Crawford is best known for a continuing series of reports on WHAS-TV titled "On the Road," somewhat of a localized version of the series by the same name by Charles Kuralt for CBS. Before his "On the Road" series, Crawford was a news reporter for the station. He started in radio in Cincinnati, Ohio at WCKY as a disk jockey, before moving to Louisville and WAKY. He then went on to WHAS-AM radio as a reporter, a station which was under the same ownership and operation as the television station and The Courier-Journal at the time.
Crawford left WHAS in 1979 to become the Kentucky Columnist for The Courier-Journal newspaper, where his column was of a similar vein as his television work. He wrote the column three times each week until retiring in 2008.
Crawford was also the first host of the television series Kentucky Life on Kentucky Educational Television, from the debut in September 1995 through summer 1999. He has published three books, all compilations of his columns: "Crawford's Journal" in 1986, "Kentucky Stories" in 1994 and "Kentucky Footnotes" in 2010.
Today, Crawford continues his work penning the back page column, "Bryon Crawford's Kentucky" for Kentucky Living magazine.
Crawford's son, Eric, was a sports columnist for The Courier-Journal until 2008 when he left for WDRB television.
- Byron Crawford bio by Acclaim Press, publisher of his book, "Kentucky Footnotes"
- KET: Byron Crawford, past host of "Kentucky Life:
- Southern Kentucky Book Fest (2011): Byron Crawford
- McNay, Don (November 20, 2011). "Byron Crawford, Bard of the Backroads". The Huffington Post.
- "Byron Crawford". Program Resources.
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