Mike Shannon's

Truett Kimzey displays the first television
broadcasting setup in North Texas, 1934

The first television experiment in North Texas was conducted by station W5AGO.  It was assembled by engineer Truett Kimzey (who later started Greenville, TX radio station KGVL,) and, in March, 1934, the $1,500 worth of TV equipment was put on display for viewing at the Fort Worth Stock Show (a video signal was sent there from Kimzey's TV studios at Downtown Fort Worth's Commercial Standard Building.)  Unfortunately, the crude equipment was soon outdated, as the FCC was still hammering out industry standards for technology that wouldn't be in wide use for another 20 years...and the Southwest wouldn't see television again until the late 1940s.

September 29, 1948 brought regular television broadcasting to the airwaves of the Metroplex when Fort Worth's WBAP-TV signed on.  The very next day, the FCC froze all TV applications until they could sort out standards and procedures for the quickly-evolving medium.  Applicants who had already received construction permits (CPs) could go ahead and build, however, or one could purchase an existing station to get into the TV business (as did Belo with Channel 8.)  Although the freeze was lifted on 4/14/1952, the DFW area did not see a new station established until KFJZ-Channel 11 in 1955.

During the past 50 years, North Texas has seen television evolve from its humble beginnings with three channels and lots of local programming, to six local channels in the 1960s, to the introduction of cable TV to the masses in the 1980s, to watching the advent of HDTV and digital unfold in the 2000s.

"DFW Television Memories"



KDTN, Denton.  Station established 9/1/1988.  PBS affiliate.  Call letters initially stood for "Denton;" after ownership change, they were said to stand for “Daystar Television Network.”  Nickname:  "TV 2 and You."  Owner:  Marcus and Joni Lamb dba Daystar (1/13/2004-present,) North Texas Public Broadcasting/KERA (9/1/1988-1/13/2004.)  Public broadcasting/educational programming (to 2004,) religious (2004-present.)  Daystar sold KMPX-Channel 29 to purchase KDTN.  Was sister station to KERA-TV and KERA-FM; KERA first expressed interest in the dormant frequency in 5/1977, but it would be more than 11 years later before KERA obtained FCC approval and signed on the air.  Referred to as "KERA 2" in the early 2000s, although no official change in calls was made.  Channel 2 was officially allotted as an educational station for Denton in 1952.  Right before NTPB relinquished control to Daystar, the station played a marathon of every episode of PBS's "Upstairs Downstairs."

KDNT, Denton.  Station applied for in 1958 by Harwell V. Shepard, owner of KDNT-AM/FM, but others insisted to the FCC that Channel 2 be designated an educational station instead.

KIXL, Dallas.  Station applied for in 1948 but never went on the air.  Owner:  Lee Segall.  To have been sister to KIXL-AM/FM.  By the time the television license freeze was lifted in 1952, Channel 2 had been reassigned to Denton and as an educational station.


Showbiz subscription/pay TV service.  Like ONTV and VUE, Showbiz offered first-run movies on a subscription basis, broadcasting directly to "yagi" antennas mounted on the roof of subscribers’ homes.


KDFW, Dallas.  Call letters established 7/2/1970.  Owners:  Times Mirror (5/15/1970-3/1993,) Argyle (3/1993-3/31/1995,) New World Television (3/31/1995-1997,) News Corp/Fox (1997-present.)  Network affiliation:  CBS (to 7/1/1995,) Fox (7/1/1995-present; assumed from KDAF.)  Call letters stand for "Dallas-Fort Worth."  Sister station to KDFI-TV.  Former sister to KRLD-AM.

Local programs:  "Eyewitness to History," "Insights," "News and Interviews," "The Gourmet" (hosted by David Wade; defected to KDTV-39 in 10/1971,) "Good Day Dallas," "Tuning In," “Channel 4 Sportscene,” “The Don Meredith Show,” “Police Report,” “Just A Minute,” "Crossroads of the 70s," "4 Country Reporter" (originally hosted by John McLean, then Jeff Rosser, then Bob Phillips, and continues today as the syndicated “Texas Country Reporter,”) and the annual "TACA Auction."  News nicknames:  “4 News Report” (early 1970s,) “In-4-mation Central” (9/13/1971-?,) "Eyewitness News" (1975-12/1/1978,) “THE 6 O’Clock/10 O’Clock Report” (12/4/1978-1980,) "News 4 Texas," "Fox 4 News."

Notables:  Clarice Tinsley (12/4/1978- present,) Barry Judge (12/4/1978-1980; Tinsley and Judge were brought in from competing stations in Milwaukee,) Ray Walker (1973-2/1978,) and Judy Jordan (1966-1980; aka Judy Jordan Greene; Walker and Jordan were the powerhouse anchor team throughout most of the 1970s; Jordan is the sister of lawyer and former Dallas city councilman Darrell Jordan; Walker and Jordan were paired as co-anchors on 1/22/1973, and awarded the 6 & 10PM newscasts on 7/30/1973; when Walker left, ex-KXAS’s Ward Andrews and WFAA’s John Criswell were all interviewed as replacements; an earlier note on this site about Ron Chapman interviewing for this position is false; the information was found in an old "D Magazine" article, but was retracted by the magazine later,) Richard Ray, Walter Evans (1964-12/31/1993; newscaster and host of "News and Interviews,") Dick Risenhoover (10/12/1970-1973,) Warren Culbertson (1967-1982,) Kevin McCarthy (began 8/1983; fired on 6/6/1986 for helping to throw co-anchor Clarice Tinsley into a swimming pool at a KDFW party!), Dick Hitt (began 4/17/1978; concurrently Dallas Times Herald columnist and newscaster for KNUS,) Gary Bazner (weatherman; began 12/4/1978,) Dick Johnson (1976-9/15/1982; currently morning show anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago,) Daniel Plante (son of CBS reporter Bill Plante,) Cheri Pressley.

Also, Clyde Rembert, Steve Dawson (began 8/1984,) Kimberly Kennedy, Dale Schornack (8/1991-9/1995,) Ted Dawson (began 9/7/1987; came to KDFW from Los Angeles; currently working for KBCI-TV in Boise, ID,) Dale Hansen (1979-3/21/1983; defected to WFAA-TV,) Chip Moody (longtime KXAS anchor, wooed to KDFW on 4/28/1980; left Channel 4 for KHOU-Houston on 5/28/1984, read more about Chip's career on Russ Bloxom's page here,) Chris Huston, Marlene McClinton, Buster McGregor (killed in helicopter crash during a KDFW cross-state tour for the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986,) Barbara Schwarz (now with KRLD-AM,) Brad Sham, John McKay (left to start KDFI-Channel 27,) Dennis Monson (reporter and host of news feature "Eyewitness Newsreel,") Jay Ruffin, Steve Eagar (8/1995-date,) Bret Lewis (4/19/1983-10/1983; currently with KFWB-FM Los Angeles,) John Criswell (longtime WFAA-TV anchor, wooed to KDFW and began there on 6/4/1990; ‘no compete’ clause in WFAA contract caused Criswell to sit out six months after leaving WFAA; KDFW responded with billboards around town showing Criswell with his mouth taped shut, with the message, “Until we can bring you John Criswell live, we’ll bring you John Criswell taped!”)

Also, Allen Stone (sports director; later voice of Dallas Mavericks basketball; currently with USA Radio Network and WBAP-AM,) Ashleigh Banfield (currently an NBC reporter,) Julia Somers, Susie Robbins, Wayne Shattuck (weatherman; 1/1981-10/14/1984; currently in Tampa FL television,) Elisa Robin, Jeff Rosser (second host of “4 Country Reporter;” later program director for station,) Jim Ruddy, Tim Ryan (began 1990; left and returned in late 1990s,) Cameron “Ron” Sanders (9/1983-8/7/1988; young reporter who later organized a union at station and was alledgedly fired for doing so!), Glenn Moray, Mike Burger, Tim Heller, Steve Bosh (10/1984-1990; actor and former longtime anchor for syndicated INN/Independent Network News,) Janice Glynn, Craig Maurer, Sid Allen, Eddie Barker, Cheryl Belknap, Kenny Bowles, Rochelle Brown (host of “Insights,”) Philip Bruce, Blake Byrne (at KXAS 1974-1981; part of Argyle Television 1991-1994 when Argyle bought KDFW in 1994,) Caryn Carlson, Gary DeLaune, Norm Hitzges (to 2/1974,) Michele Holden (began 1/30/1984,) Holt Holyfield, James Jackson, Baron James (began 1/18/1999,) Hosea Sanders (currently with WLS-TV-Chicago,) Butch Johnson (former Dallas Cowboys player,) Don Johnson,  Bill Ceverha, Eddie Clinton, Steve Cope, Chester “Chet” Creech Jr, Ken Capps (currently VP of DFW Airport.)

Also, Jack Brown (1980-1998; longtime WBAP/KXAS reporter; as reporter and host of rural news feature "Jack Brown's Texas,") Carol Thomas (began 12/1988,) Wayne Thomas, Denise Tickner, Dave Tracy, Nancy Valenta, Carmen Velez, Chris Peddie (considered a 'big catch' when hired as news anchor; quit the station after one day!), Suzanne Moss (began 8/20/1984,) James Spann (began 8/6/1984,) Greg LeFevre (1976-1981; later a reporter for CNN and CBS,)  Charlie Wilson (1968-1991,) Jim Hale, Tony Garrett, Mark Oristano (his first job in the DFW market; started 7/26/1975,) Warren Fulks, Brett Shipp (1991-9/8/1994; son of former WFAA-TV assignments editor Bert Shipp; Brett is now with WFAA-TV,) Paula McClure (host of "Tuning In,") Eddie Hallack, Tom Hedrick (currently with the University of Kansas,) Patricia Fanning, Cindy Kuykendall, Craig James (former New England Patriots football player; flunked physical in 1989 and took sportscasting job with KDFW thereafter; currently with ABC Sports,) Judd Hambrick (10/9/1972-7/1973; dapper anchor wooed to the networks thereafter; brother of Mike Hambrick [KTVT],) David Wade (host of "The Gourmet,") Wes Wise (former Dallas mayor,) Glen Loyd, Stephanie Lucero (began 1984.)

Also, Mark Lewis (1984-1987,) Randy Sparage, John Sparks (former ND for WFAA-TV,) Gary Stokes, Steve Stolar, Bill Swanbeck (left 5/1/1987,) Jack Dubberley, David Walker, Jack Harrison (began 1957,) Bob Phillips (third and best known host of "4 Country Reporter,” 1975-9/13/1986; moved program to WFAA-TV, then syndicated thereafter,) Max Morgan, Tracey Smith, Rosalind Soliz, Ron Jackson (1982-present,) Linda Edwards, Larry Dingmore, John McCrory, Jocelyn White, Barbara White, Bud Gillett (1976-2000,) Tom Steyer, Scott Sayres, Scott Wapner, Rochelle Brown, Baron James, Rebecca Aguilar, Fil Alvarado, Phil Johnson, Michael Jones, Tom Jordan, Lorel Kane, Kim Keelor, Kelly Lane, Allen Levy, Dave Sheehan (8/1976-2/1977,) Steve Crocker (formerly with CNN; began 7/1/1995,) Lucrezia Cuen, Bob Dahlgren, John McLean (original host of “4 Country Reporter,”) Laura Meyers, Vicki Monks, Nancy Montoya, Glen Moyer, Bill Bragg (1968-1994,) Bill Brown, John Neal, Wayne Nelson, Roy Nichols, Knox Nunnally, Lisa Parisot, Ed Dalheim, Evan Andrews, Robert Elliott, David Fanning, Carolyn Fessler, Mary Fitzgibbon, Tony Garcia, Janice Glynn, Jerry Gonzales, Nann Goplerud, Jim Hale, Barbara Harrison (partner in KDIA-Channel 58 in 1985,) Tim Healey, Bob Henry, John Discepolo, Mike Doocy, Lari Barager, John Hammarly, Mark Lewis (began 1/1984,) Nevin Lyerly, Lee Martin, Quin Mathews, Stan Matthews, Mae Watts, Fred Mays, Becky Oliver, Shaun Rabb, Steve Stolar, Phyllis Watson (began 7/1/1995 from WFAA-TV,) Jocelyn White, Dr. Ann Wildemann, Bill Wilson, David Woods, Pat Wormsley, Walt Zwirko, Shirley Washington (1/4/1999-present,) Gayle Joya.  Located at 400 N. Griffin in Downtown Dallas.

