The Star-Telegram Means More To Fort Worth Than Most Know

Long before I came to Fort Worth four decades ago, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was already reporting the news from the western half of the Metroplex. Founded by one of Fort Worth’s most famous citizens, this enterprise is more than a newspaper.

And it’s just as relevant today as it ever was – even in our changing society.

How The Star-Telegram Began

The Star-Telegram was founded by Amon G. Carter, arguably the most famous and most ardent supporter of Fort Worth. Here’s how the story goes: Carter took a job as an ad space salesman in Fort Worth in 1905 and agreed to help run a new newspaper. On February 1, 1906, the Fort Worth Star debuted – and it wasn’t exactly a success. In fact, it lost money. But Carter had the idea to raise some money and buy the town’s competing paper, the Fort Worth Telegram. In November 1908, the Star bought the Telegram for $100,000 – and the Star-Telegram first published on January 1, 1909.

From the 1920s until after the end of World War II, the paper had the largest circulation area of paper in the South, serving West Texas, western Oklahoma and New Mexico. (It still has the largest circulation of any paper in Texas.) But it wasn’t always just a print media company.

The newspaper founded WBAP radio in 1922 and WBAP television in 1948. The TV station is now KXAS, Channel 5. Channel 5 was the first television station in the southern United States and started broadcasting in color in 1954.

And what about society’s current preference for online media? The Star-Telegram is believed to be the first newspaper in the United States to establish an online presence. In fact, its involvement in online media is part of what has allowed it to survive when papers in some cities similar in size to Fort Worth have folded forever.

The Star-T’s Relevance Today

It’s easy to say that newspapers aren’t relevant anymore. But much of the local news we find online is, in one way or another, connected to the Star-Telegram. The paper publishes online content several times a day and has a partnership with WFAA, Channel 8 that allows the two media organizations to share reporters and reporting. Without the Star-Telegram, local reporting would be shallower and smaller in scope since television doesn’t have time for longer stories and online news organizations often have very little budget for reporting.

And the print paper still serves a purpose too. It’s easy-to-read format makes it easier to skim the news at a glance than an online publication.

But what does all this have to do with real estate? The Star-Telegram is the newspaper around which the Fort Worth community is built – and Fort Worth is stronger and more united because we have it. The paper is part of what makes this a great place to live and work.

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