The members of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame felt right at home in the Texas Broadcasting Museum.
“This is wonderful. Golly,” said Bud Buschardt, chairman of the TRHOF board, gesturing at the vintage equipment and memorabilia lining the walls around tables full of his colleagues.
The exhibits of the Main Street museum in Kilgore preserve the golden age of broadcasting – including, now, 15 years-worth of inductees in the hall of fame.
Looking out over the packed house in the museum’s banquet hall, radio personalities gathered from across Texas for the Nov. 4 induction ceremony here, “They’re kind of legends in their own stations,” Buschardt said. “We’ve got owners here, we’ve got managers, we’ve got DJs.
“It’s just a conglomeration of Texas.”
The weekend event drew about 200 people, including members and TRHOF staffers, as 16 names were added to the brand-new Texas Radio Hall of Fame exhibit that greeted them as they entered the museum’s event center.
With a sold-out crowd – and then some – for Saturday’s induction, Hall of Fame Operations Manager Josh Holstead says he hopes to grow the event to 300 guests or more next year in the new home for their honorees.
“Everybody just loves this place,” he said.
Mark Watkins, a 2017 inductee from the Metroplex, credited Holstead for an “amazing job” in bringing the membership together in Kilgore and praised Chuck Conrad’s broadcasting collection.
“This is fantastic. I love this museum,” Watkins said, comfortable in the crowd of radio veterans and grateful to be recognized in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. “I’m a news guy. It’s a terrific honor to be included among people like Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Sam Donaldson.
“This being Texas, you’ve got a lot of talent here.”