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The KPAC Blog features classical music news, reviews, and analysis from South Texas and around the world.

Remembering Margaret Stapp, Who "Answered The Call"


A longtime TPR volunteer, and instrumental element of KPAC’s birth in 1982, passed away on September 10, 2014. Margaret Stapp was 91. As the wife of KPAC founder Wilford Stapp, she was there at the beginning when the station signed on in November, 1982. For many years Margaret served as “pledge captain” during the twice yearly fund drives.

“She was extravagant in her commitment of time and her talent,” says Joe Gwathmey, TPR’s first General Manager.

In addition to Texas Public Radio, Margaret volunteered with the San Antonio Symphony, Girl Scouts, and many other arts organizations. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School and Trinity University, with honors in mathematics.

In the above audio, you can hear Wilford Stapp share his story about the first time he and Margaret met, and audio clips of those who knew her well.

Wilford Stapp, 96, sings "I'll Be Seeing You" as part of First Presbyterian Church's music ministry outreach.

James first introduced himself to KPAC listeners at midnight on April 8, 1993, presenting Dvorak's 7th Symphony played by the Cleveland Orchestra. Soon after, he became the regular overnight announcer on KPAC.