KRLD, Dallas.  Station established 12/3/1949.  Owner:  Times-Herald Printing dba KRLD Radio Corp. (12/3/1949-5/15/1970,) Times Mirror (5/15/1970-3/1993.) Sister station to The Dallas Times Herald, KRLD-AM, KRLD-FM (later KAFM-FM.)  Call letters stood for "Kiest" and "Radio Laboratories of Dallas" (Kiest was Edwin Kiest, original investor and later owner of KRLD-AM, and Radio Labs was the original owner of KRLD-AM.)  Network affiliation:  CBS.  Slogans:  "Keep Your Eye on Channel 4," "Better Living," "You Always See More on Channel 4," "People Turn Us On."  News nicknames:  "Evening Edition," "Final Edition," "Big News."

Local programs:  "Spotlight on Homes," "Builder's Show Place," "Sunday Showroom," "Magic in Fashions," "The Gourmet," "Studio Wrestling," "KRLD Playhouse," "So This is Opera," "Pastor Calls," "Big D Jamboree," "Point of View," "Crossroads of the 70s," "Party Time" (featuring "Officer Friendly" and "Uncle Tiny;" "Tiny" ended when host Ralph Matthiessen died 11/20/1959; "Friendly" was spun off 2/11/1963 as its own show to replace "Party Time,") "Songs of Inspiration."

Notables:  Walter Evans (1964-1993,) Eddie Barker (who was the first reporter worldwide to report JFK's confirmed death in 1963,) Sam Donaldson (mainly a voiceover announcer; currently an ABC newsman,) Hugh Lampman, Bill Mercer, Mark Wilson (host of "Time for Magic;" moved from WFAA-TV,) Wes Wise, Bill Cerverha, James "Jim" Underwood, Mel Allen, Gary DeLaune, Roy Nichols (Gary and Roy defected from KLIF's newsroom to KRLD-AM/TV on the same day,) Warren Fulks, Vance Newsom, Bob Shaw, Dan Foster, Ves Box, Steve Pieringer (photographer killed while filming explosion for station in 1968,) Cowboy Weaver (host of the "Cowboy Weaver Show" [later moved to KTVT,]) Ralph Matthiessen, Jr aka "Uncle Tiny Grant" (host of "Party Time" and "Uncle Tiny,") Warren Culberton (1967-1982,) Eddie Hallack (1949-1978; hosted "Studio Wrestling," "Pastor Calls" and "So This is Opera,") Reid Collins (later a CNN and CBS correspondent,) Jack Harrison (began 1957,)  David Wade (host of "The Gourmet,") Johnny Hicks and Al Jones (hosts of "Big D Jamboree," filmed at Dallas' Sportatorium,) Bill Bragg (1968-1994,) Frank Glieber, Mary Ann Epps, Lee Brumm (Glieber, Epps and Brumm hosted "Spotlight on Homes.")  Located with the Dallas Times Herald at 1101 Patterson in Downtown Dallas; moved to 400 N. Griffin in c. 1964.

Andrew Dart has unearthed some long-lost photos from KRLD-TV!  Check them outhere.


KXAS, Fort Worth.  Call letters established 5/16/1974.  Owner:  LIN Broadcasting (bought from Amon Carter Publications for $35 million in 1974,) NBC.  Sister station to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, WBAP-AM, KSCS-FM.  Call letters stand for "Texas."  Network affiliation:  NBC.  Nicknames:  "Bringing It Home to You," "Part of Your Life," “Come on Home,” “5-Star Station,” "Live on Five," "Area 5," "NBC-5."  Newscast nicknames:  "Action News," "The Texas News," "Building a Better Texas."

Local programs:  "The Children's Hour," “Special Treat,” "Museum of Horrors" (formerly at KTVT,) "Inside Area 5" (newsmagazine; hosted by Roy Eaton and later with duo Chip Moody and Bobbie Wygant [1975-1977,]) "Extension," "The Charlie Rose Show," "Sunup," "Newsworthy," "Insight," "Counterpoint," "Entertainment and the Arts," "Encounter," "Access 5," "Good Morning Show," "Crossroads."

Notables: Chip Moody (5/29/1971-4/21/1980; read more about Chip's career on Russ Bloxom's page here,) Bill Anderson, Harold Taft (1949-1991; developed first TV weathercast in US in 1949; nicknamed “World’s Greatest Weatherman” by WBAP-AM’s Bill Mack; concurrently WBAP-AM overnight weathercaster; co-authored book "Texas Weather" in 1975; known for hand-drawn weather maps, which were replaced by computerized ones in 11/1982,) Jayne Jayroe (1980-5/30/1984; former Miss America in 1967,) Brad Wright, Jack Van Roy (formerly with WFAA-TV,) Ward Andrews (12/28/1969-9/1977,) Russ Bloxom (1967-3/1979,) Roberta Connolly "Bobbie" Wygant (1948-present; reporter and host of "Entertainment and the Arts,") Boyd Matson (longtime host of "National Geographic Explorer;" now with "Wild Chronicles,") Mary Ruth Carleton, Frank Mills (1948-1977; was with WBAP-AM from 1936,) Angela Cain, Bernie Tamayo, Sabrina Smith (1993-present; Smith, Mike Androvett and Marty Griffin comprised the "Public Defenders," a group of reporters who attempted to right various wrongs for viewers, as an ongoing segment of the 10PM newscasts in th 1990s,) Ramona Logan (1985-present,) Brian Jensen, Frank Perkins (1961-1979,) David Finfrock (1976-present,) Doug Vair (left 7/29/1977,) Ron Trumbla, Ed Eubanks (newscaster and host of "Encounter.")

Also, Frank Glieber, Alyce Caron (began 8/6/1984,) Doug Adams (reporter and later station GM,) Charlie Rose (currently on PBS; his "Charlie Rose Show" began as a local KXAS program, 4/1979-11/1980; also hosted the local portion of the half-syndicated, half-local audience participation show "The Baxters" in 1979,) Nann Goplerud, James A. Byron (retired 9/30/1974,) Jim Douglas (currently with WFAA-TV,) Rebecca Miller (1991-present,) Phil Wygant (1948-12/31/1974; fired after takeover by LIN; husband of Bobbie Wygant,) Randy Wiles, Jeff Eliasoph (1989-present,) Al Fasol (news reporter and evening assignments editor, 1969-75,) Marty Griffin, Brian Mylar, Deborah Ferguson (1991-present; married to WBAP's Steve Lamb,) Cynthia Tinsley, Bill Jones, Ed Pewitt (host of "Good Morning Show,") Bob Sirkin (1992-93; later CBS Radio newscaster,) Russ Thornton  Barry Simms, Clennon King, Sherry Woodard, Kathleen McDonald, Gary Cuzzens, Tom Cummings, Earl Mabey, Johnnie Smith, Warren Richie, Art Girouard, Ruth Allen-Ollison, Jack Brown (1958-1980; defected to KDFW thereafter,) Tim Smith, Terese Arena (currently ND for KLIF-AM,) Thomas Bedford, Randall Carlisle, Kevin Cokely, Linda Frederick, Jack Helsel (longtime reporter in Philadelphia and Cincinnati,) Tammy Dombeck, Scott Gordon, Brendan Higgins, Rhonda Hughes, Doyle Vinson (1948-1975; last served as editor for "Inside Area 5,") Chuck Bolan (as host of "Access 5,") Bob Siegel, Ken Kalthoff, Kristi Nelson, Susan Risdon, Michael Scott (I) (once spooked during a 2000 studio interview when a lizard lunged at him during a reptile feature!)

Also, Kristin Sorenson, Denise Valdez, Carol Wang, Derek Castillo, Mike Androvett, Shelley Kofler, Bill Hix, Scott Murray (1982-2002,) Scott Chesner (1981-2004; currently with KETK-TV in Tyler, TX,) Scott Pelley (currently an anchor for the "CBS Evening News,") Jimmy Darnell (photographer; 1/1961-2000,) Charles Ely, Gifford “Skip” Ely (concurrently with National Weather Service,) John Rhadigan (sportscaster; currently with Fox Sports,) Bill Vance (ND, 1979-83,) Ron Godbey (weather, 1966-77,) George Riba (later with WFAA-TV,) Gretchen Carlson, Larry Estepa, David Fanning, Jay Gray (now with NBC,) Carl Cherkin, Mike Snyder (1980-present,) Bill Johnson (host of "Counterpoint,") Ron Harris (host of "Newsworthy,") Bill Kelley (host of "The Children's Hour,") Dave Layman, Tom Whelan, Ron Spain (1974-7/1977,) Noah Nelson, Steve Moffett (9/1976-present,) Joyce Morgan, Frank Healer (left 3/1979,) Dennis Holly (left 1985 due to health issues,) Vernell Jessie,  Jim Brinson, Jebbie Phillips, Pat Couch, Noah Nelson (formerly with KERA-TV,) Jack Rogers, Doc Ruhmann, Barbara Schwarz, Debbie Kintana, Larry Cole (1961-75,) Cindy Kuykendall, Bob Leder, Dan Medina, Willie Monroe, Pam Moore, Jody Dean (who appeared on "Museum of Horrors;" later radio personality at KLUV-FM and news anchor at KTVT,) Larry Mullins, Karen Parfitt (now known as Karen Hughes, presidential confidant,) Cary Simms (known as Wade Simms at KBUY-AM,) Stan Radford, Carolyn Raiser, Mark Schumacher, Mark Shepard, Emil Guillermo, Joe Stroop, Margaret Megard, Ann McGarry aka Jane Ann McGarry aka Jane McGarry (1982-2011; station made her use the name "Ann" initially to avoid confusion with anchor Jane Jayroe; Republican McGarry endured an unplanned severe tongue-lashing live on the air from presidential candidate Ross Perot on election night in 1992!)   Station located at 3900 Barnett on "Broadcast Hill" in Fort Worth.


When area cable provider Telecable threatened to drop KXAS from its channel lineup in 1993, Channel 5 fought back by airing commercials urging subscribers to fight back with calls and letters.  Telecable finally relented.

KXAS was the original contender for switching to a CBS affiliate when KDFW first announced their defection to Fox in 1994.

Channel 5 was notorious in the 1970s and 80s for rearranging their NBC daytime schedule to fit their wants.  One day's programming would be taped from the NBC feed, then individual shows would be shown in a different order the following day.  This wreaked havoc on soap watchers, who would get the typical Friday climax show on Monday instead.  KXAS also shortened "The Tonight Show" by 30 minutes, much to Johnny Carson's chagrin.  He verbally blasted the station on his program in early 1978 for doing so, as the only NBC affiliate in the nation who cut his show back.


WBAP, Fort Worth.  Station established 9/29/1948 (although first broadcast over closed-circuit system aired 6/20/1948.)    Owner:  Amon Carter (as Carter Publications.)  Was sister station to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, WBAP-AM/FM, KSCS-FM.  Network affiliation:  ABC/NBC (9/29/1948-9/1/1957; on timeshare agreement with WFAA-TV [as were WFAA-AM and WBAP-AM,] dedicated times to each network depended on which network WBAP-AM was running at the time; WBAP was first dual-network affiliate in US,) NBC (9/1/1957-present.)  Call letters stand for "We Bring A Program" (jokesters used to say, "We Bore All People!"  Federal Radio Commission head and later US president Herbert Hoover personally assigned the calls and suggested the nickname when WBAP-AM took them in 1922.)  Nickname:  "Live on Five," "Area 5" (nickname for multi-county area where 5's signal served; also was an effort to get away from stigma as a Fort Worth-only station,) "Colorful 5."  First TV station in the South (south of St. Louis and east of Los Angeles) and 25th in nation.  First studios in US designed specifically for TV.  Broadcasted first live network program on 7/1/1952 ("The Today Show;" host Dave Garroway welcomed 5 and stations in Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and New Orleans, who all began live network feeds that same day.)  Began color broadcasting on 5/15/1954; RCA chairman David Sarnoff and owner Amon Carter dedicated 5's color facilities on the air, followed by three hours of color broadcasting, the longest ever attempted.  WBAP was the first US station to broadcast in color (although WFAA-TV claims a similar honor as doing the first colorcasting in North Texas,) and televised more color programming than any other US station by 1955.  Hosted the first live entertainment show in Texas TV history ("The Flying-X Ranchboys.")  Newscast originally known as "The Texas News;" nightly newscast was on newsreel format until 8/1/1969 (narrated initially by Lillard Hill, then by Tom McDonald; popular news theme was entitled "Texas News March" and was used until 3/13/1972.)  "The Texas News" was the highest-rated TV show in the nation in the earliest days of WBAP.

