Month: January 2023

Burst Communications, A Division of Key Code Media

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Corporate Information

Web: www.keycodemedia.com
Phone: 972-248-7905
Address: 4278 Kellway Circle
Addison, TX 75001
United States

Burst Communications, now a division of Key Code Media, brings unrivaled experience and expertise to the broadcast and pro video communities. A truly elite equipment supplier, Burst represents hundreds of manufacturers, including Grass Valley, Evertz, Ross, Avid, AJA, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Chyron, Tektronix, Vitec Group, Newtek, Telestream, LiveU and many others.

The Burst/Key Code merger means we offer a comprehensive array of storage and management systems solutions from the likes of Quantum, SNS, Facilis, Storage DNA, and Spectra Logic. Our systems group, now 30+ engineers strong with numerous industry certifications, has an impressive list of completed projects all across the US. Broadcast and station groups, stadiums and arenas, HOW, post production, corporate, city and government, etc. The Burst/Key Code team has a thorough understanding of systems design and engineering, facility operations, professional execution, and customer support for your future equipment needs and installation projects.

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DTV INNOVATIONS

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Corporate Information

Web: www.dtvinnovations.com
Phone: 847-919-3550
Address: 2402 Millennium Dr.
Elgin, IL 60124
United States

DTV Innovations provides high quality, cost-effective hardware and software solutions for the broadcast industry and OB markets. We are dedicated to the development of new advancements in digital broadcasting, including true end-to-end solutions from design and implementation to support and service. Our solutions include EPG/PSIP solution, ATSC 3.0 signaling and Service announcement, Transport Stream multiplexers, converters, automatic failover switches, encoders, decoders, ASI to IP gateways, satellite modulators, and more.

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Gil Garcia

2022 Distinguished Service Award

(Published August 2022)

TAB’s Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who – in the spirit of volunteerism – has made a significant and lasting contribution to the advancement of TAB and the Texas broadcast industry.

Gil Garcia

It has been presented only once before.

The 2022 honor goes to Gil Garcia, who’s just about the world’s most passionate Radio engineer.

A 55-year industry veteran, Gil has done almost everything there is to do in Radio – and better than most anyone else – but engineering was his calling card and we’re all the better for it.

He spent 35 of those years helping build Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia).

As a Corporate Regional Vice President of Engineering, he managed technical operations for more than 125 stations in Texas and across the nation.

He also served as disaster coordinator for 1,200 Clear Channel Radio stations during several hurricanes and disasters.

Throughout his career, his natural curiosity and eagerness to apply new insights and share them with others, made him a natural teacher.

And as a keen observer of the industry, he knew that – just as he was retiring – it was more important than ever before to start teaching future engineers and other station leaders in charge of a station’s physical plant.

After a few long conversations with the TAB team, the TAB Technical Academy was born!

Tapping every resource he had – former colleagues, longtime friends, the folks at the Society of Broadcast Engineers and, of course, his own wealth of knowledge – Gil got to work developing a new Radio Chief Operator curriculum reflecting station operations and demands of the 21st Century.

Hundreds of slides, dozens of real-world examples, custom video instruction…he left no stone unturned.

Combined with an additional TAB certification, the program graduated its first class of students in May – after being delayed for two years by the pandemic.

Future classes are planned in the coming year, and a TV component is on the horizon, as well.

That’s not all he’s done in his “retirement.” 

He’s written a Christmas Book and contributed multiple articles to Radio World and many other broadcast publications.

And there’s something even closer to his heart than Radio that commands his attention.

And that’s Gil…no matter the challenge, leading with heart, with passion, for the greater good.

EMM’S WISH

Emm's Wish

The Emm’s Wish organization is named for Gil’s daughter Emily K. Garcia.

She died of ovarian cancer at the age of 30.

At 27 years old, doctors gave her three years to live; this did NOT deter her from continuing to fight the disease.

Towards the end, she moved to Orlando where she could work and be closer to what made her truly happy – the Magic Kingdom of Disney.

“A week before she passed away, she told me one thing,” Gil said.

