Radio host Robert Pratt brought his popular show Pratt On Texas to downtown Wichita Falls, Texas last night, Friday, December 5, 2015, when he visited with several Wichitans during his two hour show which runs daily Monday through Friday. Last night’s show was broadcast from the G&R Premium Cigars Shop located at Ninth Street and Lamar in Wichita Falls. Former assistant chief of police Gerald Todd and former banker Rick Orr are the owners of the business and were on hand throughout the two-hour show during which Pratt talks with guests on current political issues in Texas.
It was a great opportunity for Wichitans to witness firsthand how Pratt runs his extremely spontaneous show. There are no rehearsals for the interviews. When asked Wichita County Constable Mark Brewer about what he would be asked about in the impromptu radio studio he said he had no idea what questions he would be asked on the show. Pratt told one person not to tell him in advance what he would say. Pratt said the people he interviewed would answer more spontaneously if they didn’t know the questions he was going to ask them.
Only seconds before Pratt called Brewer to the microphone Pratt asked him if he wanted to talk about the upcoming 2016 election. Brewer replied calmly that would be fine. The upbeat Pratt then asked Brewer what he thought about the election. Brewer responded without hesitation that Donald Trump breaks all the rules of the Establishment and he’s kicking them. He doesn’t back down and he keeps going up in the polls and that Ted Cruz is kind of like him
Brewer further said he’s served the citizens of Wichita Falls since 1985 and is headed for his eighth term. He further said that he was skinny and good looking back when he first ran for Constable.
Also interviewed was Charlie Bradbury, director of the Iowa Park High School band. Bradbury said he likes Trump because Trump says what he really believes and has a great deal of knowledge of the issues and integrity. Bradbury also said he liked Cruz.
Prominent Wichita Falls businessman Lamar Baer was also present for the show. He said he enjoys the fellowship of meeting with friends at the cigar shop. The place has become sort of a local meeting place for people who like to relax and visit about world events and also nothing in particular.
The show wasn’t only about politics as world renowned wrestler Johnny Mantell dropped by and visited with Pratt whose permanent broadcast studio is located in Lubbock, Texas. Mantell, who is introduced in the wrestling ring as “Cowboy Johnny Montell, the pride of Montague County” and discussed plans to re-locate the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame from New York to the Big Blue Bank on Scott Avenue in downtown Wichita Falls.
Mantell further said the re-location to the Big Blue Building will help revitalize downtown Wichita Falls. He said the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame was begun shortly after the Civil War in Schnectady, New York. He said a room from museum will be transported from New York to Wichita Falls. The museum is scheduled to open in February of 2016 in Wichita Falls.
Mantell said he’d participated in 360 matches a year during the first three years of his wrestling career. He’s fought in Mexico, Japan, Israel and all over the world as well as Texas. He said famed announcer Billy Mercer game him the moniker in 1982 of “Cowboy Johnny Mantell Pride of Montague, Texas”. He said the nickname has stuck ever since. He also said a Danny Hodge belt when he was junior heavyweight wrestling champion of the world is in the museum. Danny Hodge’s Olympics silver medal is also in the museum.
Many Wichitans remember Danny Hodge when he fought at the 4-H Arena in Wichita Falls during his glory days. Danny was also one of the “good guys” and very popular with fans in North Texas. He often fought Skandar Akbar, whose real name was Jimmy Ouiba, from nearby Vernon, Texas.
The upbeat and high energy Pratt mentioned a William Buckley book entitled “God and Man at Yale” as a good read during his show.
He also visited with Todd, who retired from the Wichita Falls Police Department in 2010. Todd said he loved working for WFPD. When it came time for retirement he said knew he didn’t want to spend his life in flowerbeds. He called up Rick Orr and that conversation led to us starting this business. This is their fifth anniversary.
Pratt asked about the police chief Borrego here in Wichita Falls. one guest replied that Wichita Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego has fought combat duty in Afghanistan and that he’s a great chief and a smart and brave guy.
Pratt’s lovely wife Isabel traveled with him from Lubbock, where they make their home, to Wichita Falls for Friday’s show. Pratt said she is his partner in the business. Since April of 2006, Pratt and his wife have been devoted fulltime to Pratt on Texas, a radio news and talk show. The show has been the highest rated local regional talk show since it inception.