Days after the shocking news that beloved Tejano morning show personality Jonny Ramirez was released from his duties at San Antonio radio station KXTN 107.5, Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, his former wife, posted an open letter to listeners on Facebook.
The post was a heartfelt letter about the 22 years that the iconic radio personality spent with the radio station, from his battles with corporate programming to keep the Tejano format on KXTN, to using his own money for station promotions and his philanthropic work with many charities.
Here’s the full text of the letter:
Best Run of My Life
October 20, 2015, a chapter closed. A chapter of 22 years. A chapter of amazing Tejano music and artists. A chapter of radio personalities, sales weenies, and corporate suits. A chapter overflowing with the best listeners in the world. A chapter in the Life of Jonny Ramirez, #bestformerhusbandever.
Yes, on Tuesday Univision Radio made a business decision to terminate ties with Jon. Although many may not agree with their actions (well, some may) please understand it is just another day in corporate America. We respect that. Please know that the Univision San Antonio building is still filled with great hard working passionate people who will be missed.
I’ve read many great posts over the past few days from nuestra raza who “grew up” listening to Jonny, those who couldn’t begin their day without the ‘Jonny Ramirez in the Morning Show’, and those who shared the music with their children and grandchildren on their drive to school. Thank you.
As many are aware, Jonny is modest and speaks few words until he finds his comfort zone. Well, I’d like to share a few things you may not be aware of.
• Jon worked at 12 stations in seven years before he landed a gig with Tichenor Media Services. Jon was loyal. He had offers to move to larger markets, but his loyalty was with the Tichenor family. Warren and Mac, thank you for giving him the opportunity to “goof off on the radio”.
• On several occasions throughout the years, corporate suits proposed “flipping” KXTN, but Jon stood his ground to keep ‘nuestra musica’ on the airwaves and succeeded.
• Jon worked along side great morning drive personalities like Bo en la Caja, Go Cart Carlos, Bo Leo, Speedy Petey, Mike Pecina, Baby J, Ale Ballesteros, Lady Di, Naomi G., Abby Chavarrilla, Tina, Petey Galindo, Jammin J Javi and who can forget Big Papa… Go Cowboys!!!
• Jon would always go above and beyond to personally purchase KXTN promotional product for the listeners, funding for contests and thanksgiving dinners for those in need.
• Jon had many sleepless nights giving back. With your help, millions of dollars were raised for Tejanos for Children, San Antonio Area Food Bank, Christus Santa Rosa, Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude, San Antonio Police Officers Association Blue Santa program and for multiple families of fallen Bexar County and SAPD Officers.
Through it all, Jon truly cared about the music, the culture and you, the listeners.
Today we continue to count our blessings. We have our health, family and friends.
As the #bestformerwifeever (well, the two who preceded me may think otherwise), I am extremely grateful to have been included in this chapter we now know as the “Best Run of My Life.”
Hugs to all.
*This post was reprinted with permission from Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez
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