“Emm said ‘Daddy, they have a Make a Wish for kids but what about others – young and old – men and women? Wouldn’t it be great for those less fortunate to become an honorary Prince or Princess at the Magic Kingdon? And share a celebration of life with friends and family?'”

Emm’s Wish was born.

The Board of Directors is made primarily of Texas TV and Radio Broadcasters.

They are focused on raising $30,000 to make Emm’s magical wish come true…for the first time!

Read more and donate today!

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David Ostmo

2018 Distinguished Service Award

(Published August 2018)

TAB’s Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who – in the spirit of volunteerism – has made a significant and lasting contribution to the advancement of TAB and the Texas broadcast industry.

Based in San Antonio, Ostmo oversees the technical operations for 29 Sinclair stations in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, and Utah.

David Ostmo

A 42-year industry veteran with stints as a Producer, Director, News Editor, Radio Station Program Director and Television Producer, he knows how important it is to get a handle on new technology and figure out the most effective ways to put it to work at stations.

For the past 12 years, Ostmo has championed the development of the technical program for the TAB Convention & Trade Show and its focus on cutting-edge developments in the industry.

“David’s natural curiosity makes him a walking encyclopedia of who’s who and what’s what in our rapidly evolving business,” said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.

His expertise has helped TAB present meaningful content that drives attendance and exhibits.

That, in turn, drives revenue and allows the association to further invest in important services and advocacy for the industry.

“Whether it involves a top-flight technology lab or a couple gearheads tinkering in their garage, David Ostmo is sure to know about it and whether it has real promise. His boundless exuberance and sheer joy of sharing knowledge drives him to bring those insights to bear for the benefit of all broadcasters,” Rodriguez said.

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Chelsea Reber

2022 Jason Hightower Award for Broadcast Excellence

(Published August 2022)

(Former TAB Chairman Brian Jones wrote and presented the following remarks as part of the awards presentation during the TAB2022 Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 3-4, 2022)


Chelsea Reber

Good evening.  I’m deeply honored to have this opportunity to pay tribute to the late, great Jason Hightower by way of recognizing two rising young professionals who are blazing new trails in the industry as Jason did.

As the esteemed Ben Downs shared with us last year in the inaugural presentation of these awards, Jason was “the person we all wanted to be when we grew up” – with a loving family, the respect of all who knew him and a powerhouse station that enjoyed the rabid loyalty of his community.

Jason would understand that, as a proud Longhorn, I do not concur with Ben’s suggestion then that what everyone secretly wants to own is an Aggie ring.

He also wouldn’t hold it against me and would, in fact, expect me to keep that good-natured rivalry going…which is just one reason Jason was so admired.

I had the privilege of serving on the TAB Board with Jason, first as a director and then as an officer.

I had just joined the Executive Committee when we lost Jason to brain cancer in 2009 – only 11 years after he and his wife, Ingrid, purchased KMOO-FM Mineola.

In that short time, he had built an amazing, successful brand, become chairman of the largest state broadcast association in the country, and was readily acknowledged as a legendary broadcaster – all by age 37.

The example of Jason’s leadership and his tireless devotion to his family, his industry, his community and, yes, to TAB, is an inspiration to those who knew him and who learn of his storied career.

And it is for that reason that TAB established the Jason Hightower Awards for Broadcast Excellence intended for people who have been in the business for 10 years and have already changed it for the better.  

Folks who are advancing their companies, their communities, their fellow citizens.

It is imperative that we honor our colleagues who do these things, or we risk losing the tradition of service that is our industry’s greatest legacy.

And, of course, our greatest promise lies in those younger broadcasters who will shape and lead our industry’s future.

Chelsea Reber

Born and raised in Bryan, Texas – Chelsea Reber has a deep investment in her community.

She completed her Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M University and went on to earn her Masters in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University.

Chelsea has traveled and lived outside the Brazos Valley area to further her education and gain experience and credentials to be a real powerhouse in the broadcast industry.

She officially began her career in 2011 and since then – she’s been working toward maintaining her proficiency in composing and creating high quality contention and mastering the necessary technology.

Throughout the pandemic, Chelsea played a large role in making information available to a wider audience by creating Spanish-language news items to post online and broadcast on sister station La Jefa – a groundbreaking service for the Brazos Valley.

