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Gordon Wilkison

Sound | 1980s | 1990s

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  •  Austin Digital Media is still in operation, offering services that include VHS and DVD duplication, 16mm positive film transfers, and in-house editing 
  •  Opening of the program Texas Real Music 
  •  The train is the 1916 Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 786, named the Hill Country Flyer. The railroad, built in 1881, was originally called the Austin and Northwestern Railroad. It carried all the granite from Granite Mountain used to build the State Capitol Building as well as hauled silver ore to Austin. 
  •  Interview with Texas A&M Associate Dean Janie Schielack. While a member of the Texas Education Agency, Schielack co-write the state of Texas' first standards for mathematics education in 1979.  
  •  American Institute for Learning is a vocational charter school that helps dropout teens and adults earn their GEDs and diplomas 
  •  Passed by President Ronald Reagan, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 is a federal law that provides federal money for homeless shelter programs 
  •  Students from Martin Middle School explain the environmental importance of the Central Park wet pond, located in central Austin. The pond was constructed to improve the water quality of Waller Creek, with 50,000 pounds of Total Suspended Solids are removed annually. 
  •  State President Cathy Greene pledges to keep the AARP members of Texas in the "knowledge loop" 
  •  Opening of the television program The Hill Country Gospel Network. Broadcast on Christian satellite stations from 1999 to 2002, the Hill Country Gospel Music Network was a half-hour television program shot on location in the region.  
  •  Promo for a summer basketball camp held at McCallum High School in Austin 
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This demo reel for Austin Digital Media includes clips from a variety of local projects, including television programs such as Real Texas Music and The Hill Country Gospel Network, promos for the American Institute for Learning and AARP, and student films from Martin Middle School and McCallum High School. Special thanks to Seth Scheuerman and Jessica Zeng for their help cataloging this film.
Gordon Wilkison began work as a cameraman at the local Austin television station KTBC (now FOX 7) during 1952, its first year of operation.  At the time the station was owned by the Texas Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Senator Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. This relationship would continue to shape Wilkison's career well into the next decades - during the Johnson administration, Wilkison covered the president's visits to Texas, preparing material for national and international news correspondents. 
A particularly notable moment in his career occurred on August 1, 1966, when Wilkison and KTBC reporter Neal Spelce risked their lives to capture footage of the Tower shooting at the University of Texas. 
Wilkison was also the General Manager of Photo Processors at the LBJ Broadcasting Corporation, which he later took over and renamed Cenetex Film Labs. In addition to his camera work and film processing, his work at the station also included direction of a number of television film productions.
Outside of KTBC, Wilkison shot, edited, and processed Longhorn football game footage for the University of Texas, a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.    
Recognizing the historical value of film and news footage, Wilkison kept the material, later contributing hundreds of reels to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection.