Pictured: Adan Ramirez accepts his award at the Fiesta Tejana held Saturday night. He, along with his brother Joe Ramirez, were named "Favorite Sons of Alice." OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Annual inductions held Saturday night

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Tejano stars were out on Saturday at the 8th Annual Noche De Fiesta Tejana during the Hall of Fame Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Induction.

The Ramirez brothers from Alice were inducted as Favorite Sons of Alice for their commitment to the Tejano business.

"Les damos gracias a todos, thank you," said Adan Ramirez.

His brother, Joe Ramirez was not able to attend, so Joe's son accepted the award on his behalf.

Tables were covered in black with silver lining and stars as the formal gala was celebrated to recognize Tejano legends and those that have contributed to the Tejano music industry.

La Villita Dance Hall has sheltered dances since 1950 and the historic hall received an induction during the ceremonies. Twenty-eight artists, composers, broadcast personalities and others were inducted at the 8th Annual Noche De Fiesta Tejana Saturday. Grammy winners such as Carlos Guzman performed, along with other guests.

The Fiesta Tejana was showcased by the Latin Express Band from Fort Worth with vendors selling memorabilia from T-shirts to caps and CDs.

Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez welcomed the crowd to Alice.

"It started as a dream to induct honorees and here you are, JV (Villanueva), and thank you for eight years of hard work and dedication," Saenz-Lopez said. "And over and over you have been putting Alice on the map…Que viva la musica Tejana!"

Saenz-Lopez said as a young girl she attended the dances at La Villita Dance Hall and has good memories of the weekly dances.

At the age of 19, Jose Guadalupe Gonzales from Beeville began his broadcast journey with KIKN, KZTV radio and later with KUNO from 1977 to 1998. He was also the first sports anchor for KORO television in Corpus Christi.

Gonzales was inducted Saturday night. Each of the inductees received a clear trophy with a commemorative Tejano R.O.O.T.S. watch.

"It's a prestigious award and I am honored," he said.

Composer Joe Mejia was inducted for his songs, which have been sung by big name stars such as Roberto Pulido.

"Quero darles las gracias a los fans," Mejia said as he received his award. "I thought they had forgotten about me. Thank you everybody and also to Tejano R.O.O.T.S."

The induction ceremony was being broadcast live to the Middle East, more than 300 radio stations and on the Internet.

"We are the only show that does that," Villanueva said. "We take the show around the world."