Tracy Pitcox

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Tracy Pitcox began his career in radio in 1986, at the age of 15, over KNEL in Brady, Texas. He started a traditional country music request program called “Hillbilly Hits” in 1989.  That radio show would enable Pitcox to connect with Country Music fans literally all over the world and become the nucleus of not only a thirty-year radio career, but a record label, country music museum and promotion of hundreds of country music shows and dances.  He also worked at KGKL radio in San Angelo, while attending Angelo State University.

Pitcox has been chairman of the one thousand member Heart of Texas Country Music Association since it was formed in 1989.  The association promotes artists, performances and traditional country music.

Pitcox’s book “Legendary Conversations With A Texas Disc Jockey” has attained two pressing since it was published in 2008. The book contains interviews with over ninety country music entertainers from Garth Brooks to Kitty Wells and shows his passion for meeting and preserving the history of the genre’s entertainers.

“Meeting someone who so loves and is so devoted to pure country music is amazing,” Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn said.  “I knew I’d met one of these people, several years ago when I met Tracy.  Tracy’s love of traditional country is evident in all he does to promote artists, as me.  He is truly an asset to all that loves this music.  I’m lucky to be able to call him a dear sweet friend and I love him.”

He also founded the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum in Brady, Texas.  The museum honors over 125 Country Music artists with memorabilia from Jim Reeves’ tour bus, Tammy Wynette and Ferlin Husky’s limos to Nudie designed rhinestone suits from Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Hank Thompson, Ray Price and many others.

Throughout his career, Pitcox has received a number of awards for his work from the country music community.

The Country Music Association of Texas presented him with their “Traditional Country DJ Award" in 1995.  The Governor of Tennessee presented Pitcox with his “Ambassador of Good Will” proclamation in 2004. The San Antonio Express News cited his accomplishments in the Texas Music industry with their Wiley Award in 2005. The Academy of Western Artist named him their Disc Jockey of the Year in 2005 and their Record Producer of the Year in 2007. The Llano Chamber of Commerce cited him with their first “Humanitarian of the Year” award in 2008. The Cowtown Society of Western Music voted him into their Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Brady Chamber of Commerce gave him their Presidents Award also in 2009. He was also one of the first three to be inducted into the Brady High School Hall of Fame in 2016. Pitcox was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame in 2016 and received the Brady/McCulloch County Lifetime Achievement Award in January of 2017.

Pitcox is president of Heart of Texas Records. The independent traditional Country Music record label has released over fifty projects featuring artists including Norma Jean, Johnny Bush, Hank Thompson, Ferlin Husky, Georgette Jones, Dottsy, Tommy Hooker, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Darrell & Mona McCall, Guyanne McCall, Diane McCall, George Hamilton IV, Dallas Wayne, Bobby Lewis, Bobby G. Rice, Frankie Miller, Kaye Tolson, Landon Dodd, Joe Paul Nichols, Kaye Tolson, Curtis Potter, Rance Norton, Kimberly Murray, Mary Lou Turner, Country Jim, Al Dean and Justin Trevino.

Pitcox celebrated his 30th Anniversary in radio in 2016 and has guest hosted segments on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on six different occasions as well as producing country music shows in England, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and Canada.  And he loves Country Music.

He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

A Few Comments From Friends:

“In my lifetime, I have worked a lot of engagements for a lot of Country Music Promoters.  But to this day, I have never found a more down to earth, honest human being than Tracy Pitcox.”       - Little Jimmy Dickens

“Meeting someone who so loves and is so devoted to pure Country Music is amazing.  I knew I’d met one of these people, several years ago when I met Tracy!  Tracy’s love of Traditional Country is evident in all he does to promote artists, as me.  He is truly an asset to all that loves this music.  I’m just luck to be able to call him a dear sweet friend!  Love you, Tracy!”          - Loretta Lynn

“Congratulations to Tracy on becoming a member of the Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. What an honor. We enjoyed his recent visit in Roscoe and always enjoy visiting with him.”    - Crystal Gayle

“My heartfelt congratulations to Tracy for his induction into the "Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame" His success, knowledge and love of our business certainly makes Tracy one of the most endeared Country Music Icons of today!”    -Your Fan & Friend, Claude Gray

“I am here to congratulate you on your induction into the Texas Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.  I have to say that you are already in the Tubb Hall of Fame for all that you have to done to keep our dad’s (Ernest Tubb) memory alive.  We appreciate and love you for that.”         - Dean Tubb

“I want to join my voice and my heart with so many other people to congratulate you on your induction into the Texas Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.  Its quite an honor and I want to thank you for devoting so much of your life and your energy to the music that we both love.”       - Charlie Daniels

“I want to say how proud I am of Tracy Pitcox.  I go way back to the time that he was 16 years old standing at London Dance Hall waiting with his little tape recorded to interview Darrell McCall for the first time.  You’ve come a long way and I love you.”       - Darrell & Mona McCall

“Thank you for everything you do for Country Music in Texas and everywhere else.  Thanks for everything and I love you.”     - Jan Howard

