You won’t find better political talk radio anywhere else in Lubbock! From local, state and national commentary to shows that focus on special topics like hunting, real estate, health finance and more, AM580 keeps you apprised of what’s happening. And our slogan isn’t “The Station That Listens to Lubbock” for no reason. If you want to hear about a particular issue, we’ll gladly take your calls and texts to 806.745.5800.
Wade grew up in radio on the heels of the late Big Ed Wilkes. Wade does not try to fill the shoes of his Dad, but he is dedicated in following in his footsteps. Wade believes that Lubbock listeners want to know what is going on… and that is our goal in the mornings.
Jim Stewart is a Lubbock, TX born and bred rascal. Graduating from Lubbock High School in 1959 (yep, he’s that old!), Jim joined up to serve his country in the United States Army. Upon his return to Lubbock, Jim served his community as police officer for ten years.
After serving in the both the Army and the Lubbock Police Department, Jim started his long career as a media broadcaster. Jim’s been in broadcasting since 1947 and with AM580 since 2005. In his career he’s interviewed everyone from small town FFA students to four sitting presidents.
Tune in every Monday through Friday with Jim for Today’s Ag. You’ll understand why he loves talking with the finest people around… our farmers and ranchers.
Cliff Wilkes is a no-nonsense West Texan born and bred in Lubbock. A strong believer in God, Guns and Guts, he keeps his bible close and his 1911 closer. Son of local political legend Mo Wilkes, Cliff grew up around the likes of Windy Sitton, Bob Duncan, John T. Montford, Kay Bailey Hutchison and both President Bushes.
A jack-of-all-trades, he’s worked in just about every environment. A master of few but knowledgeable in all, he’s waited tables on the bad side of town, spun a wrench and manufactured custom flat beds, taught rug rats tennis, answered phones at a local bank, wrote grants for Texas Tech and traveled the country and world representing President George W. Bush.
On the political front, Cliff’s been called everything but his name. He’s been labeled a RINO, liberal, fascist, and everything in between. While overall he leans right, he’s bound to get your blood boiling with his views on at least one issue.
His wife McKenzie (who is wildly smarter than he is) graciously supports his political rantings on air, online and on the fly.
Co-Host, West Texas Drive
Jay Leeson has eaten the Big Texan twice, been commissioned a Colonel by the governor and legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and survived a near-death sky diving accident (resulting from failed oversight of his weight disclosure on liability forms).
Of some (anonymous) acclaim, the native West Texan from Abernathy is a retired youth minister and national award winning collegiate cartoonist. A graduate of Texas Tech (Journalism, 2004) and Asbury Theological Seminary (Theology & Ethics), his real job is overseeing operations and development of a West Texas-based business composed of a mechanical engineering, residential remodeling and start-up commercial manufacturing. In his office his NRSV, Texas Constitution and Sig Sauer are readily accessible; on his walls hang portraits of the West Texas Triumvirate—Pete Laney, Bob Duncan and Charlie Stenholm, as well as a “What Would George Mahon Do?” sign. And he is a devotee to the notion that Kent Hance would’ve become President of the United States if he had beat Lloyd Doggett in the 1982 U.S. Senate Democratic primary.
Politically independent, a defender against the meddling of outsider left-wing and crayon-conservative™ interest groups, called “even more socially conservative than me” by Wade Wilkes, Leeson champions West Texas and its legacy of good government economic policies.
His beautiful pioneer-woman wife Charity of 13 years, once a big shot banking executive, oversees Grace (7), twins Jack and Sam (5) and Charles (1) at the Leeson Ponderosa—graciously enduring her husband’s habit of talking West Texas issues on-air and on the front porch.