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Fond memories on East Main

February 12, 2012
Wayne McCormick, Abilene, Texas , Times-Republican

I'm greatly saddened to read of the loss of the venerable old 112 year old building on East Main that, for many years, housed the studios of KFJB.

I began my broadcasting career there in 1973. However, as a youngster, I often visited the third floor station and stood gazing through the studio windows as the KFJB announcers did their job. The station had three studios. The large studio was surrounded by glass. During the golden age of radio the public could come and be seated on risers to watch live broadcasts. You used to be able to go to the studios of KFJB and see the "County Marshals," with Al Schrock, perform live. During Main Street parades we often just opened the side door of the station and broadcast the parade from the third floor fire escape landing.

The names of programs that originated from those studios are probably only familiar to a dwindling number of people. Let's Listen To Lennox, Caf Little Bohemia, the daily Swap Shop, and Man On The Street. Of course, when Man On The Street was a six-day-a-week program it originated live from inside the Kresge Dime Store at Center & Main.

Most are gone now; Bill White, Al Schrock, Dale Smith, Howard Vint, Herb Anderson. The building will also probably have to come down. However, a big part of the 90 year history of KFJB was produced at those once grand studios at 135 East Main.



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