Austin History Center

Roy Faires Papers and Video Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Faires, Roy
Title: Roy Faires Papers and Video Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1976-1989
Abstract: These videos represent several years of Roy Faires’s work during the years 1976-1989 while he worked as on-air talent for KVUE-TV. He was also a movie critic in the Austin, Texas area.
Identification: AR.2000.020
Quantity: 3 linear feet (12 U-matic 3/4" videotapes, 1 box of text files, 12 16mm films)
Location: Archives Video Collection Room G22, Inner Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Roy Faires graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1971 with a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film and in 1973 obtained a B.J. in Broadcast Journalism. He worked for the Austin PBS affiliate KLRU-TV from 1971-1976 where he held several positions as Anchorman, Producer, and Reporter. Roy was the host of "Who Knows the Answer?" a weekly academic quiz show for high school scholars while at KLRU-TV.

Roy moved to the ABC affiliate KVUE-TV in 1976 and stayed there until 1989 where he was Anchorman, Film Critic, Director, Editor, and Producer. From 1985-1989, Roy was the Entertainment Reporter and Critic fro the morning show "Good Morning Austin". He traveled frequently for over 285 celebrity interviews and movie screenings.

Roy Faires worked on many special projects while at KVUE-TV including "Crime Stoppers" and "Wednesday's Child" which were both weekly news shorts aimed at helping to solve local crimes and help children being placed in permanent homes. Roy won several awards for special series that he created, wrote, and produced including "Roots: The Austin Saga", winner Kappa Alpha Psi Award of excellence, "Having Healthy Babies", winner Texas Public Health Association's PHAME award, and "Your Cancer Quotient", winner Texas Public Health Association's PHAME award. Roy also received a PHOEBE award for television excellence from the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers.

Scope and Contents

Box 1 contains text files containing papers and documents associated with research for newscasts, including some photographs. The second box contains Tape 1 (1987) which is a demo tape of the Crime Stopper shorts filmed for KVUE-TV; Tapes 2-7 (1979-1983) are the special projects Roy Faires worked on for KVUE-TV including "Inside the Savage Storm", "Roots: The Austin Saga", "Good Morning Austin", and "Newscast from the Past"; tapes 8-9 (1985-1989) are examples of Roy Faires demo reel and interviewing style; and tapes 10-12 (1987) are in depth interviews with Kim Bassinger, Jeff Bridges, and Robert Benton from the movie "Nadine" which was filmed in and around Austin, Texas. Box 3 contains seven (7) 16mm films including "Austin: Bargain Paradise?" (Parts 3,4,5), Westrim, Garcia School Board, McClellan School Board, Onion Creek from 4/20/77, and one untitled film. And lastly, box 4 contains five (5) 16mm films including a News/WXR Promo/X-fer and 4 untitled reels.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Bassinger, Kim.
Benton, Robert.
Bridges, Jeff.
Caine, Michael.
Faires, Roy L.
Hall, Arsenio.
Montalban, Ricardo.
Pheiffer, Michelle.
Reeve, Christopher.
Crime Stoppers
Phoebe Awards.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Austin (Tex.)
African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.--Texas--History.
Broadcast journalism--Texas--Austin.
Crime prevention--Texas--Austin.
Motion pictures--Reviews.
Natural disasters--Texas--History.
Storms--Texas--History--20th century.

Related Material

AF Biography - Roy L. Faires

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the creator.

Preferred Citation

Roy Faires Collection (AR. 2000.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2000/079

Donation Date: 2000

Processing Information

Initial Inventory and Preliminary Processing by Tim Hamblin with assistance from Susan Worley. Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Tim Hamblin, September 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Text Files, 1977-1989

Box Folder
1 1-31 Crime Stoppers research materials, 1979
32-33 COPE research materials, 1980-1981
34-40 Special projects research, 1977-1982
41-42 Movie reviews, 1987
43 Contest correspondence, 1981-1982
44 KVUE Operational information, 1980-1982
45-46 Biographical information, 1977-1989
47 Head shots of potential actors for Crime Stoppers, undated

Video Tapes, 1979-1989

Box Tape
2 1 Crime Stoppers examples, 1987
Nine episodes of "Crime of the Week", promos and proof of performance.
Box Tape
2 2-3 Inside the Savage Storm, 1922, 1935, undated
Inside the Savage Storm was a news feature segment about weather history; original weather shots, how storms work, thunderstorms, electrical storms, sleet, tips for handling different types of storms.
Box Tape
2 4-5 Roots: The Austin Saga, 1979
Half hour documentary based on individual segments aired on 24 Action News, master. African Americans in Austin, Texas; slavery, emancipation, life, voting, careers, Tillotson College, The Institute for Deaf, Dumb and Blind Black Youth; historic still photos.
Box Tape
2 6 Good Morning Austin, undated
Sesquicentennial; Texas State Archives; Ramtha interview.
Box Tape
2 7 Newscast from the Past, undated
Segment 2-1215 A.D., pilot
Box Tape
2 8 Roy Faires air check, undated
Education, science, medical, general assignments, spot news, anchor, fill-in sports & weather, live election coverage
Box Tape
2 9 Air Check: Roy Faires - entertainment reporter and film critic, undated
Interviews: Christopher Reeve, Ricardo Montalban, Arsenio Hall, Michelle Pheiffer, Michael Caine. Film reviews: Everybody's All American, Tournee of Animation, Above the Law, Permanent Record, Young Guns, Tucker, Twins, Tequila Sunrise.
Box Tape
2 10-12 Nadine, 1987
Faires interview with the Director Robert Benton; interview with Jeff Bridges and Kim Bassinger (two camera angles).

16mm Films, 1977, undated

Note: Film reels located in the Inner Vault.
Box Reel
3 1-3 Austin: Bargain Paradise?, undated
4 Westrim, undated
5 Garcia School Board, McClellan School Board, undated
6 Onion Creek, 1977 April 20
7 Untitled, Undated
Box Reel
4 1 News, WXR promo, undated
2-5 Untitled, Undated