Jody Dean Biography
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Jody Dean is an American journalist and author. He is also a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. During his award-winning career, Dean has worked with, interviewed, or performed with thousands of public figures, actors, musicians, authors, artists, and comics. , Dean moved to 1190 KLIF. In 1981, he took on a three-hour Tuesday overnight shift at Dallas’ legendary KVIL.
Jody Dean Age | Family
Jody Dean was born in 1959. He is 60 years old. Dean is the son of Ruth Harbuck and Jimmy Dean. Sadly Dean had been sexually abused from age 3 to 6, something that he had blocked out for nearly 40 years. His mom’s first two pregnancies ended in miscarriage. He has a sister Susan who had cerebral palsy. Dean also had a brother named Stephen who was stillborn.
Dean is adopted. By the time he was 6 years old, doctors realized that he had been born with a strange deformity. The three bronchial tubes leading into the three lobes of the right lung were twisted
Jody Dean Education
Dean’s career in broadcasting began in junior high school in 1973 on WBAP-TV’s Museum of Horrors. After graduating from Ft. Worth’s Paschal High School as a highly recruited football player. He later took a shift at Abilene Christian University’s campus radio station. Dean eventually left college for his first job, at KPAR in Granbury, Texas. A few months later he was hired at 1360 KXOL and has worked in Dallas-Ft. Worth ever since.
Jody Dean Career
In 1980, Dean moved to 1190 KLIF. He took on a three-hour Tuesday overnight shift at Dallas’ legendary KVIL. Dean was eventually promoted to evenings, but his ratings were disastrous. He was taken off the air and moved to a behind-the-scenes job as a morning show producer. That move resulted in seven years of tutelage under the direct oversight of National Broadcast Association Hall of Famer Ron Chapman. He remains Dean’s close friend and mentor.
In 1991, Dean became the executive producer for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network. In 1994, he moved to KRLD to host a mid-day talk show. Ye again his ratings as a solo host were disappointing. He was reassigned as co-anchor of the KRLD Morning News in 1999. That led to a collaboration with co-anchor Jack Hines that lasted for another six years. It included coverage of pivotal events such as the Oklahoma City bombing, the Fort Worth Tornado, and 9/11.
In 1995, Dean was named co-host of KTVT’s Positively Texas! – an afternoon talk and variety show. After initial success, the show began languishing in the ratings. Dean was approached about possibly switching to news. He began hosting the noon and 5 p.m. news with Rene Syler on CBS 11 – followed by co-hosting duties with Maria Arita on CBS 11 News at 4.
By 2005, Ron Chapman was at KLUV and seeking a successor. He turned to Dean, who became KLUV Morning Show host upon Chapman’s retirement that year. The KLUV Morning Show was co-hosted by news reporter Kathy Jones, traffic reporter Jonathan Hayes, Rebekah Black, and producer Bernie “Mac” Moreland.
Dean was the original deejay, emcee, and rodeo announcer at Billy Bob’s Texas. He has most recently served as the main public address announcer for Dallas Cowboys home games at Cowboys Stadium. He has also served as public address announcer for the Cotton Bowl since 2009. His final football game at what is now AT&T Stadium was Super Bowl XLV.
Dean also appeared as a peripheral cast member on a cable reality show entitled Most Eligible Dallas. Dean was later removed from KLUV’s morning show leaving Jeff Miles as his replacement. Rebekah Black and David Rancken remain. The pair co-host alongside Miles. Dean’s last show with KLUV was September 28, 2018.
Jody Dean Wife | Marriages | Personal Life
Dean has been Married four times. His first wife was Nancy Thomas. Deans second wife was Gina Reese who is the mother of his eldest son. He has three children – two of whom are grown. Dean was adopted but later reunited with his birth-family in 2002. He maintains a close relationship with them. Raised in the Church of Christ, Dean is a published author and a frequent motivational and inspirational speaker. Dean experienced a spiritual reawakening in 2002 but openly continues to wrestle with personal choices.
Jody Dean Net Worth
Jody Dean is an American journalist and author. He is also a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. His estimated net worth is currently under review.
Jody Dean Radio
Former KLUV/98.7 FM morning host Dean left that show, but he’ll be around. Dean, 58, said the plan is for him to start a Saturday night “all-request show.”
Jody Dean Podcast
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Jody Dean Website
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