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I had the good fortune of attending the Stormont Lecture Series luncheon Friday at Victoria College. The featured speaker was Bill Crawford, author of "Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves."

Crawford gave a hilarious speech about Border Radio, educating and entertaining his audience all at once. Authors rarely have such flair for the oratory, but Crawford had us mesmerized from the get-go. If you read Crawford's book or hear him speak, you'll know what Wall of Voodoo was referring to in the song "Mexican Radio."

I also commend to you Bill Clough's story and video about research done by the college's Ed Byerly on the Jim Crow era in Victoria. Byerly spoke earlier Friday as part of the Stormont Lecture Series.

After Crawford's speech, I had the privilege of presenting the Jim Lehrer Award to the Hays Free Press for the weekly newspaper's coverage of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative scandal. Co-publisher Cyndy Slovak-Barton, reporter Jen Biundo and editor Beth Nelson are both deserving and delightful people.