Jordan (formerly Jenifer Hawkins) accepted a sales position with KAML but was living in the San Antonio area at the the time. She found out about the opportunity with KAML through Steve Sellers, who grew up in Kenedy and was a Radio DJ at KAML many years ago before going on to be an “on air” radio personality in the San Antonio area.
Jordan continued in the sales position until about four months ago when KAML’s owner, Dr. Gabriel Arango, of Houston, called to let her know there was an opening for the position of general manager at the station.
She decided to apply, and was hired for the position, which included being an “on air” personality, along with a wide variety of other duties.
So she packed her bags and moved to Karnes County to embark on a new adventure running a small town radio station.
This won’t be the first time on the air, however, for Jordan who has three sons ages 25, 20 and 16.
Prior to taking the sales position with KAML, Jordan worked as a 911 dispatcher for the City of Kirby in the San Antonio area. Her work background prior to that included a wide variety of jobs including, Tai Chi and Kung Fu instructor, homeschool teacher for her three sons, music therapist, electrical contractor, marketer and merchandise supervisor for Waterburg Records in Chicago.
She also spent time as a volunteer at OWL Radio, a non-profit radio station in the San Antonio area with programming for blind and visually impaired listeners.
A small town radio station manager has to wear a lot of hats, Jordan explained, but she is proud to say the station is past many of the technical challenges that caused the station to go off the air last fall and stay off the air for an extended time.
“We’ve got a new transmitter and new equipment which we are continually upgrading,” Jordan explained.
The plan is to stick basically to the same format Karnes County and other south Texas listeners are accustomed to hearing on KAML – Mostly country music, local news and announcements, broadcasts of church services and special musical programs such as the polka music show that airs weekly on Sundays.
Jordan comes from a musical family background, and is a musician herself – singer and guitarist – and she hopes to expand the variety of musical programming and also begin broadcasting live music shows from local venues such as Jerry B’s in Kenedy.
Conversation and live music are are among many things that Jordan hopes to bring to KAML listeners. She encourages musicians playing in the area to come into the station for live, on the air interviews, and live musical performances on afternoons when they will be playing local venues later that evening.
“We encourage area artists to call in, I would be glad to put them on the air,” Jordan said. “Any artists that want to come in and do a live show with me, I would love to have as many as I can get.”
Jordan explained, that many years ago, KAML had a weekly Saturday afternoon program where musicians would regularly come into the studio and perform live on the air.
“We are hoping to echo that – to try and bring that back,” she said.
The station is hoping to expand the variety of programming, including syndicated radio program. One show they are considering is focused on interviews with professional musicians currently performing in Texas and the rest of the country.
Jordan encourages listeners to call the station at 830-583-2990 to make requests, or share news and announcements, or just join in conversation over the airwaves. The station is streaming live online at kaml990.com, so listeners around the state, nation and world, can even tune in. Listeners can also reach the station by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For now, Jordan is enjoying getting acquainted with all the folks in Karnes County and learning ways that KAML can better serve the community.
“We really want to be the community’s radio station,” Jordan said.