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The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection - Rockets Owner Gavin Maloof (1981)

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  •  Anna Chavez greets Gavin Maloof at the gate upon his arrival in Houston 
  •  On the court at The Summit, the home of the Houston Rockets for nearly 30 years. When the team moved to the newly constructed Toyota Center, the arena became a worship center for Lakewood Church.  
 
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In this 1981 segment for PM Magazine, co-host Anna Chavez profiles Gavin Maloof, owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets franchise. Assuming the presidency at only 24 years old, Maloof became the youngest owner in major professional sports history. Under his leadership, the Rockets made their first NBA Finals appearance in the 1980-1981 season. The Maloof family sold the franchise to Charlie Thomas and Sidney Shlenker in 1982. They later owned the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs franchises. PM Magazine was a local news and entertainment television program broadcast on Beaumont’s KFDM-TV in from late 1970s to the mid-1980s. This segment aired on April 1, 1981.
PM Magazine, also known as Evening Magazine, was a local weeknight news and entertainment television series broadcast on multiple stations across the United States from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. The program combined both local and syndicated segments, with common subjects including local people and events, lifestyle and consumer tips, and human-interest pieces. KPIX in San Francisco premiered the first iteration of Evening Magazine on August 9, 1976. Station owner Westinghouse (Group W) Broadcasting subsequently introduced local versions at its other stations, before syndicating the format to other television markets as PM Magazine. 
 
The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection encompasses hundreds of PM Magazine segments broadcast on Beaumont’s KFDM-TV between 1979 and 1985. Leeza Gibbons and John Walls were the program’s original co-hosts. Gibbons went on to become a correspondent and co-host for Entertainment Tonight from 1984 to 2000. She also hosted her own daytime talk show, Leeza, from 1993 to 2000. 
 
At least ten other Texas stations produced versions of PM Magazine, including KFDA in Amarillo, KTBC in Austin, WFAA and KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, KVIA in El Paso, KHOU and KHTV in Houston, KCBD in Lubbock, KSAT in San Antonio, and KAUZ in Wichita Falls. Group W canceled the format in 1990, with final episodes airing on August 30, 1991.