Frequently Asked Questions
something about TCR? I've probably answered your question right here.
If not, then please contact us. -Bob Phillips
2. How do I contact someone I saw on TCR?
3. How do I get an event listed on the show or website?
4. How do I submit a story idea?
7. Didn't you have a different theme song? Can I get a copy?
8. I love the background music y'all use! Where does it come from?
Can I use a TCR story for...?
Wasn't the show called "4 Country Reporter" or
"8 Country Reporter" ?
What's Escondida Resort?
14. Other questions
You can watch TCR in three places:
2) RFD-TV, a national cable & satellite channel for rural Americans. You can watch us Friday at 8:30pm and Saturday at 6:30am CENTRAL. You may also stumble across archived episodes known as TCR Classics. What's coming up this week on RFD-TV?
3) Our YouTube channel features selected story segments for anyone to watch any time.
Contact information for every TCR story since 2003 is in the Episode Guide right here on our website, organized by year. Episodes shown on RFD-TV have their own Episode Guide for RFD-TV. Press 'CTRL + F' to bring up a search box on those pages. And if you're really stumped, don't forget about Google.
It is HIGHLY recommended that you call destinations ahead of time before setting out on your own backroads adventure. Small town businesses and people can move at a moment's notice.
Just follow the instructions on our Events Calendar to get your event considered for the show and the website. We only have room for a few events in the show, but room for all of them on the website.
Please understand we can't "cover" events during Texas Country Reporter. That's best left to local TV stations and newspapers in your community who work on much tighter deadlines than we do.
It's easy. You can submit your story idea online! Alternatively, you can send a letter to Story Ideas, P.O. Box 565246, Dallas, TX 75356. Photos and articles are always a plus, just be sure you can let us keep whatever you send.
We carefully consider ALL story ideas, but can only respond to ideas we're using right away.
Please understand we can't air stories about events. That's best left to local TV stations and newspapers in your community who work on much tighter deadlines than we do.
The oldest show available is #524, 9-13-1997. A music licensing issue prevents us from providing older episodes.
The suspension bridge featured in our opening credits is called the Regency Bridge.
To reach it, take Hwy 16 south from Goldthwaite or north from San Saba. About two miles north of San Saba's main business district, you will see FM 500. Take FM 500 West for approximately 19 miles. You should see a sign at that point for the community of Regency and the Regency Bridge on your right (North) at FM433. Regency Bridge is less than a mile from the there down a dirt road.
Be sure and take someone with you, for the bridge is located in a somewhat remote location.
Texas Country Reporter and previous versions of the show (4 Country, 8 Country) have used two different theme songs. The version we use now is an original piece we had scored and recorded - "The Texas Country Reporter Theme". The piano version of this song plays during the last segment of most episodes. At this time it's not available to the general public.
The first theme song was an edited version of the "Hill Country Theme". Some versions of it are available on iTunes. This instrumental version, recorded by the Boston Pops and Arthur Fiedler, is on the 1968 RCA album, "Pops Goes West" [record number LSC-3008]. This album is currently out of print and is not available on CD, but may be found in used record stores.
Willie Nelson recorded lyrics to the "Hill Country Theme" in the early 70's. It's on the album "Texas in My Soul." It's also in a CD box set called "Nashville Was the Roughest," on disc 7, track 5. It was released in 1998. Barnes & Noble, Borders, or a local music store may be able to order the box set for you. It is also available on amazon.com.
The full recording citation for ordering the Willie Nelson box set:
Nashville Was The Roughest [BOX SET] by Willie Nelson. Audio CD. Original Release Date: June 2, 1998. Number of Discs: 8. Bear Family (Ger); ASIN: B000007OCO.
Music used throughout the show is either a variation of "The Texas Country Reporter Theme" (see #4) or from a production music library. Our production music library contains thousands of original pieces designed for movie, TV, and advertising producers.
Usually we don't know ourselves until a couple weeks ahead of time. Sometimes we hold stories for months. Sometimes we turn them in a few weeks. Your best bet is to check the "What's on the Show?" page each week. If you are the person we featured, we'll give you a call before it airs.
RFD-TV runs on a different schedule than Texas TV stations. Stories that show on local Texas TV stations generally hit RFD-TV about a year later. Check our RFD-TV Episode Guide to find out what's coming up. We also show archived episodes called "TCR Classics" exclusively on RFD-TV.
This is a tricky one. We don't have a schedule for our YouTube Channel, so we can't guarantee when or if a particular story will get featured. But there is a minimum wait time. A story must air twice on our local affiliates before we can consider it for YouTube. After that, it's in the running along with all our other stories.
Due to copyright laws, no one but Phillips Productions is allowed to post TCR segments online.
a) Educational use in a classroom? Yes.
b) As part of a media kit for my art / music / restaurant / museum that TCR featured? Yes.
c) A display at my place of business that TCR featured? Yes.
d) Another TV or cable program? ONLY with written permission from Phillips Productions.
e) My own website or YouTube channel? No. (You may link to or embed our YouTube videos)
Yes. In 1972 we called it "4 Country Reporter," because we started on Channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Then we moved to Channel 8 and became, you guessed it, "8 Country Reporter." In 1986 we expanded all across Texas, and we changed it to Texas Country Reporter, of course! I've been the host since our 2nd season, way back in 1973.
Escondida Resort is our luxury getaway tucked into the hills of Medina, Texas, opened in 2006. It features 10 guest rooms arranged around a Spanish-style courtyard and a spa for health and beauty treatments. You can often find me there on weekends and holidays for special events. Visit EscondidaResort.com for photos, rates, and reservation info.
If your question isn't addressed here, we'll be happy to help you find the answer. Please contact us.