A Good Long Drive: Fifty Years of Texas Country Reporter

by Bob Phillips 

The University of Texas Press, 2021

Texas Country Reporter host Bob Phillips celebrates 50 years of production and many memorable interviews and visits in his new memoir, A Good Long Drive: Fifty Years of Texas Country Reporter.

Phillips' story began when he pitched the idea to a television station as a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His signature show is the longest running independently produced television show in the U.S.

The half-hour program is now syndicated throughout the state, is a favorite among generations of Texans, and is even celebrated with its own annual festival in Waxahachie.

The memoir recounts many memorable, unusual, and challenging tales, including shows that featured Willie Nelson and former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry. Phillips also recounts behind the scenes drama in the television industry, describes the people, places, and culture of Texas, and encourages us to see life's journey as a destination.

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