Local programs:  "This Week in Texas" (a compilation of stories from "The Texas News;" shown on 5 and three other Texas stations,) "Texas Living," "Good Morning Show," "Christian Questions," "Planning for Tomorrow," “News Final” (late-night news wrap-up, consisting of anchor Alex Burton, sitting and reading ver batim from AP copy on camera,) "Dollar Derby" (later moved to WFAA,) "Good Morning, Pastor," "Kitty's Playhouse," "Inside Area 5," "Telephone Spotlight on Texas," "Televiews," "Facts Forum," "The Johnny Hay Show," "The Children's Hour" (which aired within it the Lutheran Church-produced "Davey and Goliath" and the Southern Baptist Radio/TV Commission's cartoon "Jot,") "Texas '70" (and subsequent years,) "The Jones Place," "The Flying X Ranchboys," "Skillern's Sports Preview," "William Barclay Presents" (Barclay was the station's organist,) "Vesper Hour," "Fashion Reflection," "Gardening Can Be Fun," "Dream Kitchen Time," "Melody Shop," "What is It?", "Your Song and Mine," "Rhythm and Romance," "Hoffman Hayloft," "Playtime," "What's New, Ladies?", "See-Saw Zoo," “Good Morning Show,” "Dateline" (1961-1977,) "TCU in Review," "Barn Dance," “Bobby Peters Jamboree,” "Here's to your Health," "Stump Us" (an early rendition of "Name That Tune,") "The Bobby Peters Show," "Forum 5," "Cartoon Time."

Notables:  Roberta Connolly "Bobbie" Wygant (1948-present; host of "Dateline" 1961-1977,) Harold Taft (10/31/1949-1991; developed first weathercast in US for WBAP-TV,) Bill Kelley (as host of "The Children's Hour,") Chip Moody (5/1971-4/21/1980; reporter then anchor beginning 5/29/1972; read more about Chip's career on Russ Bloxom's page here,) Ward Andrews (12/28/1969-9/1977,) Doyle Vinson (longtime news editor and producer of "The Texas News" and "Inside Area 5," 1948-1975,) Doug Vair, Ron Godbey (weather, 1966-1977,) Russ Bloxom (1967-3/1979,) Boyd Matson (began 1970; currently host of "National Geographic Explorer,") Marv Sparks (1969-1971; booth announcer, voiceover artist and regular co-host of "The Children's Hour;" currently GM of the 14-station CDR Radio Network in the Ohio Valley,) Jack Brown (1958-1980,) John S. Smith (director and producer,) Al Fasol (news reporter and evening assignments editor, 1969-1975,) Charles Murphy (first WBAP anchor to announce JFK's death, and became a national anchor when NBC ran WBAP's COLOR signal live to the nation after the assassination,) Bob Schieffer (currently CBS newsman and host of "Face the Nation;" Bob appeared before and after the nightly newsreels as anchor, beginning in 1967; got WBAP job after guest appearance on “Dateline;” authored “This Just In” in 2002,) Roy Eaton (former longtime owner of newspaper "The Wise County Messenger,") Frank Perkins (1961-1979,) Margaret McDonald (co-host of "Texas Living,") Alex Burton (1962-1967; left for new UHF station KDTV.)

Also, Frank Mills (spent a total of 41 years with the station; co-host of "Texas Living;" was the very first person in Texas to appear on television on a regular program [but President Harry S Truman was the first to ever be seen on Texas TV, while visiting Fort Worth on 9/27/1948, as 5 used the appearance for video testing purposes,]) Lillard Hill (first news anchor in Texas, and original voice of the "Texas Newsreel,") Johnny Hay (engineer, personality and caricature artist; host of "Good Morning Show," "Cartoon Time" and "The Johnny Hay Show," which was the predecessor to "The Children's Hour;" and co-hosted "See-Saw Zoo,") Lee Elsesser, Bruce Neal, Russ Thornton, Bill Hix (host of "Forum 5,") Sharon Noble, John Gross (to 4/1979,) Reggie Harris (began 12/9/1985,) Jerry Desmond, Larry DuPont, Thaine Engle, Bill Enis (sports director 1965-1969; left for NBC football,) Robert Gould, Bob Grammer, Martha Grammer, Marty Haag (longtime ND at WFAA-TV,) Tom McDonald (began 1957; longtime newsreel narrator,) Lowell Duncan, Breck Harris, Ron Spain, Dan Smoot (as host of "Facts Forum,") Doug Adams (originally a reporter; later GM.)

Also, James A. "Jim" Byron (longtime news director; began as an unpaid reporter at the Carter-owned "FW Star-Telegram" in the 1930s, and moved to news director of WBAP-AM in 1944; retired 9/30/1974,) Sam Bogart, Mary Parker (as host of "Playtime,") Wilma Rutherford (as host of "What's New, Ladies?"), Nora Lou Greene (as host of "Fashion Reflections,") Bobby Peters (host of “Bobby Peters Show” and “Bobby Peters Jamboree,”) William Barclay (staff organist and host of "Stump Us" and "William Barclay Presents,") Alice Walter (as host of "Dream Kitchen Time,") Dean Raymond (co-host of "See-Saw Zoo,") Mickey Murphy, Jimmy Kerr (1948-1971,) Jimmy Mundell, Gary Cuzzens, Earl Mabey, Art Girouard, Warren Ritchie, Johnnie Smith, Bill Larinson, Jimmy Livingston, Pat Boone (yes, the singer/actor and former NTSU student; hosted "Barn Dance,") Ken McCool, Tom Grimes, Wayne Brown, Floyd Bright, Jim Calloway, Gene Reynolds, Jim Vinson, Ben Harrover, Sam Johnson, Bob and Agnes Stanford (hosts of "Dollar Derby;” Bob was better known for his work at WFAA-TV years later,) Grace New, Bud Sherman (host of post-newsreel program "Sports with Sherman,") Gordon Fitzgerald, Tom Mullarney.

Also, Chem Terry (host of “Good Morning Show;” later a DFW disc jockey,) Layne Beaty, Larry Cole (1961-75,) Phil Hopkins, Ted Gouldy, George Cranston, Jimmy Darnell (photographer, 1/1961-2000,) Bob Denny (early weathercaster who helped develop TV weather with Harold Taft in 1949,) Gene Baugh, Lee Woodward (brother of actor Morgan Woodward,) Neal Jones (as host of "The Jones Place,") Ted Graves, Frank Dinkins, Phil Wygant (husband of entertainment reporter Roberta "Bobbie" Wygant,) Kitty Atkins (as host of "Kitty's Playhouse,") Seymour Andrews, Roy Bacus, Pat Barnett, Tom Bedford, Rupert Bogan, Frank O’Neal, Clint Bourland, Johnny Smith, R. C. Stinson, Tommy Thompson, Lynn Trammell, Jim Turner, Guy Woodward, John Starr, Austin Schneider, Ray Bankston, Bud Miller, Luther Atkins (as host of "Good Morning, Pastor," "Christian Questions" and "Televiews.")  Station located at 3900 Barnett on "Broadcast Hill" in Fort Worth.

On WBAP's first night of broadcasting, owner Amon Carter nearly fell to his death through an unmarked hole in the studio floor that lead to the basement...cartoonist Johnny Hay grabbed hold of him just in time!  The studios were still under construction at the time, and Channel 5 endured a 17-minute power outage in the middle of their inaugural programming (not the station's fault, but angry viewers blamed them nonetheless!)

Also, in WBAP's early days, viewers didn't fully understand the concept of television...one viewer called WBAP on the first night of telecasting, complaining that she was not receiving any picture.  The receptionist asked, "What kind of set are you using?"  The viewer responded, "Why, my RADIO set, of course!"  Others thought that TV was a utility, like electricity or water, and that you called the TV station to come fix it if it broke!

The late Frank Mills, the first broadcaster to ever appear on WBAP-TV, was hired at sister stations WBAP-AM/KGKO-AM in 1936.  He and friend Ronald Reagan were en route to Hollywood to try their hand at acting.  Passing through Fort Worth, Mills found out that WBAP was hiring, and opted to stay for the sure thing and not risk finding no work on the coast (it didn’t hurt that Mills’ girlfriend lived in nearby Wichita Falls!)  Reagan went on to California alone, and the rest is history!  (Contributed by Ward Andrews)

KCPN, Fort Worth.  Initial call letters requested for Channel 5 when application was submitted on 6/21/1946 by Carter Publications, and station intended on using these calls to within three months of sign-on.  Although Channel 5 signed on first, an early applicant for Channel 8 submitted the first TV application in the south, beating Amon Carter by just days.  Call letters to have stood for "Carter PublicationsNews."


WFAA, Dallas.  Call letters established 3/21/1950, although Belo's operation of the station began 3/17/1950.  Call letters stand for "Working For All Alike" and "World's Finest Air Attraction."  Owner:  Belo Broadcasting (who had originally applied for Channel 12, but 12 was reassigned to Waco.)  Sister station to the Dallas Morning News, WFAA-AM, WFAA-FM/KZEW-FM.  Network affiliations:  Dumont (1950-1951,) NBC/ABC (1951- 9/1/1957; shared with WBAP-TV as was the affiliation for WBAP-AM and WFAA-AM,) ABC (9/1/1957-present; Belo tried to wrangle solo NBC affiliation first, but it was awarded to WBAP-TV; WFAA ended up with ABC instead.)  First station in US to broadcast a digital signal on a VHF channel (2/27/1997,) first in US to broadcast a newscast in HD (2/28/1997,) first in market to regularly broadcast a newscast in HD (2/2/2007,) one of the first US stations to convert to videotape (1970s,) first station in DFW to use a video tape recorder (1958.)  News nicknames:  "News 8...The Scene Tonight (the sights and sounds of today,") "Hamm's Beer Evening/Final Edition," "The Spirit of Texas," "News 8...On the Move," "Your Color Station for News."  (8 was also known for its trademark announcement before the 10PM news in the 1960s and 1970s: "It's 10 o'clock.  Do you know where your children are?")  Nicknames:  “The Spirit of Texas,” “Channel 8 Pride.”

Local programs:  "La Vida," "8 Country Reporter" (hosted by Bob Phillips; moved from KDFW in 1986,) "People," "Que Pasa?", "Sump'n Else" (9/7/1965-3/1968; hosted by Ralph "Ron" Chapman; originally a 45-minute afternoon show; later expanded to an hour,) "Issues and Answers," "Teen Time," "Sports Figures," "Face to Face" (hosted by Murphy Martin,) "Ask the Manager" (1961)/"Let Me Speak to the Manager"(1961-1/75)/"Inside Television"(1/75-1979) (hosted by Belo VP Myron "Mike" Shapiro; assisted by Jim Pratt and later Casey Cohlmia,) "Dallas Bandstand" (hosted by Jerry Haynes,) "Computer Corner," "Mr. Peppermint" (3/6/1961-1970; returned in 1975 as "Peppermint Place" at WFAA, then KERA-13; to syndication in 1989; final episode aired on WFAA 7/5/1996; hosted by Jerry Haynes with Vern Dailey,) "Junior Auction" (hosted by Bob White; sponsored by Neuhoff and Foremost,) "Time for Magic" (hosted by Mark Wilson and assisted by his wife Nani Darnell; began 1954; moved later to KRLD-TV and to NBC,) "News 8 etc..." (hosted by Suzie Humphreys, Don Harris, Gene Thomas, and later John Criswell, Jerry Park and Rosser McDonald,)  "PM Magazine" (1980-86; co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons [1980-83,] and at various times by Candy Hasey, Bill Ratliff, David Sparks and Stan Miller,) "The Bob Stanford Show" (featuring "Agnes" and "Easy,") "The Julie Benell Show" (co-hosted by Jerry Haynes, then Ed Hogan,) "Away We Go," "Group and Harrigan"/"Group and Chapman" ("Away" and "Group" were hosted by Ralph "Ron" Chapman,) "Dollar Derby," "Al's Pals" (later renamed "Frontier Playhouse," featuring 'Horriss the Horse;' hosted by Ben January,) "Dialing for Dollars" (live program to introduce the morning and afternoon movies; first hosted by Ed Hogan, then Ross Cass, Bob Bruton and Don Norman,) "GED-Operation Lift," "Country Day Break," "Michael Brown's People," "6:30 on 8" (hosted by Scott Sams,) "Black Forum" (hosted by Ken Smith,) “Young America Speaks” (college debating show; Sarah T. Hughes was a regular judge,) “Anything Goes” (hosted by Ed Hogan,) “Science of the Mind,” "Early Birds Night Out" (TV companion to long-running "Early Birds" morning program on sister WFAA-AM,) “Ninja Box Office,” "Gunnysack," "The Frito Kid" (featuring Ben January as 'Alvarado;' also included character 'Snakepit Sam,') “Weekend Journal,” "Guestbook," "Haynes Almanac" ("Guestbook" and "Almanac" were hosted by Jerry Haynes,) "Good Morning Texas" (began 9/1994; hosted at various times by Scott Sams, Todd Whitthorne, Debra Duncan, Debbie Denmon, Brenda Teele, Gary Cogill, Janette Smith, Amy Venderof, Paula McClure and Michael Rey, with KVIL's Valier Smith as fill-in,) "Webster Webfoot" (1949-9/1952; hosted by "Uncle" Jimmy Weldon,) "Daybreak."  Features:  "Wednesday's Child," "Contact 8."

