Texas Country Reporter

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The Regency Suspension Bridge near Goldthwaite which Bob Phillips crosses in the introduction to his Texas Country Reporter television series

Texas Country Reporter is a weekly syndicated television program, hosted and produced by Bob Phillips, which airs in all twenty-two Texas media markets, generally on weekends. Reruns are broadcast nationally on the satellite/cable channel RFD-TV.[1] As of April 2008, Phillips had already taped two thousand episodes of the program.[2] Since that time about two hundred other segments have been aired.

Texas Country Reporter showcases Texas people and places, with an emphasis on rural areas and in a style similar to that of Charles Kuralt's On the Road for CBS News. Originally called 4 Country Reporter, it debuted in 1972 on Dallas television station KDFW, Channel 4 and was first hosted by John Mclean, then Jeff Rosser, and finally Bob Philips. In 1986, Phillips left KDFW and began selling the show in syndication under the name Texas Country Reporter. In the Dallas market, KDFW did not pick up the syndicated version, but rival station WFAA did and named the show 8 Country Reporter. About this time Dairy Queen became the show's main sponsor, a move which allowed Phillips to be the spokesman for the chain in its advertising for the company's Texas-based restaurants.

Texas Country Reporter operates a resort north of Bandera known as the Escondida Hacienda. When the resort opened, TCR ran a two-part episode on its development.

The show is independently syndicated with Phillips retaining half of the advertisements for regional sponsors;[2] he appears in many of the regional ads, and the sponsors' logos adorn the back of the his SUV. Each fall the program headlines a "Texas Country Reporter Festival" in Waxahachie south of Dallas, with some of the people who have been highlighted on the show in attendance.[3][4] Texas Country Reporter posts selected segments to its YouTube page,[5] and some have been featured on local newscasts. A three-DVD highlights set, Go! Stay! Eat!, was released September 17, 2005.

A national version of the show, On the Road With Bob Phillips, was planned to debut in 2010; Phillips previously did sixty stories in thirty-five states as part of a "Texas Country Reporter Discovers America" series for the show's 25th anniversary in 1998.[2]

Most episodes now have one segment devoted to an out-of-state feature.

TCR segments[edit]


Robert Bruno steel house in Ransom Canyon, Texas



  1. ^ Texas Country Reporter: Showtimes. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "If It's in Texas, the Texas Country Reporter Has Seen It", The New York Times, April 10, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Bob Phillips Texas Country Reporter Festival, 2007. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  4. ^ Waxahachie Downtown: Annual Bob Phillips Texas Country Reporter Festival, WaxahachieDowntown.com. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Director Page: Texas Country Reporter, YouTube. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  6. ^ "Faces in the Crowd". Sports Illustrated.com, October 22, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Texas Country Reporter: Weekend of March 23, 2013". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Terry Gouley, Midland, TX". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Texas Country Reporter visits O'Donnell". Lamesa Press-Reporter, July 14, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bill Worrell – Sculptor, Painter, and writer". billworrell.com. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Weekend of February 23, 2013". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sam Waller, Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame announces induction class, January 23, 2013". Abilene Reporter News. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Natural Bridge Caverns is going bat for the bats". naturalbridgecaverns.com. Retrieved July 19, 203.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "Central Texas Tools". youtube.com. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ezells to be featured on Texas Country Reporter". Breckenridge American. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Deluxe Fruitcake". collinstreet.com. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Copano Fishing Pier". copanopiers.justgofishin.com. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Texas Country Reporter episodes (Doc McGregor Collection), Weekend of March 2, 2013". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Weekend of November 17, 2012". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Frontier Texas!". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ "San Marcos TX Bar and Grill". gilsbroiler.com. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Historic Hotel in Downtown Van Horn". hotelinvanhorn.com. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Jason Kehl, bouldering guide, Hueco Tanks State Park, Weekend of July 27, 2013". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Mi Tierra Café and Bakery". mitierracafe.com. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Texas Country Reporter 2013 Episode Guide: Odessa Meteor Crater Museum". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Sea Turtle Science and Recovery". nps.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Lindsay Weaver, "'Texas Country Reporter' in awe of Satin Strings"". Odessa American, March 5, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Texas Country Reporter episodes (Texas Basketball Museum), Weekend of March 2, 2013". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Photographers capture beauty of Texas' oldest churches Exhibit of Texas Church Project scheduled at University of North Texas, May 2, 2007". unt.edu. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  30. ^ Video on YouTube

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