Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
May 4 2022
Border Radio



Central Standard Time



Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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You could hear almost anything on border radio, the wildest mass media story of the 20th century.  It's a story of superpowered American radio stations on Mexican soil that blasted their signals from coast to coast because they were out of reach of the Federal Communications Commission’s authority.  Along the way, from 1930 to 1986, they exerted a peculiar, mesmerizing influence on American music, politics, religion, health care, advertising, communications, and romance. 

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, "Brother Bill" Crawford and "Cowboy Gene" Fowler will present Border Radio --A Nuevo Vaudeville Documentary Performance at the Allen Public Library.  Co-authors of the book, Border Radio -- Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the Universe, Brother Bill and Cowboy Gene have presented this content everywhere from the Studs Terkel radio show to Lubbock's Buddy Holly Symposium, Briscoe Western Art Museum, and the San Antonio Rodeo.

"Tremendous stylistic felicity....the wildest cast in years....Boosters, riggers, and 'mail pullers' these border weirdos are way off the wall.  And I haven't read a more wonderful book in years." -- London City Limits

Admission to the program is free, and it will be web-casted live on

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.