Introducing the Joe Anthony Project

The Joe Anthony Project seeks to acquire, preserve, and present the historical memories, artifacts, and memorabilia of San Antonio’s hard rock and heavy metal community from the 1960s to 2015.

From the beginning, finding a dedicated home for this material has been an a priority of the project.  The University of Texas at San Antonio – Institute of Texan Cultures has generously agreed to hold, maintain, and preserve the digital and physical collections this project hopes to procure.  Here they will be held indefinitely, open for research to all interested parties, and preserved according to archival standards.

While many of the physical manifestations of this music community have deteriorated or disappeared over the years, a strong sense of pride and passion remains.  An active Facebook page facilitates an online community, while compilations of music playlists on YouTube ensure the music will never die.  Building upon these existing resources, the project hopes to organize and deepen the understanding of San Antonio’s unique role in the hard rock and heavy metal world.

The Joe Anthony Project seeks to accumulate oral histories from participants broadly speaking – musicians, members of the media, and fans.  These will be recorded and transcribed, with their final contents posted online for widespread and easy access.  Collections of artifacts and memorabilia, from shows, radio stations, promotional events, will be also scanned and uploaded as available images.  Relevant documents must be replicated and a definitive timeline or chronology established.  Attention to concert venues and the history of musical places is another priority of the project.

Cumulatively over time, the project will become a repository that not only preserves the experience of the individual but that of the community as a whole, placing it in a broader geographical, historical, and cultural context.

A further long term goal of the project will be to raise awareness of San Antonio’s contributions to hard rock and heavy metal to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Hall of Fame has small sections dedicated to hard rock and heavy metal, as well as the history of rock ‘n’ roll radio.  San Antonio is absent from any of those discussions and such a rectification should be an eventual priority of the project.

If you have any questions or wish to participate in this project please do not hesitate to reach out and connect.

6 thoughts on “Introducing the Joe Anthony Project”

  1. How can I become a supporter of this great project? Although I’m from Germany, I enjoyed some time in Rockin’ S.A. in 1987, listening to (and taping!) Joe Anthony’s show on 99.5 KISS, and I’m still loving it. Just dug out my old tapes, and after listening to them again and again, I’d really like to contribute to this great project.

    So, if there’s a possibility to donate or anything else, just contact me, I’d me more than happy and proud to help you out in any way.


    1. Don – Greetings and thank you for your message. The project is still in its early stages but I am very happy to learn of you and your willingness to help. Perhaps we should communicate directly via email? My email is listed on the contact page:

      I look forward to speaking with you.

      -Gregory Peek

  2. During normal business hours, the administrative employees were there to handle contest winners etc. But after hours, the doors were always unlocked with no security whatsoever. Either Joe Anthony, Lou Roney or Donnie Mills would be there.
    I have a few stories from the early days at 1100 N Main. I’ll never forget the words “KMAC” in all cap wooden letters on the left one of the double doors, and “KISS” on the right door, that led directly to the broadcast studio.
    One evening I snuck up the Godfather as he was introducing the next album. He was very startled once he turned and realized someone was just standing there. I didn’t want to interrupt him while on the air, ya know?
    We got a good laugh from it. He showed me pictures of the Runaways who has performed at Randy’s Rodeo recently.
    I had won an autographed album, the first from Starz. I still have it. It was also signed “Rock on, it’s reel with KMAC and KISS”.
    I have a few other prizes and many memories. Lots of concert tickets stubs, as well.
    They would take the time to talk to me for hours on the phone.
    It was very cool. I was 13/14 in 1976 when all that began for me.
    Joe Anthony was the best thing for music in San Antone… Remember that? “Rock and roll San Antone” has everyone forgotten that was, in my opinion, his most famous quote.

  3. This is a wonderful project. I grew up in the sixties and seventies and I fondly remember tuning in to KMAC during the early days since it came on AM radio. I was a teenager then and radio surfing and came across Joe Anthony playing the full side of Pink Floyd’s Echoes from the Meddle album. Later on in life when I joined the military and was stationed in Incirlik, Turkey, my wife would ship albums of Triumph, Riot, Moxy, Budgie, Riot, Saxon, Yesterday and Today, Rush, etc., and my friends asked where I got all that good rock and I proudly stated that San Antonio is known as the heavy metal capital of the world due to a certain DJ named Joe Anthony. They were simply amazed and we rocked Turkey loud and proud. I still have some of those albums. Long live the GODFATHER!

  4. The Godfather of Rock, that really brings back memories…
    I grew up in Cotulla, and I started listening to 99.5 KISS-FM as early as 1978-79, of course my parents did NOT approve of my choice of music at the time. 😛 I was an avid listener until the format changed in 1991.
    I went into the military in 1992, and when I returned to the South Texas area in 1996, 99.5 was no longer an Album Rock station, Joe Anthony was gone, and KISS-FM rarely played the music that I had grown to love. I remember going to see Def Leopard, Queens Ryche, Iron Maiden, Saxon, and so many others, in concerts and local venues in San Antonio. A pretty long trip from Cotulla, just to hope to glimpse one of the many DJs that I and my friends had idolized in our youth.
    So many bands and shows, the opportunities to meet some of the performers, in fact I actually met Aldo Nova once at one of his shows, things like that really made Joe Anthony and KISS-FM legends in my mind and so many others from San Antonio and beyond.
    I think that it would be awesome for Joe Anthony, 99.5 KISS-FM, and San Antonio to be accurately remembered as one of the greatest Rock-N-Roll cities that helped usurer in a new era of music and entertainment.
    To this day, one of my favorite rock songs is a song I’ve only ever heard played on 99.5, and by Joe Anthony, that’s “Battles” by the band AXE. I truly hope this project proves fruitful and cements the legends of Joe Anthony and 99.5 KISS-FM into the hearts and minds of all music lovers, Rockers, Head-bangers, and everyone in between for many years to come.
    Long Live the Godfather!

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