Join Texas television legend Bobbie Wygant at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza as she shares her insights and memories from her seven-decade career in broadcasting, including her experience live on-air on November 22, 1963, as news broke of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
“70 Years of Texas Television: An Evening with Bobbie Wygant” is being presented in combination with “55 Years,” a temporary exhibit that showcases how the media portrayed President Kennedy on magazine covers from immediately after his death in 1963 through 2018.
“This program is a continued exploration of the role the media plays in shaping and shifting public perceptions of American leaders. President Kennedy’s ability to master the emerging media of television in the 1960s influenced the outcome of his election and the way he connected to, and communicated with, the American people,” said Nicola Longford, chief executive officer. “Television was regarded as a relatively new media in the 1960s, yet Bobbie Wygant already had been working as a female broadcaster for more than a decade. Her legendary career spans the entire history of TV.“
Wygant joined Fort Worth-based WBAP-TV, the first television station west of the Mississippi, in 1948 two weeks before it went on the air. Wygant was the first female in the southwest to be the host and producer of a general-interest television interview program. She has interviewed thousands of celebrities from Bette Davis to Dan Blocker and Lorne Greene to Charley Pride to Bradley Cooper. Her popular midday program “Dateline” was live on the air when President Kennedy was assassinated.
Emmy award-winner Bobbie Wygant was the first Texas broadcaster and the sixteenth in the nation to be inducted into the prestigious Gold Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. When she joined WBAP-TV/Channel 5 (now KXAS-TV), she initially served a multitude of roles at the station, from being a staff writer to appearing in live commercials. But soon her talent for delivering captivating interviews with entertainers and celebrities became apparent. Known for her integrity and authenticity, she is credited by broadcasters such as Scott Pelley of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and Bob Schieffer, former host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation” with setting the standards for generations of younger journalists who followed her.
Wygant is the author of “Talking to the Stars.” Pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the program.
History fans, news devotees and movie enthusiasts will enjoy this special evening with Bobbie.
Where: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza | 411 Elm St., downtown Dallas
When: Mon. Apr. 22 | Reception, 6pm | Program, 7pm