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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

7” Audio reel

Audio cassette

Umatic

16mm film

Audio CD and Video DVD

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Connie Alexander:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1950-1980 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Alexander, Connie
Title: Connie Alexander Papers,
Dates: 1950-1980 and undated
Abstract: The Papers contains audio and video recordings of Alexander's sports broadcasts.
Collection # S 1847.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

News Release by Connie Alexander, 2017:

Connie Alexander, former Lobo baseball player and 1955 graduate of the University of New Mexico, was born in Dallas, Texas. His family moved to Albuquerque when he was 17. That same year, Alexander was completing workouts with the Albuquerque Dukes and landed his first gig as a public announcer for the organization. It was a paid public speaking job--$2 a game--and the official start of a career he had wanted from a very young age. Alexander entered college at the University of New Mexico in the early 1950s and spent one year as a first baseman for the Lobo baseball team. The spring following his freshman season, he was hired at a small radio station in town. The aspiring sports announcer poured himself into his journalism/communication studies and radio job. At the age of 21, Alexander spent a season as the broadcaster for the Albuquerque Dukes. His career in calling sports was well underway by time he completed his college degree in 1955. Alexander covered Lobo games in the 1950s and 60s and also worked at Albuquerque Federal Savings & Loan. In 1962, he began working for Humble Sports Network calling Southwest Conference games on the radio. His habit of thorough preparation and dedication to being inventive behind the mike served him well, and by 1967 he was "the voice" of the Southwestern Conference and continued calling games for the network into the 1970s.

In February of 2010, Alexander was summoned by New Mexico head coach Ray Birmingham to call Lobo baseball for a handful of games on 101.7 FM the TEAM (KQTM) when Scott Galetti, the team's usual play-by-play announcer, was on the road covering Lobo men's basketball. Birmingham had grown up listening to Alexander on the radio. Highlights of his career--which included both radio and telecasts--are numerous; ten Cotton Bowls as well as a number of Pro Bowls and NFL playoff games, and awards such as being voted Texas Sportscaster of the Year and being inducted into the Albuquerque/New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. However, there are two events that Alexander is quick draw attention to--calling the 100th Anniversary of College Football game on Dec. 6, 1969 that featured the No. 1 Texas Longhorns against the No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks for the national title, and being a telecast partner with legendary coach John Wooden for the 1975 NCAA West Regional at Pauly Pavilion.

(Source: Einerwold, University of New Mexico Athletics, 2011, http://www.golobos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26000&ATCLID=209058499 )

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Scope and Content

The Connie Alexander Papers consists of 55 audio reels, 14 audio cassettes, 4 moving image items, and twelve CDs. The recordings are predominately Alexander’s sports broadcasts (football and basketball). The discs are copies of recordings digitized and housed at the University of New Mexico.

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Organization

The Connie Alexander Papers are organized by the following series:

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by either the archives or the creators and authors of items in this collection, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Duplication requests are limited by departmental policies. Please contact our Reference Department for further information.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Connie Alexander.
Subjects (Organizations)
Southwest Conference.
University of New Mexico.
Subjects
Basketball--New Mexico--History.
Football--New Mexico--History.
Radio broadcasting of sports--New Mexico.
Sportscasters--New Mexico.
Television broadcasting of sports--New Mexico.
Television broadcasting of sports--Texas.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:
Texas Tech University Archives:
University of New Mexico:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Connie Alexander Papers, 1950-1980 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2014-0216-B

