WBAP-TV - Channel 5, First Television Station in Texas
Posted by: QuesterMark
N 32° 45.041 W 097° 15.903
14S E 662536 N 3624979
Quick Description: Television History in front of the NBC 5/Telemundo 39 Fort Worth Studios.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 8/12/2006 10:09:06 AM
Waymark Code: WMKVZ
Index Entry: WBAP-TV - Channel 5
Address: 3900 Barnett St.
City: Fort Worth
Subject Codes: CS;
Year Marker Erected: 1967
Marker Location: 3900 Barnett St., Fort Worth
Marker Size: 27" x 42"
Repairs Completed: refinish-good media op!
One of the towers is an NGS Benchmark: CS3013
Marker Number: 5680
Founded by Amon G. Carter, noted publisher of the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram", the first progam--a public appearance, Sept. 27, 1948, by President Harry Truman--made Texas the sixteenth state in the nation to open a commercial station.
Among other "Firsts" of WBAP-TV are the first live entertainment in Texas ("Flying X Ranchboys"), and first Texas colorcast via NBC-TV, 1954. Today Channel 5 serves approximately 60 counties in Texas and Oklahoma.
Since its birth, television has made many advances. In Washington, D.C., 1927, Herbert Hoover (at that time Secretary of Commerce) appeared on the first major telecast in the nation. In 1931, H. & W. Corset Company in New York conducted the first experimental use of closed-circuit television to display its models to a buyer and sold $5,000 worth of merchandise.
Modern commercial telecasting did not begin, however, until 10 years later, when New York opened the first station in the country. After a slow start, major strides were made in 1947 and 1948.
As of July 1, 1967, the U.S. had 628 commercial and 128 educational stations, with 224 under construction. Of these, Texas had 49 commercial and 5 educational; 16 others were due to be completed soon. (Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967)
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