Newswire: R.I.P. Bill Arhos, founder of Austin City Limits

As reported by Austin television station KLRU and The New York Times, Bill Arhos, the creator of long-running music show Austin City Limits, has died from heart disease. He was 80.

Arhos was born in Teague, Texas in 1934, and though he earned a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M, he always wanted to be part of the music scene. The New York Times says he was “a frustrated guitarist,” and when Austin’s local PBS affiliate decided it wanted to start a show about music, Arhos leapt at the chance to—as a former colleague said—“vicariously…live a lot of his musical fantasies.” Arhos then contacted Willie Nelson and filmed a pilot for what would eventually become Austin City Limits for $7,000. PBS picked up the pilot in 1975 and aired it as part of one of the network’s very first televised fundraising drives …

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