Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(December 4, 1922 – May 29, 2001)
Fascinated with the verbal abilities of auctioneers and radio hosts, Paul Kallinger entered Frederick H. Sphere radio announcing school in Hollywood after serving in WWII with the U.S. Coast Guard. After a short job in Del Rio with KDLK, Kallinger and his family moved to Louisiana before returning to Del Rio in 1948 for a disc jockey position with XERF. Kallinger played hillbilly and bluegrass music and promoted various products on air. He received several awards including induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Kallinger is remembered as a nationally-famous disc jockey and “your good neighbor along the way.”
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17174.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Entertainment.
Location. 29° 22.151′ N, 100° 54.196′ W. Marker is in Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is at the intersection of East 5th Street and Avenue C, on the right Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Operation Brass Knob (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carter Family In Del Rio (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Del Rio (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Del Rio (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glenn-Dowe House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Del Rio High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Del Rio (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Del Rio.
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