Broadcast legend Bobbie Wygant has released her memoir, “Talking to the Stars: Bobbie Wygant’s 70 Years in Television.” The Meadowbrook United Methodist Women had the privilege of hosting her at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in MUMC’s Fellowship Hall. During her seven-decade career, Wygant interviewed thousands of the most notable entertainers and celebrities from Bob Hope and Jane Fonda to Denzel Washington and Matt Damon. She was live on her midday program “Dateline” on Nov. 22, 1963, when news broke of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
A few months later, she interviewed the Beatles during their debut U.S. tour. Her publisher, TCU Press, has shared her speaking date with its regular subscribers so we may have a big turnout besides our own members.
Bobbie will sign books at the reception following the program. Refreshments will be served by Myra-Margaret Circle members.
A memorable night with Bobbie Wygant
Broadcast legend Bobbie Wygant came to Meadowbrook UMC Tuesday night to share stories from her memoir, “Talking to the Stars: Bobbie Wygant’s 70 Years in Television.” But the order of the program quickly switched when Mrs. Wygant graciously began signing her books for United Methodist Women who surrounded her as soon as she arrived in the Fellowship Hall. She then spent 45 minutes regaling us with tales of her adventures as the first woman broadcaster hired by Amon Carter two weeks before the Channel 5 went on the air in Fort Worth in 1948 as the first television station between the Mississippi River and California. From her childhood favorite, Bob Hope, who nearly tossed her from a golf cart during one free-wheeling interview, to Bette Davis, who passed on her “no nostril shot” admonition to photographers, Mrs. Wygant was an award-winning entertainment reporter. But she rose to the occasion when word of President John Kennedy’s 1963 assassination was called into the station during her live interview show. She calmly continued her interview, breaking in from time to time to relay news updates from news reporters in Dallas.