The late Antonio “Tony” Botello Jr. will be inducted to the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 9 during the 16th Annual Noche de Fiesta Tejana Kick-Off Dance and Induction Ceremony as the Favorite Son of Alice.
Botello was the voice of the Alice Coyotes, an educator, school board member and a respected man of the community who passed away February 2015 after a battle with cancer.
He lived to serve his community, his faith, his family and the students of Alice Independent School District.
He was born in Kenedy, Texas, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a Masters of Education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.
Botello pursued a career in education. He was teacher and an administrator at Alice ISD for 33 years, and served on the Alice ISD School Board of Directors for five and a half years with fiver years as board secretary.
Botello had a passion for the Alice Coyote sports. He was a DJ for local radio station KBIC and also served as sportscaster for Alice Coyote Football where he was known as “THE VOICE” of the Alice Coyotes. He coined the phrase “AND THAT’S ANOTHER COYOTE FIRST DOWN” and had the ability to transport anybody who could not attend a game to the football field by radio broadcast.
His closing words at every Coyote football game were “Friends, as you enter the highways and byways of your destination, remember that to reach 75 you must drive 55, cause you’ll never reach 55 if you drive 75. This is Tony B saying goodnight everybody and may you have sweet dreams.”
The 16thAnnual Noche de Fiesta Tejana Kick-Off Dance will be held on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds inside the Merchant's Building. The fairgrounds are located at 3001 Johnson Street. The dance begins at 8 p.m. but the doors will be open at 7 p.m.
The dance is free to the public. Entertainers will be Robert Pulido Y Los Classicos and Robert Ray and the Midnight Rodeo.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Veteran's of Foreign War Hall located at 2300 North Texas Boulevard. Tickets are available for $12 a person. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 6 p.m.
Others inductees for the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame 2015 are:
Los Fantasmas De Valle Hector Barron Benito Fonseca Rodney Rodriguez Bobby Salinas Martin Cortez Progressive Band-
Ezmi Talamantez Y Viento Loco Ezmi Talamantez Abel Talamantez Ray Talamantez Adam John Vargas Male Entertainers-
Albert “Tiger” Diaz Pete Espinoza Female Entertainer-
Jackie Gomez Orchestra/Big Band
The Joe Lozano “Este Lunes” Award Promoter
Oscar Munoz Javier “JV” Villanueva Lifetime Achievement Award
Juan Tejeda Pioneer Tejano Award
Irma Garcia Leonel Pulido Million Dollar Band
Rudy Flores Bonifacio “Boni” Jordan Jesse Martinez Wally Munoz Santiago “Jimmy” Montez Robert Riojas Sr. Leonard Reyes Eloy De La Garza Silvestre “Nate” Garcia Esteban Jordan Jr. Guitar
Paul M. Velasquez Chris Perez Paul Martinez David Anzaldua Bajo Sexto
George Luis Moreno Sr. Gilbert Trejo Jr. Daniel Gonzalez Juan Olivarez Matthew Luna Bass Guitar
Julio P. Yglesias Rumaldo Vasquez David Hinojosa Jesse Gomez Roque “Rocky” Garza Trumpet
Rick Patino Saxophone
George Torres Paul Martinez Frank Cuellar Fred Soto Accordion
Luz Alfredo “Alfred” Garcia Roger Pena Arturo Nino Jesse Zamora Edwardo Rivera Fritz Morquecho Vocalist
George Jay Balli Paul Donoso Robert Gonzalez Castillo Keyboard
Carlos Reyna Espinosa Ruben Duque Joel Silva Steve “Rat” Silvas Robert Garcia Congas
AJ Rock Flores Michael Paul Flores Greg Paredez Bajo Sexto Award
Antonio S. Rios “Tony” Sound Engineer
Gabriel Lopez Amadeo Flores Accordion Player Award
Smiley Cuellar Reynaldo Ruiz Joe “Jose” H. Pena Armando Marroquin Sr. Historic Hall
Lerma Hall San Antonio, TX Special Recognition Award
Mel Garcia Reserved tables with eight seats are available. For price and more information about the event call Ruben Lopez at 361-765-3523 or Noe Lerma 361-549-5269.
No outside coolers are allowed on either night.