Notables: Tracy Rowlett (4/1974-4/1999; currently with KTVT,) Iola Johnson (1973-3/1/1985,) Dale Milford (known as the airborne “Flying Weatherman;” later a congressman,) Blaine Smith, Myron "Mike" Shapiro (1952-1982; later SM; Gloria Campos (wife of former KRLD-33 news anchor Lance Brown,) Lisa McRee (1989-1991; later with ABC News,) Neal Browne, Roy Humphrey aka Don Harris (II) (1969-1973; died while covering the 1978 Jonestown massacre for NBC; was news anchor and co-host of "News 8 Etc.,” 1970-1972,) Bob Gooding (1961-1979; replaced Murphy Martin at the anchor desk when Martin left in 1963; did radio newscasts for WFAA-AM 1960-1961,) Jack Van Roy (to 11/1977; was concurrently employed in sales with Lowrey Organs at Town East Mall in Mesquite, TX,) Murphy Martin (1961-1963; 1967-1970 [left to work for Ross Perot;] 9/4/1972-1975; news anchor, head of documentary production and special projects, and host of "Face to Face;" closed each newscast with "That's my time, thank you for yours,") Stan Miller, Travis Linn (ND, anchor; later news director for CBS News-Southwest,) Suzie Humphreys (as co-host of "News 8 Etc."; was later the longtime sidekick of Ron Chapman at KVIL-FM,) Thomas Eugene Alred aka Gene Thomas (died in a freak race car accident while doing a feature for "News 8 Etc.,") Wes Wise (former mayor of Dallas; sports anchor in mid-1950s who defected to KRLD-TV,) Bob Sirkin (1973-1977; later with KXAS-TV and currently a newscaster with CBS Radio.)

Also, Troy Dungan (2/1976-7/18/2007,) Chip Moody (9/6/1987-4/1999; only area anchor to work at all three network-affiliated stations; read more about Chip's career on Russ Bloxom's page here,) Jerry Haynes (as newscaster and "Mr. Peppermint;" also hosted "Guestbook," "Haynes Almanac" and "Dallas Bandstand;" once subbed for Dick Clark on "American Bandstand,") George Riba (9/1977-present,) Brian Jensen, Cynthia “Cinny” Kennard (left WFAA for a teaching position at USC; currently heads NPR-West,) Lloyd Morrow (1951-1986,) Steve Newman, Howard Greenblatt, Justin Farmer (2005-7/2008,) Jackie Hyland (2005-11/2007,) Dan Bell, Don Meredith (Dallas Cowboys quarterback who did sports reports in 1966,) Bob Brown (currently a reporter for ABC's "20/20",) Michael Brown (news anchor and host of "Michael Brown's People,") Sandra Brown (author and wife of Michael; co-anchored weekend news with Michael on weekends in 1978; the first case of a husband-wife news team in DFW,) Bill Evans (weather; now with WABC-TV New York; was concurrently a DJ for KHYI-FM,) Gerald "Jerry" Park (reporter, weekend anchor and co-host of "News 8 etc..."; left for sports director position at KOCO-TV/Oklahoma City in 1974, and retired from there in 1999,) Rosser McDonald (as co-host of "News 8 etc...")

Also, Ted Cassidy (later played "Lurch" on "The Addams Family,") William Waid Blair (1999-9/2006,) Earl Jack "Jay" Watson (first to bring news of JFK's assassination; hiked from Dealey Plaza back to the station immediately thereafter to give the breaking details,) Jerry Taff, Jim Mitchell, Jim Littleton (1980-3/1987; sex change operation in 1988; now known as “Jan”…no joke!), Maureen Tighe (began 5/2/1987,) Sonya Van Sickle (1986-1999,) Kay Vinson, Vern Dailey (as co-host of "Mr. Peppermint,") Bob Walker (1961-1964; news director and station manager; left for ABC News to become a newswriter for Peter Jennings,) Jabbo Watson,  Jim Mitchell, Howard Anderson, Carol Erickson (left 2/1978,) Walter Evans (1957-1964; left for KRLD-TV,) Rita Trevino (started in 7/1975,) Leeza Gibbons (as co-host of "PM Magazine", later hosted the nationally- syndicated programs "Leeza" and "Entertainment Tonight,") Byron Harris, Doug Fox, John North, Woody Van Dyke, Mike Miller (1973-1975,) Tom Cummings (died in a crash in the station's helicopter,) Ron Godbey (weather; later with WBAP-TV/KXAS-TV,) Harvey Johnston, Lawrence DuPont (program manager, 1950s,) Pete Hott, John McCaa, Wayne Mack, Verne Lundquist (1967-1983; currently a CBS sportscaster; was WFAA sports anchor and host of "Bowling for Dollars" [filmed at Forum Bowl in Grand Prairie, TX in the mid-1970s,]) Ray Gaskin, Quin Mathews (11/1978-7/1984; moved from KDFW-TV in 1978; left for KRLD-TV in 1984; returned in 6/1987.)

Also, John Criswell (reporter, news anchor, co-host of "News 8 Etc." and "AM" [until 1/1978,]) Dennis Troute, Jan Bridgman (3/23/1981-8/30/1984,) Mike Hill, Dave Scallan, Curley Davis, Ken Smith (host of "Black Forum,") Scott Sams (1985-9/2004; currently with KTVT,) Debra Duncan, Brett Shipp (9/12/1994-present; son of Bert Shipp, longtime assignments editor for WFAA-TV,) John Pronk, Candy Hasey (host of “PM Magazine,”) Gail Heitz, "Cap'n" Bob Ellis, Jim Hipps, Mike Devlin (reporter, 1984-89; returned as ND in 2005,) David Margulies, John P. "Jack" Kendrick (2/1980-10/22/1986,) Mauri Dial, Ann Butler, Arch Campbell (1971-1974; now a national entertainment reporter and movie reviewer,) Mike Capps (1981-86 and 1987-90; worked as Ft.Worth Bureau Chief, Executive Sports Director and news reporter; later with ABC News and CNN; currently Director of Broadcasting for the Round Rock [TX] Express AAA baseball team,) John Sparks (who, along with Mike Capps, broke the SMU pay-for-play scandal in 1987 that won a Peabody and a duPont-Columbia award,) Steve Coryell, Malcolm Couch (cameraman, 1950s; later of KWJS-FM and Mal Couch Ministries,) Jane Horwitz (as the station's movie critic,) Jack Helsel (1996-98; longtime reporter in Philadelphia and Cincinnati; defected from KXAS,) John Alonzo (1954-1956; later a famous cinematographer for "Scarface," Chinatown," "Harold and Maude" and many other movies,) Karin Kelly (as co-host of "PM Magazine,") Ceryl McDonald, Earl McDonald, Victor Duncan, Bill Ratliff (as co-host of "PM Magazine.")

Also, Bob Stanford (host of "The Bob Stanford Show," and co-hosted "Dollar Derby" with wife Agnes Stanford,) Bill Macatee, Gail Heitz, Fred Hatten, Ralph Chapman aka Ron Chapman (longtime KLIF, KVIL and KLUV radio personality; formerly host of "Sump'n Else" [filmed at WFAA's remote Northpark Mall studios, called "Studio 3 at Northpark Center," in Dallas,] "Away We Go" (also filmed at Northpark,) and "The Group and Harrigan" [later renamed "The Group and Chapman" after Chapman left KLIF and was not allowed to keep the Harrigan name,]) Renay San Miguel (1991-97; currently with CNN,) Alan Melson, Jimmy Weldon (as host of "Webster Webfoot;" also hosted NBC's "Funny Boners" in 1954,) Ben January (as host of "Frontier Playhouse" and "Al's Pals,") Warren Culbertson (weathercaster, 1951-1958; later with KRLD/KDFW-TV and KVIL-FM,) Donald Curtis (host of “Science of the Mind,”) Michael Doyle, Bill Reynolds, Vic Dubee, Marty Haag (1973-10/2000,) Bertha Obregon, Uma Pemmaraju, Matt Quinn, Mary Ann Razzuk, Russ Rossman (later with USA Radio Network,) Farley Scott (host of “Ninja Box Office,”) Phil Seib, Rene Syler (left to co-host "CBS News This Morning" in 10/2002; recently published the book, "Good Enough Mother;" left CBS on 12/22/2006,) Jack Sellmeyer, Linn Sheldon (as “Barnaby,” children’s show character; currently in Cleveland TV,) Bert Shipp.

Also, Jim Fry (1982-present,) Bert Mitchell, Michael Scott (II), Jeff Allen, Casey Cohlmia (promotions manager and co-host of "Let Me Speak to the Manager," 1961-1970,) Tom Steyer, Jana Sims (1986-1997,) Mary Stewart, Carol Dearing-Rommel, Joy Mullett, Steve Stolar, Olin B. Terry (1950-1956; holdover from KBTV,) Anna Martinez, Tony Martinez (left 1987,) Dick Drummy, Robert Ellis, Patricia Martin, Jerry Miller, Carmen Ainsworth, Dale Hansen (3/25/1983-present,) David Fanning, Frank Filesi, Steve Fursberg, Mark Wilson (as host of "Time for Magic;" moved later to KRLD-TV,) Ed Hogan (10/1955-1986; as newscaster and host of the "Dialing for Dollars" afternoon movie; host of “Anything Goes,” assisted on "The Julie Benell Show," and co-hosted "Junior Auction" [filmed at the Northpark studios;] began at WFAA-AM in 1950,) Bob Bruton (also hosted "Dialing for Dollars,") Scott Sayres, Ralph Nimmons (SM, beginning in 12/1950,) Don Norman, Dennis Johnson, Dick Wheeler, Julie Benell (as host of "The Julie Benell Show," a cooking/ homemaking/fashion tips show; assisted by Jerry Haynes and later Ed Hogan,) Dave Lane (1967-1993; sports anchor and later WFAA GM,) Donald Easterwood, John B. Wells, John Sparks, Frank Clarke, Ralph "Buddy" Widman (program director to late 1957,)Gerry Oher.

Also, Rene Castilla (newscaster and host of "Que Pasa?"; political activist who later taught journalism at Northlake College in Irving, TX,) Nann Goplerud (1984-12/2005; formerly of KXAS,) Vince Patton, Brad Watson (the 6'7" reporter started 12/18/1978 as part of WFAA's Fort Worth bureau; reporter and fill-in anchor at the Dallas studios until 2013,) Joe Templeton, Barbara White, Alan Berg, Bill Brown, Bill O'Reilly (1975-fall, 1977; later host of "Inside Edition" and "The O'Reilly Factor,") Paula Zahn (began 1978; later host of "CBS This Morning;" currently hosts news program on CNN,) Jim Douglas, Bob Phillips (as host of "8 Country Reporter,") Doug Fox, Chris Arnold (formerly with KKDA-FM,) Steve Adkinson, Jim Olsen, Mike Hill, Gina Miller, Joe Trahan, Dave Scallon, Johnny Mack, Billy Mayo, Howard Bogarte, Bob White (magician and co-host of "Junior Auction,") Jeff Brady (to 3/2009,) Macie Jepson (to 8/2008,) Karin Kelly, Rebecca Lopez, Anna Martinez, Gina Redmond, Robert Riggs (1980-2002; defected to KTVT,) Janet St. James, Don Wall, Elisa Robin, Jim Gibbs (ND,) Bobby Turner, Tony Martinez, Todd Whitthorne, Peter Van Sant, Jack Smith, William Dixon (1967-1991,) Charlie Martin (CE,) Tommy Ayres (1951-1986.)

