Jim Guidry, a veteran broadcast journalist with 40 years of experience, has begun a series of radio-style newscasts that may be listened to on your computer or in your car on a CD, iPod or iPhone. The reports include current events and excerpts from the Guidry News Service archives.
Click on the RealPlayer link for streaming audio; or click on the MP3 link to listen on an iPhone. Right-click on the MP3 link to download the file to your computer to load on iPod or other MP3 player or to burn to CD. (Choose "Save Target As" to transfer the file to your computer)
August 1, 2007 --
This report includes meetings and events during the month of July, including Galveston County and Jefferson County Commissioners Court meetings, a news conference by Governor Rick Perry at the Greater Houston Partnership and special events in the Gulf Coast Region; as well as events preserved in the Guidry News Service Archives. The archives include a 1991 year end interview with Harris "Shrub" Kempner, an interview of Miss Mardi Gras 1991 by George Mitchell and other sounds from the Mardi Gras celebration in 1991.
July 1, 2007 --
This report covers meetings and events that occurred during the last half of June, including Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas' message to "set the record straight" about the city's use of the Gibeaut Geohazard Map, an update on the Renaissance Zone program in Galveston and an appeal to proclaim Galveston as the birthplace of Rock and Roll; meetings of Galveston County Commissioners Court and Jefferson County Commissioners Court; the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves and the Port of Houston Authority Commission; and events such as Juneteenth in Galveston County and the Orleans Street Jazz Fest in Beaumont.
The reports from the archives include a confrontation over former Houston mayor Fred Hofheinz's Women's Advocate in 1977; an interview with the late Galveston historian Bob Nesbitt in 1985 as well as headlines from KGBC in that year; and kudos from then sheriff Joe Max Taylor to former commissioner Eddie Barr in 1998.
June 15, 2007 --
This newscast includes reports on the retirement of Sharon Strain as executive director of the Galveston Housing Authority, the ribbon cutting for the new biodiesel plant, the commissioning of the USS KIDD, Citizens for Space Exploration's trip to Washington, a Police Week Memorial Ceremony in Galveston, Memorial Day ceremonies in Houston and Galveston, the annual Maritime Memorial Service in Port Arthur, and other current events.The newscast also includes archives from the past.
Archives include an interview with the late Shearn Moody, Jr. by Steve Long in 1986 and an interview by Guidry with the late J.R. McConnell in 1986 as well as an amusing report on coverage of the Press Club of Galveston County Roast and Toast that was broadcast on KGBC in 1986. The archives also include interviews with former Harris County commissioners Tom Bass and Squatty Lyons about legislation proposed by then President Jimmy Carter to increase the cost of driving large automobiles, which was a subject of the previous newscast.
June 1, 2007 --
The first newscast in this series includes reports, with audio, on the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the ports of Houston and Galveston, an interview with Dr. David Callendar, the new president of the University of Texas Medical Branch, and other events that occurred in Galveston, Jefferson and Harris counties during April and May. Excerpts feature former Texas governor John Connally, former Houston mayors Fred Hofheinz and Neal Pickett; and person on the street interviews with people concerned that gasoline prices might increase because of legislation proposed by then President Jimmy Carter.
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