She announces the game action at home volleyball and softball games at Texas A&M, and also is one of the voices of fair and factual information provided on WTAW’s “The Infomaniacs” morning show.

Through the programming, she provides weekly support for Aggieland Humane Society and Long Way Home Adoptables to help their efforts to support animals in need through donations, volunteering, fostering and adoption.

Chelsea loves to host the morning show and then move on to serve the community, meet audience members, act as a first information and showcase local teams and athletes.

She feels so much passion about giving back to a community that has given her so much and continues to do so.

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Josh Gorbutt

2021 Jason Hightower Award for Broadcast Excellence

(Published August 2021)

(Former TAB Chairman Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting, wrote and presented the following remarks as part of the awards presentation during the TAB2021 Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 3-4, 2021)


Josh Gorbutt

I’m very pleased that TAB has chosen to recognize Jason Hightower with an award in his honor.

Jason was the person we all wanted to be when we grew up.   He had a wonderful family: Ingrid and children Brazos, Wyatt and Halee Grace.   

He had the respect of everyone who knew him. He served his industry in Austin and in Washington.  He moved into ownership. And he owned what everyone secretly wants to own… An Aggie ring.

He also owned one of the great full service local radio stations.  KMOO in Mineola.  A local station that broadcast the daily Country Store.  The station with vehicles painted like cows.  Fundraisers, free airtime, and every phone call answered with a cheerful greeting of “Howdy, K-Moo.”

Jason and I worked with and opposite each other in College Station where we were united in the shared adversity of being Aggies.  And when it came to local radio, Jason caught the radio bug and did a lot more with it than most.

He was the voice of East Texas.  He loved local radio and the people loved him back. He lobbied for the free flow of information act in the Texas Legislature and educated our reps in Washington DC about the value of local radio.

He was a Board Member.  He was that guy who got called when something had to be done, and when getting it done mattered. He fought the good fight.  Jason was really good at that.  

When the FCC Chairman was blowing our hair back in anger, Jason knew that was the time to fold your presentation up and listen politely.  If a congressman confused us with something he heard on XM, Jason was gentle in his correction.

He really was good at that.  Austin, Washington, Wood County.  He understood in his heart the duty broadcasters have to serve their communities and could tell people in positions of power how he was doing it with KMOO.

But when he was 33 years old, the tumor showed up and a different sort of battle began.  The first surgery was successful, and things were looking good.  But, Jason was a realist.  

The TAB approached him to serve on the executive committee which would ultimately lead to being Chairman of the largest state broadcast association in the US. 

When we talked about accepting, he spoke plainly and told me, You’re asking me for a five year commitment.  You know I have brain cancer, right.  Are you crazy?  

I told him whether it was five or 50, we needed him doing this.

Ultimately, he said yes and he was one of the great ones.  And he almost made it. He was on the EC for four years and had been chairman for about half a year when he was taken, and we lost someone who had helped make Texas radio great.

He was a legendary broadcaster…at the age of 37.

It’s important to remember when somebody stands out for all the right things like Jason did.  

We can’t afford to lose the example of broadcasters like him. 

When someone works tirelessly for his family, his industry, his community, and yes, this association, we shouldn’t entrust the importance of those accomplishments to the fading memories of just the people who knew him.  

And for that reason, the TAB has instituted a new award for people who have been in the business for 10 years and have already changed it for the better.  

Improving their companies, their communities, the lives of others.  

Because the people who do these things should never be allowed to merge into the background of the day to day.

We should never be so confident as to assume people who do this work will always be the face of our industry.  Because it won’t happen without the commitment of the people in this room and the people like Jason Hightower

Tonight, we honor three people who have made this difference in their communities.

Josh Gorbutt

The nomination form for our next recipient was over 10 pages long.  And on every page were examples of how Josh Gorbutt serves the Bryan College-Station Community.  

Josh Gorbutt first got a taste for broadcasting when he was nine by using his parents’ old VHS camcorder that was big enough to tip him over

Josh joined the KBTX team in 2008 as a newscast director and creative services producer, directing evening newscasts at the CBS affiliate and creating commercials for station clients.

