About ITOP

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Are you confused about oil and gas topics? Do you ever wonder how energy affects you and your job? Then tune into In the Oil Patch, the highest rated show on Sunday nights on iHeartradio’s KTRH 740AM!
In the Oil Patch radio show is the most listened-to energy advice show in the Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas areas! Host Kym Bolado and her trusty energy expert David Blackmon are dedicated to giving you expert insight into the energy industry each week! Kym and David deliver the latest straight talk and honest answers about energy and business practices, oil prices, and what really happens behind the scenes in the world energy sector. They’ll guide you through complicated oil and gas topics with confidence while helping you understand how oil and gas affects your daily life.
Kym will also connect you with SHALE Magazine’s network of CEOs, elected officials, and successful entrepreneurs around the country who will give you direct and concise data, intel, policy updates, business advice and more!

Kym Bolado

As the publisher and CEO of SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine, Kym Bolado has spent years representing this crucial industry to the business community. SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine was born due to Bolado’s interest in the economic development in Texas. With 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, Bolado started publishing the magazine in 2013. The magazine thrived early on and has seen exponential growth since, expanding from a regional magazine to a nationwide publication in just five years. 
Along with the growth of the magazine, Bolado took on the challenge of becoming a radio talk show host on In the Oil Patch. In the Oil Patch was started in 2015 on San Antonio’s KTSA 550AM. Within 6 months the show was picked up by two different stations including iHeart Radio’s KTRH 740 AM in Houston and KSIX Corpus Christi 1230AM in Corpus Christi. Bolado may be contacted at (210) 240-7188 or send her an email at [email protected].

David Blackmon

David Blackmon is Kym’s trusty resident energy expert since the show began in 2015. Blackmon is an independent energy analyst and consultant based in Mansfield, TX. As the Associate Editor for SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine, Blackmon’s years of experience in the energy sector have had an unparalleled impact on the quality of the magazine’s content. In addition, Blackmon is a contributor on energy-related matters at Forbes.com, a feature writer for World Oil Magazine, and frequently executes public speaking engagements around country.
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Blackmon has enjoyed a 38-year career in the oil and gas industry, of which the last 25 years have been spent in the public policy arena, managing regulatory and legislative issues for various companies. These companies include: Burlington Resources, Shell, El Paso Corporation, FTI Consulting and LINN Energy. During his 38-year career, David led numerous industry-wide efforts to address a variety of issues at the local, state and federal levels. From April 2010 through June 2012, he served as the Texas State Lead for America’s Natural Gas Alliance. Feel free to email Blackmon at [email protected].