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November 2004

Release Date: November 19, 2004

ASU Names Radio Studios for Local Broadcasting Pioneer Walton Foster

The late Walton Foster, a Concho Valley radio/television pioneer and a long-time supporter of Angelo State University's broadcasting program, was recognized Friday by Texas State University System regents, who named ASU's new Ram Radio production facilities in his honor.

The Walton Foster Radio Studios are located on the new third floor addition to the Porter Henderson Library. The library's third floor opened this fall and is the new home for ASU's Communications, Drama and Journalism Department. The 408-square-foot radio studios include a booth for live programming, a radio production booth, and a soundproof studio/production room that can accommodate a musical group or small audience for live or recorded programming.

"The designation of the Walton Foster Radio Studios pays homage not only to his broadcasting contributions of the past," said ASU President James Hindman, "but also to Walton Foster's vision for the future of broadcasting in the Concho Valley and the state and for Angelo State University's role in that future."

Foster founded Foster Communications, which owns and operates KIXY-FM, KKSA-AM, KWFR-FM and KYZZ-FM in San Angelo. A graduate of San Angelo College, Foster also attended the University of Texas. Foster left a bequest to ASU's communications and journalism program upon his death in 1995.

Since then Foster Communications has continued to support the department with two $500 scholarships annually. The company is a regular supporter of ASU athletics as well. Since Foster's death, his long-time associate Fred Key, the executive officer of Foster Communications, has continued to support ASU's radio/TV program. Over the years the support from both radio executives has included internships for students, professional speakers for communication classes, job opportunities for ASU graduates, legal advice and technical expertise such as guiding the university broadcast program from analog to digital broadcasting.

At the age of 16, Foster went to work as a disk jockey for KGKL, the Concho Valley's first radio station, taking to the air in 1927. He was the KTXL news anchor on the first live television news broadcast in the Concho Valley in the early 1950s. KTXL eventually became KLST-TV. Subsequently, Foster founded Foster Communications.