- Bruce Nelson Stratton
Bruce Nelson Stratton ("Dr. Bruce") is the Station Manager of Corpus Christi's KFTX "Real Country" radio.
Dr. Bruce began his career in the 1960s and 1970s where he served as on-air personality and programmer for such legendary Country station as WBPO, Atlanta; WMIL, Milwaukee; KENR, Houston; WUBE, Cincinnati; and KNUZ, Houston.
Early in the 60s. Dr. Bruce worked at WXRA in Woodbridge, Virginia; the first FM country Station in the United States where he worked side-by-side with famous fiddle player Scotty Stoneman of the Stoneman Family and Country Disc Jockey Hall of Fame member "Cousin Ray".
Dr. Bruce was named Gavin Music Director of the Year in 1974 and scored 50-plus record company awards, helping break the careers of Mickey Gilley, Freddie Fender, Johnny Lee, and Gene Watson.
A sometimes recording artist he charted nationally in 1973 with "Shake Em Up and let Em Roll" on Royal American and was the opening act at Gilley's for Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee where he also originated the first live broadcast over KENR in Houston from Gilley's (The Saturday Night Special) which later evolved into the syndicated "Live at Gilley's during the Urban Cowboy heyday. In 2005 Governor Rick Perry and the state of Texas recognized Dr. Bruce with a Senate resolution noting his contribution to country music in the Lone Star State.
Dr. Bruce was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame in 1999. His charitable work includes fundraising for the Ontonagon Theater For The Performing Arts in Michigan, where he worked before joining KFTX.
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