Twenty-five years, 1,301 shows, and countless West Texas hearts touched. The time has come for Johnnie Lou Avery to hang up her mic.
The brain child of former KWES-TV General Manager, John Foster, West Texas View hit the air on April 17,1991.
Foster, who was known to be quite innovative wanted West Texas View to have a real, authentic feel, as if the viewer was chatting with their neighbor.
Foster had only one person in mind to serve as host of his new show, and that person was Johnnie Lou.
Despite working as a college educator at that time, Johnnie Lou jumped at the opportunity, and the rest as they say, is history.
Foster and Johnnie Lou had a vision for West Texas View: To present positive, informative, and intriguing stories, while keeping distance from politics.
Johnnie Lou made sure to stay true to the shows roots these past 25 years.
She's covered everything from education to youth organizations, from drug addiction to HIV, and much more in between.
She's had guests ranging from children, to senior citizens, and she says they've come from all over the Permian Basin and beyond.
It was those people, and the stories they shared that may inspire Johnnie Lou to write a book one day.
She says, book will highlight the funny, interesting, and heart-tugging stories she's witnessed in her 25 years as host of West Texas View.
But for now, she closes this chapter in her life only to begin another.