For more than forty years Mac Hudson and Irv Harrigan launched the workday for millions of Houstonians as the hosts of one of America’s longest-running, most successful comedy morning shows at the legendary and award-winning KILT Radio. The Hudson & Harrigan Show aired continuously from 1967 until 2010, in which time it became a bona fide Houston institution.
Randy Hames (as Irv Harrigan) co-hosted the last 30 years of the show’s run with his on-air partner and life-long friend Fred Olson (Mac Hudson), and together they forged a new format and broke new ground as an early-morning comedy team, with unprecedented tenure and ratings success.
Over the decades, much misinformation has been written and circulated about how the behind-the-microphone title characters changed and the format was modified, so Hames has meticulously researched the show’s history through endless conversations with its principal players. Houston’s Morning Show carefully chronicles the program’s wild and sometimes wacky twists and turns with wit and accuracy, and it pulls back the curtain so readers can experience for themselves the demands and rewards of anchoring a blockbuster, major-market team show.
From local Texas ownership to CBS, from the fictional Jim Bob Jumpback to Tyrone Tyrone Tyrone, from the original Hudson and Harrigan to the final duo, Hames painstakingly recounts the evolution of one of the most hilarious, iconic and award-winning morning team shows in broadcasting history. A must read for fans and industry insiders alike, Houston’s Morning Show is a one-of-a-kind, firsthand, fanciful romp through radio’s heyday.
Randy Hames has been a major market broadcaster, voiceover artist and voice actor since he was 15-years old – more than 50 years. He has starred on morning comedy shows in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco and several other cities. He has won Major Market Air Personality of Year Awards from Billboard Magazine and the National Association of Broadcasters, and is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He also won the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service while he was the Network Program Director for Armed Forces Radio in the Republic of Korea. Randy’s observations on radio and TV and its history are born out of first-hand experience working with some of the biggest names, and on some of the top stations in the industry, and his unique insights come from the depths of an uncanny memory of people, places and events spanning a life-long career in the public eye. His wit and colorful descriptions of radio’s halcyon days, and its decline into mediocrity give the reader a “behind-the-scenes” view of life behind the microphone, with accuracy and honesty. Hames still lives in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas with his wife of more than 40 years, and he owns and operates a multi-media company with his son and daughter. He continues to host radio shows in the comedy and talk formats.