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Old 03-05-2019, 09:14 AM
 
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I was born and raised in Fort Worth and left here in the mid 1960's. Having recently returned, one of the things that strikes me is how Fort Worth has become practically buried and overwhelmed by the influence of Dallas.

When I was last living here, FW was a distinct town with it's own unique culture (which is still true but not nearly to the same extent). There was no such thing as lumping FW & Dallas together... there was no "DFW". Now I turn on the TV and most news items are about Dallas. When I was growing up here, we had our own TV stations that were clearly Fort Worth centric... WBAP and KFJZ. It's as if FW has become just another suburb of Dallas and an afterthought.

This is progress I guess but it's still a bit sad to see.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:50 AM
 
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When I was last living here, FW was a distinct town with it's own unique culture (which is still true but not nearly to the same extent). There was no such thing as lumping FW & Dallas together... there was no "DFW". Now I turn on the TV and most news items are about Dallas. When I was growing up here, we had our own TV stations that were clearly Fort Worth centric... WBAP and KFJZ. It's as if FW has become just another suburb of Dallas and an afterthought.
The old WBAP-TV is now owned by NBC directly. I noticed that the backdrop behind the anchors was a live image of the Dallas skyline. (Amon Carter will roll in his grave if he saw that! He will bring a sack lunch™ on his next visit to Dallas.)

The new CBS 11 can't compete with the original in Houston. It became Dallas-centric after it became a CBS station because of Fox buying channel 4's owners. CBS ended up buying channel 11 a few years later. It would have been nice for CBS to stay on channel 4 and bring back the KRLD-TV calls when it owned the sister radio station until recently.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:59 AM
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It's as if FW has become just another suburb of Dallas...

This is progress I guess but it's still a bit sad to see.
DON'T.... don't come here with that.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:52 PM
 
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It's as if FW has become just another suburb of Dallas...

This is progress I guess but it's still a bit sad to see.
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DON'T.... don't come here with that.
Sorry but I've got the advantage of 53 years of being away, so I see things in much starker contrast than those of you who have lived here that entire time. It did not creep up on me unnoticed the way it would a long time resident.

When I said "progress", I meant it in the sense that things change as time marches on. Didn't say that it was good, just that it is what it is.

If FW were to get it's own TV & radio stations again, it would go a long way toward getting back that part of our identity that has been smothered by that metropolis to the east.
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:11 PM
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No... Here's the problem with your post:


Dallas and Ft. Worth (and their respective suburbs) grew into each other over the years since DFW was built in the 70s. It's not about "progress", it's just the simple fact that It's now one continuous metro.

That doesn't in any way mean that it's "overwhelmed by the influence of Dallas" and it sure as hell doesn't mean that it's becoming a suburb of the city. It's simply just circumstance and what happens when two adjacent major cities grow into each other. Same with the San Francisco Bay Area and the Twin Cities.

Fort Worth still has its own culture, identity, public transportation, etc. But NEITHER city has their own media outlets outside of the newspapers and a select number of small, public local stations.

As far as the major stations (FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC), there is no single city image as they operate for the entire area...

Honestly, what did you expect to see? The 1960s were a long time ago. Nothing stays the same, even month to month...
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:01 PM
 
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I knew this was gonna be good...LOL!!!
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:00 PM
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I knew this was gonna be good...LOL!!!
You're saying that like there's a million comments or something.

Outside of you, only 3 people have posted anything here.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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You're saying that like there's a million comments or something.

Outside of you, only 3 people have posted anything here.
No, I'm saying that as a poster who has seen you getting irate and overly sensitive over Fort Worth's status and reputation on these forums for YEARS. Basically, I knew you would show up in the thread sooner than later to jump all over the OP and pick his post apart trying to defend Fort Worth's honor, and you didn't disappoint.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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Honestly, what did you expect to see? The 1960s were a long time ago. Nothing stays the same, even month to month...
And I alluded to that very point in my original post. Change is the natural order of life but what's important is what results from those changes.

Again I'll say that I have the advantage of having been away for a long time and seeing things with fresh eyes and a different perspective. This allows me to see the forest and not just the trees. Ft. Worth is slowing fading away as a distinct entity.

And don't even get me started on the Fort Worth Star Telegram. What was once a great newspaper has become a sad echo of its former self. That especially pains me because as a teenager, I threw the Star Telegram in my neighborhood. I had every intention of subscribing to it until I saw about a weeks worth of the paper. It was almost embarrassing. Because I have no interest in subscribing to the Dallas morning news, I wound up keeping my Houston Chronicle online subscription.
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:46 AM
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No, I'm saying that as a poster who has seen you getting irate and overly sensitive over Fort Worth's status and reputation on these forums for YEARS. Basically, I knew you would show up in the thread sooner than later to jump all over the OP and pick his post apart trying to defend Fort Worth's honor, and you didn't disappoint.
Because it's ill-informed based on a narrow, antiquated view.

Everything I said was simple fact. If you find entertainment in that, I don't know what to tell you...

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And I alluded to that very point in my original post. Change is the natural order of life but what's important is what results from those changes.

Again I'll say that I have the advantage of having been away for a long time and seeing things with fresh eyes and a different perspective. This allows me to see the forest and not just the trees. Ft. Worth is slowing fading away as a distinct entity.

And don't even get me started on the Fort Worth Star Telegram. What was once a great newspaper has become a sad echo of its former self. That especially pains me because as a teenager, I threw the Star Telegram in my neighborhood. I had every intention of subscribing to it until I saw about a weeks worth of the paper. It was almost embarrassing. Because I have no interest in subscribing to the Dallas morning news, I wound up keeping my Houston Chronicle online subscription.
So you just read the last line of what I typed and ignored everything else... got it.
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