He officially stepped into the role of News Director at KBTX in the summer of 2015.

In 2017, he oversaw the station’s 60th anniversary broadcasts, as well as an investigation into the mysterious separation of a Bryan ISD superintendent who was the subject of multiple ethics complaints. KBTX was ultimately awarded the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation Award for their work on the story.

Josh married Breanne after the two met at KBTX. They live in College Station with their two children, 3-year-old Maggie and 1-year-old John, and dog Oscar.

Josh is a classic movie fan and a voracious reader, though with a three-year-old, Pete the Cat and Dragons Love Tacos is now on his reading list every…single…night.

When nonprofits and community partners approach their newsroom with a need, Josh finds a way to creatively utilize resources and help.

Under Josh’s leadership, KBTX helped raise more than $2 million for local charities dealing with the impact of COVID-19 during 2020.

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Joe Ellis

2021 Jason Hightower Award for Broadcast Excellence

(Published 2021)

(Former TAB Chairman Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting, wrote and presented the following remarks as part of the awards presentation during the TAB2021 Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 3-4, 2021)


Joe Ellis

I’m very pleased that TAB has chosen to recognize Jason Hightower with an award in his honor.

Jason was the person we all wanted to be when we grew up.   He had a wonderful family: Ingrid and children Brazos, Wyatt and Halee Grace.   

He had the respect of everyone who knew him. He served his industry in Austin and in Washington.  He moved into ownership. And he owned what everyone secretly wants to own… An Aggie ring.

He also owned one of the great full service local radio stations.  KMOO in Mineola.  A local station that broadcast the daily Country Store.  The station with vehicles painted like cows.  Fundraisers, free airtime, and every phone call answered with a cheerful greeting of “Howdy, K-Moo.”

Jason and I worked with and opposite each other in College Station where we were united in the shared adversity of being Aggies.  And when it came to local radio, Jason caught the radio bug and did a lot more with it than most.

He was the voice of East Texas.  He loved local radio and the people loved him back. He lobbied for the free flow of information act in the Texas Legislature and educated our reps in Washington DC about the value of local radio.  

He was a Board Member.  He was that guy who got called when something had to be done, and when getting it done mattered. He fought the good fight.  Jason was really good at that.  

When the FCC Chairman was blowing our hair back in anger, Jason knew that was the time to fold your presentation up and listen politely.  If a congressman confused us with something he heard on XM, Jason was gentle in his correction.

He really was good at that.  Austin, Washington, Wood County.  He understood in his heart the duty broadcasters have to serve their communities and could tell people in positions of power how he was doing it with KMOO.

But when he was 33 years old, the tumor showed up and a different sort of battle began.  The first surgery was successful, and things were looking good.  But, Jason was a realist.  

The TAB approached him to serve on the executive committee which would ultimately lead to being Chairman of the largest state broadcast association in the US.  When we talked about accepting, he spoke plainly and told me, You’re asking me for a five year commitment.  You know I have brain cancer, right.  Are you crazy?  

I told him whether it was five or 50, we needed him doing this.

Ultimately, he said yes and he was one of the great ones.  And he almost made it. He was on the EC for four years and had been chairman for about half a year when he was taken, and we lost someone who had helped make Texas radio great.

He was a legendary broadcaster…at the age of 37.

It’s important to remember when somebody stands out for all the right things like Jason did.  

We can’t afford to lose the example of broadcasters like him. 

When someone works tirelessly for his family, his industry, his community, and yes, this association, we shouldn’t entrust the importance of those accomplishments to the fading memories of just the people who knew him.  

And for that reason, the TAB has instituted a new award for people who have been in the business for 10 years and have already changed it for the better.  

Improving their companies, their communities, the lives of others.  

Because the people who do these things should never be allowed to merge into the background of the day to day.

We should never be so confident as to assume people who do this work will always be the face of our industry.  Because it won’t happen without the commitment of the people in this room and the people like Jason Hightower

Tonight, we honor three people who have made this difference in their communities.

Joe Ellis

Joe Ellis is the executive producer of investigations and news projects at KVUE where he oversees the KVUE Defenders investigative team.

