Wash Allen Short Bio
Wash Allen started his radio career at the age of 14 and has over 55+ years of successful broadcasting as an on-air personality in Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C., and rose to operations manager in Detroit, Michigan. He came to Houston in 1969 and worked at KYOK Radio and later went to work at KCOH Radio (1430 AM) from 1971 to 2013. Wash was the host of the popular “Confessions With Wash Allen” daily radio talk show. He hosted Confessions radio show for over 35+ years. In 2016, Wash was inducted into Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
Presently, he hosts a weekly half hour TV show “The Wash Allen Show”, a social magazine show in Houston on KHOU-TV (CBS affiliate) and syndicates in several markets for over 20 years. In 2012, Wash Allen founder The Wash Allen Foundation. www.washallenfoundation.org
He has also hosted a nationally-syndicated Radio Show, through ABC Radio Network, for over 12 years in over 60 markets in the 90’s.
In 1971, Allen hosted Houston’s first weekly public service show called “Talent Unlimited” on KHOU-TV Channel 11 (CBS affiliate).
In 1992, he had a weekly primetime TV version of his radio show “Confessions with Wash Allen” on Channel 2 KPRC-TV (NBC affiliate) and Channel 39 (Gaylord Broadcasting).
The Houston Press Newspaper named “Confessions with Wash Allen” as the “Best” radio talk show in Houston, and in 2005, he received another accolade as the “Best” radio talk show host in Houston.
In the 70’s, Allen was known as one of the top three broadcasters in the U.S. and was awarded Billboard’s Annual Radio Programming Forum Award. In 2011, Rice University’s H.E.R.E. Program presented Wash Allen with the Legacy Award.