For more than four decades, radio personality Wash Allen has given his heart and soul to the community. He’s been a smooth and consistent voice behind the microphone on KCOH Radio. It’s common to see him at galas and other important events interviewing people for his television show.
On Saturday night, the community turned out to honor Wash and celebrate his 45 years of broadcasting excellence. Wash Allen was the recipient of the 2011 Legacy Award given by Rice University’s HERE Project.
The guest hosts for the evening were actor and producer Leon Issac Kennedy and personality Darian Ward.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston attorney Waverly Nolley, public relations expert Judy Foston and Forward Times Publisher Karen Carter Richards were just some of the faces in the crowd.
In 1971, Wash Allen became Houston’s first African American TV host with a weekly TV show called Talent Unlimited. For that reason and many others, the Houston Association of Black Journalists also joined in honoring Wash.