Smokey Stover

Past DJ Hall of Fame Inductees
2000

 

Smokey Stover (born: Huntsville, TX , November 16, 1928) is legendary in the Houston, TX area where he spend most of his career on suburban radio stations. He was performing in Houston honky-tonks with his band at age 16. In 1949, he landed his first disc jockey job at KLVL , Pasadena, TX. He joined KRCT, Baytown, TX a year later. In 1952 Hank Williams appeared on his radio show and went to dinner with Stover and two contest winners. During the 1950s, Stover worked at KBRZ, Freeport, TX, KLOS, Albuquerque, NM, KCIJ, Shreveport, LA, and WDAI, Meridian, MS. He joined KMOP, Tucson, AZ (1960-1968), then quit radio to concentrate on performing and songwriting. In 1970, Stover joined KRZE, Farmington, NM and retired from radio after three years. In 1993 he joined KVST, Conroe/Huntsville, TX for overnights, but left after a year. In 1995, he worked for several months at WYXE, Gallatin, TN. His songs have been recorded by George Jones, Loretta Lynn and Linda Ronstadt, among others. Smokey Stover was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 2000. Smokey died of cancer on June 3, 2005.