Al Caldwell might nearly be the oldest, active, full-time morning man around. He is certainly that in Southeast Texas. He came here on his birthday, March 12, 1963 and at nearly 84 has 57 years under his belt as the Golden Triangles ageless (not really) talker. His 42 years at KLVI, plus18 at other venue’s certainly qualify him as “experienced.” His better than 150,000 broadcast hours here, plus his ten-year tenure as sports director of the local ABC television affiliate round out a pretty solid career. His passion goes back to when he was a piano player/singer backing some of the 50’s acts. In Beaumont, he emceed the Jerry Lewis telethon for 13 years, is a 15-year member of the Texas radio hall of fame where he at one time served on the board of directors and is a two time Marconi award winner. His six nominations for that award are high on his list of accomplishments. His broadcasting of on the scene reporting of hurricanes goes back to the 1960s and won critical acclaim for his in-person coverage of the 9-11 memorials in 2002, 2006 and 2011. He also spoke at the 2006 Pentagon memorial special. Add the 35 years as a color commentator for Lamar University football and basketball and his induction into the Lamar Cardinal hall of honor and you have a full schedule of his time. Al’s wife Annette manages to control him on off days as do 3 children, 8 GK’s and 4GGKs. His golfing could be equated to a failed eighth-grade calculus test. His 3:20 wakeup allows almost three hours of show prep for the daily 6-9 show on KLVI. (Followed by a 3-hour oldies show on KCOL 92.5.) Busy day.
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