During his 23-year career as an investigative broadcast journalist, Joe covered stories throughout Texas involving government, the law, consumer affairs and environmental issues.

His honors are extensive and include a duPont Columbia Award, a Walter Cronkite Award, six Edward R. Murrow Awards, 16 Emmy Awards, numerous Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, several Headliners Foundation Awards, as well as awards from the National Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists.

Joe is also a past recipient of the Carole Kneeland Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts on freedom of information issues including his efforts to get the Health and Human Services Commission to release information on Covid deaths in elder care facilities.

His work has exposed corruption in government and led to numerous convictions.

One of the most notorious was Joe’s work which exposed a criminal court judge giving a particular defense attorney most of his work and income.

The attorney was also a city councilman with whom the judge was romantically involved.

The funds were deposited into a bank account the judge and the attorney shared.

Wouldn’t you like to read that probable cause statement?  

Because of journalists like Joe, our government works better; our products are safer; and we’re reminded that responsibility matters.

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Melissa Rivera

2021 Jason Hightower Award for Broadcast Excellence

(Published August 2021)

(Former TAB Chairman Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting, wrote and presented the following remarks as part of the awards presentation during the TAB2021 Convention & Trade Show, Aug. 3-4, 2021)


Melissa Rivera

I’m very pleased that TAB has chosen to recognize Jason Hightower with an award in his honor.

Jason was the person we all wanted to be when we grew up.   He had a wonderful family: Ingrid and children Brazos, Wyatt and Halee Grace.   

He had the respect of everyone who knew him. He served his industry in Austin and in Washington.  He moved into ownership. And he owned what everyone secretly wants to own… An Aggie ring.

He also owned one of the great full service local radio stations.  KMOO in Mineola.  A local station that broadcast the daily Country Store.  The station with vehicles painted like cows.  Fundraisers, free airtime, and every phone call answered with a cheerful greeting of “Howdy, K-Moo.”

Jason and I worked with and opposite each other in College Station where we were united in the shared adversity of being Aggies.  And when it came to local radio, Jason caught the radio bug and did a lot more with it than most.

He was the voice of East Texas.  He loved local radio and the people loved him back. He lobbied for the free flow of information act in the Texas Legislature and educated our reps in Washington DC about the value of local radio.  

He was a Board Member.  He was that guy who got called when something had to be done, and when getting it done mattered. He fought the good fight.  Jason was really good at that.  

When the FCC Chairman was blowing our hair back in anger, Jason knew that was the time to fold your presentation up and listen politely.  If a congressman confused us with something he heard on XM, Jason was gentle in his correction.

He really was good at that.  Austin, Washington, Wood County.  He understood in his heart the duty broadcasters have to serve their communities and could tell people in positions of power how he was doing it with KMOO.

But when he was 33 years old, the tumor showed up and a different sort of battle began.  The first surgery was successful, and things were looking good.  But, Jason was a realist.  

The TAB approached him to serve on the executive committee which would ultimately lead to being Chairman of the largest state broadcast association in the US.  When we talked about accepting, he spoke plainly and told me, You’re asking me for a five year commitment.  You know I have brain cancer, right.  Are you crazy?  

I told him whether it was five or 50, we needed him doing this.

Ultimately, he said yes and he was one of the great ones.  And he almost made it. He was on the EC for four years and had been chairman for about half a year when he was taken, and we lost someone who had helped make Texas radio great.

He was a legendary broadcaster…at the age of 37.

It’s important to remember when somebody stands out for all the right things like Jason did.  

We can’t afford to lose the example of broadcasters like him. 

When someone works tirelessly for his family, his industry, his community, and yes, this association, we shouldn’t entrust the importance of those accomplishments to the fading memories of just the people who knew him.  

And for that reason, the TAB has instituted a new award for people who have been in the business for 10 years and have already changed it for the better.  

Improving their companies, their communities, the lives of others.  

Because the people who do these things should never be allowed to merge into the background of the day to day.

We should never be so confident as to assume people who do this work will always be the face of our industry.  Because it won’t happen without the commitment of the people in this room and the people like Jason Hightower

Tonight, we honor three people who have made this difference in their communities.

