About the Disc Jockey / Emcee
Pee Wee Reid, a native Texan who was part Indian, was one the most popular and well temembered disc jockeys and promoters of country
music in the Paris, Texas area .Time and again we have heard from those who knew him and worked
with him and those who remember him.
He was on KFTV from the 1950s through the 1970s according to B. J. Clayton of the Northeast Texas Radio
Group that now owns KFTV's former spot of 1270 on the AM dial and is now known as KZHN. The station's
signal covered an 80 mile radius that reached Southern Oklahoma to Dallas, Texas from Paris, Texas.
Mr. Clayton tells us that Pee Wee was a tireless person who gave back to his home. He was instrumental
in the annual Christmas Giveaways that provided gifts for underprivileged children, peforming
at seasonal civic events in addition to the famed Red River Jamboree show. He connected with his
audience; he gave them the feeling that they knew him personally.
Mr. Clayton notes that KZHN is still country and today is playing what we call country classics - the
songs that Pee Wee was playing back in his era as 'new' and are now part of country music's heritage.
Around 1955, there was a daily Red River Jamboree show that featured Pee Wee and his partner, Dallas
Turner according to Floy Case in one of her columns she wrote for the Ernest Tubb Fan Club magazine, Melody Trails.
Balin' Wire Bob Strack told fans in October of 1955 that Pee Wee was a guest Disc Jockey on Bob's show
the Red River Roundup on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana one summer Saturday night as well as a guest
announcer on the famed Louisiana Hayride show. This appears to have been July 30, 1955.
One the things that Pee Wee was known for was giving the younger generation of performers a chance
to be heard over the air and local audiences. The Red River Jamboree had at one time a two hour
live matinee 'prevue' on Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Coliseum (which could
seat an audience of about 1,000) in Paris, Texas. That Prevue show was billed as the largets
free broadcast in the Southwest.
Back then, the show featured folks such as Nan Castle, was 16 years old at the time, a veteran
comedian by the name of Bob Shelton aka Hopkins County Firecracker, William Harris and the Ramblers,
the Musical Keeners, the Hammond Brothers, tommy Holmes and the Cases, which included Jerry Case, a 13-year old
who played electric guitar, Johnny Case, nine years old and singing rock and roll and their dad, J. R. Case.
Their mom was Floy Case, the well-known country music columnist. Other artists that were said to appear
on the show occasionally were Patricia Erwin and Doublas Potts.
The show also got its share of major stars who were touring through the area. On November 20, 1957,
Smiley Burnette stopped by and did two 25-minute appearances on the show as well as sitting for
an interview at the radio station.
In 1958, we learn other names that were associated with the Red River Jamboree including
Pappy Durham, Paul Castleberry (we think this is Nan Castle(berry)'s father), Jack Beard and
It should be noted that Nan Castle was still coming back to the Red River Jamboree, even after
making her third appearance on the Arthur Godfrey CBS radio and television shows in New York. She was
recording for the RCA Victor company.
Around 1958, Billboard is mentioning that Roy Glenn was also a part of the Red River Jamboree.
The Red River Jamboree was not the only KFTV show he was a part of. He also hosted the "Cowbell Capers" show
that was on every morning at 6:30am.
For a time, he had his own band known as the Sons of Texas; Pee Wee played bass fiddle for the group.
In 1954, one article mentions that the band featured a female singer by the name of Sandra Jackson from
Moving along to 1963, Billboard reported that KFTV had tried some format changes. Around that time,
it was only doing two or three hours of country and western music, under the direction of Pee Wee Reid.
The station manager then, Jim Hendrix, did a one week test of an all country format and its success was
such that the station went to full time country and western programming.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs; No. 36; August 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- Melody Trails; Vol. 11 No. 4; August 1955; Ernest Tubb Fan Club;
- Country & Western Jamboree; October 1955; Country & Western Jamboree;
- Cowboy Songs; No. 54; December 1957; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- Country Song Roundup; No. 54; February 1958; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- Billboard; May 13, 1957; The Billboard Publishing Company; Cincinnati, OH
- Billboard; September 16, 1957; The Billboard Publishing Company; Cincinnati, OH
- Billboard; November 4, 1957; The Billboard Publishing Company; Cincinnati, OH
- Billboard; January 20, 1958; The Billboard Publishing Company; Cincinnati, OH
- Billboard; June 30, 1958; The Billboard Publishing Company; Cincinnati, OH
- Billboard; February 16, 1983; The Billboard Publishing Company; Cincinnati, OH
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to express its appreciation to B. J. Clayton, Vice President
and General Manager of the NorthEast Texas Radio Group for contacting us and providing information to help
us document Pee Wee's career.