“I want to congratulate my friend Tracy Pitcox on becoming a member of the Texas Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.  I think that’s great!”        - Ronnie Milsap

“This is your old buddy Bobby Bare and I want to say congratulations.  This is a big deal and you have earned it.  We all think that you are the greatest because you are.  We love you Tracy.”      - Bobby Bare

“I wanted to congratulate you Tracy on your induction into the Texas Country Music DJ Hall of Fame. What a well deserved honor and you have made so many people happy through the years including myself. Congratulations for being the youngest inductee ever.”         - Charlene Tilton  (Lucy Ewing from Dallas)

“I want to congratulate my buddy Tracy Pitcox.  What a big night for him and so well richly deserved going into the Texas Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.  There’s no better guy on the planet.  Nobody that loves Traditional Country Music and speaks up and champions it quite like Tracy Pitcox.  He has been doing it for years.  Tracy congratulations buddy you are right where you belong…in the Hall of Fame.”       - Bill Anderson

“I can’t think of anyone that deserves being inducted into the Texas Country Music DJ Hall of Fame more than Tracy Pitcox.  He has been a great to help to Country Music in Texas.  He has put together a museum in Brady that is great.  He has Heart of Texas Records that I am proud to be on as well as a number of others.  Congratulations Tracy, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”        - Frankie Miller

“Welcome to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.  I can’t think of anybody more deserving.  Good luck to you and I love you.”        - Johnny Bush

“I want to congratulate you on your induction into the Texas Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.  What a great thing and so very well deserved.  I am so proud to be a part of the Heart of Texas family.  Thanks for all that you do for all of us and for Country Music.  You know what, I am one of your biggest fans.”       - Dottsy

“Congratulations and this is a very well deserved honor years in the making.  I can’t think of anyone more dedicated to Country Music.  I am honored to have known you all of these years and honored to call you my friend.  You have done so much for Country Music for so many people and there are so many people that appreciate you and love you.  We are all so happy to see this honor bestowed upon you.  Thank you so much for all that you have done for me and Country Music.”      - Amber Digby

“We want to congratulate Tracy on being inducted into the Texas Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.  We know that George IV would say that nobody deserves it more than you.”        - George Hamilton V & VI              

“Congratulations to Tracy Pitcox on his Texas Disc Hall of Fame induction.  I can’t think of a better guy and any one more deserving.  I want to tell you that you meas so much to me and my family.  You and Charla have become great friends of ours and I couldn’t be more proud to call you a friend.”      - Landon Dodd

“I just want to say congratulations Tracy and I am so proud of you.  I can’t imagine anyone else in the world that deserves it any more than you.  What you need to know if how much all of us love you and appreciate you and all your hard work.  When I first met you in 2009, I was still working full time as a nurse.  If it hadn’t been for you giving me the confidence and the opportunity, I wouldn’t have been able to follow my dreams that I am now.  I thank you and love you for that.”       - Georgette Jones

“We couldn’t be happier or more proud for you, Tracy.  You can’t think about Texas or Country Music without thinking about Tracy Pitcox.  We appreciate your support for all of us through the years.  It’s been a long time coming.”     - Jeannie Seely

“I am so proud of you and you deserve every bit of it.  Tracy and I have been friends for many years.  I think way back to the 1970’s.  We have had the longest friendship in history to have never met face to face until last year.  My husband Leon Ashley also loved Tracy.  Congratulations, its well deserved.”         - Margie Singleton

“I want to congratulate you on your induction into the Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.  I can’t think of a more deserving individual my friend.  I know for more than thirty years now, that you have dedicated your life to promoting and preserving Traditional Country Music.  You wear so many different hats aside from being a wonderful DJ, you also own your own record label, a show promoter, booking agent and a great friend to anybody that has anything to do with Traditional Country Music.  Above all, I am proud to call you one of my closest friends.”           - Justin Trevino

“Without people like you who are dedicated to Country Music and the artists , we would all be in trouble.  We love you here in Branson and congratulations.”            - Mary Lou Turner

“Congratulations Tracy on your hall of fame induction.  Don’t ever lose that attitude you have for making everybody feel like a star, because you are.”       - Jody Miller

“Your old buddy T. Graham Brown coming at you from Nashville, Tennessee.  Just want to say congratulations for being inducted into the Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.  Buddy if you don’t deserve to be in there, don’t nobody deserve to be in there, because Tracy Pitcox you are the man.”       - T. Graham Brown

“We are so excited that you have been inducted into the Texas Disc Jockey Hall of Fame this year.  All the great things that you have done for us in Country Music and how you have kept Country Music at the forefront.  All of your great work on the air and we just love you so much.  You deserve this honor.”      - Barbara Fairchild

“This is Junior Brown congratulating my buddy Tracy Pitcox for his inducted into the Texas Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.  Tracy, we are all mighty proud of you and thanks for doing what you do for our music and keep up the good work.  Congratulations buddy.”          - Junior Brown

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving.  You have done more to promote Country Music than anybody that I can think of-especially Traditional Country Music which is my favorite kind!  Billy and I feel honored to call you a friend.  We love you and keep us the good work.”        - Jeannie C. Riley