Radio waves throughout the Baylor family fell silent the evening of April 30, 2004, upon the passing of the legendary Frank Fallon.
Best known as the former "Voice of the Baylor Bears," Fallon's face and voice were synonymous with Baylor athletics.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Fallon grew up in San Antonio, Texas, attending Alamo Heights High School. Fallon began his broadcasting career at KITE San Antonio at the age of 18. Following graduation from Baylor in 1953, he joined Waco's KWTX and had a 28-year association with the station.
He served as the play-by-play announcer for Baylor football and basketball for 42 years. Fallon spent 20 years as the public address announcer and "Voice of the NCAA Final Four," as well as doing television play-by-play for Southwest Conference Basketball on NBC and ESPN.
A broadcast journalism professor at Baylor in his latter years, Fallon received many prestigious awards during his career. In August 2001, he was presented the Chris Schenkel Award, honoring lifetime excellence and community contributions. Fallon was the recipient of the 2001 Baylor Communications Award. He was honored as Texas Association of Broadcasters Sportscaster of the Year five times and Associated Press Best Radio Play-By-Play Announcer seven times. Fallon was a member of the Baylor Hall of Honor and the Texas High School Hall of Fame. He also was voted one of the top 10 all-time Texas radio play-by-play announcers by the Texas Sportswriters Association.
In honor of Fallon, Waco's Chamber of Commerce annually sponsors the Frank Fallon Sportsmanship Award.