others in fund-raising and awareness efforts.
According to Buzz, "The last several years have been the most fun I have had in a while. Getting back into the Texas music scene at the arm twisting of several friends, it has been incredible to see where we have been, where we are now, and where this is headed." He continues, "Right now, the best country music in the world is being made in Texas. Since winning the TCMA award in November of 2021, I feel a responsibility to keep the music moving forward and introduce the audience to the amazing music being made in Texas."