Bruce Nelson died in 2018.
He Stratton was Station Manager of Corpus Christi’s KFTX “Real Country” radio.
Bruce Nelson Stratton was known as “Dr. Bruce”.
Stratton began his career in the 1960s and 1970s where he was working on-airmm personality and programmer for such legendary Country station as WPLO, Atlanta; WMIL, Milwaukee; KENR, Houston; WUBE, Cincinnati; and KNUZ, Houston.
During the in 60s, he worked at WXRA in Woodbridge, Virginia; the first FM country Station in the United States where he worked side-by-side with famous fiddle player Scotty Stoneman of the Stoneman Family and Country Disc Jockey Hall of Fame member “Cousin Ray”.
In 1974, he was awarded the Gavin Music Director of the Year, and many oothe record company awards, which open the doors for Mickey Gilley, Freddie Fender, Johnny Lee, and Gene Watson careers.
While he occassional recording artist Stratton charted nationally in 1973 with “Shake Em Up and let Em Roll” on Royal American and was the opening act at Gilley’s for Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee where he also originated the first live broadcast over KENR in Houston from Gilley’s (The Saturday Night Special) which later evolved into the syndicated “Live at Gilley’s during the Urban Cowboy heyday.