Radio broadcasting

Local radio legend Elizabeth Ruiz retires

One of San Antonio’s most recognizable names in the news is retiring.

In a video posted to YouTube Wednesday morning, KTSA radio personality Trey Ware paid a heartfelt tribute to Elizabeth Ruiz, who is retiring Thursday after 40 years with the station.

Ware said “Liz is San Antonio” and shared highlights from her decades-long career, which included covering top politicians, a historic papal visit and more.

“Thank you for allowing me to join you in your cars and homes via the magic of radio over the past four decades, from the early days of ‘Conga’ dancing with Sonny Melendrez on KTFM, to news coverage and anchoring with radio legends on KTSA,” Ruiz said of his loyal listeners and followers in a Facebook post to the Express-News. “What a blessing you all have been to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

In 2016 Ruiz was inducted into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame. According to her biography on the Hall of Fame website, she began her broadcasting career in 1980 with KKYX while taking a journalism course at San Antonio College, then moved to KTSA a year later.

During her storied career, Ruiz covered City Hall, battered police, natural disasters, and the 1984 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. She also covered the 1987 visits of Pope John Paul II, the Queen Elizabeth in 1991 and four former presidents.

Ruiz said she never imagined covering a global pandemic or February’s devastating winter storm, but said covering the Pope’s visit to Plaza Guadalupe in 1987 was one of the highlights of her career.

“It was such a moving experience and I’ll never forget his warm smile and soft eyes,” Ruiz said.

Among the shows she hosted at KTSA are “The Ware Pair with Liz” and “Sunday Live with Liz.”

“Elizabeth Ruiz is a living San Antonio legend,” said KTSA news director Dennis Foley. “It has been an absolute honor to have her on the KTSA team for 40 years. Her dynamic personality and quick wit will be missed at KTSA, but we are thrilled for her as she moves on to her next retirement adventure.”

Foley said Ruiz is one of the hardest working journalists in the country and has earned a “well-deserved break from news life.”

“I end every show at 9 a.m. with something from the heart when I say, ‘I love you, San Antonio,'” Ware said during her tribute. “And Liz, I can tell you, San Antonio loves you.”

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