About Us

Our History




Youth on the March was a national television program that first aired on the ABC Television Network more than 60 years ago, spearheaded by evangelist Dr. Percy Crawford, a Christian Broadcasting pioneer.  He accomplished many “firsts,” one of which was airing a weekly, Christian, nationally television program.  The talent attracted by him and his amazing wife, Ruth, was top-notch. The Crawford children, Don, Dick, Dan, Dean and Donna, participated on the programs, as did young people who went on to be some of the most recognizable leaders in Christian ministry and service.  The program lasted approximately four years until ABC decided they could make more money airing other non-religious programming.  Percy decided to take matters into his own hands and was able to subsequently a UHF station in Philadelphia as well as 13 bankrupt radio stations so to spread the Gospel.  Unfortunately, his plans came to a screeching halt by his sudden death due to a heart attack in 1959.  However, his oldest son, Don, understood his calling, grabbed the Crawford torch and ran with it.  
 
Over fifty years later, Don Crawford Sr. is the honored owner and CEO of the 24- stations Crawford Broadcasting Company.  While his son is the founder and hands-on owner of the DJR Broadcasting Company, comprised of radio stations in Dallas, Texas, Albany, New York, and Rochester, New York.  
 
KAAM is said to be the most listened to Nostalgia format via a station's website in the entire nation, per industry watchdog "Radio Locator." As exciting is that KAAM is the third most listened to Nostalgia station in the country via the radio. In short, we are thee premiere Nostalgia station coast-to-coast and perhaps world-wide. Why is this?  We listen to and know our listeners tastes and consequently provide them with the greatest, most legendary music in American history.  In return, they assertively support KAAM's heavily screened and scrutinized local advertising and program partners, knowing over the thirteen years on AM-770 how management and local ownership has carefully vetted these professionals.  No station does this to this degree!!!  None. Such an understanding between the station, its people, its clients, and the very loyal listeners makes for one very beneficial and profitable relationship for all.  Thank you for listening to the great KAAM!
Donald B. Crawford Jr. 
President/ Owner/ General Manager
You might say that Don was born to be in radio, following in the footsteps of both his grandfather, Percy, an early radio pioneer and evangelist, and his father, Don Sr., also a successful radio entrepreneur.  But as a youth, Don expressed more interest in becoming a veterinarian than going into the Crawford family business. As an undergraduate, however, after working at a variety of jobs including waiter, ski instructor and pub bouncer, his very first internship, here at KAAM (he was just 20 years old) converted, and sealed the deal for him.  He went on to earn his Master’s degree in Communications from USC, then headed into sales, starting at KBRT in Costa Mesa, CA. By His grace and Don’s diligence, he worked his way through the ranks to eventually oversee 13 stations as Regional Manager.  In 2005, Don decided it was time to go out on his own, combining his education, his experience, and lessons learned from his entrepreneurial family into something uniquely his own. That something was KAAM.  He moved to Dallas in 2006, an act he considers to be one of the most rewarding things he has ever done.  Along the way, he has acquired additional stations in other states, even though he considers Texas his home.  The key to his success is a keen understanding of the strategies and ideas necessary to make KAAM’s partners significant profit while developing long-lasting relationships built on mutual respect and trust.  In his spare time, Don enjoys attending sporting events, working out, exploring wine and spending time with his fiancée. 
Sarah Lee 
Chief Financial Officer/ Assistant to the President
At 16, Sarah convinced her high school co-op program to sponsor her so she could work as a bank teller, which began her love affair with the retail financial services industry.  Her passion for the industry coupled with strong interpersonal skills enabled her to climb the ladder very quickly, reaching the Division Manager level by the age of 28.  Her success in the banking industry was fueled in part by an affinity for helping people meet their financial goals, team building and organizational skills, and a rare talent for communicating that is both diplomatic and motivational.  After 18 years, Sarah made the decision to leave the banking industry, and joined DJRD Broadcasting as Chief Financial Officer. She is also an integral part of the KAAM family, and although the industry is completely different, she has been able to seamlessly apply her skills to the advantage of staff, partners, and listeners alike.  She brings a palpable energy and feeling of connectedness which KAAM benefits from immeasurably. Outside of work, Sarah has a passion for mind-body nutrition, yoga, enjoys raising her teenage son, cuddling her two furry companions, and taking in every moment with the love of her life and fiancé.
Melanie Rankin
Writer
A bookworm from the very beginning, Melanie has always been entranced by a great story, a love that was fostered by a mother who was an insatiable reader, and a father who loved nothing more than telling a good tale.  Creative and introverted, she began making up her own stories at an early age, and voraciously consuming others’ as quickly as she could.  High school led to Yearbook Staff membership and UIL writing competitions, which reinforced her love of the written word.  It seemed only natural that college meant a Journalism major, but that was soon challenged by her love of music.  The music won by a close margin, and she earned a degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas.  A brief stint as a freelance Production Assistant left her feeling completely underwhelmed, and she soon found a perfect opportunity to enter the field of publishing, which appealed to her sense of creativity and her love of the English language. After almost two decades, she stumbled upon a rare combination of the things she loves the most, and with her heart in her throat, sent a resume to an AM station called K double A M.  It took more than six months for her to receive that call, but it finally came, proof positive that persistence and patience DO pay off.  When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, you’ll find her attending art and renaissance festivals, traveling, and snuggling up with her 2 very fluffy cats.
Jennifer Paslay
Production / Traffic Manager
Jennifer always knew she wanted to have a career that centered around music, but she didn’t realize she belonged in radio until she started listening to the late Kidd Kraddick.  His interaction with his guests and co-hosts, and the amount of fun he had during his show inspired her to seek a similar career.  She changed her major and ended up receiving her Mass Communications Degree from Texas Weslyan University.  After a couple of internships, Jennifer decided to supplement her education with technical, hands-on training from the American Broadcasting School.  She completed the program then headed out to Lubbock for her first position as on-air host on Mix 100.  The next few years took Jennifer to San Angelo where she worked her way up to Production Director and Assistant Program Director before she returned to the Metroplex to do production work for Jack FM. She joined the KAAM family in December 2014, where she quickly became completely indispensable.  When she’s not attending concerts, or tending to her neighborhood’s feral cat colony, you can find Jennifer eagerly anticipating (thanks to Mark Rivers) the next installment of the Walking Dead series.
Valerie McLarry
Receptionist / Event Coordinator
 
