James E. "Jim" Lowe Jr. (1926-2000) was one of WRR’s best loved personalities. The Fort Worth native helped start KXOL-AM in the late 1940s and was an announcer and music director before moving to Dallas in 1950, where he began a 24-year career with WRR-AM. As “The Cool Fool,” Lowe introduced white Dallas and North Texas listeners to Rhythm and Blues music and artists with his Kat's Karavan show. Many future DFW-area stars including Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Doyle Bramhall, and Delbert McClinton, were acknowledged listeners and devotees. He brought a number of innovations to the station, including the Library of Laffs, which played cuts from comedy albums throughout the day.
Besides his radio career, for nearly four decades he greeted millions of visitors to the State Fair of Texas through the voice of his alter ego, Big Tex. In a 1982 interview, Lowe recalled that Mayor R. L. Thornton instructed him to make Big Tex talk “like a cross between Gary Cooper and Santa Claus.”
A Few of WRR’sVoices and Personalities Through the Years…John Stone
"Gentleman" Jim Carter
Lee Brumm aka Lee Arthur
"Brother" Dave Gardner
John Ravenscroft aka John Peel
John Henry Faulk
Fulton Lewis Sr.
Fulton Lewis III
Rob Milford aka Rob Williams
Clyde White aka Jim White
"Handyman" Al Carrell
G. Guy Gibson
Nancy Leitstein (Brinker) aka Nancy Goodman
L. B. Henson
Sterling "Mac" McClain
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, (1939 – 2004), known
professionally as John Peel, was known for his eclectic taste in music
and his honest and warm broadcasting style. He was an internationally
popular, respected, and influential DJ and broadcaster who introduced
hundreds of new artists to the world’s airwaves.
Al Jones (1918-1956) was an announcer and dj at WRR for only eight years, but he was well remembered for his work at the station and around Fair Park, where he emceed acts at the Magnolia Lounge and provided the original voice of Big Tex at the State Fair for Tex’s first three years.
|Original exhibition date: March, 2006|
Exhibit Curator and Designer: John Slate