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Jim Baum Memorial Highway Legislation Heads to Gov. Abbott

The Texas Legislature has sent a measure to Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Austin, honoring beloved Texas broadcaster and former Colorado City Mayor James G. “Jim” Baum by renaming a stretch of Business Interstate Highway 20-J in his honor.

Baum, the longtime owner-operator of KVMC-AM and KAUM-FM, both in Colorado City, passed away Dec. 16, 2018, after a battle with leukemia.
The Texas House approved SB 1124 by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, this past Saturday in a 139-0 vote on the House local calendar.

After a baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league team ended, Baum began his broadcast career working at stations in Abilene, Midland-Odessa, and Big Spring.

He achieved a lifetime goal of owning his own station when he purchased KVMC-AM (“the Voice of Mitchell County”) in 1980.
Baum signed KAUM-FM on the air later in the 1980’s.

He would go on to serve the community for nearly 40 years and many considered him the real voice of Mitchell County.

Baum served as Colorado City mayor three times, holding the position for a total of more than 20 years.

Continue reading TAB’s news item on Baum’s passing

Questions? Contact TAB’s Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

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