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Broadcasters Mourn Loss of Wendell Mayes, Jr.

Former TAB Chairman and Legendary Texas Broadcaster Wendell Mayes, Jr. passed away on September 12. He was 97.

The Mayes family’s broadcast holdings totaled 18 radio stations at one time or another, over a period of five decades.

Stations were located in Amarillo, Austin, Brownwood, Fort Worth, Midland, Snyder, Sweetwater, Victoria, Waco and Oklahoma City.

Mayes served many terms on the TAB Board of Directors, and his fellow broadcasters elected him Chairman in 1964.

TAB presented him with the Pioneer of the Year Award in 1978 and a Lifetime Achiement Award in 2017.

View video (starts at 52.25)

In 1973, Mayes helped create TAB’s scholarship foundation, the Texas Broadcast Education Foundation.

Over the years, he and his fellow broadcasters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help deserving college and university students cover tuition and expenses.


A memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin, Texas on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11 AM.

The family requests that masks be worn at the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Texas Tech University, Schreiner University and St. Edward’s University.

View full obituary

View Texas Tech interview with Mayes for the TAB Broadcast Pioneer project.

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