In The Beginning

I have always been fascinated by microphones. I seemed to be totally ‘at-home’ at one. My first dive into broadcasting was on a lark. I had just begun teaching choral music at Pampa (TX) Junior High when I thought how much fun it would be to work at a radio station, part-time. I loved teaching, but there was this tiny little (do IT!) constantly in the back of my mind. So, I did it! During one of my lunch breaks, I ran over to KPDN-am and ‘auditioned’. I was interviewed by one of the co-owners, read some news copy and was told, “We will let you know, Jim”. I felt good about the whole thing and was not totally surprised when, at 3:30 that afternoon, Coy Palmer called and asked if I could come in at 6PM that same night. I agreed and I did. Their nightman had given notice that day and there was no one else they could call. We all took a chance that day. I walked into the studios at 6PM and was met by the Morning Man, Jack Scott. It was obvious from the start that I was totally untrained. When Jack suggested I look over the ‘Log’ first, I couldn’t find a log in the control room! He then asked, “Austin, have you ever done radio?” I admitted it by a simple “no”. He said, “Well, either you are very dumb or one of the bravest fellows I’ve ever met. I will take you through what the night holds, stay with you during you first hour, and then you’re on your own, OK?” What could I say but, “OK”? He did and I did. From a pretty rough start, I felt right at home at the mic. I worked nights at KPDN for that entire year and did moonlighting from time to time for the next 47-years I did “radio” good enough to be inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2002. My final ‘gig’ was with KNPR-fm(Public Radio in Las Vegas). I had done numerous Voice-Overs for everything from banks, savings & loans, state and federal departments, furniture and novelty stores and was the featured ‘voice’ of Bill France when he was inducted into the initial “NASCAR Hall of Fame” in 2002. (That effort was televised nationally on SPEED channel). My theatrical career began with the Senior Play at Mount Pleasant High School in 1949 and spanned over 50-years of Community Theater, Church productions, training films for the Boston Diocese of the Catholic Church, many television commercials and a four year stint as a Professional Actor featured in the National Tour II Company of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, orginating in Houston, Texas and playing 26 cities, ending up in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Desert Inn. Today, I am totally retired, living in Plano, Texas. It has been a Hoot, donchaknow. I am excited to be able to Podcast and greatly appreciate you taking time to share the lifting of my shade for Jesus. And, that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN


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