Dallas native Bob Phillips publishes memoir to mark “Texas Country Reporter” 50 years


It has been 50 years since the first episode of “Texas Country Reporter” aired on television.

Show creator and host Bob Phillips, a native of Dallas, marked the anniversary with the release of his new book, “A Good Long Drive: Fifty Years of Texas Country Reporter.”

Phillips, a former neighbor of Junius Heights, takes readers on the syndicated show’s birth journey. He recounts his experiences as a young reporter, including his initial pitch for the show.

On his show, Phillips and his wife, Kelli, roam the state, interviewing all kinds of ordinary, interesting Texans doing interesting things. Sometimes their trips in red, white and blue SUVs bring them to our neighborhood, to places like Jimmy’s Food Store, the Bryan Street Italian grocery store operated by the DiCarlo family.

When Phillips lived in East Dallas, neighbors may have seen him feeding stray animals in his backyard, which provided them with a foster home.

“I really believe people are friendlier in East Dallas,” Phillips told The Advocate. “There is more openness. Everyone fits in. East Dallas has a personality of its own.

“A Good Long Drive” is available for purchase here.

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