Las Cruces Young Professional of the Month - September 2014

Sep 26th, 2014

Damien Willis

Damien Willis is the program director for KHQT-FM (Hot 103) and is an entertainment columnist for Pulse.

Damien Willis Las Cruces Young Professional of the Month September 2014

He began his radio career in 2001, working overnight and weekend shifts for KGRT-FM. Within a month, he was asked to take over the afternoon drive-time shift on Hot 103 – a shift he has held consistently for the past

13 years. In 2002, he became the music director for Hot 103, and was promoted to program director in 2013. Willis received the 2004 New

Mexico Broadcasters Association award for Best DJ Personality.

Since 2004, Willis has written a weekly entertainment/pop culture column for the Las Cruces Sun-News, which appears Thursdays in Pulse. He has written more than 500 consecutive, weekly columns without ever missing a deadline. In 2012 and 2014, he was voted Best Local Newspaper Columnist by the readers of the Las Cruces Sun-News. He also serves on the board of the Las Cruces Press Women.

In 2013, he served on the planning committee for the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which saw all five of the state’s former World Champions – Bob Foster, Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero, Austin Trout and Holly Holm – inducted into the Hall of Fame. It was the first time the ceremony was held in Las Cruces. The committee also planned an amateur boxing tournament, sanctioned by USA Boxing, which served as a fundraiser for Las Cruces Police Athletic League Boxing. This year, Willis officially launched GetRight Copy LLC, a copywriting service geared specifically toward artists and the entertainment industry. He works as a freelance writer when he should be sleeping, and serves on various boards and committees in his free time.

Since 2013, he has been a voting member of the Community Unity Coalition Against Bullying, serving on a subcommittee that works to reduce bullying in our public schools.