Saturday, June 24, 2017

Paul Berlin - RIP

Longtime Houston radio and television personality Paul Berlin has passed at the age of 86.  He was a legend almost as soon as the first time he cracked a mic.

A Chronicle report.

Mike McGuff's tribute.

There will undoubtedly be many, many listeners and radio personalities weighing in with comments on both those sites.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Archived Photos of KPRC-TV (Post Oak Road Studios)

These photos (published in the Chronicle) show the facility on Post Oak Rd., about where the Williams Waterwall is now, when the building was new.  One shot of the radio studio is included.  Though the photos are dated 1954 the station moved into the facility in March, 1953, and the open house was held that month.

The feature was occasioned by an article showing an artists rendering of the newest facility, being built in the parking lot of the present building at 8181 Southwest Freeway.

An earlier KPRC-TV gallery on this blog.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A KNUZ-TV Gallery

Mark Whitehead of KWHI and KTTX, Brenham, has sent along these pictures of KNUZ-TV, taken in 1953 by his dad, Tom Whitehead, Jr.  Mark's mom, Bonnie Whitehead, is shown in a couple of the photos.  His uncle, Bailey A. Swenson, designed the studios.

Obviously this was a very new facility at the time.  I believe the orientation would be such that Cullen Blvd. was to the right of the picture.

Bonnie Whitehead, Mark's mom, in the lobby.

Checking out one of the DuMont cameras.  Behind Bonnie are the collapsible bleachers that were used for live audience shows.

Mark believes this is Bailey Swenson, his uncle and the architect who designed the studios.

I will appreciate any engineers who can offer some comments on the equipment.

See the KNUZ-TV Station Profile here.

Much thanks to Mark for sharing these photos.  He has promised to forward some more about his family's radio stations in the near future and I'm really looking forward to that.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Look At A New Station - Easy Country KKBQ-FM, 1991

From the About Town column, December, 1991, Houston Metropolitan Magazine

Friday, November 20, 2015

Looking Back - a Slide Show

A Houston Chronicle slide show of lost FM formats, including some interesting photos and some historical facts, mostly of rather recent stations and not all of which are true.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Houston Crime Stoppers Building will Honor KTRK-TV Anchor Dave Ward - UPDATED

As reported today by the Chronicle, the long time anchor will be memorialized in brick and mortar.

Congratulations to Dave and thanks for your decades of service to the Houston community.

Mike McGuff's coverage.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

KULF Production Studio, ca. late 1970s

Phil Konstantin sent along this picture taken in the KULF Production Studio in the late 1970s (later than 1976).  That's Phil on the left and the man beside him is Stan Barber from KTRU.

At the time the KULF studios were located in the Central National Bank building.  The air studio was right next door.

This picture shows the production of a Public Affairs program called Overview for the Jaycees.  The program aired on both KULF and sister station KYND.  Phil also later produced Dan Lucas' evening talk show.  He works in San Diego TV now.

Sam Putney, Dan Ammerman, Jim Young, Bill Leslie and Galen Grimes are some of the people from the KULF Newsroom at that time.  Kay (no last name on-air) Henderson worked on the ground and Dave Hale worked in the air doing traffic reports.  Jim Tate, Gary Ryder, Vashti Henderson, Joe Bauer, Roger St. John and Nick Rice were some of the other people he remembers working with there in that time frame.  He and Bauer also did some things together in San Diego.

My thanks to Phil for sending this picture and his recollections along to share on the blog.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Rice University FM Returns to the Air

After a four and a half year hiatus, the station returns to it's humble beginnings in the 1960s as an on-campus, low power FM signal.  The new station's launch is ironic given the University of Houston's announced plans for the transmitter and tower it purchased from Rice and turned into KUHA-FM.

The official calls are KBLT-LP but the station will be referred to as KTRU except in the legally mandated hourly ID.

Culture Map article

Radio Discussions board thread

Thursday, August 20, 2015

KUHA-FM, Classical 91.7, Going Digital

Houston Public Media has announced plans to sell the 91.7 frequency.  KUHA programming will still be available on HD radio, via digital streaming, free apps and on TV 8.5.

Discussions going on here and here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Letters from our Listeners - KXYZ, 1930

I received these images from Christina Bowker. 

The letter, a song request, was postmarked in November, 1930, just months after KTUE became KXYZ.  Both stations operated from the basement of the Texas State Hotel.  Earl Flagg and Al Hendly had a program on KXYZ called Pals of the Air.  One of the announcers has written on the letter 'will play soon.'

My correspondent expressed surprise that a request would be sent by mail but I think this was very common in those days, perhaps more common than phoning in, although that would have been possible.  Radio stations did not have the capability at that time to put phone calls on the air I don't think.

Earl Lawrence Flagg, Christina's grandfather whom she never met as he died in 1955.  It was said that he could play any instrument he touched but his specialty was the electric guitar.  He also was a photographer, as is his granddaughter. 

I was also asked if any recordings might exist from that era.  I think that would be extremely unlikely.  The only means of recording in those days would have been electrical transcription.  I think very few individual stations had such capability and even if they did, it would be unlikely the disc, a large phonograph record, would have survived.

If Flagg continued in radio for some years, there may be a possibility of a recording of him from later.

My thanks to Christina for sharing this photo, one of only a few she has.  I mis-filed the letter in my word processor and am happy that I finally found it.