KRBA-AM Radio Station
Early KRBA programming included broadcast news, drama, music, and sermons. The station also covered sports, beginning with Lufkin Panther football in 1938. During World War II, the station employed a number of women to take the place of male employees. By the 1950s and 1960s, new programs included "The Song and Dance Parade," a prelude to rock-n-roll programming, and "Tunes and Tempos," which introduced African-American radio to local
Through the years, the station has made a major impact in the area. KRBA-AM has sponsored a number of charitable activities in Lufkin. The station has also served as a launching pad for a number of noted radio and broadcast personalities. Today, under the direction of Yates Media, historic KRBA continues to be directly involved in community and regional events, and continues to serve the public as a viable broadcasting institution into the 21st Century.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16011.)
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Location. 31° 20.333′ N, 94° 43.791′ W. Marker is in Lufkin, Texas, in Angelina County. Marker is on Cotton Square, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 Cotton Square, Lufkin TX 75901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Depot Explosion and Mystery (a few steps from this marker); Calder (Cotton) Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Rehearsal Hall for The Hoo Hoo Band (within shouting distance of this marker); Kerr's Inc. (within shouting distance
Also see . . . KRBA Radio. Official website for KRBA-AM radio. Includes a page devoted to the station's history. “The KRBA programming format attempted to present something on the air for most everyone with an AM radio on a daily basis. From 1938 through the early 1940s, the station regularly broadcast news, dramatic programming, musical transcriptions of all varieties, and live preachers of various denominations. The 1950s and 1960s would continue a very varied format though dramatic programming would begin to fade, but more programs would be directed to housewives, farmers, and a direct request musical program ‘Song and Dance Parade’ would lead the format in the direction of making rock-n-roll a major part of the station’s legacy. KRBA's ‘Tunes and Tempos’ played rhythm and blues and would introduce African America radio announcers to the local audiences in the 1950s and 60s. Spanish musical programming would be introduced for the first time in East Texas in 1968.” (Submitted on December 9, 2010, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 986 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.