Melissa Rivera

Melissa Rivera is a pillar in the Victoria, TX Crossroads community.

For the past 16 years, Melissa has overseen all live events for the market. Organizing St. Jude Radiothons, 5K Run/Walks, Easter drops, Back-to-school supply drives, and coordinating an annual event to feed over 250 homeless each holiday season.  

All while serving as Director of Sales for her cluster of stations. 

Earlier in her career she showed she was on the road to great things by winning the Townsquare Presidents Award. 

The people who nominated her recognize her servant’s heart and her gift of communicating what needs to be done…and doing it.

One of our three honorees for the Hightower award is Melissa Rivera in Victoria.

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Wendell Mayes, Jr. *

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

(Published August 2017)

Born 93 years ago on March 2nd – Texas Independence Day –  the son of a Texas Radio broadcaster and grandson of the Texas Lt. Governor who founded The University of Texas at Austin’s journalism school, Wendell Mayes, Jr., appears to have been destined to become a Texas broadcast pioneer.

Mayes spent most of his early days in Brownwood and attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville.

After his freshman year, he transferred to UT-Austin in 1942, but quit to enlist in the U. S. Navy for World War II.

Wendell Mayes, Jr.

The Navy trained him as a radio and radar technician, and he took a specialized course on the radar used on night fighter aircraft.

After World War II ended, Mayes enrolled in Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in Lubbock.

Majoring in Electrical Engineering, he received a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in May 1949.

That same year, he rejoined his family’s station, KBWD in Brownwood.

The Mayes family’s broadcast holdings totaled 18 radio stations at one time or another, over a period of five decades. Stations were located in Amarillo, Austin, Brownwood, Fort Worth, Midland, Snyder, Sweetwater, Victoria, Waco and Oklahoma City.

In 1973, his station KNOW in Austin received the George Foster Peabody Award, one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting.

The award honored the station and staff for their outstanding programming, including editorials Mayes wrote and delivered.

Mayes served many terms on the TAB Board of Directors, and his fellow broadcasters elected him Chairman in 1964. TAB presented him with the Pioneer of the Year Award in 1978.

He also served on the National Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors from 1969-1973.

Mayes was on TAB’s committee to select a new executive director in 1987, when longtime leader Bonner McLane suddenly passed away.

Mayes was the one who told Ann Arnold, then press secretary to Governor Mark White, that the committee had selected her.

Arnold headed the association for 25 years until her death in 2012 and she often looked to Mayes as a mentor and advisor on everything from broadcasting to politics.

She always recounted the story of Mayes warning her to “watch [her] language around old East Texas broadcasters – who were none too keen on having a sassy woman run their association.”

In 1973, Mayes helped create TAB’s scholarship foundation, the Texas Broadcast Education Foundation.

Over the years, he and his fellow broadcasters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help deserving college and university students cover tuition and expenses.

“Broadcasting is a people business. The quality of what we do is fully dependent on the quality of the people who do it,” Mayes said.

In 2001, TBEF honored him with a scholarship in his name, to be presented annually to a student at Texas Tech University.

In 2017, he made an additional contribution to TBEF out of concern about skyrocketing tuition costs at Texas colleges and universities.

The Texas Association of Broadcast Educators selected Mayes as Broadcaster of the Year in 1989. Mayes was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2002.

A Lifetime of Learning, Giving Back

Texas Tech named Mayes a Distinguished Alumnus in 1981 and a Distinguished Engineer in 1985. In 1978, he was named to their Mass Communications Hall of Fame. He served as a member of the Texas Tech Board of Regents from 1985 to 1991, leading it as Chairman from 1986 to 1988.

After retiring from his broadcast career, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science in 2002 at age 78.

He went on to earn a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 2005 and a Master of Business Administration in 2006 from St. Edward’s University. Continuing his education in 2013, Mayes received a Ph.D. in Finance – when he was 89 years old – from Walden University.

In addition to all his work on the university level, Mayes is an internationally-known ambassador for the American Diabetes Association and International Diabetes Federation.

