BROWNWOOD, Texas (KTAB) - Brian Lynn Wade, co-anchor for Brownwood's 102.3 news talk radio morning show KXYL , died Saturday morning, at the age of 42.
Wade began coaching gymnastics in 1993 with his brother, Robert Wade and wife, Kristen. Children that are now adults will always remember the fun loving coach they always knew.
Brian and sister-in-law Kristin later worked together at Christian radio station "99.3 The Rock" for many years.
Wade then went on to work at KOXE 101.3, a local country music station. He head started "Two Stepping for Kids" a charity event that the proceeds went straight to the "Toys for Kids" toy drive.
Each year the radio stations, KOXE 101.3, KXYL 102.3 & 96.9 The Breeze, have a "friendly competition toy drive" that directly benefits the children of Brownwood.
"It was literally like watching a kid on Christmas day opening his presents, watching Brian collect the toy donations and interacting with people. He was literally in his element" said co-anchor, Leland Acker.
After his sudden passing the family wanted to donate toys for the "Toys for Kids" toy drive in lieu of flowers.
Once owners of the "Toys for Kids" Organization, Wanda Martin and Stacee Hetzel, heard about this they wanted to changed the name of the toy drive to "The Brian Wade Toys for Kids" drive.
After the family posted on Facebook about this, businesses all over Brownwood quickly said they wanted to help by putting a box at their business.
"When we were thinking as a family of what we could say, when people asked what they can send, as in flowers. He wasn't a flower kind of guy. Right away Tina (Wade's wife) and Ashtin (Wade's daughter) said, well the toy drive, Brian would want to see toys, that meant everything to him" said brother Robert Wade.
A memorial service for Brian Wade will be held Wednesday at 2PM at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood.
Since Brian love working with kids, and was instrumental in getting the Toys for kids radio toy drives started, the family has requested that, in lieu or flowers, toy donations to be made to Toys for Kids.
Toys can be donated at the memorial service, or can be dropped off at Wendlee Broadcasting located at 600 Fisk in downtown Brownwood.
A few other locations for toy drop offs are:
- Brownwood Fire Station
- Nathanas Tanning
- Wille's Tees
- Caldwell Banker Real Estate
- Early City Hall
- Bobs Fuels
- Section Stake House
- Scott's Western Wear
- Farm Bureau Insurance
- Run Away Train Restaurant
You can also call a local location in Brownwood to see if they are accepting toy donations, too.