Also, Paula McClure (co-host of "Good Morning Texas," 1996-1999; also was a child star on "Gunnysack" in the 1970s,) Charles Hadlock, Russ Mitchell, Midge Hill (DeSanders; 11/3/1984-1989,) Jim Pratt (program manager and co-host of "Let Me Speak to the Manager"/"Inside Television," 1970-1979,) Scott Pelley (formerly of KXAS; currently an anchor on the "CBS Evening News,") Andrea Joyce, Alex Keese (SM,) Peggy Wehmeyer (as host of "Daybreak,") Valerie Williams (a regular fixture on WFAA blooper presentations; in 1993, a frozen-lipped Williams reported an incoming 'blue norther' live on the scene from Amarillo; anchors Moody and Rowlett responded by going into hysterics on the newscast!), Mary Stewart, Suzie Woodams, Bonnie Behrend (1/1987-1989,) Ralph Baker, Dick West, Mike Shannon (II), Dean Duerkson, Jack Wyatt (host of “Young America Speaks” and “Anything Goes,”) Tommy Thompson, Bob Kaplitz, Carole Kneeland, Robert Lukeman, David Sparks (as co-host of "PM Magazine;" later a game show host,) Aurora Moreno (taught early morning Spanish classes on WFAA,) Jim Pratt, Dave Cassidy (1974-88; became Belo's Washington DC broadcast bureau chief in 1996; still seen on WFAA News in that capacity; perhaps best remembered as lead reporter on the scene at the 8/2/1985 Delta 191 crash at DFW Airport.)  Station originally located at Harry Hines and Wolf Street, north of downtown (current home of KERA-TV;) moved to state-of-the-art facility, "Communications Center" at 606 Young Street, on 4/2/1961.

Under GM Mike Shapiro, WFAA felt a responsibility to pre-empt any network programming that didn't fit their opinion of moral standards.  Racy and risque movies were commonly pulled from the schedule, and, in one instance where Channel 8 let one slip by, an apology announcement by the station was made afterwards, with the assurance that the program would never air on WFAA again.  Even "American Bandstand" was pre-empted by Channel 8 for many years starting around 1970; the official reason was for the station to air pertinent public service programming instead, but rumors long abounded that the station buckled to religious groups who wanted 'evil' rock and roll off local television.

Channel 8's success since the mid-1970s is attributed to "The Oklahoma Mafia," the nickname given to a group of star reporters that ND Marty Haag brought down from his former station in Oklahoma City in late 1973:  Tracy Rowlett, Doug Fox and Byron Harris.  Mike Miller was also recruited for the same team from KTUL-TV in Tulsa.

Called in for emergency duty when a killer tornado swept across Oak Cliff, west and northwest Dallas on April 2, 1957, Channel 8 staffers responded with incredible live coverage of the event.  This was perhaps the biggest story local news had covered since TV had signed on in the area.  Contributing their skills in the field were Jim Gibbs (news director,) cameramen Mal Couch, Forrest Moore, Jim Goodwin, John Starr and Marion Carlton.  Reporting in the studio were Pete Hott and Bob Tripp, along with Joe Templeton, Don Norman and Dean Duerkson.  The crew, using WFAA's "Newsmobile," stayed within 300 feet behind the tornado as it trekked across the city.  The coverage was combined into a half-hour documentary entitled, "Disaster...Dallas," and shown several times on the station beginning April 4, 1957.  The filmwork received the top national award for excellence by the RTNDA.

Costliest move:  Belo management attended an RCA/NBC affiliate meeting in 1946, along with WBAP radio executives.  Aside from threatening their affiliates with a loss of affiliation if they did not apply for FM licenses, both television and facsimile-delivered newspaper technology were introduced...affiliates could choose whichever idea they thought would be the most successful.  WBAP chose television, and WFAA chose facsimile.  After facsimile technology didn't take off, WFAA was forced to enter the TV market late...their application for Channel 12 was denied, and it cost them $1 million to purchase KBTV from Tom Potter!  As the FCC had TV license issuance in a freeze mode from 1948-1952, an existing station had to be purchased just to get into the TV business.

And in 1974, former state senator Jim Wade tried to get the FCC to strip WFAA of its license and award it to him!

KBTV, Dallas.  Station established 9/17/1949.  Owner:  Tom Potter dba Lacy-Potter Television Broadcasting.  Network affiliation:  Dumont.  First TV station in Dallas.  Broadcasted four hours daily.  Programs: "KBTV Newsreel," "Sportatorium Wrestling," "Bob Stanford's Preview," "Over the Coffee Cups," "Parade of Champions," "News Roundup," "Webster Webfoot" (began 1949; continued into WFAA ownership until 9/1952,) "Backstage with Norris."  Slogan:  "Your Steady Date on Channel 8."  Notables:  Claude Stroud, Bob Stanford (first person to appear on a TV set from a Dallas station,) Jack Potter, J. Curtis Sanford, Zach Bettis, Don Morrow, George White, Frank Norris, Earle Marvin, Manning Trewitt, Pauline Roques, Olin B. Terry, Larry DuPont, Bill Sadler, Carl Mann, Lafe Pfeifer, Del Ramey, Ben January, Morris Barton, Mort Zimmerman, George Krutilek, Douglas Palmquist, Earl McDonald, Lee Spooner, Jimmy Weldon (host of "Webster Webfoot,") Myles Bennett, Bud Kirksey, David Wade (host of "Parade of Champions,") Ralph Ingraham, Warren Culbertson (1949-1958,) Julie Benell.  On 10/23/1944, Dallas business magnate Karl Hoblitzelle dba Interstate Circuit (Theatres) applied for the Channel 8 license, beating WBAP to the punch as the first local TV applicant by a matter of weeks.  The station was to be based at downtown's Republic Bank building, and Hoblitzelle even conducted a closed-circuit TV broadcast of the opening of his new Wilshire Theatre.  However, Tom Potter filed an application and was awarded Channel 8 instead.


WRR, Dallas.  Station applied for license on 3/5/1948, but never went on the air.  Owner:  City of Dallas.  Call letters to have stood for "Where Radio Radiates."  To have been sister station to WRR-AM/FM.  Channel 10 was also applied for by KIXL-AM/FM and Leo Corrigan.  City of Dallas' Radio Commission set aside $200,000 to start up WRR-TV.  After WRR applied for Channel 10, the FCC realigned the channel arrangements in DFW and moved 10 to Waco.


KTVT, Fort Worth.  Call letters established 9/1/1960.  Owner:  NAFI Corporation (8/1/1961-1962; Bing Crosby was chairman,) Gaylord/WKY/Oklahoma Publishing (1962-1999,) CBS (1999-present.)  Call letters stand for "Television for Texans."   Network affiliation:  Independent (9/1/1960- 7/1/1995,) CBS affiliate (7/2/1995-present.) KTVT was an early CATV superstation, much like WTCB/WTBS in the 1970s and beyond.  Station originally broadcasted 2:30 PM to 12 AM.  Flagship station for Texas Rangers baseball.  Nickname:  "Lively 11," "The Super Ones."  News nicknames:  "Newswatch 11," "9 O'Clock News," "7 O'Clock News" (began 8/20/1990.)  Before 1990, KTVT typically broadcasted a 30-minute newscast at noon, and a 15-minute newscast as an intermission during their nightly 9:00 movie.  First colorcast in 7/1966 (the "Miss Texas Pageant.")

Local programs: "Slam Bang Theater" (9/10/1959 to 3/10/1972; carried over from KFJZ-TV; over 5,000 episodes were taped; starred Bill Camfield as 'Icky Twerp;' features within the show in later years were "Soccer Locker with Bobby Moffitt" [Moffitt was a Dallas Tornado soccer player] and "Fritos Sports Clinic,") "Nightmare” (to 1966; with Bill Camfield as host 'Gargon;' filmed at 'the dark recesses of the Channel 11 studios,’) "Mickey and Amanda Show," "Reveille" (8/1960-1963,) "Panther Hall," “Adventure Theater,” “Cartoon Clubhouse,” “Million Dollar Matinee,” "The Score," "Cowboys Huddle," “Theatre Eleven,” “Mystery Matinee,” “Saturday Showtime,” "Gold Award Theater,” “Giant Kids Matinee,” "Prize Movie," “The 9 O’Clock Movie” (later “The 8 O’Clock Movie,”) "Cowboy Weaver/ Shootin' Newton Hour,"  (part of KTVT’s ‘country and western’ night on Saturdays; began in 1963,) "Saturday Night Wrestling," "Roller Derby," "Fiesta Mexicana," Hobab," "Voter's Digest," "Parents in Action," "Point of View," "Cartoon Carnival," "The Gourmet" (moved from KDTV,) "Positively Texas," "Funhouse," "Romper Room" (syndicated, but with local cut-ins sponsored by Vandervoort's Dairy,) "Cowtown Jamboree," "Hayride," and occasionally carried the annual TACA Auction.

Notables:  Kate Garvin (later known as "U-Turn Laverne" on KDMX-FM,) Durward Rowles (news anchor and longtime voiceover pro at station; currently with Crosstimbers Opry in Stephenville, TX,) Kay Gaddy, Mike Hambrick (brother of KDFW's Judd Hambrick,) Liza Burgess, Phyllis Watson, Bob Goosmann, Timm Matthews, Bobby Estill, Tracy Rowlett (longtime WFAA anchor, began at KTVT 12/3/1999; retirement planned for 7/2008,) Bud Turner, Kathleen Krebbs (married co-anchor John Whitson in 1981; currently teaches at Brookhaven College in Dallas,) Midge Hill (DeSanders; defected from WFAA; fired on 11/7/1996 for wearing a pink suit on Election Night!  She also appeared on the 1/13/1989 episode of “Dallas” as a reporter,) Dave Naugle (news anchor through 1967,) Robin Johnson, John Whitson, Howard McNeil (weather; holdover from KFJZ-TV,) John Honore, Larry Huchingson, Kristine Kahanek, Bill Kessel, Ralph Coleman, Jody Dean (formerly with KVIL-FM and KRLD-AM; news anchor to 3/2/2007; worked concurrently as morning show host at KLUV-FM; hosted "Positively Texas,") Larry Shannon (political analyst,) Joan Hallmark, Greg Gambill, Boyd Matson (current host of "National Geographic Explorer,") George Riba, Bret Lewis (currently in LA radio,) Bill Camfield (left 2/1972; co-host of "Reveille" and host of "Slam Bang Theater" and “Nightmare,”) Porter Randall, Bill Mercer (as second host of "Saturday Night Wrestling,") Jim Pratt, Bob Hazlet aka Bob Mitchell, George Riba, Scott Sams (began 4/2/2007; longtime WFAA weatherman and anchor who worked briefly for KTEN-TV in Sherman-Denison before returning to the DFW market,) Doug Carter (news anchor 1971-1977,) Roby Chavez, B. J. Cleveland, Mike Burger (began in market at KDFW in the 1980s; left for Orlando FL and returned four years later to KTVT,) Preston Turner (1989-2004,) Stephanie Lucero (defected from KDFW.)

