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Astros' Hildreth up for Texas Radio Hall of Fame

HOUSTON -- Astros senior vice president of broadcasting and alumni relations Jamie Hildreth has been nominated for induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

The inductees for the 2014 class will be announced on July 4. The voting, which is done by members of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, ends on Monday. The annual induction celebration will be held Nov. 1 at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas.

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A 40-plus year veteran of Houston radio, Hildreth has been with the Astros organization for 28 seasons. For most of his tenure with the Astros, he has played a significant role behind the scenes of the radio and television broadcasts.

Hildreth's radio career in Houston began as an account executive in 1970 at KXYZ (1320 AM). He them moved to KRBE (104.1 FM), where he first served as sales manager before adding on-air work to his duties. He later served as sales manager at KTRH (740 AM) radio in Houston and was also general manager for KTRM/KALO radio in Beaumont, Texas. In his current role with the Astros, Hildreth provides leadership on the club's affiliate relations efforts, with emphasis on outreach and expansion of the network's scope while overseeing both the radio and television broadcasts.

"We're very proud that Jamie has been recognized in this way," Astros president Reid Ryan said. "He has been a very big part of the Astros organization for many years, during which he has built an outstanding reputation both in the radio and television industry and throughout Major League Baseball. He is deserving of induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, and we wish him the best of luck in the voting process."

To be eligible for nomination for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, individuals must have worked within the borders of Texas during their career as an on-air personality, talk show host, newscaster, programmer, station manager, owner, engineer, sportscaster, support staff or in production. The Texas Radio Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to honoring the greats in broadcasting from the Lone Star State.

Astros longtime radio broadcasters Milo Hamilton and Gene Elston are members of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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