Valerie is a hometown girl, born and raised in Arlington.  She and Michael, her husband of 34 years, met while they both worked at Six Flags Mall.  Their respective stores faced each other. Professionally, what began as a temporary overflow typist position at a law firm, turned into a 25-year career as a legal secretary.  Her first law firm was so impressed with her skills that they kept her on and gave her the training she needed to advance in her career.  She has one daughter and two small grandsons who are the light of her life.  She also has one fur baby, a white Pomeranian named after her favorite singer, Elvis.  When her daughter got married, she discovered a love for event planning and decorating, describing the planning process as one of the most fun of her life.  She is looking forward to making the KAAM dances even better than ever and meeting all of our wonderful listeners.​
Don and Sarah's Story - Of course, the story of KAAM is not complete without the story of Don and Sarah, since they are an integral part of what makes this station what it is.  Don first spied Sarah nine years ago in the gift shop at Fellowship Church in Grapevine.  Instantly smitten, he noticed that she was alone and made a point to sit next to her during the service.  To this day, Don does not remember even one word of the message that night, because his heart was racing throughout the entire service.  He invited her for coffee afterward, but Sarah already had plans, and suggested meeting another time. That other time didn’t happen right away. Three months later, on 7/7/07 he saw her at church again, and the rest is history.  Fast forward several years and Don finds himself in need of a CFO, when Sarah has recently decided to leave the banking industry.  After much prayer and discussion, they realize that their complimentary skill sets make them a strong match professionally as well as personally. So, Sarah joins Don and the radio world in the summer of 2012, and this unique partnership has essentially made KAAM and the entire DJR Broadcasting Company what it is today.  
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