Gifts, 2014, 2015

Processing Information

Processed by: Elissa Stroman, 2016

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Collection Inventory

7” Audio reel

Box Item
1 1 USC versus SMU Cotton Bowl, Dallas, first quarter, September 29, 1962
2 USC versus SMU Cotton Bowl “dub”, 1962
3 TCU versus Texas A&M, Gregg and Lynn Age 5 and 4, 1963
4 Texas versus Indiana, 1965
5 LSU versus A&M, SMU versus Texas Tech, 1965
6 Arkansas versus A&M, 1965
7 Rice versus LSU, 1966
8 30 minute composite: Texas versus Indiana (1965), SMU versus Tech (1965), USC versus SMU (1962), LSU versus Rice (1966), December, 1966
9 Home recording of Texas versus Rice, 1966
10 SMU versus Army and Texas versus Oklahoma, October 13-14, 1967
11 Texas versus Texas A&M, November 23, 1967
12 SMU versus Texas, 1968
13 Oklahoma versus Texas, 1969
14 Texas versus Arkansas, national championship, Reel 1, 1969
15 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 2, 1969
16 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 3, 1969
17 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 4, 1969
18 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 5, 1969
19 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 6, 1969
20 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 1, 1970
21 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 2, 1970
22 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 3, 1970
23 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 4, 1970
24 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 5, 1970
25 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 6, 1970
26 Texas versus Arkansas, Reel 7, 1970
27 Texas A&M versus Arkansas, Reel 1, October 31, 1970
28 Texas A&M versus Arkansas, Reel 2, October 31, 1970
29 Texas A&M versus Arkansas, Reel 3, October 31, 1970
30 Texas A&M versus Arkansas, Reel 4, October 31, 1970
31 Notre Dame versus Texas Cotton Bowl, Reel 1, January 1, 1970
32 Notre Dame versus Texas Cotton Bowl, Reel 2, January 1, 1970
33 Notre Dame versus Texas Cotton Bowl, Reel 3, January 1, 1970
34 Excerpts from: 1970 and 1973 Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma versus Texas (1969) and Texas versus Arkansas (1969), 1969-1973
35 Excerpts from: Michigan versus Texas A&M, Alabama versus Texas, Oklahoma versus Texas, Notre Dame versus Texas (1970), Texas versus Arkansas (1969), Texas versus Rice (1966), Oklahoma versus Texas (1977), 1966-1977 and undated
36 Excerpts from: 1970 and 1973 Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma versus Texas (1969), Texas versus Arkansas (1969), 1969-1973
37 Texas versus Oklahoma, October 9, 1971
Box Item
2 38 Cotton Bowl, Alabama versus Texas, Reel 1, January 1, 1973
39 Cotton Bowl, Alabama versus Texas, Reel 2, January 1, 1973
40 Cotton Bowl, Alabama versus Texas, Reel 3, January 1, 1973
41 Cotton Bowl, Alabama versus Texas, Reel 4, January 1, 1973
42 Cotton Bowl, Alabama versus Texas, Reel 5, January 1, 1973
43 Cotton Bowl, Alabama versus Texas, Reel 6, January 1, 1973
44 Cotton Bowl, Maryland versus Houston, Reel 1, January 1, 1977
45 Sun Bowl, LSU versus Stanford (back says Florida versus Texas A&M), January 2, 1977
46 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, Reel 1, January 2, 1978
47 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, Reel 2, January 2, 1978
48 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, Reel 3, January 2, 1978
49 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, Reel 4, January 2, 1978
50 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, Reel 5, January 2, 1978
51 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, Reel 6, January 2, 1978
52 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, Reel 7, January 2, 1978
53 Cotton Bowl (Notre Dame versus Texas and Arkansas versus Georgia), 1970-1978
54 Excerpts from 6 games: Michigan versus Texas A&M, Alabama versus Texas, Oklahoma versus Texas, Notre Dame versus Texas, Texas versus Arkansas, undated

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Audio cassette

Box Item
2 55 Highlights of Texas versus Arkansas national championship, 1969
56 Texas versus Texas Tech, September 30, 1972
57 Texas versus Texas Tech, third and fourth, September 30, 1972
58 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Alabama, January 1, 1973
59 Baylor versus Oklahoma, September 15, 1973
60 Texas A&M versus LSU, September 22, 1973
61 Banquet Speech in Snyder Texas by Connie Alexander, the Voice of Southwest Conference football, 1974
62 Cotton Bowl, Georgia versus Arkansas, 1976
63 [not labeled], undated
64 Texas A&M versus Michigan, 1977
65 Texas versus Oklahoma, 1977
66 Cotton Bowl, Texas versus Notre Dame, January 2, 1978
67 Cotton Bowl, Notre Dame versus Houston, 1979
68 Cotton Bowl, fourth quarter and post-game, 1979
69 Behind the scenes tape Cotton Bowl, crew talk in time outs, 1979

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Umatic

Box Item
2 70 Basketball and football play by play, undated
71 Texas A&M versus Houston, 1980
72 Play by play basketball and football, 1978-1980

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16mm film

Box Item
2 73 Southwest Conference football highlights, 1977

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Audio CD and Video DVD

Box Item
2 74 “Creating the Picture in your Mind”, undated
75 Commentary on Texas versus Arkansas, December, 1969
76 MSS 941 #17, 1950s
77 MSS 941 #18, February 16, 1950
78 MSS 941 #25, July, 1950
79 MSS 941 #33a, undated
80 MSS 941 #41, 1956
81 MSS 941 #47, July 9, 1958
82 MSS 941 #49, 1959
83 MSS 941 #52, December 31, 1961
84 MSS 941 #56, December 14, 1964
85 MSS 941 #70 (part 1), December 27, 1970
86 MSS 941 #70 (part 2), December 27, 1970
87 MSS 941 #81, 1976
88 MSS 941 #87, undated
89 MSS 941 #105, 1980
90 MSS 941 #110, 2008-March

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