Tumbleweed Smith to bring 'Sound of Texas' to Crockett
Houston County Courier
By Jenna Duncan
Rather than over local radio airwaves, Crockett residents will be able to hear Tumbleweed Smith of syndicated radio program "The Sound of Texas" in a slightly different fashion Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner. This isn't Smith's first trip to Houston County. Just one year ago he appeared at the Grapeland Chamber of Commerce banquet, evoking plenty of laughter from the audience. Since 1969, Smith has been the host of "The Sound of Texas", one of the longest running syndicated programs in Texas, where he profiles interesting people and places across the state. In 2008, the series aired its 10,000th episode, and the following year celebrated 40 years. The series began when he was news director at KHEM in Big Spring, where he and his wife still reside. "We had just put a man on the moon," Smith says on his website, "and Texans had a lot to do with that undertaking. "I wanted to delve into the Texas spirit, travel the state, interview all kinds of people and report my findings on a daily statewide radio program." The show has been an outlet for famous and interesting Texans, featuring well-known names like actor Jon Voight. Some of the most interesting and humorous clips will be used in his presentation at the awards dinner. His work has earned him numerous awards, including the Governor's State Tourism Award and the West Texas Chamber Cultural Achievement Award. In addition to the radio program, he has a syndicated newspaper column and teaches broadcast production and speech at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. The Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce dinner starts at 6 p.m. at the Crockett Civic Center. In addition to Smith's appearance, the dinner will include the presentation of awards for Business of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. For tickets, contact the chamber at 936-544-2359.