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Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Uncle Funky Larry Jones joins KTSU 90.9 FM

Uncle Funky

Lawrence "Funky Larry" Jones (aka "Uncle Funky") joined KTSU 90.9 FM on June 15, 2024, for a weekly Saturday afternoon show from 2 pm to 6 pm called the "Ultimate Backyard Party."

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"This is a God assignment," Uncle Funky said in a statement.  "I'm here because of God's grace, and my gifts and talents fit the vision of Mr. Walker and the family at KTSU. I was called to come and bring 51 years of experience, 35 years of being here in the city, and 40 years of programming experience to see if we can elevate and have some fun every afternoon or every Saturday afternoon with the "Ultimate Backyard Party."

"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Uncle Funky Larry Jones to KTSU 90.9 FM. With his incredible wealth of knowledge and decades of experience in the industry, his presence will not only elevate our programming but also provide invaluable insights and inspiration to our students," said Ernest Walker, General Manager of KTSU and The Vibe. "At KTSU, we strive not just to be on the airwaves but to be an integral part of the community, making our listeners feel connected and valued. Larry embodies this mission, and we are confident that his addition will greatly enrich our station and the community we have served for 52 years."

Listeners can look forward to new segments like "Grilling with Uncle Funky." While outdoor grilling might come to mind, the radio segment is actually a platform to discuss various topics ranging from relationship advice to TSU sports and reconnecting with the University community.

"To get your brother to have to chop it up a little bit, tell me about you, your life, your kids, your wishes, your wants, your needs, anything," added Uncle Funky. 

With a broadcasting career spanning over 50 years, including over 30 years in Houston, Uncle Funky brings his iconic voice, rich experience, and deep community connections to KTSU.

His career highlights include hosting the top-rated "Afternoon Ride with Uncle Funky Larry Jones & Ali Siddiq" on Urban One’s Majic 102.1 FM and contributing his voice to numerous high-profile events and organizations. Uncle Funky's last day with Majic 102.1 KMJQ Houston was in January 2024.

"I'm a product of an HBCU," Uncle Funky said. "I have my bachelor's degree from Alabama State University in Montgomery. Coming home to an HBCU has pretty much been a dream of mine," he said. "To fulfill this want in this season of my life with all the knowledge and things I've obtained, the chance to just flat give back, and be an integral part of the overall vision of elevating KTSU and serving the city of Houston, for me, is a dream come true."

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