Broadcasting Vietnam

During the conflict in Vietnam, North Texas' local television news station, WBAP (now NBC), documented international events as well as the impact these events had on North Texas families and local industrial economies. The materials selected for this exhibit include digitized 16mm films and annotated broadcast scripts from the KXAS/NBC Television News Collection preserved by the University of North Texas Special Collections Department. For the purposes of this exhibit, we limited our selection of news coverage to the time period between April 1966 and September 1967.

NEWS SCRIPTS FROM THE NBC 5/KXAS NEWS SCRIPTS COLLECTION

To provide access to the large collection of broadcast footage contained in its original (and sometimes obsolete) film/video format, UNT Libraries is working to digitize the hundreds of thousands original broadcast scripts that begin in 1952. Digitized scripts are available on the Portal To Texas History

DIGITIZED FILMS WITH ACCOMPANYING NEWS SCRIPTS

The majority of early footage in the NBC 5/KXAS Collection is silent or partially silent. The news scripts provide researchers a primary access point, as well as context for the digitized footage.

DIGITIZED DAILY NEWS FOOTAGE 

Footage is digitized on demand, reel by reel. Researchers requesting specific news stories must pay to digitize all footage contained on that reel. Digitized footage is then edited into clips for each of the stories, described, and uploaded into the Portal to Texas History.