Peña, who had been off the air over the past several months due to health issues, made the retirement announcement on November 1 via social media, “Hello friends, for those of you who have been waiting for me to return to KSAB 99.9, I have some sad news. Over the weekend, I sat with my family to discuss my future. With my current health issues, I decided that the best thing to do is to retire. It wasn’t an easy decision since radio is all I’ve done for the last 40 years.”
The South Texas native began his radio career in 1980 at 92.1 KDSI-FM in Alice, Texas, highlighted by his 25 years as host of the top-rated morning show in Corpus Christi at KSAB Tejano 99.9, with 20 of those years with co-host Barbi Leo, who departed in December 2019 to become morning anchor at KIII-TV.
Peña added he was fortunate to work and learn with some of the best radio personalities in South Texas, beginning with his father Armando Peña Sr and his brothers Mando Jr and Bobby Peña.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott honored the legendary career of Peña with an official statement of recognition. “From the time you began following in your father’s footsteps as a broadcaster and radio personality, listeners across South Texas have tuned in to share your love for music,” he said the statement. “Your voice has left an indelible mark on the Tejano music scene and your dedication to your craft embodies the best of the Lone Star State. Though you will no doubt be missed by your many listeners and fans, I am certain your legacy will not soon be forgotten across South Texas.”
Peña shared a final message. He said, “To all musicians that I had the honor of getting to know, thank you for being my friend. That’s one of the reasons I got into radio, was to meet people. And finally to all my fans and radio listeners. I love you all so much. Thanks for your support.”
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The song’s theme was the idea of the Tejano Music Awards winner’s past experiences.