KXAS/Channel 5’s move from its longtime home on Fort Worth’s Broadcast Hill to its new home just south of Dallas-Fort Worth becomes complete this weekend, as NBC 5 and its sister station, Telemundo’s KXTX/Channel 39 begin to fully showcase new sets from the Studios at DFW during Sunday’s newscasts.
“The new sets are specially designed to allow journalists and meteorologists to deliver breaking news and weather information fast and effectively in a way both English and Spanish-language North Texas viewers will find compelling,” according to a station release. Telemundo 39 will also begin broadcastingits newscasts in high definition. PDG/Jack Morton designed the sets, which were fabricated by blackwalnut. The studios will include such glitzy items as touch-screen monitors and monitor arrays.
The new newsroom has 108 workstations, each equipped with three computer monitors, where writers, editors and producers for NBC 5 and Telemundo 39, which broadcasts in Spanish, will gather the news daily. Adjoining the newsroom is a 1,000-square-foot Media Operations Center where news staffers will control and see images from more than 500 sources on monitors.
On Friday, Channel 5 broadcast for the last time from the Barnett Street location where it had been since 1949. The station officially signed on Sept. 29, 1948 as WBAP. Founded by Amon Carter (also the founding publisher of the Star-Telegram), it became KXAS in 1974 when LIN Broadcasting bought control of it from the Carter family and had to change call letters because it was now separated from Carter’s WBAP radio. The station didn’t begin calling itself “NBC 5” till 1998, when NBC bought a controlling interest in the longtime network affiliate. (Read more here.)
This report includes material from DFW.com archives.