We'll Be Right Back: A Tribute to Ben Downs

Ben DownsThe Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History proudly presents: We’ll be Right Back: a Tribute to Ben Downs at the Miramont Country Club on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. It is a wonderful opportunity to thank Ben for all of the outstanding support he has given to our community over the years. It will be an evening filled with great food, humorous and entertaining stories, music, and fun.

Reserved tables of 10 are $1200 (includes reserved seating, table recognition, signage & recognition at event, recognition in the paper & website, and premier table locations)
Individual Tickets are $100

Don’t miss this chance to honor a great man! Call the Museum for more information and to RSVP: 979.776.2195. Seating is limited, so don’t delay. Checks may also be mailed to: Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Attn: Tribute to Ben Downs, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802.

Ben Downs drove from Hope, Arkansas, to College Station in 1972 and graduated with a BBA from Texas A&M University in 1976. He has remained a resident of the Brazos Valley for over 41 years. In November he celebrated 45 years as a radio broadcaster.

Ben is the operating partner of Bryan Broadcasting, which operates nine stations in Texas, among them WTAW, Candy 95, Sports Radio, KZNE, KAGC, KWBC, and Peace 107. Downs, along with partner William Hicks, are the only local residents to own a media outlet in Bryan-College Station. Their commitment to the community is evidenced by the thousands of dollars in free advertising and volunteer hours donated to area charities and service groups. Among them, the annual Christmas Angels toy drive provides toys and clothing to 700 needy area children.

Like many resident operators, Downs is active in local boards and works for several local charities. He recently finished a two-year term as Chairman of the B/CS Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of the A&M United Methodist Church and serves on the boards of the Better Business Bureau, Community Foundation, Research Valley Partnership, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the BCS Chamber of Commerce. He also helps ring in the Christmas season via the annual BCS Christmas Parade – playing Santa for the past 30 years!

He serves the radio industry as a Board Member of both the Texas and National Association of Broadcasters. Under his leadership, Bryan Broadcasting has received TAB's prestigious Bonner McLane Community Service Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. His industry peers first elected Downs to the Texas Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors in 1999.

He served broadcasters as TAB Chairman in 2003. He was recently re-elected to serve as TAB Chairman in 2015. During this time, he has been a key player in every major TAB initiative – planning conventions, plotting state and federal legislative policy, and seeking improvements in the Emergency Alert System.

In 2008, Texas broadcasters elected Downs to represent them on the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors, where he still serves, and in 2010 he was elected as Broadcaster of the Year. Last year, Radio Ink named him one of the top 50 managers in the nation. He and his Aggie sweetheart Lillie '76 have been married 37 years and have two adult children, Dave and Mary.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is committed to promoting science and cultural and natural history with the integration of art in exhibits and educational programs. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm. For more information about this adult program, exhibits and other displays, events, programs and activities, please contact the Museum at 979-776-2195 or visit us on the web at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org.

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