Catfish Reef Podcast

Catfish Reef is a regular podcast about Houston history in all its diverse glory and ignominy. Hosts Mike Vance of the Heritage Society and JR Gonzales of Bayou City History, two of the most knowledgeable people on the subjects, are joined by occasional guests to share their knowledge of the Bayou City's past. Join us for a relaxed and entertaining learning experience about all things Houston.


On Historic Houston Photography and Hispanic Murals

We welcome our first ever guest on Catfish Reef as Mike and JR visit with Story Sloane about history photography in Houston. Also we chat about the flurry of new and refurbished Hispanic murals including the new one at The Heritage Society entitled Mexican-American History & Culture in 20th Century Houston.


Galveston Fire of 1885 and Edna Saunders

Episode 5 takes us down to the island to look at their great conflagration and introduces listeners to the woman who brought the entertainment world to Houston for half the 20th century.


On the Kiss of Death Bridge and Jack Yates

Episode 4 contains a fantastic discovery from the files of the Houston Press in the 1930s, the Kiss of Death Bridge, along with a biographical segment on 19th century African-American minister and educator Jack Yates.


On Flooding Memories and Ralph “Andy” Anderson

Episode 3 includes some historical background on flooding and hurricanes and some personal memories of JR and Mike plus a bio on sports writer and veterans' activist Ralph "Andy" Anderson.


On Astoworld and Hugh Roy Cullen

Episode 2 includes talk about Houston's most widely lamented tear down and a biographical piece about an oil wildcatter turned mega-philanthropist.


Catfish Reef Pilot Episode

The inaugural episode includes an explanation of the podcast title, a bit about the Gulf Hotel Fire of 1943, some Tex-Mex reminiscing and a lot of getting to know the hosts, a pair of native Houstonians with an unparalleled love for their hometown's past.