Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 11, Number 1, Spring, 1999 Page: 30
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the stations realized. "We thought they knew
what was going on, but they probably didn't," he
reflects. "I think most of them probably tuned to
570 or 820 and, if they got a good signal, that's
where they stayed." Harris believes some listeners
might have switched frequencies to hear an
especially popular personality, such as ABC's Paul
Harvey or WFAAs farm and ranch broadcaster,
Whether listeners switched from frequency
to frequency as the two stations shifted was not
necessarily a major concern, according to Denson
Walker. "Sometimes we would think we didn't
want them to switch," Walker said. "We wanted
them to stay there when we came back." On
the changeover station identification breaks, the
stations did not encourage listeners to switch
One thing helped listeners maintain their
sanity: NBC "Red" network programs always aired
on 820 kHz., no matter which station happened to
be on the frequency at the time, Easterwood says.
NBC "Blue" programs always aired on 570.45
It was a time when newspapers published the
daily program listings for radio stations, just as
they do for television stations today. Here are
some of the WBAP-WFAA program listings for
the 800 kHz. channel (before the change to
820)-some nostalgic, some quaintly charmingfrom
a I94I newspaper ad.46
7:05 A.M., Organ recital
2:45 P.M., Becker Dog Chats
5:I5 P.M., Letters from Home
6 P.M.,Jack Benny
8 P.M., Walter Winchell
9 P.M., Hour of Charm
9:30 P.M., Serenade to Loveliness
6:15 A.M., Texas Farm and Home Program
8 A.M., Novelette
II A.M., Hymns of All Churches
12:30 P.M., Light Crust Doughboys
12:45 P.M., Your Crazy Program (sponsored by
I:I5 P.M., Texas School of the Air
2:30 P.M., Ma Perkins
3:45 P.M., Young Widder Brown
4:30 P.M., The Guiding Light (yes, the TV
5 P.M., Little Orphan Annie
8 P.M., Dr. I.Q (a local quiz show)
9 P.M., Contented Hour
8:30 P.M., Fibber McGee and Molly
9 P.M., Bob Hope
9:30 P.M., Uncle Walter's Doghouse (sponsored
by Sir Walter Raleigh cigars)
7 P.M., Tony Martin, tenor
7:I5 P.M., How Did You Meet?
8 P.M., Bing Crosby
9 P.M., Camel Caravan (sponsored by Camel
7:30 P.M., Information Please
Io:45 A.M., Sunday School Lesson
8 P.M., National Barn Dance
9:30 P.M., Grand Ole Opry
Harris listened to both stations growing up
on a ranch in Bosque County in Central Texas.
He remembers "the Hopkins County Firecracker,"
Bob Shelton, and his brother Joe, who
with the Sunshine Boys entertained with live
country music and comedy on WFAA's longrunning
"Early Birds" morning show. The Early
Birds also featured a full orchestra fronted by
singers like Dale Evans, who went on to greater
fame as Roy Rogers' wife and singing partner.
Harris remembers the noon hour comedy show
"Little Willie and Mr. Hack" and in the early
evening, "Pop Myers' General Store," sponsored
by Gladiola Flour, in which the country music
pickers Bill and Jim Boyd would hungrily wait for
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