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LOOK AT EACH DALLAS-FORT WORTH RADIO & TELEVISION STATION, INCLUDING
HISTORIES, OWNERSHIP, PERSONALITIES, FORMATS, DATES OF OPERATION AND STATION LOGOS.
UPDATED THROUGH 2005
BY LOCAL HISTORIAN AND RADIOHEAD MIKE SHANNON
SITE FOUNDED NOVEMBER, 1999
6/2013 UPDATE FOR OUR REGULAR READERS: The site still remains several years out of date, with no projection on when I will get the (literally) 2,000+ names inputted. If you've sent information to me, I assure you I still have it! I will get to this mammoth project as time permits. Meanwhile, I still update the DFW Broadcaster Death Roll regularly. There are also plans to revamp the KBOX section with at least 300 new photos, plus updates to the KDNT section as well. There will be other tweaking across the site where needed. Your patience is always appreciated! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to submit information.
Who is this website designed for? Click here to find out
All Dallas-Fort Worth AM stations (1920-2005:) Click here.
All Dallas-Fort Worth FM stations (1946-2005:) Click here.
Worth TV stations (1948-2005:) Click here.
40 & later popular C&W station: Click
KBOX was one of the unsung heroes in DFW radio: First, as the only worthy competitor to powerhouse KLIF from 1958-67, KBOX managed to carve a respectable dent in KLIF's phenomenal ratings. By 1967, KBOX gave up the fight and changed formats to country...becoming the first station in DFW to play C&W 24 hours a day, and with a signal strong enough to penetrate the entire Metroplex (during the day, at least!) ALLAN PECK, CHUCK DUNAWAY, CHARLIE VAN DYKE, BOB WHITNEY, the late BILL WARD and a host of others share their reflections of KBOX in the most intense station history undertaking on this site! A history of predecessor KGKO is provided as well.
Texas radio station to lose its license: Click here
KCPA-FM was the first station in Texas to have its FCC license revoked. Former jocks BOB FOX, BOB JOHNSTON, FRANK HALEY and JOHN LEMBURG provide insight into the rise and fall of KCPA in a special report for KNUS99.com.
first station & springboard for future jocks: Click here
KDNT was the first station to exclusively serve Denton County, just north of Dallas. Read about radio vet GEORGE GIMARC's first professional radio gig, and see where legendary country singer WILLIE NELSON used to work! A timeline of the station's background from 1937-1993 is included, along with historic photographs. MIKE EHRLE, JAY WEAVER, LEE WOODWARD, webmaster MIKE SHANNON and others recall their time at KDNT, with reflections and rare photos provided by owner HARWELL SHEPARD and his son SANDY. (UPDATED 2012)
Profiles, biographies, personality info:
KXAS news anchor and reporter: Click here
Former news anchor/reporter RUSS BLOXOM reflects on his career in DFW radio and TV...based on an unaired piece written for KXAS-TV's 50th anniversary in 1998, RUSS shares his memories of the radical changes that occurred in local TV in the 1960s and 70s, along with recollections of covering major news events such as the T. CULLEN DAVIS murder trials and the 1976 Republican Convention. A photo tribute to RUSS's early days in radio is also included.
KDFW sports anchor & baseball announcer: Click
A tribute to the late DICK RISENHOOVER, who was a KDFW sports anchor and voice of the Texas Rangers throughout most of the 1970s. RISENHOOVER's exclamation of "Goodbyyyyye, baseball!!" after a home run is legendary and fondly remembered by devoted Rangers fans. DICK'S long career in Texas sports is explored, from his earliest days as a high school basketball coach in Childress, to his first TV sports anchor position in Amarillo, and to the height of his broadcast career at KDFW-TV and the Texas Rangers.
AND "NEWS 8 ETC...": Click
The quintessential "First Lady" of DFW radio and TV provides her memories of Channel 8's live morning program, "News 8 etc..." SUZIE, also known as RON CHAPMAN's longtime sidekick on KVIL, co-hosted "News 8 etc..." from 1970-74, and shares her photographs & recollections of the show & her co-hosts, including the late DON HARRIS & GENE THOMAS. (UPDATED 2012)
news anchor for all seasons: Click here
As part of the RUSS BLOXOM section, a comprehensive biography of CHIP's years in DFW TV is included. CHIP was the first news anchor to work at all three major TV stations in the area. Follow the story of CHIP's rise to the top of the local ratings, to a brief stay in Houston television, and to a heralded return to DFW at WFAA-TV. Track Chip's illness from its onset in 1986 to his untimely passing in 2001 at age 54.
