The Talk 650 Morning Show Breakfast Broadcat Series at The Houston Club[4/8/2011]
BY Alex Wang [ March 18, 2011 at 13:17:31 ]
|Presented by Knapp Chevrolet and The College Money Guys|
Friday April 8th @ 6:30am-10am
Location: The Houston Club
811 Rusk Avenue, Houston, TX, 77002
Cost: FREE to Attend!!!
RSVP: 713-225-1661 / http://www.HoustonClub.org
No reservations needed, bring your friends and co-workers with you and enjoy breakfast 6:30am - 9:30am. CBS Radio’s Talk650 Morning Show’s “Breakfast Broadcast” Series at The HOUSTON Club. Live Radio broadcasts from downtown Houston are nothing new; the city has a long and colorful telecommunications history. The first telegraph service between Houston and Galveston started in 1860, and the nation’s second telephone system was installed here in 1880, the same year we started using electric street lights. The first wireless transmissions from Houston were sent in 1906, and private business like The Texas Company and The Rice Hotel installed and maintained wireless operations in 1908—as back-up systems for unreliable telephone exchanges. According to “A History of Radio in Houston,” by Christopher Varela, the Rice’s owner, James Lawlor, used the hotel’s wireless rig to communicate with his farm, miles away on Dairy Ashford Street. The Hurlburt-Still Electric Company was the first Houston business with a commercial broadcast license. WEV originated from the company’s store in December 1920, and in May 1922, the station’s programming was sponsored by a fledgling newspaper, The Houston Evening Post. WEAY broadcast from The Iris Theater, across the street from The Rice Hotel, in June 1922…sponsored by The Houston Post. In July The QRV Radio Company launched its station, WGAB, from its store at 1213 Prairie. The Houston Chronicle briefly held a license for WFAL. WEAY pioneered remote broadcasting in 1924, networking with WEAF/New Jersey to carry the Heavyweight boxing title match between Luis Angel Firpo and Harry Wills. The station also broadcast dances from The Rice Hotel, and the 1924 Rice Owls/Texas Longhorn game from Rice University. WEAY was replaced by KPRC in May 1925, broadcasting from a studio at The Houston Post. The call letters were an acronym for “Kotton, Port, Rail Center,” according to Varela’s book.
In 1926, KTUE began to broadcast from a spare room in the basement barbershop of the new State Hotel at the corner of Rusk and Fannin, with transmitter equipment atop the Houston Chronicle.
In 1930 the station changed its call letters to KXYZ, with a new transmitter on The Gulf Building. KTRH began to operate in March 1930 from Jesse Jones’ Rice Hotel—the call letter acronym: “Kome To Rice Hotel.” According to Bruce Williamson’s HoustonRadioHistory.blogspot.com site, KIKK-AM was originally launched in 1946 as KRCT at 650khz by executives at the Goose Creek Daily Sun. LeRoy Gloger bought the station in the ‘50’s, and changed the call letters to KIKK in May 1961, broadcasting from the old Montagu Hotel at Fannin and Rusk. I came to KIKK-AM in 1999 to launch Business Radio 650, and in 2008 returned to the station as an entrepreneur, establishing the Talk650 Morning Show. Cynthia Fodell-Mott and Nick Nicholson approached me this Fall about bringing live Radio back downtown, with a series of broadcasts beginning January 21, 2011.