NBC 5 News is NBC O&O TV broadcaster providing services to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex and licensed to Fort-Worth Texas, USA. Named as KXAS-TV, UHF digital CH 24, and virtual Channel 5 works under the ownership of NBC Universal’s NBC owned Television Stations, which also owns Dallas-licensed KXTX-TV CH 39 O&O by Telemundo.
Both channels share the same studio on Amon an Amon Carter Boulevard at the CentrePort Business Park in eastern Fort Worth side. However, Channel 5’s transmitter is situated in Cedar Hills in the south area of BeltLine.
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NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth hit the waves for the first time as WBAP-TV in Sep 1948; it was the first Television broadcaster in Texas. They are now celebrating 71 years of local telecasting.
The founder of newspaper publishing and pioneer in Fort Worth Star-Telegram decided to launch a Television station in Southwest. For many years, the newspaper was covering the whole West Texas region with headlines, and a radio service called WBAP was delivering the voice. Now, it was time to bring a change into the communication pattern; thus, they decided to initiate a TV channel as well.
The motto of the channel is ‘Texas Connect Us’. NBC 5 News Dallas applied for a construction permit for the station to FCC on 17 April 1946. It was originally planned to launch on 29 Sep 1948 but postponed due to the Presidential visit in Fort Worth.
On 29 September 1948, KXAS-TV formally hit the air with the speeches by Harold Hough (Channel 5’s first General Manager ) and Amon Carter (the owner). The Flying X Ranch Boys and The Scarlet Pimpernel were the first shows by the network.
KXAS-TV used to air shows both from ABC and NBC networks in its early days by Kinescope. Right after one year, there were about 16000 Television sets in the area of Dallas-Fort Worth. In October 1949, three meteorologists from WBAP (now NBC 5 Dallas Weather) produced the first pro weather reporting program i.e., Weather Telecasts with Harold Taft.
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The time when the station got its current Call-Signs
On 9 April 1954, WBAP-TV became the first Television broadcaster to telecast color transmission from the NBC Network. The first significant change in WBAP was made on 8 Nov 1974 as both newspapers and TV stations said goodbye to their founding owner Amon. G. Carter. The new owner of the Star-Telegram was Capital Cities Communications, and WBAP was LIN Broadcasting. Since then, it became familiar as KXAS-TV.
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In 1993, KXAS-TV (NBC 5 Dallas Weather) once again made a landmark as a meteorological pioneer and became the only TV service in the United States to host a local Weather channel with 24/7 updates.
The transition from analog to digital signals took place in 1997, and NBC 5 news Dallas started providing digital transmission. In 1998, the relationship between Channel 5 and NBC became further robust after the company bought all its ownership rights from the previous owner and changed its branding into NBC 5.
The official website of NBC 5 Dallas KXAS-TV presents live news updates along with station’s updated biography related to the channel’s anchor persons & other on-air personnel and changes made by the network. The website also provides channel 5 news live streaming for its viewers.
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Texas Thunder Truck:
To monitor weather conditions & storms, NBC5 Dallas has a fleet of dedicated meteorological vehicles branded as “Texas Thunder Truck”. They are parked all around Texas to live update weather situation with back news studio.