Jack Chambers has hosted and produced various TV & radio talk shows over the years -- locally and statewide. He has also been a guest on numerous TV & radio shows -- locally, statewide, nationwide, and even in some other countries.
Jack began his broadcasting career in the early 1990s. First, he hosted and produced a weekend talk-show called Face to Face on KIXL Christian radio (970 AM) in Austin. This eventually led to a syndicated radio show, Texas Talk, which was broadcast on 25 stations across Texas.
Jack's first TV show was also called Texas Talk. It was carried by Austin's Community Television.
In the mid-1990s, he hosted The Jack Chambers Show, a weekly TV program on Austin's CBS-TV affiliate, K-EYE channel 42. He also provided commentaries called My Take, once or twice a week on K-EYE 42's 10 pm news broadcasts. (K-EYE 42 rotated Jack's commentaries with those of Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower for the My Take segments.)
Also in the 1990s, after being chosen from almost 800 people who auditioned, Jack became one of the recurring co-hosts on Last Call, a nationally syndicated TV talk show, produced by the late Brandon Tartikoff (who was, at the time, head of NBC Television and Paramount Pictures.) The show was produced and broadcast from New York City. So, though Jack was living in Austin, he flew to NYC a lot during that time.
Jack has been a guest on several national talk shows, including radio shows like Gil Gross and Family News in Focus, and such TV shows as Phil Donahue, Maury Povich, and CNN Today. Interviews with Jack have also been featured on such national TV shows as NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and The 700 Club.
Most of Jack's early TV and radio shows focused on political, social, and religious issues. But, by the late 1990s, Jack decided to move away from covering such controversial topics, and he began covering more light-hearted stories about arts, entertainment, travel, dining, recreation, etc.
He hosted a TV show called Jack's Tracks, which was broadcast in Austin on the FOX affiliate for a while, and then the WB affiliate. It then went statewide and was broadcast on the PAX-TV affiliates in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
In 2000, Jack moved to Houston and began hosting and producing Houston Heartbeat, a TV show which featured stories and interviews about what to see and do in the Houston area for food, fun, and entertainment. The show first aired on Houston's KPXB 49 (formerly PAX-TV, now an affiliate of the ION Network), then on KTBU 55 ("The Tube"), and then on KNWS 51.
In 2003, Jack hosted Hooked on Houston, a weekly radio show about area events, on Star 790 AM (which is now Sports 790.
Jack frequently visited the Galveston Bay / Clear Lake area (just to the southeast of Houston), where he had filmed some editions of Houston Heartbeat. He fell in love with the Bay Area and decided to highlight it in a new TV series. So, in 2004, he began preparing for the new weekly show. Beginning in May, 2006, Jack began hosting and producing Beacon on the Bay, with stories and interviews about what to see and do in the Galveston Bay / Clear Lake area. The show was broadcast through November, 2006 on TV 51 KNWS.
Jack moved back to live radio in April, 2007 to host Harbor Highlights. The weekly show focused on the same types of stories that were covered on Jack's TV show, Beacon on the Bay. Harbor Highlights was originally broadcast on News Talk 1070 AM (KNTH). In November, 2007, the show moved to CNN 650 (KIKK-AM) Radio News, where it was broadcast on Sunday afternoons, from 3-5pm, until September, 2008.
In September of 2008, the Bay Area (and much of Houston) suffered severe damage as a result of Hurricane Ike. Because of this, many of the businesses and attractions in the Bay Area, including many of the sponsors of Jack's show, were indefinitely closed, and some were totally destroyed. So, Jack decided to take Harbor Highlights off the air.
Jack went back on the air in early 2009, as the host of HOUSTON... and Beyond! This radio show is all about what to see and do, in and around the Houston area, as well as at interesting travel destinations around Texas, across the USA, and in other places around the world. HOUSTON... and Beyond!originally aired on "TALK 650 AM, powered by CBS Radio" (KIKK-AM Radio, formerly known as CNN 650.)
In May, 2011, HOUSTON... and Beyond! moved to Business 1110 (KTEK AM) in Houston.
In November, 2014, the show moved to AM 1070 The Answer, which is a sister station of Business 1110 and which shares the same studios. The show currently airs on AM 1070, Sundays from 4pm-6pm.