Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 11, Number 1, Spring, 1999 Page: 29
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WFAA engineer Clarence Bruyere operates the controls
in the Dallas studio about 1963.
weaving, broken-field run by Doak Walker, the
game would stay on the same frequency, even
though the stations had swapped channels. A
special telephone line had to be ordered to allow
the second station to pick up the game from the
first and smoothly continue the broadcast.37
And yet the stations found it in their best
interests to cooperate in many ways. "I remember
a show WFAA had called 'Quiz of Two Cities,'"
Easterwood says. "It occurred on our station, but
it involved a studio in Fort Worth. They (WBAP)
did a live pick-up over there and fed it to us, and
I did a live pick-up in our studio. They would ask
a question of a contestant in Dallas, and they
would hide it from the audience in Fort Worth.
Then they would ask the same question over
there. On the air, you could hear both sides....
The competitive nature of the cities made it a very
In the later years of the partnership, Don
Harris, who joined WBAP in 1965, remembers a
competitive spirit existing between the stations.
"We were half-part of one," he says. "But we
wanted to be the better part. I'm sure they felt the
Yet Frank Mills, WBAP chief announcer,
news and sports anchor, and public affairs coordi
WBAP engineer HenryAnglin takes off a recording of
"The Star-Spangled Banner" as the channel leaves the air
for the night in June 1949.
nator, says both stations tried hard to please listeners
in both Dallas and Fort Worth. "We never
got complaints about it (the channel hopping),"
Mills says. "I got calls from people in Dallas,
thanking me that we were not all Fort Worth, or
not all Dallas. The lead story in our newscasts
would be the biggest news, wherever it came
from.... I felt like a part of the community, the
people we were trying our best to serve."40
Former WFAA station manager Denson
Walker remembers a friendly relationship
between WFAA and WBAP personnel. "We
were the best of friends (with WBAP management),"
he says. "We would go to golf tournaments
together, have lunch together. If I could
make a sale for them, I'd do it any day." Walker
says the "terrible" competition was with KRLD,
KLIF and KBOX, among others.41
Neither Easterwood nor Bruyere believes the
arrangement was terribly confusing to listeners.
"I doubt most people knew that we changed
(frequencies)," Easterwood says. "It was pretty
seamless on the air. You'd hear a gong and a cowbell,
and an announcer for a minute, and then go
back to whatever it was."42
Harris says he thinks the frequency changes
probably were more confusing for listeners than
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