AlumNow: An early start for Lincoln grad leads to home—behind the mic

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From morning announcements to student assemblies and halftime at the football games, it was clear that Keith Solis’ future could very well involve a microphone. Today, as a well-respected radio personality and music director, this Lincoln High School graduate (Class of 1985) has built a career based on talents discovered at an early age.

AlumNow, The Hub feature that profiles Dallas ISD alumni, checked in with Solis after he returned to his alma mater to encourage students, offer advice, and share wisdom.

What are you doing now?

I’m a radio announcer and music director of KRNB (Smooth R&B 105.7). As an announcer, I produce the Steve Harvey Morning Show and also host the Gospel Sunday show. As music director, I oversee the day to day operations of the radio station, the other announcers, and music selection for the radio station.

Briefly list a few of your career and/or personal highlights.

I started my career at the age of 14 as a radio station intern while still a student at Lincoln High School. My career has allowed me to work at several Dallas radio stations including 100.3 JAMZ, V100, and 107.5 The Oasis. I also worked in Atlanta at V103 and have had national exposure at ABC Radio Networks and Salem Radio Network.

What was your favorite subject or activity/involvement in high school?

Radio/TV, Journalism, and English were my favorite subjects. I enjoyed being a part of the announcement team that did our morning announcements on the PA system. Also being a part of the Esquire Club, Student Council, and hosting pretty much every assembly/program and having the opportunity to be the halftime announcer at the Lincoln HS football games.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Beverly Talton was my favorite teacher because of her caring and gentle spirit that allowed her to get positive results from her students. Every Friday we would have a “rap session” in her English class where we were required to read the newspaper and discuss world events. It was like “Oprah” before “Oprah!” It definitely prepared me for what I do now on a daily basis!

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?

To respect others and their opinions, even if you don’t agree with them.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?

To learn as much as you can, take advantage of every positive opportunity and use it as a stepping stone to the next opportunity. And have fun along the way! Enjoy all that high school has to offer!

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