Ricky “Güero Polkas” Davila conducted his final show at KEDA on Friday morning as he has for the past 44 years — sharing stories on and off the air and spinning his favorite music.
As always, he played the vibrant, maverick mix of conjunto, rock ‘n’ roll, blues and R&B that earned him the reputation as San Antonio’s Wolfman Jack.
With emotion showing on his face, Davila walked up the 25 steps to the South Flores Street office for the last time, turning on the lights in hallways decorated with decades-old memorabilia.
“I’m thinking about all the people we helped,” said Davila, looking around at the treasured collection. “I gave everybody a chance. We were the jukebox for the house. We were rebels, kind-hearted ones.”
He opened his 6-10 a.m. radio show with Flaco Jimenez‘s “Tex-Mex Honky Tonk” and closed with Los Fantasmas’ “Se Me Va Las Ganas.” In between, he played everything from the Sir Douglas Quintet‘s “The Rains Came” to Santiago Jimenez Jr.’s “Mi Castigo,” Joe Jama‘s “My Life” and Sunny & the Sunglows’ “Talk to Me.”
Many were saddened and stunned to hear the news this week that KEDA, “Radio Jalapeño,” had been sold to Corpus Christi-based Claro Communications and that the rustic two-story building, a landmark on South Flores Street, was sold to H-E-B.
A few close friends and family members gathered in the small control booth one last time.