He continues to help the diabetes associations with efforts to emphasize research, special events, advocacy, education and fundraising.

When Texas formed the Texas Diabetes Council in 1983, Mayes served as its first Chairman and was the first inductee into the Texas Diabetes Hall of Fame.

Mayes’ quest to make things better for the world around him is the hallmark of a life of community service. His efforts in broadcasting, education and health science are immeasurable.

Mayes passed away in 2021 at the age of 97.

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George Marti *

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

(Published August 2010)

Everyone in broadcasting knows the name Marti. It’s associated with the well-known and ever-present system for remote broadcasting and Studio Transmitter Links.

The man behind the name – George Marti – is a legendary Texas broadcaster who continues outstanding service to the industry and his community on a daily basis. And he shows no sign of slowing down.

George Marti

George Marti graduated from Central High School in Fort Worth at the age of 16 and then attended technical school for nine months.

He received his radiotelephone First Class and Amateur Radio licenses just prior to his 17th birthday (call letters: W5GLJ).

Marti says his grandmother influenced him more than any other person.

He spent time at her house each day on his way home from the two-room schoolhouse at Oak Grove. She told him when he was 12 that he needed to make a business plan.

He decided that his plan would involve establishing a radio station in Cleburne.

Marti started working part time at KTAT-AM and KFJZ-FM Fort Worth. By 1938, he was employed by Tarrant Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Elliott Roosevelt and later sold to Sid Richardson.

Entering the Marine Corps in 1942, Marti went through basic training in San Diego and then to First Radar School at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC.

During a brief leave in 1944, he met and married Jo Chambers.

After nearly four years, he returned to KFJZ where he worked until 1946.

In April 1947, he and Jo put his first station on the air: KCLE-AM Cleburne.

Marti designed and built his own 250-watt transmitter and audio console in his mother’s living room. KCLE-FM joined the fold in 1949. In 1953, Marti added KKJO in St. Joseph, Mo., and kept the station until 1968.

When he sold KCLE in 1960, Marti started his second career.

Marti began manufacturing Remote Pickup equipment and later added Studio Transmitter Link equipment. Before he designed and built the units and successfully lobbied the FCC to allow their use, radio stations had to use telephone lines that were expensive and not always reliable.

His invention revolutionized the industry. Small stations in remote areas could be operated and stay on the air while being controlled from a larger studio in another city.

He owned and operated Marti Electronics until 1994. During that time, he also had either an interest in or financially supported more than 12 radio stations.

When Broadcast Electronics purchased Marti Electronics, Marti’s equipment was in more than 80 percent of radio stations worldwide.

In 1992, Marti began yet another profession. He and his late wife Jo purchased the Bank of Cleburne, which was within 14 days of failing. He owned the bank for five years, eventually merging it with First Financial of Abilene.

In the 1980s, he and Jo created what he considers his BEST business interest – the Marti Foundation.

The foundation funds scholarships to help Johnson County graduates attend college.

These $10,000 scholarships are aimed at helping youth in lower-income families.

Students must maintain a 2.75 grade-point average and carry a minimum of 14 credit hours per semester to retain their scholarship.

The foundation primarily helps those who are the first children in the family ever to attend college.

More than 300 students have received bachelor degrees from colleges and universities around the state.

Jo passed away in 2003 but her legacy lives on through the foundation. He married his current wife Margaret in 2004.

Marti served six terms as the Mayor of Cleburne and in 2003, the Cleburne Independent School District opened Marti Elementary.

Marti still retains an interest in more than 12 stations in Texas.

In 1991, Marti received Texas broadcasting’s most coveted honor – TAB’s Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year Award.

In the same year, the National Association of Broadcasters presented him with their highest engineering honor.

In 2001, TAB installed the Association’s first Legend of Texas Broadcasting Award on permanent display at the TAB Building in Austin.

He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2010, the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators named him as their Broadcaster of the Year.

Marti believes that the duty of a broadcaster is to help others.

“If you are not helping people, you are not doing your job.”

View George Marti’s video interview as part of Texas Tech’s TAB Pioneer Broadcaster project

George Marti passed away in 2015 at the age of 95.

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