Also, Roxane Burt, Bill Bragg (1966-1968,) Jim “Tuck” Tucker  Ken Vincent, “Cowboy” Weaver (co-host of “Cowboy Weaver/Shootin’ Newton” show; also featured Bobbie Hale aka Adabelle Boomershine,") Chuck Rogers, Jana Sims, Lucius Smith (1957-1986,) Ed Sorenson, John Sparks, Ted Davis, John Lewis Puff, Jim Terrell, Dave Tucker (former radio personality on KBOX, KFJZ-AM/FM and KLTY; currently does voiceover work for KTVT,) Dan Coats (as original host of "Saturday Night Wrestling," 1965-1975; assisted by Joe Renelli and Boyd Pierce,) Cameron Harper, Joe Holstead (longtime WBAP-AM newscaster; hosted "Prize Movie,") Steve Mauldin, John Miller (news director; was longtime newscast producer for WBAP/KXAS; currently teaches at TCU,) Sid Burns (1956-1993,) Jack Berning, Karen Borta (1995-present,) Judy Martin, Don Lacy, David Wade (host of "The Gourmet,") Bill Boyle, Sanda McQuerry aka Sanda Bloxom (as co-host of "Reveille;" later married to WBAP/KXAS newsman Russ Bloxom,) Bud Gillett (defected from KDFW in 2001 after a 25-year tenure there,) Clement "Clem" Candelaria, Robert Riggs (10/2002-present; defected from WFAA,) Charles Coleman, Frank Benton, Phil Crow (later executive producer of Texas Rangers baseball,) Duncan Harvey, Lynn Butler, Jackie Bell, Paul Camfield (Candelaria, Benton, Crow, Harvey, Butler, Bell and Camfield [son of Bill Camfield] all worked on "Slam Bang Theater.")  Station first located at 4801 West Freeway (IH-30) in Fort Worth.  When the highway was widened in the 1980s, the studios were razed and moved to 5233 Bridge Street.


KFJZ, Fort Worth.  Station established 9/11/1955.  Owner:  Consortium of Fort Worth businessmen Gene Cagle, Sid Richardson and Perry Bass.  Sister station to KFJZ-AM/FM.  Independent.  Local program:  "Slam Bang Theater" (9/10/1959 to 3/10/1972; see KTVT entry for personalities and show info.)  Notables:  Bud Turner, Sid Burns (1956-1993,) Ann Harper-Youree (as host of "Million Dollar Movie,") Jim Abbott, Bill Camfield (as the puppet "Hoover," the talking hound; and as "Icky Twerp" on "Slam Bang Theater,") Dave Naugle, Sid Bass, Porter Randall (1955-1956; longtime news anchor from KFJZ-AM; unable to make a successful transition to TV,) Lucius Smith (1957-1986,) John Stegall, Olin B. Terry, Clayton Turner, Tom Vandergriff (later mayor of Arlington and commentator for Texas Rangers baseball,) Stan Wilson (helped launch the station, and managed KFJZ-AM from 1955-60,) George Nolen (as "Captain Swabby;" currently a world-renowned knife maker,) Sanda McQuerry aka Sanda Bloxom (later married to WBAP/KXAS newsman Russ Bloxom,) Dan Allison, Lynn Butler, Clem Candaleria, Dale Drake, George Erwin, Glen Garner, Rodney Green, Joseph Haight, Jack Harris, Zack Hurt, Bill John, John Lee Smith, Charles Jordan, Frank Benton, Norman C. “Buck” Long, J. Bert Mitchell, Arno Mueller, John Perry, Jack Pippin, Jim Abbott (weather, 1950s,) Howard McNeil (weather,) Mike Poole, Sid Richardson, Wally Blanton, Jefferson "John" Hopkins.  The animated figures shown in the above right logo appeared in original Channel 11 advertising, with one saying to the other, "Hey bud, what'cha lookin' at?" (after a long hiatus, the animation returned briefly in 1971.)  Station located at 4801 West Freeway (IH-30) in Fort Worth.



KERA, Dallas.  Station established 9/11/1960.  Owner:  Area Educational Television Foundation Inc. (formed in 11/1955 by a group of concerned viewers; incorporated in 1/1957; received CP on 7/30/1958; corporation later evolved into North Texas Public Broadcasting.)  Sister station to KDTN-TV (1988-2004) and KERA-FM.  Call letters stand for a new "era" in broadcasting.  Network affiliation:  NET/PBS.  Station exclusively served Dallas until installation of a new transmitter on 8/31/1970 also beamed station into Fort Worth.  Nickname:  "The Little Red Schoolhouse of the Air."  Slogans:  “If You Like Us, Join Us" (KERA is mostly viewer-supported, so frequent pledge drives are aired by the station; the earliest one asked viewers to contribute $13.13,) “TV Worth Watching.”  Was instructional station for Dallas Independent School District, who paid 13 to carry their classroom programs; relationship ended on 8/31/1975.

Programs:  "Newsroom" (a progressive, alternative 6PM news broadcast patterned after a similar program on KQED-San Francisco; aired 2/16/1970-10/1976; the snappy theme to the show was Mason Williams' "Classical Gas" [other sources say "Here Comes the Sun."] "Newsroom" evolved into "The 9 O'Clock Report" in 10/1976, "The 7 O'Clock Report" on 1/31/1977, and the "13 Report" [2/1977-9/21/1977,]) "Round About," "Auction 13" (auction program that generated money for 13's operations,) "Your School in Action," "Profile," "PTA Panorama," “Newsday,” "Peanut, Butter and Jam Session," "Mothers Only," "Close-Up," “Voices,” “Business Edition,” “News Addition” (began 10/1983,) "On the Record," "New Tastes from Texas,” "Soundstage" (a PBS rock music program; typically simulcasted on KZEW-FM.)

Notables:  Jim Lehrer (currently a PBS newscaster; started locally as anchor for "Newsroom,") Rick Vanderslice, Ralph Gould, Mike Ritchey, Darwin Payne, Lee Clark, Jim Atkinson, John Merwin, Steve Singer, Susan Claudill, Bob Ray Sanders (co-hosted “News Addition,”) Kay Vinson (other host of “News Addition,”) Jana Sims (host of “New Tastes from Texas,”) Rowland Stiteler, Robert "Dee" Taaffe, Suzanne Webber/Ecklund/Calvin, Barry Wells, Robert A. Wilson (began 9/1968,) Dave McNeely, Julie Ann Booty (host of “Newsday,”) E. O. Cartwright (founded station,) Lorine Gibson, Tom Grimes, Susan Harmon (began 11/1982,) Sylvia Komatsu, Stan Matthews, Earl McDonald, Dr. Richard "Richie" Meyer (began 4/1982,) Pat Perini, T. R. Powell,  Jerry Haynes (as "Mr. Peppermint;" moved to 13 after the show was canceled on Channel 8,) Bill Porterfield (began 1976,) Ed Pfister, William Waid Blair (1964-1999,) Peggy Callahan, Mia Squilla (formerly with KRSM-FM,) Rosalind Soliz, Noah Nelson (later with KXAS-5,) Cynthia Rolland, LeRoy Hudson, R. L. Dillard Jr., Frank Heller, Henry Widdecke, R. P. Wall, Henry Camp Harris Sr., Mae Watts, Martin B. Campbell, Barry Wells, David Dowe, Jeanne Luppen (host of "Mothers Only,") Ralph Rogers (puppeteer,) Sue Settle, Peyton Davis, Charlie Smith, Ted Baze, Annette Meyer, Ray Huffer, Wanda King, Tom Hill, Sam Baker, Rob Allyn, Regina Montoya (Baker, Allyn, Montoya and Bob Ray Sanders were co-hosts of "On the Record,") Lee Clark, Sharon Phillipart (fired 3/2006,) Patsy Swank, Susan Caudill.  Offices first located at 1310 Davis Building in Downtown Dallas; studios first located behind the former KBTV/WFAA studios on Harry Hines and Wolf Street, just north of Downtown Dallas, in two portable buildings made to look like a "little red schoolhouse;" moved into former KBTV/WFAA studios in 4/1961 (purchased for $400,000) when WFAA moved to the new Communications Center.  The City of Dallas donated land at Fair Park for KERA's studios, but construction never began.  SMU applied for the Channel 13 frequency first, but could not come up with enough money to get it started in the late 1950s.  KERA opened "The Store of Knowledge" at Dallas' Galleria in 1995; it carried an eclectic collection of books, science projects, videotapes, etc.


KJIM, Fort Worth.  Station license issued in 1963; deleted by 1964.  KJIM's owners later applied for Channel 40 in 1965, but was deleted the same year.  Next, they applied for Channel 21 and signed it on in 1967 as KFWT-TV.

Unnamed, Fort Worth.  Station received license in 1964, but deleted soon thereafter.  Owner:  Warner Bros.

KTCO, Fort Worth.  Station approved for license in 1952 but never went on the air.  License was dropped in 1953.  Independent.  Owner: K. K. Kellam, A. H. Lightfoot (a Fort Worth Ford dealer.)


Credit:  Dan Hostler for the center logo

KTXA, Fort Worth.  Station established 1/4/1981.  Owner:  M. H. Grant and coalition of partners (1980-4/1/1987,) TVX (4/1/1987-2/28/1991,) Viacom/CBS (2/28/1991-present.)  ONTV affiliate (subscription movie channel offered evenings.)  Call letters stand for “Texas America” (some sources say "Texas/Arlington.")  Nickname:  "Everyone's Turning 21."  Programs:  "21 Texas Jamz,” "Dallas After Dark," “Texas America.”  Network affiliation:  Paramount/UPN, Me-TV (on 21.2; began 12/2013.)  Sister station to KTVT.  Notables:  Bill Castleman, Russ Parr (as host of "21 Texas Jamz;" was concurrently the morning personality with KJMZ ['100.3 Jamz,' hence the show's title,]) Ed Budanauro (host of "Dallas After Dark.")  Initial programming was mostly movies, starting with “The Deer Hunter” and included several 3-D movies; viewers were offered free 3-D glasses at local 7-11s in early 1981.  A later promotion was "Smell-a-Vision," where free cards containing scratch-and-sniff panels were distributed to viewers for use while watching a particular movie on the station...messages were flashed on the screen at specific times telling viewers to scratch off a particular panel to get the full effect of the scene!  Studios located on Randol Mill Road in Arlington, adjacent to Six Flags; moved to Downtown Dallas' West End and later with KTVT at 5233 Bridge Street in Fort Worth.

Credit:  David Crosthwait

KFWT, Fort Worth.  Station established 9/19/1967; dark on 9/5/1969.  Call letters stood for "Fort Worth Texas."  Independent.  Owner:  W. C. Windson.  Sister station to KFWT-FM and KJIM-AM.  First UHF station on the air in DFW.  Programs:  "Green Valley Raceway," "TV 21 - Country Style."  Notables:  Oscar Argumedo (bandleader who hosted a local Mexican music show,) Bob Hart (GM,) Bob Weatherford (later GM,) Jim “Shootin’” Newton (hosted live country/variety show; continued concurrently with KTVT-TV and his “Cowboy Weaver/Shootin’ Newton Hour.)  Programming mostly consisted of reruns of movies in the public domain.  Located on the grounds of WBAP-TV Channel 5 in the transmitter building later used for WBAP-AM's studios (on Broadcast Hill at 3900 Barnett St.)  By 1969, the station was in trouble, and sought a buyer to take over.  In late August, 1969, the station went dark for a week, due to an alledged power failure.  They asked the FCC for permission to sign off for three months, which was initially denied.  The station returned to the air for another week before signing off for good on September 5 (apparently the FCC reconsidered their decision, as SM Bob Weatherford told the media that they would return in three months, on December 1.  It didn't happen.)  When the station failed to sell in the fall of 1969, the equipment was hauled away and the license was sent back for cancellation.  KFWT then filed bankruptcy on 3/27/1970.  The FM station was retained and changed calls to KFWD.  Initially broadcasted 6PM-10PM.  Channel was dark from 1969-1981.


KNAV-LP, DeSoto.  Call letters established 2/1/1995.  Network affiliation:  Almavision.  Owner:  Tuck Properties.   Spanish language station.  Formerly located at Channel 30 (as K30DG, 11/16/1989-2/1/1995,) and Channel 29 (as K29AD, 8/23/1983-11/16/1989.)


KUVN, Garland.  Call letters established 5/1988.  Owner:  Univision.  Network affiliation:  Univision.  Spanish programming.  To digital Channel 24.  Repeater located at Channel 31-Fort Worth.

KIAB, Garland.  Station established 9/25/1986.  Owner:  Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan dba International American Broadcasting (Vaughan was also a local opthamologist.)  Call letters were also said to stand for “I Am Broadcasting.”  Network affiliations:  Christian Television Network (1986-?,) Home Shopping Network, Univision.  Mostly religious programming on a disjointed, inconsistent schedule.  Notable:  Jack Berning (PD.)  Station was located on Marquis Street in Garland, east of Dallas.

