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This Day in Texas History: WFAA Radio Goes On the Air

This Day in Texas History: WFAA Radio Goes On the Air June 26, 1922 On this day in 1922, radio station WFAA in Dallas began transmitting. The A. H. Belo Corporation, publisher of the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Almanac, owned WFAA. WFAA, which stands for Working For All Together, was the brainchild of…
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This Day in Texas History: Bob Wills Dies

This Day in Texas History: Bob Wills Dies May 13, 1975 On this day in 1975, Legendary Texas swing musician James Robert (Bob) Wills died. He was born in 1905, near Kosse, in Limestone County, Texas. In 1913 his family moved to Hall County, where Wills learned to play the fiddle. In 1915 he played…
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This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio

This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio March 11, 1890 On this day in 1890, future Texas governor and U.S. senator W. Lee (Pappy) O’Daniel was born in Malta, Ohio. He came to Texas in 1925 as sales manager of the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company in Fort Worth, manufacturer of Light…
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This day in Texas History: Texas Radio Station Sets Country Music Standard

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Radio Station Sets Country Music Standard January 04, 1923 On this day in 1923, radio station WBAP in Fort Worth established the basic format for country music variety show broadcasting (a format subsequently taken over by Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry” and Chicago’s “National Barn…
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