• December 18, 2014

Fort Worth sportscaster says Christie gave him big break in radio

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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 4:30 am

To the Editor:

I did Killeen Kangaroo football broadcasts with Gaylon Christie from 1991 to 1999. It was some wonderful moments with Gaylon and Jimmy Towers in the broadcast booth on 106.3 FM.

And here is a side story. I had been screaming that I could do play-by-play of the Roos games for years and no one would listen ... until Gaylon did.

I rewarded his opportunity for me with three play-by-play of the year awards from the Texas Associated Press. Later I won two best sportscasts from the Texas AP when I was at WBAP.

Since that time, I have held the Stanley Cup after the Dallas Stars won it at the end of the century, have covered the Dallas Mavericks, which included their championship a few years ago, and have been hit by champagne spray in the Texas Rangers locker room twice before their trips to the World Series.

I am heard on Associated Press stations nationally, as well as Sirius/XM radio for NFL Sunday Drive home games for the Dallas Cowboys, have worked for Major League Baseball and have been heard on various other stations around the United States.

I have talked to everyone from Tiger Woods to Troy Aikman, from Jimmie Johnson to Nolan Ryan, all thanks to Gaylon.

Today I am still heard in the No. 5 market in the United States, which is Dallas-Fort Worth, on KRLD and “The Fan” and also call baseball, football and basketball for Tarleton State University in Stephenville on KSTV.

Even though our football broadcasts of the Roos ended after the 1999 season, I still had one final chance to work with Gaylon, as he and Jimmy Towers made the trip to Waco to cover an Internet broadcast with me of Southlake Carroll in 2003. It was yet another excellent broadcast.

The days that I worked at KOOV, will always be special. I will miss Gaylon  Christie more than you could know. He was radio when radio was fun, not what we hear in many places today. I miss Big Daddy already.

Mike Young, Fort Worth

Editor’s note: Funeral services for longtime radio personality, businessman and civic leader Gaylon Christie will be at

11 a.m. today at Lifeway Fellowship,

4001 E. Elms Road in Killeen.

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