The Best of Bax

| March 12, 2013 | 12 Comments

Gordon Baxter


For the past few years, we have been converting tapes, cassettes and acetates to digital format to preserve Gordon Baxter’s audio archive. The archive, gifted to KVLU by the Baxter family a few years ago, contains a wealth of material from the legendary barefoot broadcaster’s programs and commentaries. Tune in Sunday evenings for The Best of Bax — two hours of program excerpts and related material spanning his 50 year radio career.


Day: Sundays

Time: 5 p.m.


Category: programming

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  1. Gary W Steward says:

    I loved Gordon on Sunday mornings!

    • Nelva Sauls says:

      I think my brother sang on the Gordon Baxter Talent
      Show or something like that when he was 10 or 12 yrs
      old (early 50’s). Does anyone remember a show like that in Port Arthur? I think he sang and played the guitar to a Hank Williams song. My brother became a Country/Western Singer.

  2. Rebecca Ranki says:

    My family listened to Gordon Baxter when I was a teenager.Mr.Baxter visited our farm at Kirbyville and he frequently flew his plane over our farm tipping the wing to wave to us below as we milked cows! I contnued listenig to Bax when I married and moved to Bmt in the early 60’s. I aways tuned in to Bax’s morning show while making breakfast for my family before school and work. His book “Village Creek” was most enjoyable. My appreciation to his family and to KVLU for preserving his tapes!

  3. don says:

    Gordon Baxter. I never thought I would hear that calm resonating voice again. Thank you so much. Bax had a special way of telling a story but I got to thinking about it after last weeks program and you know I think what made him so enjoyable to listen to was he clearly enjoyed his work. You could just hear the joy in his voice. He truly had fun doing his program. He loved life and he loved radio. A real classic in the original sense of the word. My wife worked with him a few years at KTLK and 108 FM. He worked there with Less Ledet and others. He helped my wife a lot and stood up for her several times. May God bless him and be gentle with him he brought a lot of joy into this world.

    • don says:

      Just one more thing. He was a Class Act, stood up for what he believed in and never humiliated or talked down to people. He might disagree and argue with you but he always, at least when I heard and saw him, remained a gentleman.


    My first morning in Beaumont, Texas in the early fifties Gordon Baxter voice woke me as the radio came on. Was a faithful listener after that. One day in the early morning hours as we traveled through New Mexico on the way home, from California, I was surfing the radio dial and I recognized a familiar voice of Gordon, could only pick up the radio waves for about 5 miles made us feel as if we were home already.

  5. James Johnson says:

    Does anyone remember Bax’s San Jacinto Day program? I would love to hear that again. I think he would play it on the air every year for the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. Such wit is scarce these days. Sure do miss his programs!

  6. Marty says:

    I remember as a young girl listening to Bax long before I realized how “cool” he really was. The show I remember most was the one where he announced that since there were so many “Cajuns” in Port Arthur, they were going to tie a rope around Port Arthur and drag it across the lake and Port Arthur would become Port Arthur, LA. I was devastated because I did not want to live in Louisiana, I was a Texan and wanted to stay that way.

    My connection with Gordon Baxter actually started on May 5, 1946. That was the day I was born. Bax was at the hospital with, I believe, his wife being in labor. I remember my mother telling me that she was laughing so hard the whole time, she never felt a labor pain.

  7. Grace says:

    Are the broadcasts “podcasts” that we might listen to again?

  8. Marjorie Wells says:

    Today’s show, Feb 14th, 2016 ,is totally relevant for this crazy world.
    Please send me a link to this show, I was in Kirbyville at the start and couldn’t hear it very well. THANKS BYRON

  9. Mother Myers says:

    I was on the air at KOLE but listened to Bax on KLVI every Sunday. We became friends. I read his books & columns, listened to him sing “You Are My Sunshine” with Jenny… Woke up this morning thinkin’ about how he touched my life…

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