Hosts & Entertainment
George Dunham is a household name in North Texas thanks to his work as part of the "Dunham and Miller" show on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket. Dunham and Craig Miller have hosted the morning drive show on The Ticket since the fall of 1995. Together, they have been nominated multiple times for the national Major Market Personality of the Year Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. Their relationaship goes back to the 1980s as the two were actually college roommates at UNT. Dunham, a 1987 graduate, has spent the last 24 seasons on the Mean Green Radio Network and calls the play-by-play for all UNT football and home basketball games. He began his career at campus station KNTU and went on to the Texas State Network and KRLD. He also served as the public address announcer at Texas Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys from 1999-2009. His son Blake, is a member of the UNT football team.
Melissa Rycroft Strickland ('05)
Melissa Rycroft Strickland starred on ABC's hit series The Bachelor and was crowned champion of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. Rycroft first came to national prominence as a cast member of CMT's The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, winning a place on the cheerleading squad for the 2006 season. In 2009, she was named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People" and was selected to Maxim's "Hot 100." In 2013, Rycroft was recognized as one of D Magazine's "10 Most Beautiful in Dallas." She graduated from UNT in 2005 with a degree in marketing and finance.
Prophets and Outlaws
Guests and honorees at the 2013 Emerald Eagle Honors will enjoy musical entertainment by the Southern rock band Prophets and Outlaws, which boasts UNT alumnus James Guckenheimer ('07) among its members. Prophets and Outlaws lead singer Matt Boggs was a finalist on the CMT reality show Can You Duet, and some of Boggs' longtime friends in a band called Rigby performed as his opening and backing band. When Boggs and the members of Rigby joined forces, they knew they had a magical musical combination, and Prophets and Outlaws was born. The group has since shared stages with UNT alumni Eli Young Band as well as country artists Pat Green and Mark Chesnutt. The band recently released its debut, self-titled EP.