Celebrating 70 Years : The First Decade: 1948-1958

Parachute Packing and Repair at Carswell Air Force Base, 1951

[News Clip: Chute Shop] on The Portal to Texas History.

First African-American Undergraduate Student Enrolls at North Texas State College, 1956

Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about Irma E.L. Sephas, the first African American student to attend North Texas State College. Footage shows Mrs. Sephas on campus. She is interviewed about her experience at the school. At the end of the film, President James Carl “J. C.” Matthews is shown seated at a desk.

[News Clip: Irma E.L. Sephas at NTSC] on The Portal to Texas History.

Civil Rights Struggles in Mansfield and Fort Worth, 1956

Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany two news stories. The first is about protests and demonstrations against an African American family who recently moved onto an all-white street in a racially mixed neighborhood. Second is a story about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Minton granting Mansfield high school the opportunity to delay a court order requiring the school to admit African American students.

[News Clip: New Racial Strife in Fort Worth ; Mansfield] on The Portal to Texas History.

Colonial National Golf Tournament, 1956

[News Clip: Colonial National Invitation] on The Portal to Texas History.


 

Photograph of a group of men at the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas. Second from left is Amon Carter, Sr. and third from left is Harold Hough, Director of Broadcasting at WBAP AM/FM//TV. The men look toward the ceiling, and two cameras marked "WBAP-TV Television" are pointed towards them.

An example of broadcast technology in use during the first years of WBAP-TV.