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KTBC New Years Eve Broadcast (1965)
Gordon Wilkison
Sound |
1965 |
| English
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    Albert Durst performs "Sometimes I'm Happy" by Billie Holiday. Albert Durst was a regular performer at Club Caravan in Austin.
    Cactus Pryor hosts the show for broadcast on KTBC. In addition to his duties as project manager and host of his own program at KTBC, Cactus worked as a news anchor on KLBJ and KTRH, and was the vice president of broadcasting at LBJS. Pryor was voted Austin's Most Worthy Citizen in 1983 and released a hit single in 1950, "Cry of the Dying Duck in a Thunder-Storm."
    "NBC Peacock" - KTBC carried NBC programming until KHFI (now KXAN), the official NBC affiliate, came on the air in 1966
    Comedienne Maxine Wildes
    Paul Pryor and his band perform "She's About a Mover" by Ringo Starr. The eldest son of Cactus Pryor, Paul would later act as a reporter and news director for KBOX-AM, WRR-FM and KVET, and hosted popular news and talk shows on KVET, KLBJ-AM and ESPN.
    Nathaniel "Nat" Greene Williams plays a tune on piano. Nat Williams was the music director at KTBC television, Huston-Tillotson College, the Wesley Methodist Church, and the Gary Job Corps Center. He also made regular appearances on the Uncle Jay and Cactus Pryor shows.
    Emily Tracy sings "When I Fall in Love" by Nat King Cole. Emily was a drama student at the University of Texas when this was filmed. She has worked as an opera singer, landscape artist, and screenwriter, having penned an episode of The Cosby Show in 1985 and the film The Wedding Dress in 2001, among others. 
    Happy New Year 1966!
    The show was broadcast from Camp Gary in San Marcos, Texas. Camp Gary began as an airfield in 1942 and became an air force base in 1951. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that the base would be repurposed into a Job Corps facility.