A Good Long Drive: Fifty Years Of Texas Country Reporter
ISBN: 1477324011
EAN13: 9781477324011
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 7, 2021
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

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Book Overview

In 2021, Texas Country Reporter celebrates its fiftieth season on the air. Broadcast every week on stations across Texas, it focuses on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And at the center of it is Bob Phillips, the show's creator and host--an erstwhile poor kid from Dallas who ended up with a job that allowed him to rub elbows with sports figures, entertainers, and politicians but who preferred to spend his time on the back roads, listening to less-famous Texans tell their stories.

In this memoir, Phillips tells his own story, from his early days as a reporter and his initial pitch for the show while a student at SMU to his ongoing work at the longest-running independently produced TV show in American television history. As we travel with Phillips on his journey, we meet Willie Nelson and former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry; reflect on memorable, unusual, and challenging show segments; experience the behind-the-scenes drama that goes on in local television; witness the launching of an annual festival; and discover the unbelievable allure of Texas, its culture, and, especially, its people. Spanning generations, A Good Long Drive is proof that life's journey really is a destination unto itself.

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   Bob Phillips is a Texas Treasure!
. I love all adventures - what a fascinating life and career! He seeks the best stories and the most fascinating people that, without Bob-, we would never have the pleasure of hearing about ordinary people doing extroadinary things! In this day and time, we need Bob's stories and adventures more than ever!
 
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   Reminding us another reason why we’re “coming home”
We left Texas 20 years ago to pursue a corporate dream in the Midwest, Mid-South, and Florida. The week after we decided to move back to Texas, I saw an endorsement of this book in Texas Monthly. What a great way to revive our passion for the spirit of being a Texas Texan and the impact that TCR has had all those years. I remember the early days of the show locally in Dallas and can 't wait to become a regular fan in the days ahead.
 
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   Gave as a gift
I gave this to a couple as a Christmas gift. She said that she watched the show for years, but didn't even know that he had a book out and they were very excited about it.
 
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   The History of TCR
I have loved watching Bob and Kelli for years.
 
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   Great story! How to follow your dreams.
Have been watching the Texas Country Reporter for years and now know why and how it all came together and why it touches so many. Bob and Kelly, thanks again!
 
5
   Awesome Book!
We both love the show, but we recommend this book for a great read!
 
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   Great read!
This is a great book because Bob writes as he speaks and narrates each segment of his weekly Texas Country Reporter show. He sometimes makes you laugh, while other stories make you cry. Kelli's wife, Bob, is a great partner and asset to the show.
 
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