News and Media

Texas Best Metropolitan Newspaper

The Dallas Morning News.
The Southwest’s most respected newspaper. The news began publication 10-1-1885 and has received Pulitzer Prises in 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Texas Best Talk Radio Show, 1996

 Mark Davis Show
WBAP Radio 820 AM
Dallas, Texas
9:00 AM to Noon.
Award winning conservative talk show.

Texas Best Radio Personality, Hall of Fame

Terry Dorsey
KSCS Radio
Host of one of the nations top country radio stations. Billboard personality of the year nominee five of the last six years.

Bill Mack
WBAP Radio
Host of Country Crossroads and the truckers radio program The Midnight Cowboy on WBAP. Wrote the song Blue for Patsy Cline who was killed before she could record it. The song sat on the shelf for all these years untill Bill Mack herd Le Anne Rimes and offered her the song.

Texas Best Television Journalist, Hall of Fame

 Sam Donaldson
El Paso, Texas
Born 3-11-1934
The Washington Journalism Review named him the Best Television White House Correspondent in the Business in 1985, and the Best Television Correspondent in the Business in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989. Mr. Donaldson has won many other awards, among them three Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. Anchor on Prime Time Live and This Week with David Brinkley.

Dan Rather
Wharton, Texas
Rather’s reports on the J.F.K. assassination, Vietnam, and Watergate (his on-air confrontations made headlines) impressed the public on a nightly basis. Then, Rather helped make a Sunday-night news program, 60 Minutes, the nation’s highest-rated.

Walter Cronkite (Honorary Texan, St Joseph, Mo.)
Born 11-4-1916
Mr. Cronkite has gathered numerous awards during his outstanding career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award, the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award, The William Allen White Award for Journalistic Merit, a special George Foster Peabody Award, and several Emmys. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1985. Walter was also the announcer for the Light Crust Doughboys in 1934.

Bill Moyers, (Honorary Texan)
Born 6-5-1934 in Oklahoma and raised in Marshall, Texas
Marshall, Texas
During his 25 years of broadcasting, Moyers has received many major awards, including over 30 Emmys; the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians; the George Foster Peabody Award for political reporting and international coverage; and the prestigious Gold Baton which is the highest honor of the Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University Award. He was also one of the first three persons to be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute.

Stone Phillips
Waxahatchi, Texas
Anchor of NBC’s Dateline News Magazine.

Texas Best Statewide Television Program

 Texas Country Reporter
Phillips Productions Inc.
1323 N. Stemmons Frwy.
Dallas, Texas 75207
Bob Phillips has hosted and produced 25 Years of this weekly series about rural Texas and out of the way Texas people. Still going srong statewide.

Texas Best Local Television Anchor Person, Hall of Fame

 Chip Moody
WFAA TV, Dallas, Texas
Chip has worked for KXAS-TV Channel 5 for almost 10 years, then KDFW Channel 4 until 1984, then to Houston, and back to Dallas/Fort Worth and Channel 8 in 1987, where he is a favorate today.

Texas Best Local Television Weatherperson, Hall of Fame

 Harold Taft
Ft. Worth, Texas
Harold Taft was affectionately known as the world’s greatest weatherman. He signed on with Channel 5 when the station signed on back in 1948. He was a fixture until his death in 1991.

Texas Best Monday Night Football Color Comentator

 Dandy Don Meredith
Mt. Vernon, Texas
A thorn in the side of Howard Cosell and some of my best pro football memories.

Texas Best Ever Television Mini Series

 Lonesome Dove
Written By Larry McMurtry.
Born Wichita Falls, Texas 6-3-1936 Awarded the Pulitzer for Fiction, 1986.

Texas Best Television Music Series

 Austin City Limits
Austin, Texas
Austin City Limits is enjoyed by viewers in 300 markets around the country. Many stations broadcast the program, recorded in Dolby Stereo Surround, in stereo or with a radio simulcast to maximize the concert-quality sound of the performances. Austin City Limits is a production of KLRU/Austin, Texas and the Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council. It is distributed nationally to more than 300 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations.

Texas Best Movie Made in Texas, Hall of Fame

 The Alamo
Filmed in Brackettville, Texas in 1960, directed by John Wayne.

Filmed in Marfa Texas in 1956

Filmed in Claude, Texas in 1963

The Last Picture Show
Filmed in Archer City, Texas in 1971.

Tender Mercies, 1981.

Terms Of Endearment, 1983

Texas Best Movie Made in Texas, 1996

 Lone Star
John Sayles
Starring Kris Kristofferson

Texas Best Book, Texas Author

 Lonesome Dove
Written By Larry McMurtry.
Born Wichita Falls, Texas 6-3-1936 Awarded the Pulitzer for Fiction, 1986.

Old Yeller, Fred Gipson, 1956

Texas, James A. Michener (Honorary Texan, NYC)
Born 2-3-1907
Mail: Texas Center for writers, Mail Code 55401, Austin, Texas 78713.

Texas Best Author, 1996

 John Gray, PhD
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Mary Karr
Port Arthur, Texas The Liars’ Club

John Graves
Goodbye to a River

Larry King
Putnam, Texas
Born 1-1-1929
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 1978.

John Erickson
Midland, TexasHank the Cowdog USA Today says the best family entertainment in years. The most popular book in the librarys childrens section.

Robert James
Bridges of Madison County

Texas Best Monthly Magazine

 Texas Highways
1101 E. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 512-483-3675
Published by the Texas Department of Transportation and funded solely by magazine and related product sales. A rare example of government besting private enterprise.

Texas Monthly
Published by Michael R. Levy.