Houston radio icon Mark Stevens passes away

HOUSTON Stevens died today after a fight with Alzheimer's disease. Stevens and Pruett started on KLOL in the 1980's and stayed there until 2000.

"Mark was the orchestrator of the Stevens and Pruett Show from the driving wheel standpoint. He was he momentum guy that just kept that thing moving," said Patrick Fant, KLOL GM 1983-1995.

Stevens got his start in radio in Fort Worth in the early 1960s and came to Houston in the 1970s as half of the 'Hudson & Harrigan' show on KILT. He returned to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the 1980s with the 'Stevens & Pruett' show, which gained fame in KLOL in Houston. They stayed on the air with KLOL until 2000.

Stevens was a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and is credited with helping launch the careers of many famous acts. The 'Stevens & Pruett' show is considered the father of 'shock jock' radio.

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