CBS news correspondent & former WBAP-TV anchor: Click here
As part of the RUSS BLOXOM section, read about BOB SCHIEFFER's earliest days in broadcasting as a news reporter and anchor for local KXOL-AM and WBAP-TV. RUSS BLOXOM recalls some tense moments when BOB was caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, in a secured area of the Dallas Police Station escorting the mother of accused JFK assassin LEE HARVEY OSWALD.
"The World's Greatest Weatherman": Click here
As part of the RUSS BLOXOM section, a tribute to the late HAROLD TAFT includes a brief history of his 42-year tenure at WBAP/KXAS-TV, and some choice remembrances of the respected weathercaster. Find out how HAROLD was given the title of "World's Greatest Weatherman."
DEATH ROLL: Click here
A directory of the late greats of DFW radio and TV. Tons of names, stations, dates of death and other information about the local notables who have passed on.
Newsgroups, quick links to other pertinent DFW radio history sites:
GUIDE TO DFW RADIO/TV LINKS: Click here.
Links to other local radio/TV websites, along with personal sites of current and former local broadcasters, and links to local broadcast publications and other resources.
TV MEMORABILIA, PHOTOS & RADIO STATION PLAYLISTS (RETURNING
FOR SALE OR TRADE: Click here
Over 14,000 minutes of broadcasts available from DFW and beyond.
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DFWRETROPLEX.COM is dedicated to the memory of two DFW media notables, whose contributions and dedication to local radio/TV will not be forgotten, nor will the flair and zest for life that each brought to their respective on-air roles.
For the Television section, CHIP MOODY, longtime anchor at WBAP/KXAS, KDFW and WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth: Chip passed away December 26, 2001 after a 15-year battle with Hodgkin's disease and the effects of cancer. He is sorely missed. See Russ Bloxom's profile for a tribute to Chip's career. Chip was a longtime supporter of the Children's Medical Center with his annual Pro-Am Classic Golf Tournament, and backed the Children's Cancer Fund. Contributions can be made to the Chip Moody Child Care Fund, c/o Children's Medical Center of Dallas, 2777 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 1025, Dallas, 75207.
For the Radio
section, MICHAEL SELDEN,
disc jockey extraordinaire for KLIF-AM, KNUS-FM, KVIL-FM, KXOL-AM, KPLX-AM
and KIXK-FM: "Old Weird Michael" died March 11, 1997 from an asthma
attack. He is sorely missed as well. Selden was best known
for his "shuck-and-jive" technique, and for being a master of double-entendre
and riding the fine line of blue humor. He was a master of "theater-of-the-mind,"
painting aural pictures and going beyond the listener's ears to make one
Here's an organization thatís doing some good for radio folks. The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides emergency assistance to the less-fortunate in our broadcast family. Over the last few years, they have doled out nearly $3 million to 387 recipients in 33 states. This includes folks who have a catastrophic illness and no insurance, have lost a loved one from a devastating (and costly) disease, and even those affected by Katrina, Ike and the California wildfires. The foundationís been around for over six decades, and needs your help NOW more than ever. Donations are tax-deductible. Go to broadcastersfoundation.org for all the details.
This site is the culmination of years of tracking radio station formats and call letter changes that I began in 1984. It is a labor of love and its continued growth is a direct result of the many people who have written in with additional information, clarifications, and identifying errors in my research. ALL are appreciated, and if you see any mistakes, need for clarification, or have anything to share that would complement the site, please write me anytime at email@example.com. Hats off to the many media folks who have become friends and regular contributors to the site, including Russ Bloxom, the late Larry Shannon, Steve Eberhart, the late Steve Farrington, Jim Cumbie, Chip Kelley, Robert Bass, John Lewis Puff, Lee Brumm, Chuck Mohnkern, Mike Ehrle, Gary McBrayer, Bob Fox, Chris Huff and Jay Weaver, to name a very few. Thanks to each of you for all of your help! And thanks to all who have visited the site; it surpassed 140,000 hits in 2013!
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