Former KFYO News Anchor and Talkshow Host Rex Andrew Has Died
Editor's Note 11 p.m., May 15, 2018: Slight corrections to details have been made to this article concerning Rex's military service and the political office he held in Taylor County, Texas. Details concerning funeral services have been added to the end of the article.
Former KFYO News Anchor and Talkshow Host Rex Andrew has passed away at the age of 61. Andrew died in Lubbock on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He battled cancer and Alzheimer's disease during his adult life.
Andrew worked for News/Talk 95.1 & 790, KFYO from February 2006-October 2012. He was one of the original hosts of Lubbock's First News, taking over the show from Rob Snyder in late May 2006. Andrew was a part of the expansion of the show from a two-hour to a three-hour timeslot in 2007, and was later joined by Chad Hasty in 2008, co-hosting the show through September 2012.
"Hosting Lubbock's First News on KFYO along side of Rex Andrew was a great honor of mine," said KFYO Midday Host Chad Hasty. "We always had a great time discussing the issues of the day and sometimes getting into a debate about those issues. Rex was passionate about many things including protecting the life of the unborn and his son, Jonathan. Nothing made Rex smile more than when he was bragging about his son. Rex always had a great sense of humor and being a veteran news man, knew when a story or something a politician said didn't sound right. I am glad to have known Rex Andrew, call him co-worker, and a friend."
Andrew was also an important part of the KFYO News staff, anchoring various morning and midday shifts and also reporting on political stories for the station. In addition, he was also the first host for our weekly public affairs program, This Week in Lubbock.
"I enjoyed working with Rex Andrew when he was at KFYO," said KFYO News & Operations Manager Rob Snyder. "He was a consummate professional, able to draw upon his experiences in the military and as an elected official to provide a unique perspective for his news stories."
Before joining KFYO, Andrew was a former police officer, U.S. Naval Reserve veteran, former Taylor County Justice of the Peace in the 1990s, and a former television news reporter and weatherman in multiple markets, including Abilene at KTAB-TV/KRBC-TV. He also ran unsuccessfully for Lubbock County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, in the 2010 Republican Primary.
Rex Andrew is survived by his son Jonathan and various relatives.
Funeral arrangements are pending, and this KFYO.com story will be updated when those details are announced.
Late Tuesday, Sanders Funeral Home announced that services for Rex Andrew will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Christ The King Cathedral in Lubbock.