Listening Back: KTSU DJ Marks 30 Years On The Air

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Friday marks Houston radio personality Myron Anderson's 30th anniversary at KTSU (90.9 FM). Best known for his Friday-morning show, "Listening Back With Myron Anderson," Anderson joined the Texas Southern University station as a student in 1981.

That same year, the then-telecommunications major was given the opportunity to take over "Listening Back," four hours of vintage Motown and R&B oldies from 6-10 a.m., after previous host Bobby Earle left. Since then, Anderson's show has gained a devoted tribe of listeners, many of whom are raising their kids on the same music they grew up with - no matter how much they object.

"When the youngsters ride with me, they're not going to hear any rap," says Anderson. "They're going to hear R&B. They reject it in the beginning, but the longer they listen to it, the more they appreciate it.

"When you hear Otis Redding or Teddy Pendergrass from back in the day, you hear that they had to sing. They had to have the voices and melodies."

Anderson says he has always loved music from all sorts of different genres. He can remember being in his Sunnyside garage as a Worthing high schooler, playing 45s and calling himself "Myron the Mic Man."

"I was always into music, even from the days of riding with my father in his truck. My musical inclination was fueled by him - he kept music in my life," the DJ reflects. "I listened to everything from the The Beatles to the Beach Boys to Chopin, but I started focusing on R&B during the '60s when Motown hit the scene."

"Listening Back" features many of Anderson's personal Motown favorites, which he often plays at home. He estimates his record collection, which he has been building since 1982, now has more than 6,000 records and upwards of 500 45s. An avid fan of The Temptations, he imagines he's played more of that Motown group's songs than any other DJ in America.

"I can remember the first time I heard 'My Girl,'" Anderson recalls. "I was riding home from Worthing down Scott Street with a friend. The rest is history."

His appreciation for The Temptations even inspired Anderson to start a Temps lip-synching group that performed all over the country. The group's last performance was in 1999, but he's thinking about reuniting the group as part of his 30th-anniversary celebration.

"I've had people saying that we need to get the guys back together and call it 'The Listening Back Temptations: Heart Attack Tour,'" he laughs. "We'll do ten slow songs in a row, and one fast one."


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wwilturner
wwilturner

may the good lord bless you and your family. it.was so good to meet and befriend you. we , the group secret formula (edward wilturner,edward speed, lester billups, kevin vintures ) bid farewell to you my brotherR.I.P. edward wilturner,maree wilturner a.k.a. lucy lunchmeart.

Trulliaking
Trulliaking

Good Moring,Myron i want to thank yopu for all you do in the community.Thank you for taking my husband and i back to the  good old days,When me first met each other,We look forward to the listening back show every week.He also a Temptations die hard fan we call him ( Motown)Again thanks for all your hard work. God Bless You.        Trullia King.     

RD
RD

Myron, "You're Simply The Best"...30 years is a very long time for anything..with you working for KTSU, it  has made the Friday show the best in town and some!! Kudos to you Myron and KTSU...Myron is the best, SIMPLY THE BEST! Keep up the fantastic work Myron, Fridays would not be the same without YOU!!! Your sister, ROZ...lol 

Blakistan
Blakistan

Condolences go out to Myron and the Anderson family on the loss of his father. This morning's show was especially poignant.

Sherri
Sherri

Myron, "Salute"!!Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on 30 years of "Listening Back with Myron" I look forward to tuning in each and every Friday, to find out what "oldies but goodies" you're going to pull out of your famous collection of music. No one is more deserving of such a great accomplishment!Sherri!

Iamdr007
Iamdr007

Today Houston, tomorrow, THE WORLD! :)

Iamdr007
Iamdr007

Congratulations Myron. It has been an honor and a pleasure to watch the master at work. You are truly a radio personality because it is you that makes "Listening Back" more than just another oldies show. Thirty years is a long time to do anything. Normally, our associations with employers, spouses, churches and friends seldom last 30 years, which makes your tenure at KTSU even more remarkable. Funny thing is that you've done it pro bono... Dang Dog, what a wonderful contribution to your alma mater and to your community. I have learned a lot about music just being there with you and David for these past years but I have learned more about friendship, camaraderie and life. It has been a pleasure working with you and for you. I look forward to continuing to spread the word as you continue to spread the music assuring that "Listening Back with Myron" continues to be the top of the class and the cream of the crop of listening experiences. Much love my brother, Always, Danye'

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