Who are you and what is the name of your business?
I’m Joshua Jones and the name of my business is KHYI 95.3 The Range and KXEZ 92.1 The Possum radio stations.
What inspired you to start your business?
My parents started this company in 1979 after having spent a couple decades in the radio business. Once you get in the radio tractor beam - it’s hard to get out.
What services or products do you offer?
The best country music.
What is unique about your business?
We’re one of the last remaining major market mom and pop radio stations in America.
How does your business give back to the community?
Community is incredibly important to us. We’ve got several annual promotions that are designed to help nonprofits in the area. One of our favorites over the last few years has been Powered to Move which is based in Collin County. Poweredtomove.org
What obstacles did you have to overcome to get to where you are today?
Every day it’s us against Cumulus, iheartradio, ABC, and a bunch of other major corporations.
What methods have you used to grow your business?
We try to consider ourselves more of a multimedia company instead of just a traditional terrestial radio station and we also produce one of the biggest music festivals of its kind completely in house.
What is the secret to keeping happy customers?
Overdelivering and producing results.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My dad, he was the son of a sharecropper Fannin County. He barely had two nickles to rub together and if it weren’t for him and his hard work and vision, KHYI and KXEZ would have never come to be.
What is your most/least favorite thing about your business?
My most favorite thing is being able to be both creative and a businessman. Most jobs make you be one or the other and I have found a unique opportunity to be both.
Where do you see your business going in the future?
Hopefully staying in front of the trends and continuing to build our audience and our customer base.
To what do you attribute your success?
We’ve been fortunate enough to hire a bunch of really talented people who have helped make us look good over the last couple of decades.
How are you involved in the chamber and what is the effect on your business?
We’ve been a proud member and spent the last few on the outside looking in, but we are excited to see how we can get more involved in the future.
What’s the best advice you would give a new chamber member to get the most out of their membership?
Invest in your community with your time, your energy, and your financial resources and your community will reward you.
Chuck Taylor, Joshua Jones, and Brett Dillon
Station founder/owner Ken Jones with Sam Walton in 1981 (at the opening of Wal-Mart in Rockwall.)
Joshua with wife, Kimberly, backstage with Ray Wylie Hubbard at the David Letterman show in NYC, when Ray performed.
The station's most influential friend and fan, Kiefer Sutherland, wearing a KHYI trucker hat. (He's been seen all over the world wearing that hat.)
Annual Texas Music Revolution, held every March in Plano