An Inventory of His Papers, 1952, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
The KSEL Mike was an occasional, published by Lubbock Broadcasting Company, Randall Abernathy, editor. The issue was donated to Crossroads of Music Archive by Kent McPhail, who found it while cleaning out a rent house.
KSEL opened an ultra-modern new building at 1916 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Texas in December of 1951. It was touted as the most modern broadcast station in West Texas, if not in the area between Fort Worth and the West Coast. KSEL first went on the air November 1, 1946 from the second floor of 1412-1/2 Texas Avenue. The new building, not counting equipment, cost $120,000.
The first issue of The KSEL Mike contained introductory columns from each of the staff, program schedule, photos of popular entertainers of the time, Ernest Tubb, Alton and Rabon Delmore, Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams, Red Foley, Hoyle Nix, Ben Nix, Dell Wood, Merle Travis, Eddie Kirk, Jimmy Dickens, Doris Day, Ed Mayfield, Joe Carr, and photos from the KSEL Jamboree held every Saturday and attended by about 1000 West Texans each week.
Collection donor Kent McPhail is a Lubbock entrepreneur who is also a competitive bass fisherman. The newsletter was found durng the process of clearing out a rental house
The collection consists of one radio station newletter from KSEL-AM in Lubbock, Texas, issued in March of 1952. Publicity photographs of Ernest Tubb, Alton and Rabon Delmore, Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams, and Red Foley, are included, as well as snapshots of local entertainers from the weekly KSEL Jamboree Arthur Maynard, Buddy Young, Franklin Puryear, Pat Moore, Ray "Big Train" Clements, Herkimer Torsnoff, Wayne Hill, Wayne Maynes, Fred Maccey, Wallace Moyer, Bill Byrd, Jimmy Comer, Smokey Mayfield, Herb Mayfield, Ed Mayfield (of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys), and Clovis Branham. The articles are chatty and informative in the style of the late 1940s and early 1950s newsreel. The newsletter is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.
The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.
Kent McPhail Papers, 1952, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas