Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Tim and Bob Gallery

Often referred to as Houston's first morning duo, Tim and Bob were together on KPRC for over a decade. For more on the duo on this blog, click on the label at the end of this post; for other mentions of either individual enter the words 'Byron' or 'Nolan' in the search box.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade was one of their biggest promotions. According to a history on the St. Patrick's Parade Commission website, Tim and Bob resurrected the long-dormant Houston St. Patrick's Day parade in 1960 but I don't have dates for these pictures.

Bob Byron, left, and Tim Nolan. Judging by the decorations on the cake, this had something to do with St. Patrick's Day, too.

KPRC carried the syndicated 1960s comedy feature Chickenman and the Fearless Feathered Fighter came to town to promote the series.

And now for something a little different:


Judy Bonham, Byron's oldest daughter, to whom I am indebted for these pictures, notes the guys seem to be enjoying themselves.

Miscellaneous clippings and shots:

This clipping was from the Houston Post on a Friday in August but unfortunately the date and year is cut. It appeared top left, right under the masthead and above a story about heart surgery for a Cuban boy.

And a couple of personal mementos from Byron:

My thanks to Judy Bonham for providing all these shots and my apologies for taking so long to get them online. My thanks also to all the children of Tim and Bob I have corresponded with over the last year or so for their help.

One of the reasons I delayed publishing these pics was to try and identify the football player in the third from the last picture. I wasn't in Houston during most of the 60s and have no idea who it is, but have a suspicion that he was rather famous for some reason. I will appreciate it if anyone can identify him or add any information about any of these photos such as dates or names. For instance, if anyone can hazard a guess about the name of the movie on the marquee in picture # 1, we can probably date that picture but since Glenn McCarthy appears in two different shots in two different vehicles, the pictures probably do not all date from the same year.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing 1972 for the year of the St. Patrick's Day photos. This based on the calendar showing Wednesday, March 15 in the background of the cake photo. Obviously shot in the studios on Post Oak. If 1972 is the correct year, this would be just a few weeks before KPRC moved to the new studios on Southwest Freeway.

Bruce said...

Good catch on the calendar. I never met either man, but they do look younger to me in the studio photo than the parade photos.

Bob Mason said...

This post is admittedly 6 years late. As a stud3nt at Westchester Sr. Hi. I was very interested in broadcasting. Ray Miller put me to work as a student intern. He even let me file a couple of News reports. At the time I would get to the old studios on Post Oak early in the morning and befriended these two guys. They were sweethearts. Couldn’t have been kinder to this 17 year old. Westchester was a new high school then and we lost just about every football game, but every Friday morning during football season they’d play the WHS fight song and let me give a plug. The photo above of Arte Johnson (“veeery interesting”) was taken at Hobby when he flew in for something and the Westchester band was in attendance! Such fond memories of these two buffoons letting a kid sit in the studio and watch them do their magic.

Bruce said...

Thanks for sharing your memories, Bob.