Anybody who grew up around San Antonio in the 60s will recognize this
person. I will miss him a lot.
Prominent radio personality, B. Bailey Brown, died suddenly at his San
Antonio home October 24, 2003. He was 57. As a boy in the 1950s, Brown
regularly listened to the wise-cracking disc jockeys on the radio and
soon developed a love for broadcasting. Brown began his career at the age
of 14 at KBER in San Antonio in 1961, where he worked for no pay in
exchange for being taught the broadcasting trade. By the time he was 15,
KBER had given him his own show. He graduated from John Marshall High
School in 1964. He went to work for KONO radio that same year where a
popular part of his broadcasts allowed callers to phone in and feed
people to the 'Yum Yum Tree.' Brown moved to the West Coast in 1970 where
he did broadcasts for KDAY in Los Angeles and KCBQ in San Diego. But
Brown missed Texas and in 1973 returned for a brief stint at KONO before
moving to country station KKYX. Brown worked at KKYX both in broadcasting
and in sales until 1988. In 1988, he decided to try his hand at
advertising and left KKYX for Sinclair & Associates, a local advertising
agency. Later, he and a partner started their own advertising agency, but
it didn't pan out. He moved to Martin Marketing in 1996 where he worked
for five years. However, his first love was radio, and in 2001 he
returned to broadcasting at KONO where he also served as the station's
webmaster until his death. Brown was also an accomplished steel guitar
player and for years he played at local nights spots with a country band
called Country Clover. He is survived by a brother, Paul Brown and wife
Barbara of Sugar Land, TX; sister, Susan Hennessy and husband Pat of
Annapolis, Maryland; niece, Elizabeth Kimmel and husband Rob of Kempner,
Texas; and nephews, Jeremy Brown of San Antonio, Texas, Timothy Brown of
Sugar Land, Texas, Ryan Suter of Rockville, Maryland and Jeffery Hennessy
of Annapolis, Maryland. The family will receive friends on Friday,
October 31, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Porter Loring Mortuary North.
SERVICE SATURDAY 3:00 P.M. PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in Mr. Brown's name to the American Heart
Association, San Antonio Division, P.O. Box 29306, 8415 Wurzbach Road,
San Antonio, TX 78229. The family invites you to leave a message or
memory at www.porterloring.com by selecting Visitation and Services.
Select 'Sign Guestbook' at the bottom of the individual Memorial.
Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary North.
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