KRET, Richardson.  Station established 2/29/1960; dark in 5/1970.  Owner:  Richardson Independent School District.  Call letters stood for "Richardson Educational Television."  First TV station in the nation to be owned by a school district. Broadcasted on weekdays only, and initially, for only two hours a day.  Schedule was later lengthened to match school hours (with five minute breaks between shows, where music was played.)  Station signed off during the summer.  Notables:  Mrs. Calvin Johnson, Ms. Raymond Bynum, Mrs. Glenn Williamson, Mrs. Leonard Hough, Richard Hayes, Dave Spindle (engineer.)  Start-up cost of $70,000; operated with $50,000 of Ling electronic equipment; broadcast range of 20 miles.  Studios were located at Richardson Junior High (1960-63,) Richardson High School (1963-1970,) and at Hamilton Park Elementary, 8221 Towns (1970-1990s.)  On 8/31/1970, KRET was converted into the closed-circuit "TAGER" network (WEF-69) for high school and college telecourses, carried on an RISD closed-circuit system and over many local cable TV outlets.
Thanks to Jim Cumbie for providing impossible-to-find details about KRET!

KDTX, Dallas.  CP issued in 1952, but deleted by 1955.  Owner:  Lakewood Broadcasting (owned by a coalition of local oilmen, who started up KGKO-AM in 1953.)  Call letters to have stood for Dallas, TX.


K25FW-LP, Corsicana.  Station established 10/2/1997.  Owner:  Ventana TV Inc. Network affiliation:  Home Shopping Network.


KODF-LP, Britton.  Call letters established 12/23/2003.  Owner:  Azteca America (1/19-2004-present; includes former Belo radio PD Jay Hoker,) Mako Communications.  Network affiliation:  Azteca America.  Spanish programming.

K26HF-LP, Britton.  Station established 4/23/2003.  Formerly K67BL; moved from Channel 67.  Owner:  Mako Communications.


KDFI, Dallas.  Call letters established 6/28/1984.  Owner:  Fox (?-date,) Argyle, Viacom/CBS (7/1994-?,) John McKay and Dallas Media Investors (7/1984-1994; McKay was formerly station manager of KDFW-Channel 4.)  Call letters stand for "Dallas-Fort Worth Independent."  Nickname:  “Texas 27,” "The Talk of Texas."  Independent station, but occasionally used as an alternate NBC affiliate in the 1980s.  Flagship station for Texas Rangers baseball and Dallas Stars hockey.  Program:  “Can We Talk?”  Notables:  Jocelyn White (formerly with KDFW and KEGL-FM, was director of special programming,) Ralph Gould, Michelle Redmond (late of KMGC-FM; hosted “Can We Talk?”)  Studios located at 433 Regal Row in NW Dallas, then to 400 N. Griffin (with KDFW.)

KTWS, Dallas.  Station established 1/26/1981.  Owner:  TV Wisconsin (1/1981-7/1984.)  Independent.  “Preview” subscription/pay TV affiliate, Financial News Network affiliate (to 1985.)  Programs:  “Bowling for Dollars” (formerly a local early-fringe program on WFAA-TV in the 1970s.)  Notables:  Bob Gooding (1981-1983; former longtime WFAA-TV anchor; hosted five-minute newscast at the top of the hour between 4PM-6PM weekdays, and was the local bureau chief for the now-defunct Financial News Network, whose programming ran on KTWS during the day,) Sue Williams, Jocelyn White, Terry Dorsey (as host of “Bowling for Dollars,” was concurrently a DJ with KPLX-FM [now with KSCS-FM,]) Ralph Gould.  Station was dark briefly after being sold to John McKay.  Studios located at 433 Regal Row in NW Dallas.

KLIF, Dallas.  Station never went on air; license issued in 1967; CP issued in 1968.  Call letters to have stood for "Oak Cliff."  Another of Gordon McLendon’s attempts to establish a UHF station in Dallas (see also Channel 29.)  Notable:  David Hultsman.  McLendon purchased the station for his son Barton; the plan was to put KLIF-TV in the same building with the new KNUS-FM at 2110 Commerce (which had been the McLendon education building.)  KNUS was briefly considered for an all-news format (hence the name) and an association with a TV station would help to pool resources.  Another applicant, Overmyer Communications, also applied for Channel 27 in 1966.


KHPK-LP, DeSoto.  Call letters established 3/17/2003.  Owner:  Mako Communications.  Network affiliation:  Urban Television Network.  Began as K69BS (on Channel 69,) then K28HU on 2/27/2003.


KMPX, Decatur. Station established 9/15/1993.  Call letters stand for "Metroplex."  Owner:  Marcus and Joni Lamb dba Community Television Educators of DFW Inc. aka Daystar (9/15/1993-1/13/2004,) Lieberman Broadcasting (1/13/2004-present.)  Network affiliation:  Christian TVNet, Daystar Television Network.  Programming consists of religious (1993-2004) and Spanish religious/English informercials (2004-present.)  Daystar sold KMPX-Channel 29 to purchase KDTN-Channel 2, and moved all programming there on 1/13/2004.  In 1985, three applicants were vying for a license for Channel 29, including the Wise County Messenger, a newspaper owned by former WBAP-TV anchor Roy Eaton.

Unnamed, Dallas.  Three applicants tried to take over Channel 29 after KAEI's demise:  Grandview Broadcasting (1965; dropped out in 1966,) Overmyer Communications (who later applied for Channel 27,) and Maxwell Electronics (active application from 1965-67; ended up with Channel 33, and signed it on as KMEC-TV on 10/1/1967.)

KAEI, Dallas.  Station established c. 1964.  Owner:  Automated Electric Incorporated.  Broadcasted stock market reports and music from downtown Dallas area; poor signal led to a short existence.

KLIF, Dallas.  Station never went on air; CP issued on 1/15/1953; expired in 1955.   Owner:  Gordon McLendon.  Call letters to have stood for “Oak Cliff.”  To have been sister to KLIF-AM.  Since TVs were not required to receive UHF until 1964, McLendon apparently had second thoughts about developing a station that might not have any viewers!  (Thanks to UHF enthusiast Frank Provasek for this info.)  To have been located at the Cliff Towers Hotel in Dallas, former home of KLIF-AM, and future home to KGKO-1480 AM and KKSN-730 AM.  McLendon made a second attempt to own a TV station in 1967 (see entry at Channel 27.)


KUVN-LP, Fort Worth.  Repeater for KUVN-Channel 23 (see entry there.)

Also, serving the Greenville/Eastern Dallas County area:

KNOK-LP, Greenville.  Station established 2/19/1995.  Network:  Iglesia Jesu, TBN/FamilyNet.  Began as K47AP (Channel 47) on 7/27/1984, and K53ER (Channel 53) on 2/19/1993 as a repeater station for Channel 43 (43 still continues today as a repeater.)  Resurrected the KNOK calls from 107.5 FM (1965-1985.)


KDAF, Dallas.  Call letters established 3/6/1986.  Call letters stand for "Dallas And Fort Worth."  Owner:  Tribune Corporation (parent of Chicago Tribune newspaper.)  Fox affiliate (1987-7/1/1995; gave up to KDFW-TV,) WB affiliate (1995-present.)  Notable personalities:  Glenn Moray, Patrick Greenlaw, Crystal Thornton, Mark Shepard (ND,) Bob Irzyk, Bill Camfield.  Studios located at 8001 John W. Carpenter Freeway in NW Dallas.

KRLD, Dallas.  Owner:  Metromedia (who already owned KRLD-AM, and sold it to CBS to satisfy FCC ownership limit rules.)  Call letters established 7/31/1984.  Call letters stood for "Radio Laboratories of Dallas" (who was not the owner; it was merely copying sister KRLD-AM.)  Independent.  Sister station to KRLD-AM.  7PM newscast was a first in DFW market; began 7/30/1984 and ended 5/1986.  Memorable billboards touting the later newscasts were displayed around the area, with messages such as, “Hey Clarice, now you too can watch the news!”  (Other local notable anchor names were interchanged.)  Notables:  Laurel Ornish (business news anchor for newscasts,) Quin Mathews, Tony deHaro (former KBOX newsman who moved to VP of Metromedia; cousin to Anna deHaro of KDMX,) Sonya Van Sickle (1984-5/9/1986; moved to WFAA-TV,) Ray Schonbak, Lance Brown (husband of WFAA’s Gloria Campos,) Ruth Allen-Ollison, Dr. Dave Eiser (began 10/1984; highly animated, hyperactive weathercaster who once told the Dallas Morning News that, "I'd rather watch a thunderstorm in the middle of the night than lie in bed with my girlfriend;" Eiser's doctorate was in podiatry and not meteorology,) Quin Matthews, Norman Hall, Carlton "Carl" White (who appeared as a contestant in a late-1980s episode of "The Price is Right,") Joe Reardon, Michael McGee, James Jackson, Tim Herrera, Debra Martine, Bill Castleman.  KRLD-TV's newsroom underwent tumultuous changes in 1986; terminated news director Tony deHaro wrote a scathing letter to local D Magazine criticizing the news department and general manager Ray Schonbak:  "(Schonbak) insisted on sensationalism and an inflammatory style...in a memo to me, Schonbak said, 'I want planning for the week's news to be done in advance. Simply put, we should create the news, not just respond to it.'  In other conversations, Schonbak said, 'Let's dig up some white collar dirt' and 'Give me five Sam Donaldsons who don't care who they offend,' and 'This city is so smug in its so-called virtue...no city can be that good...let's get the big boys.'  There is nothing wrong with investigative journalism.  But the right way to do it is to find a problem and expose it...not pick a target and then try to find a problem to justify the smear."  Lead anchor Quin Mathews had similar sentiments about the station in an article also published in D.  Studios were built next door to KRLD-AM at 8001 John W. Carpenter Freeway.  Calls were previously used for a television station at Channel 4 (1949-1970.)

KNBN, Dallas.  Station established 5/1980.  Owners:  Metromedia (11/8/1983-?,) Sheldon Turner and Nolanda Hill (1980-11/8/1983; in 1978, they were the pioneers of putting cable TV in Dallas; radio magnate Gordon McLendon was also an investor in KNBN; McLendon had given up on earlier opportunities to own a UHF station.)  Initial programming consisted of Business News; flipped to Spanish programming (Univision) from 1983-1984.  VEU subscription/pay TV service affiliate (VEU was part of Gene Autry's Golden West company; offered movies and Dallas Mavericks basketball games via "yagi" antennas mounted on viewers' rooftops.  VEU folded in 8/1984.)  Notables:  Ward Andrews (lead anchor; was longtime news anchor at WBAP/KXAS-TV,) Gordon McLendon (provided financial commentaries beginning in 10/1980,) Glenn Mitchell (1981,) Randall Nordhem.  Channel 33 was dark from 1973-1980.  Station located at 3333 Harry Hines in Dallas.

KXTX, Dallas.  Call letters established 4/16/1973.  Independent.  Call letters stood for "Christ [X] for Texas" (chi "X," as in "Xmas.")  Owner:  CBN.  Doubleday, owner of KDTV-Channel 39, donated 39 to CBN on 11/14/1973 (market value then was $2M;) the KXTX calls and programming went to 39, and 33 went dark.  License was canceled 12/20/1973.

KBFI, Dallas.  Call letters established 9/1/1971, but didn't sign on until 2/21/1972.  Owner:  Berean Fellowship International.   Notables:  Warren Litzman, Ole Anthony (pronounced "O-Lee," currently heads a religious programming watchdog group; most famous for "busting" local religious leaders Robert Tilton, W. V. Grant and Larry Lea on ABC's "Primetime Live" in 1991.)  Anthony tried to work a deal to assume KDTV-Channel 39 in 1973.  Station went dark on 12/6/1972.

KMEC, Dallas.  Station established 10/1/1967 (second area UHF station; on air just after KFWT-Channel 21 signed on.)  Owner:  Carroll Maxwell dba Maxwell Electronics Corporation.  Station went dark after one year.  Programs:  “Dallas Speaks,” "Bozo's Big Top" (franchised local show; began 7/1/1968,) “Colonel Pembroke’s Funtime” (children’s show featuring Pembroke, a hobo clown.)  Notables:  Carroll Maxwell (GM,) Jesse “Buddy” Ragan (PD,) Jim Underwood (host of “Dallas Speaks;” Underwood was a longtime reporter for KRLD-TV Channel 4.)  Maxwell Electronics was located in the 7901 Carpenter Frwy (aka 1080 Metromedia Place) building in Dallas; later was home to KRLD-AM (1971-1995,)  KRLD-FM/KAFM (1971-1978,) KHVN/KOAI/KRBV (1995-2002) and KRBV/KLLI (2002-present.)  Station was sold to Evans Co. on 4/2/1969; they paid for demolition and construction of a tower but never signed back on.  CP was sold to Berean (see above.)  Station was dark 10/1968-2/21/1972.


