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Friday, July 05, 2024

Darryl Bruffett announces KBTX retirement

Darryl Bruffett announced on air on July 3, 2024, that he will leave his KBTX Bryan-College Station sports director position on August 3rd after an extensive, almost 37-year career with the station.

Speaking of a long career,  August 3, 2022, was declared “Darryl Bruffett Day” for his 35th anniversary by the mayor of College Station.

Here is what Bruffett said to viewers during the 6pm newscast:

"As our ratings indicate, hundreds of thousands of viewers invite us at KBTX into their homes every night, and it has been my honor to be among those that you have watched nightly and trusted to bring you reliable news, accurate weather forecasting along with sports focusing on Texas A&M, Sam Houston and Brazos Valley high schools. 

Today I'm announcing that August 3rd will be my last day to serve as your sports director here at channel 3. It's what we were known as for decades in the Brazos Valley, including when I started here on August 3rd, 1987.

 As my full time sportscasting career comes to a close, we're going to look back at some of the more memorable moments in, well, you guys are probably going to laugh a lot. Those who know me best could see me shed a lot of tears. 

I did a story back in April about my mentor Matt Musil, retiring at KHOU-TV in Houston. That's where I got my start as a weekend sports producer in 1986, and a viewer messaged me saying that I was now the longest-tenured TV sportscaster in Texas. I guess it's a distinction that I've held for all of four months. 

I have spent well over half my life at KBTX, and the decision to step away was not an easy one, but I feel is the right one. 

I'll explain more during the next month and share what the future holds for me here in the Brazos Valley. I feel like I speak for all of us here at KBTX, who feel like our viewers are family, and wanted you to know that my. Howdy, Brazos Valley greeting will come to an end one month from today."

Bruffett joined KBTX on August 3, 1987, as the weekend sports anchor and news-sports photojournalist. 

Jeff McShan, left his KBTX sports position to join abc13 KTRK. As many readers will remember, he eventually moved to KHOU 11 and became a news reporter.

When Ron Crozier left the TV biz, Bruffett became the KBTX sports director in 1990.

At the station, Bruffett met his wife, Lori, who worked in the sales department then.

Years later, Lori Bruffett advanced to KBTX's general manager in 2020 after serving as the station manager since 2014.

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