This news segment for Houston's KPRC-TV reports on the creation of the Kern Tips Memorial Award in college football. Some portions are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. Known as the "Voice of the Southwest Conference," Tips spent 32 years broadcasting Southwest Conference football games and narrating programs such as the Humble Oil and Refining Company's Southwest Conference Highlights. He passed away in 1967.
Sportscaster Kern Tips was born in Houston, Texas, on August 23, 1904. He attended Texas A&M University and Rice University (then known as Rice Institute). While studying at Rice, Tips started working at The Houston Chronicle, first as a sports reporter and later as sports editor.
Tips moved to radio in 1935, serving as the general manager of Houston radio station KPRC until 1946. In 1947, he joined the advertising agency Wilkinson-Schiwetz and Tips. When the firm merged with McCann Erickson in 1954, Tips became vice president of the new company.
During his time as a sports editor, general manager, and advertising executive, Tips also served as a sportscaster. He spent 32 years broadcasting Southwest Conference football games and narrating programs such as the Humble Oil and Refining Company's Southwest Conference Highlights, leading to his nickname the "Voice of the Southwest Conference."
In 1959, Tips received awards from the Association of Broadcasting Executives in Texas and the Southwest Football Officials Association for his contributions to radio and television as well as his service to the sport, respectively. He was also voted Texas Sportscaster of the Year in a national poll, an honor he received five consecutive years.
In 1966, Tips retired from advertising and took up another career as a producer and narrator of a syndicated series of sports radio shows broadcast throughout the Southwest. He died on August 3, 1967, in Houston. He was 62.