Hi, and welcome to my website. . My name is Travis Lamar Ayres. My parents named me after two legendary Texas heroes... Col. William B. Travis , who died at the Battle of the Alamo, along with all of the Texans he commanded..... and Mirabeau B. Lamar, who was the 2nd President of the Republic of Texas. (Thankfully my parents didn't name me "Mirabeau") My mother, Mary Alice Jones was from Texas but dad, Tommie Ayres was from Louisiana and that's where I was born and raised. I was the youngest of three sons. Brother Tom became a newspaper man and author and saw five of his books published. Brother Robert became a respected educator.
In 1968 I joined the U.S. Navy and sailed away to South Vietnam. Somehow, all of the people and places that I've just mentioned prepared me to become a Radio Broadcaster, Writer and Author.
Travis L Ayres
Early 1970. 2am, on board the USS Regulus: We were still at sea but almost home... not close enough that I could see the lights of San Francisco but close enough that my old portable radio could pick up the AM signal of one of the city's Top-Forty radio stations. Soon after we reached "The States" and our home port of Alameda, I would be making the transition from Petty Officer 3rd Class to civilian- without- a- job. As my Navy days had dwindled down I had struggled with the decision of what career path I would take. It seemed logical to me to try Commercial Art (as Graphic Art was called back then) since I had been drawing since the time I learned what a pencil was and I knew I had some talent. There was only one other job that interested me and that was being a radio disc jockey. Unlike a possible career in Art, I had no clue if I had any potential talent to be an on-air broadcaster. Also, I had no clue how one would get into radio. Then as I sat there on the deck of my ship, I heard an unfamiliar song on that Frisco station. It was rock. It was country. It was Mississippi River Delta blues. It was "Proud Mary" by a new band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. . And as simple as that, when that song ended I knew I wanted to make my living playing that kind of music on the radio. For the next 35 years, that's exactly what I did. Thanks, John Fogerty.
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