College Education TSU — 13 October 2011
Tennessee State University Alumni to be Honored

2011 HERE Legacy Award to honor broadcaster Wash Allen Oct. 22


HOUSTON – Rice’s HERE (Houston Enriches Rice Education) Project will celebrate Wash Allen’s 45 years in broadcasting on Oct. 22 at the 2011 HERE Legacy Award ceremony.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall on the Rice University campus, located at 6100 Main St. For directions, go to

Allen began his career as a 14-year-old broadcaster at WDIA Radio in Memphis, Tennessee, and went on to major in Speech and Drama at Tennessee State University. He moved easily into radio broadcasting with stations in Nashville, Tennessee; Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Michigan and Houston, Texas. He has spent over 45 years in broadcasting, holding several managerial positions at radio stations in Nashville, Cleveland, Washington, Detroit and Houston, respectively. He was syndicated on ABC Radio Network for 12 years on the Solid Gold Soul format and has worked on the Houston radio scene at KYOK Radio in 1969 and with KCOH since 1971.

Wash Allen is the host of the popular “Confessions with Walsh Allen” daily radio talk show on KCOH radio. A recognized radio personality. Billboard Magazine named him as one of the Top Three Broadcasters’ in the United States, and he was awarded billboard’s annual radio programming forum award.

35 years ago, Wash created an annual dance extravaganza called “Wash Allen’s Happy Feet Dance,” for his fans and advertisement sponsors. Today, it still brings in thousands of his fans and is as popular as when it started.

Allen became Houston’s first African American TV host with a weekly program called “Talent Unlimited” on KHOU; the local CBS affiliate from 1971-1974. Allen had a national radio show syndicated through ABC Radio Network for over twelve years.

Presently, Allen has a weekly TV show on ABC called “Wash Allen in the Heart of Houston.” The show spotlights Houston’s social scene.

Among the guest speakers at the ceremony are Helen Cavazos, METRO’s vice president and chief diversity officer; Judy Foston, president and founder of Foston International; Anthony Le, president of Double Eight Properties; U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; Waverly Nolley, attorney at Waverly R. Nolley & Associates; Karen Carter Richards, CEO and publisher of Houston Forward Times Newspaper; and William Terrell, director of African-American Programming at South Carolina Education Television.

Actor and entrepreneur Leon Isaac Kennedy will host the event.

About Rice University

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Rice is proud of its six-year graduation rate – 91 percent.



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