San Antonio talk radio legend Ricci Ware has died

Ricci Ware (Photo courtesy Trey Ware / Facebook)

SAN ANTONIO - RIP Ricci Ware. The San Antonio talk show legend died Friday morning. He was 79 years old.

The talk show personality entertained KTSA listeners for over 55 years. He started out as a Disc Jockey in the early days of Rock and Roll then transitioning to a talk show host.

From the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame

Ricci Ware began his radio career in the mid 1950’s in Baytown, Texas. He married his high school sweetheart, Mimi (The Moot), in 1957, and they moved to Austin, Texas, where Ricci worked for LBJ at KTBC radio and television.

While passing through Austin, radio legend Gordon McLendon heard Ricci on the radio, and hired him on the spot to come to KTSA in San Antonio, where Ricci became a household name … and one of the city’s most popular and well-known DJs during the 1960s.

In the early 1970s, Ricci moved to KBUC and formed the legendary team of Ricci and Jud. Their humor and political commentary made radio history. And if being on the air every day was not enough, at this time, Ricci was the owner of Pan American Speedway, and also a weatherman on KSAT television. His plate was full!

Ricci returned to KTSA in 1983, and introduced talk radio to the legendary top-40 station.


My hero returned home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Chist this morning. My dad, Ricci Ware was my hero in every sense of the word. He was the greatest father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who ever lived.

He never met a stranger, and always had a kind word and a smile for others.

God put him here to bring joy to this life, and he did it so very well.

His integrity and reputation were impeccable. You always knew where you stood with him because he was honest and straight-forward in all his dealings with everyone.

He was a one-of-a-kind talent who had the natural ability to make you laugh and feel better about life in all circumstances. He could also cause you to think – deeply.

From radio to television, movie acting and the stage, race cars to airplanes and motorcycles – He lived every minute of his 79 years.

Our family is taking private time to be with each other this weekend. We will address his passing more very soon, and release information about his home-going celebration.

Until then, we remember his favorite saying:

“God loves you – and so do I!”

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