Hall returns to Wayland broadcasts

Release Date: November 13, 2009

PLAINVIEW – Tom Hall can still remember the first Wayland Baptist University games he broadcast for a local radio station.

“The first Wayland games I broadcast were with Danny Andrews on the old KHBL before it became KWLD,” Hall said.

It was 1967, and Hall was a student in West Texas State in Canyon. He would drive home to Plainview and broadcast the games with Andrews, who was a student at Wayland at the time. The crew didn’t have head sets like radio broadcasters use now. Instead, they used devices that looked like stethoscopes. The ear pieces were inserted into the ear and a microphone hung from the ear pieces down around the neck.

“One night, our headphones just quit working, so we sent them off to get repaired,” Hall said.

The repair company soon returned the ear pieces with a note saying they had removed the wax and now the ear phones were working properly.

“We still laugh about that,” Hall said.

While the equipment may be a little more up to date, Hall will return to a familiar arena this basketball season as he once again takes a seat at the courtside table in Hutcherson Center to broadcast the Flying Queens and Pioneers basketball games. He began broadcasting Wayland games in 1978 and continued until 1997 when he began working in radio full time and broadcasting Plainview High School athletics. He held that job for the last 12 years before returning to Wayland this fall to take over as the Dean of Students.

As part of his new job duties, Hall is looking forward to broadcasting the games. He will get his first chance Monday night as the Queens and Pioneers host Lubbock Christian University to open the Sooner Athletic Conference schedule at Hutcherson Center. The Queens tip off at 6 p.m. with the Pioneers scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.

“I’m very excited,” Hall said. “It’s a thrill to get back in the Hutch and do the Wayland games.”

Hall will provide play-by-play for the broadcasts aired online with streaming video at www.wbuathletics.com and simulcast on KWLD, 91.5 FM. He will also serve as a mentor for communications students who will work alongside him, learning the intricacies of radio broadcasts.

KWLD and wbuathletics.com will broadcast all home conference games beginning Monday night. The majority of the conference schedule will be played in January and February. For more information or to see the teams’ conference schedules, log on to www.wbuathletics.com.