FOX 7 Video Vault: KTBC hits the airwaves on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a very important time for FOX 7.  In case you didn't know, KTBC (FOX 7) has been around for a long time. 

On Thanksgiving Day 63 years ago, KTBC first signed on to the air...bringing the magic of television to Austin.  It was still a very new thing.

Now all these years later, it's time to look back. So we're starting a new project here at FOX 7 that will allow you to watch more than half a century of Austin's history on YouTube by preserving our old news footage. 

We contacted KTBC legend Cactus Pryor's son for our first Video Vault story.  Dayne Pryor took a slightly different path than his dad.  He's Chief of the Rollingwood Police Department.

But he spent much of his childhood roaming the halls at KTBC.

"He would just turn us loose.  He had an office upstairs and we could just roam the halls, we could come down in here and play or we could just watch him do the recordings and stuff.  If it wasn't that it was coming in on Sundays and doing 'The Darryl Royal Show'," Pryor said.

He remembers often running into station owners The Johnsons...as in Lyndon B. and Lady Bird.  They had a penthouse upstairs.

"Lyndon Johnson.  He came and got on the elevator with us.  He went up top to the penthouse...and very casual," Pryor said.

Pryor says when his dad turned he and his brother loose they would often come and "play TV" on the empty news sets in the studio.

"The studio would be empty but the news sets were in place.  So you had the news anchor desk was right here in the front.  You had sports right over here and you had weather right over here," Pryor said.

Coming back to the KTBC studio and getting to just look around for awhile brought back a lot of good memories for Chief Pryor.

"Now I'm able to just look around and it's all really coming back to me.  And right now I wish I was a kid about to be on the Uncle Jay show and just coming in and doing that but...this is great," he said.

Check out all of our Video Vault videos on our YouTube channel here.

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