KJJM-LP, Dallas-Mesquite.  Station established 8/7/1997 as K46EV at Channel 46; current call letters established 2/18/2000.  Station moved to Channel 34 in 2008.


KVFW-LP, Fort Worth.  Repeater for Channel 65 (see entry there,) but Channel 65 plans to make 38 their main station and 65 the repeater instead.


KXTX, Dallas.  Call letters established 1/11/1973 on Channel 33 and moved to 39 on 11/14/1973.  Owner:  CBN (1973-2002; former owner Doubleday donated KDTV-39 to CBN, and CBN moved their programming and calls from Channel 33 on 11/14/1973,) Telemundo (2002-present.)  Call letters stood for "Christ [X] for Texas" (chi "X," as in "Xmas.")  Network affiliation:  Independent (11/14/1973-1/11/1995; 7/2/1995-12/31/2001,) WB (1/11/1995- 7/2/1995,) Telemundo (1/1/2002-present.)  Alternate CBS station in 8/1995.  Began Spanish-language broadcasting on 1/1/2002.  Promotion:  “TV39 Sweeps.”  Nicknames:  "Where the Good Life Really Begins," "Someone to Turn To," "Your Christian Broadcasting Station for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area."  News nickname:  "Update News."  Local programs:  "Real Estate Today," "World Class Championship Wrestling," "DFW Weekly," "Whistlestop Theater," "Championship Sports,” “The Frank Glieber Cowboys Report.”  Flagship station for Dallas Tornado soccer (carried over from KDTV.)  Notables:  George Utley, Bob Gooding (1985-1986; longtime WFAA-TV news anchor,) Frank Glieber,Constance Dean (now a high school teacher in Rockwall, TX,) Lana Ensrud, Michael Eastes, Mark Lowrance and Jay Saldi (as hosts of "World Class Championship Wrestling;" Lowrance is currently a Euless, TX-based minister; Saldi is a former Dallas Cowboys player,) Debbie Frost (as host of "DFW Weekly,") Robert Johnson, Harold Wheat, Susan "Misty" Stewart, Jim Zippo (concurrent jock on KTKS-FM,) Roger Baerwolf, Frank and Darryl Kuntz (known as "The Good Time Gang," the afternoon funnymen between KXTX's cartoons, as well as hosts of "Whistlestop Theater" and the voices of Fluke, Signal and Alice on the daily kid's short, "Bingo News;" began 4/1977;) "Rex" (later "Good Time Gang" host.)

KDTV, Dallas.  Station established 2/5/1968. Owner:  Trigg-Vaughn (original holder of CP,) Doubleday Broadcasting (2/1/1967-11/9/1973; Doubleday's corporate offices moved to Dallas from New York on 6/18/1969.)  Call letters stood for "Doubleday Television."  Programs:  "The Gourmet" (defected from KDFW-Channel 4 in 10/1971,) "The Bozo Show" (consisted of both syndicated and live, locally-produced segments,) "3900 Harry Hines" (which was also the station's address,) “Arena” (sports show,) "Center Aisle 39" (nickname for movie presentations,) "Financial Final," “Stock Market Observer” (program used split screen to show stock ticker; stock information provided by Scantlin Electronics; station broadcasted stock market reports all weekday mornings and afternoons; KAEI-TV used the format first in 1964.)  Flagship station for Dallas Blackhawks hockey, Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs baseball, Dallas Tornado soccer, Fort Worth Wings hockey and Dallas Chaparrals basketball.  Notables:  Alex Burton (1968; late of WBAP-TV; later host of "3900 Harry Hines,") Johnny Vacca (GM,) Bill Schock, Bobby Banks, Sheldon Turner (VP/GM of Doubleday; later founded KNBN-Channel 33,) Frank Filesi (play-by-play announcer for Dallas Chaparrals and DFW Spurs games,) David Wade (as host of "The Gourmet,") Dick Butler (another sports announcer,) Fred Blalock, Hugh Lampman , Tom Paxton (host of "3900 Harry Hines,") Jo Holman, Lee Banks, Eric Nelson (operations manager,) Jack Schell (later with KVIL-FM,) Dave Scribner, John Colwell, Jim Mitchell (host of “Stock Market Observer.”)  On the live, local segments of "The Bozo Show," Doug Lytton played Bozo; Paul Osborne, the Ringmaster; Hardy Haberman as Professor Tweedyfooter and various puppets; Starr Proctor was the talent coordinator.  Station also carried the annual TACA auction, and the Labor Day MDA telethon (1970 and 1971.)  Station off air from May 7-19, 1969, when their tower at Cedar Hill collapsed in a storm; station didn't return to full power until 10/30/1969 with a new $450,000 tower.  State-of-the-art facilities constructed by Austin Companies and Fishback & Moore Electrosystems began in May, 1967, at a cost of $3 million.  Doubleday donated Channel 39 to CBN on 11/9/1973 (market value then was $2M; owners said they'd "had it" with trying unsuccessfully to turn a profit, and wanted to give it to a non-profit organization.) They tried to donate it to KERA, the Dallas Independent School District and Berean Fellowship (Channel 33,) but there were no serious takers until CBN stepped in (the deal was unattractive as a large amount of old debt was to be assumed by the new owner.)


KJIM, Fort Worth.  One of two applicants for license; KJIM's owners had already applied for Channel 20 in 1963, but it was deleted by 1964.  Channel 40's application was submitted in 1965, and deleted soon thereafter.  KJIM finally signed on a station (as KFWT-TV at Channel 21) in 1967.  The other applicant for Channel 40 was Trinity Broadcasting.


KNOK-LP, Greenville.  See entry at Channel 31.


KLEG-LP, Dallas.  Station established 3/15/2001.  Owner:  Dilip Viswanath.  Spanish programming.  Station began as K19BW (Channel 19) and K44FO (Channel 44.)


KTAQ-LP, Greenville.  Station established 8/25/1988 at Channel 47.

KJJM-LP, Mesquite.  Call letters established 2/18/2000, although station was established as K46EV on 8/7/1997.  Owner:  Jane McGinnis.  Network affiliation:  America’s VoiceNet.  Notable:  Hank McGinnis.  Repeater located on KATA-LP Channel 60.  Moved to Channel 34 in 2008.


KTXD, Greenville.  Call letters established 1/19/2012.  Owner:  London Broadcasting.  Network affiliation:  Me-TV (2012-11/2013.)  Programs:  "D-The Broadcast" (sponsored by D Magazine; program became "The Broadcast" when D dropped their support in 9/2013, co-hosted by former WFAA-TV "News 8 etc..."s Suzie Humphreys,) "Texas Daily" (newsmagazine featuring a host of once-prominent DFW news reporters and anchors, hosted by former WFAA-TV anchor Jeff Brady,) "Lone Star Roads," "DFW Sports Beat," "Conversations," "Troubadour, TX."  Station also airs live video coverage of KSKY's "Mark Davis Show."  Notables:  Jeff Brady, Suzie Humphreys, Iola Johnson, Scott Murray, Debbie Denmon, John Sparks, Tracy Rowlett, Troy Dungan, Midge Hill, Jolene DeVito, Brady Tinker, Everson Walls (former Dallas Cowboys player,) Justin Frazell (former KPLX-FM traffic reporter,) Don Wall, Lisa Pineiro, Courtney Kerr, Amy Kushnir, Dawn Neufeld, Gary Cogill.

KTAQ-LP, Greenville.  Station established 8/25/1988.  Owner:  Mike Simons.  Network affiliation:  PSN (shopping network, 1995-11/2000,) ValueVision (11/2000-present.)  Moved to Channel 46 in 2008.

And separately, serving Fort Worth:

KUVN-CA, Fort Worth.  Repeater for KUVN Channel 23.


KSTR, Irving.  Call letters established 10/15/1999.  Owner:  Univision, Studios USA aka USA Broadcasting Co.  Nickname:  "K-Star."  Network affiliation:  Telefutura, Home Shopping Network/HSN.  Flagship station for Dallas Mavericks basketball.  Spanish-programmed station after 1/2002; formerly English-based with 1960s and 1970s sitcom reruns and movies, with a few first-run syndicated shows.

KHSX, Irving.  Call letters established 6/1/1987.  Network affiliation:  Home Shopping Network (24 hours a day.)

KLTJ, Irving.  Station established 6/27/1983 (other sources say 4/17/1984.)  Religious programming.  Owner:  Eldred Thomas.  Sister station to KVTT-FM.


KFWD, Fort Worth.  Station established 9/1/1988.  Owner:  HIC Broadcasting.  Call letters stand for "Fort Worth-Dallas."  Network affiliation:  Telemundo (to 1/1/2002 under LMA; when Telemundo bought KXTX-Channel 39, they pulled their programming from 52 and moved it to 39.)  Began telecasting English-language programming after 1/1/2002 and assumed many of the sitcom reruns formerly broadcasted on KXTX.  Calls were resurrected from KFWD-102.1.


KLDT, Lake Dallas.  Call letters re-established 1999.  Owner:  Hispanic TV Network (2000-present,) Doug Johnson Broadcasting (to 2000.)  Call letters stand for "Lake Dallas Television."  Programming is Spanish religious; occasionally carries Fox SportsNet programming.

KAVB, Lake Dallas.  Call letters established 5/16/1997.  Owner:  Doug Johnson Broadcasting.  Network affiliation:  PSN (home shopping.)

Credit:  Rob Young

KLDT, Lake Dallas.  Station established 12/25/1990.  Owner:  Opal Thornton, Doug Johnson Broadcasting.  Call letters stand for "Lake Dallas Television."  Programming originally consisted of Christian music videos; later religious.  Original owner Thornton, at a loss for programming sources and operating capital, attempted to take in embattled Dallas-based preacher Robert Tilton as a partner, and KLDT was to become the flagship for his "Word of Faith" ministry.  Tilton's "Success-n-Life" program was aired regularly on the station; however, Tilton's poor record with the FCC prevented the partnership from happening, and the request was dropped by 1991 amidst ABC's expose on Tilton and other televangelists on "Prime Time Live."  Later, the station was fined $15,500 by the FCC in 1995 for failing to adequately staff its studio.


KSEX-LP, Dallas.  Call letters established 8/7/2003.  Owner:  Commercial Broadcasting Corporation.

K57IG-LP, Dallas.  Call letters established 11/26/2001.  Owner:  MMTV.  Programming consisted of Spanish music videos.

K31FA-LP, Dallas.  Station established 6/12/1997.  Station began as K62CY (Channel 62) on 1/14/1988, then DK62CY on 5/24/1995.


KDTX, Dallas.  Call letters established 2/9/1987.  Owner:  Trinity Broadcasting.  Call letters stand for "Dallas, Texas."  Network affiliation:  Trinity Broadcasting Network.  Religious programming.  Calls were resurrected from KDTX-102.9.

KDIA, Dallas.  Station established 1/15/1985, but not known if it ever signed on.  Call letters (Spanish dia) translate to “day.”  Owner:  Adam Clayton Powell III (son of civil rights activist and congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.) and Barbara Harrison (late of KDFW-TV) dba Metroplex Broadcasting Co.


KATA-LP, Mesquite.  Repeater for KJJM-LP Channel 46 (see entry there.)  Has applied for move to Channel 50 (analog.)


KVFW-LP, Fort Worth.  Station date unknown.  Owner:  Gerald Benavides.  Call letters stand for "Fort Worth."  Spanish religious programming.  To trade channels with Channel 38 (analog) where their repeater already exists.


KPXD, Arlington.  Call letters established 1/13/1998.  Owner:  Paxson.  Network affiliation:  PAX.  Call letters stand for PAX-Dallas.

KINZ, Arlington.  Call letters established 11/15/1996.  Programming consisted of home shopping (INTV network.)

KAQV, Arlington.  Station established 10/11/1996.  Temporary calls for KINZ (see above.)


Unnamed, Richardson.  Station rumored but never signed on.   To have been automated all-business programming with stock market reports over soft background music.  Owner:  Ling-Temco (who designed compact TV broadcasting equipment for KRET-Channel 23 and wanted to use a similar setup for this station.)  Unknown if this plan was later implemented to start KAEI-Channel 29 in 1964, as they incorporated the exact same format that Ling-Temco proposed.


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