Renowned radio personality and speaker, Tumbleweed Smith, will be the guest speaker at the annual awards banquet of the Mason County Chamber of Commerce. The banquet is scheduled for Thursday, February 24th at the Mason I.S.D. cafeteria.
The Sound of Texas is one of the longest running syndicated radio programs in Texas. Tumbleweed Smith brings fascinating people who embody the spirit of the lone star state and brings them into the homes and hearts of thousands.
Tumbleweed started his series while employed as news director at KHEM radio in Big Spring.
"We had just put a man on the moon", says Tumbleweed, and Texans had a lot to do with that undertaking. I wanted to delve into the Texas spirit, travel the state, interview all kinds of people and report my findings on a daily statewide radio program."
He sent out 65 sample programs and one station, KZZN in Littlefield TX, signed up for the series. "Man, I thought that was great. I had a network. 2 stations." Within a month, 5 stations had signed up for the series and Tumbleweed quit his job at the radio station. "I knew what I wanted to do and was going to do it."
He drove 200,000 miles over Texas the next couple of years, dropping into radio stations, selling his program and getting interviews. He says the series doesn’t seem like work because he has so much fun doing it. He has never considered retirement. The series became the state’s most widely syndicated Texas feature program.
Tumbleweed has taught broadcast production and speech at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa since 1974. He also does a statewide syndicated newspaper column.
Tumbleweed does a lot of public speaking and uses the recorded voices of some of his most humorous interviews in his presentations. Texas Highways Magazine said Tumbleweed has probably recorded more Texas characters than anyone else. In his 40 professional years, Tumbleweed has accumulated a collection of more than 10,000 programs, featuring the sounds and nuances of the Texas mystique, has been called the largest private collection of oral history in the US. The Texas House of Representatives has recognized Tumbleweed for creating a priceless resource of Texas folk tales, lore and wisdom.
We are more than happy to give a warm Texas Hill country welcome to this legend at the 2011 Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards banquet. This event will be fun for the entire family and will give us an opportunity to recognize some of Mason’s finest men and women that make living in Mason and the quality of life that we all enjoy possible.
Tickets to this event are available at the Mason County Chamber of Commerce office, Mason National Bank and the Commercial Bank. The price for each ticket is only $15.00 and this includes the meal.
For more information please contact the Mason County Chamber of Commerce office at 325-347-5758.
You can listen to "Tumbleweed Smith" locally on 95.3 KNEL daily at 7:50 a.m.