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
"Broadcasting is in his blood" - Don hails from a family of broadcasting pioneers.  In 1989, his first job in radio was as a salesman at one of his father’s stations, Christian Talk KBRT in Southern California.  He learned the industry, succeeded in sales and by the grace of God and diligence he now proudly owns four radio stations in New York and Texas. What Don enjoys most about being KAAM’s owner is the autonomy to do whatever is necessary to survive and thrive.  “We are not handcuffed by corporate bureaucracy or shareholders.  Such allows us to perpetuate a tailored format unlike any in the country.”
Fun Facts: First choice profession if he wasn’t in radio would be a Veterinarian; most unique job before radio was working as a chambermaid at a Howard Johnson’s.  He is a very good chef; celebrity look-alike is Ryan Seacrest; while his favorite KAAM Song,“Against All Odds.” 

Sarah Lee

Finance Director/ Station Manager
"Traded Funds for Fun" - 
For most of Sarah’s life, banking was all she knew and did, starting as a Teller at age 16.  Through hard work, passion, determination and the love of the business, she became a highly successful Vice President and held many leadership positions within the retail bank. She remained in banking for over 18 years, but in January, 2012, Sarah left the industry and was hired as DJR Broadcasting’s Finance Director.  In October that same year, she added the responsibility of General Manager of KAAM.  What Sarah likes most about her position is the thrill of keeping great music alive, while helping to grow the businesses of our clients!  

 Fun Facts: The proud mom of a teenager, Bruce Lee, has two adorable cats, Mush and Sushi, and socially loves to wine and dine. People say she resembles Linda Carter as “Wonder Woman,” a very fitting nickname. Her childhood nickname was “Susie Q” because of her strawberry blond curls. Prior to being swept away into the financial services industry, Sarah dreamed of becoming a handler at Sea World to perform with and care for the whales and dolphins.

Emmi McMinn

Traffic Manager
"The 'APPle' of our eye!" - Discovered by our GM at a Petco after Ms. Lee's outstanding customer service from Emmi, she joined us in January 2013 and has already proven to be a hugely valuable asset.. Thanks to Emmi, KAAM is much more IT-current, if not cutting edge, than ever.  Two examples are the New KAAM App and improved website.   
 Fun Facts:  A major animal lover, of course, and movie buff, while she loves actors like Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Will Smith; her favorite KAAM Song is “Hello” by Lionel Richie ;celebrity look-alike is Alicia Silverstone. 

Gloria Evans

"The Director of First Impressions" - Gloria has been the “familiar voice and front-door face” of KAAM for the past 11 years.  Known as “The Queen of Bargain Shopping," she always looks like a million bucks no matter where or when!  Undoubtedly, she loves serving our loyal listeners and valued clients.
Fun Facts: Enjoys discovering new restaurants; her favorite movie is “Pretty Woman”; looks like Diahann Carroll and Diana Ross; has won several dance contests in high school.  And her favorite artist is Lou Rawls. 

Melanie Rankin

“The Grammar Police” - After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio-TV-Film, Melanie’s career took a detour for publishing before coming back around to radio. Working at KAAM is a dream come true, she says, loving every minute of it.  A native Texan, she grew up in Allen and has always had a penchant for creativity.  Writing has come naturally to her, probably because she spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book. 
Fun facts: Hobbies include playing with her two cats, jewelry-making, Renaissance festivals, and travel.  If she wasn’t working in radio, her fantasy jobs would be a novelist or a Foley Artist. She’s been told her celebrity look-alike is a young Vickie Lawrence.

Jennifer Paslay

Production Assistant
“Making Radio Magic” - Jennifer originally hails from Ft. Worth and has a Mass Communication/Radio & Television degree from Texas Wesleyan University. She’s been working in radio since 2002, with her career landing her in west Texas towns, such as Lubbock and San Angelo.  When asked how living in west Texas compared to living in the metroplex, she replied that she liked both, but was “happy to never see another dust storm again."  Her impressive technical skills make her a valuable asset for our production department, it taking very little time for her co-workers to see how indispensable she is.
Fun Facts:  Hobbies include attending concerts, movies (especially those of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence), football, reading and playing with her two furbabies.  If she wasn’t working in radio, she would want to be a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, while also secretly aspiring to be the female equivalent of Ryan Secrest.  Her celebrity look-alike is Beverly D’Angelo.

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