Thursday, February 19, 2009

Felix Hessbrook Morales - CORRECTED IDENTIFICATION.



JUDGING BY THE MANY PHOTOS INCLUDED IN A STORY ON POSTCARDS FROM TEXAS ON HOUSTON'S 55, THIS IS NOT MR. MORALES. AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THIS IS.

Edited 4/17/10


7/30/2015 - MYSTERY SOLVED!  SEE COMMENT BELOW.

I am grateful to Andrew Brown for sharing this photo of Morales, the owner of KLVL, from sometime in the 1950s.

I think I have included this already on the blog but will link to it again:  biography of Felix Hessbrook Morales in the Handbook of Texas Online.

Andrew has forwarded a lot more pictures of Houston radio people and other materials relating to the 1940s and 1950s which will be posted soon.

6 comments:

Adrian Nieto said...

Carlos Conde. The gentleman in the picture is Carlos Conde, radio announcer, KLVL AM Radio.

Bruce said...

Thank you very much, Adrian.

Anonymous said...

My father was Baltazar Hernandez. He was a musician all of his life. His favorite time in his life was when he had a band in the early 60's--Baltazar Hernandez y su Orquesta. He had a program on Sundays on radio station KLVL. Is there any chance that any of the recordings during that time were archived?

Bruce said...

It's not very likely. Many local stations had electrical transcription machines which made a disc like recording for replay of local programming but the discs were very fragile. KLVL may have had a tape recorder by this time but tapes don't last, either. If he made recordings for sale, on a commercial record label, that's a different matter but I can't help you there.

Laura Ramos said...

My father is Johnny Rangel, KLVL radio announcer.

Bruce said...

Thanks, Laura. If you have any pictures of your Dad in the studio I'd love to see them.

FYI to the son of Baltazar Hernandez, above, and others. I recently took a tour of the Morales Funeral Home and Radio Hall, the building that housed KLVL starting in 1970 (an earlier studio structure has been destroyed). The tour was sponsored by the Harris Co. Heritage Society. We learned that Felix Morales loved to perform and made many recordings, both of himself and others who visited and worked at the station. The family has preserved many of these old recordings and has given some to the Heritage Society. I plan to do a report on the tour on this blog in the near future.