Rudy Fernandez began his radio career in 1973, but moved into the Country format in 1978 at KEAN in Abilene, Texas. Besides a brief stint at WIBW (Topeka, Kan.) in 2002-03, Fernandez has been with KEAN for a total of 31 years. He is a prominent participant in fundraising and charity events, helping raise more than $1.5 million to date. Some of his fundraising stunts include riding a ferris wheel for five consecutive days, living in a van suspended by a crane, being buried alive in a coffin for 48 hours and being frozen in a block of ice for 48 hours. Fernandez was awarded the Gavin Music Director of the Year award in 1990, 1997 and 2001 and was recognized as R&R Drive-Time Dominator of the Year from 1996-1999. KEAN was awarded CMA's Small Market Station of the Year in 1987.