Border Radio

Not far from the museum, on Qualia Drive, is the house of the late Dr. John R. Brinkley.  Brinkley became a most colorful and controversial figure during the 1930's.  Not long after moving to Del Rio, Brinkley replaced his infamous goat gland operations with a commercially available injection that was combined with other surgical procedures.  He advertised his patent medicines and unique treatments from his Mexican-based 500,000 watt radio station XERA, which was located just across the border from Del Rio.  The antenna of the station increased the broadcasting power to 1,000,000 watts, reportedly sending its signal as far as Canada on clear nights


This station is frequently confused with XERF, which was heard world-wide during the "border-blasting" days.  XERF began broadcasting from Brinkley's old XERA building during the late 1940's, and Wolfman Jack became a household name when he made his DJ debut with XERF several years later.

Member Benefits Include Take advantage of the opportunity to promote your business and network.

    • PUBLICITY BOOST  for your business that will increase exposure both online and offline. Your business will be included in our business directory listing with a link on the chamber web page at:  drchamber.com
    • AN OPPORTUNITY TO HOST A MONTHLY NETWORKING MIXER at your place of business and or partner with another business. This is a great networking tool and is held at an informal setting.
    • BUSINESS INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION - place your business cards/brochures in the public area of the chamber office.
    • BUSINESS PROMOTION on our FB Page as well as on our E-mail blasts that are sent every Wednesday & Friday to over 1200 recipients! 
    • MONTHLY MEMBER LUNCHEON MEETING – 2nd Wednesday of every month – held at the Ramada Sun Blossom Room
    • BREAKFAST EXCHANGE – 3rd Wednesday of every month –8am-9am & held at a different business each month.   This is an informal venue to meet business members. Be ready for breakfast and to give everyone your 60-second elevator pitch!
    • MONTHLY MEMBER MIXERS – 4th Thursday of every month – hosted at a different venue every month.
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