After graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1938 and serving as executive officer aboard a destroyer in the Pacific in WW II, Paul Taft (1915-2000) started a new television station in the coastal city of Galveston, Texas in 1952. This was during television’s infancy, and the CBS-affiliated KGUL was an immediate success. The subsequent sale of Channel 11 led to the ownership of additional broadcast properties along with audio-video systems contracting, business music services and government contracting.

Broadcast properties subsequently acquired, owned and operated by Taft included:

  • KODA AM/FM, Houston, Texas
  • KRXV AM, FT. Worth, Texas
  • KTOK Radio, Oklahoma City
  • WNNE Television (NBC), White River Junction, Vermont

Business Music services:
From the period spanning 1958 to 2000, Taft owned and operated Muzak* franchises in Houston, Tulsa and Phoenix, broadcasting to and providing service for over 5000 commercial accounts on a daily basis.


Audio-Video contracting:
Starting in the 1960s, Taft designed, installed and serviced sound systems for large-scale customers, including the Astrodome, Intercontinental Airport and George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston and the Louisiana Superdome, and for small to mid-size commercial, governmental, educational and institutional customers.


Government Contracting:
Starting at NASA in 1962 as a small-business television contractor, Taft eventually designed, installed and operated the first CCTV and broadcast-interface systems at Johnson Space Center. (The first images from the moon went through a Taft-operated switcher on their way to the major television networks.) Taft went on to provide television support services to NASA for thirty years, both at Johnson and Edwards AFB, California with a staff reaching 125 people.