Amarillo Globe-News

The Amarillo Globe-News is a daily newspaper in Amarillo, Texas, owned by GateHouse Media. The newspaper is based at downtown's FirstBank Southwest Tower, but is printed at a facility in Lubbock.[2]

Amarillo Globe-News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
PublisherRobert Granfeldt
(as The Amarillo Daily News)
HeadquartersAmarillo, Texas
United States
Circulation24,000 daily
30,133 Sunday[1]


The current-day Globe-News is a combination of several newspapers previously published in Amarillo. One began on November 4, 1909, as a prohibition publication by the Baptist deacon Dr. Joseph Elbert Nunn (1851 – 1938). In 1916, Nunn turned the Amarillo Daily News into a general newspaper.

Nunn also owned an electric company, and heavily invested in the telephone company. He served on the boards of the Wayland Baptist College (now Wayland Baptist University) in Plainview, Texas, then at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University).

He went on to Lubbock, Texas, with the Goodnight Baptist College in the now ghost town of Goodnight in Armstrong County. The college and town were named for the legendary Texas Panhandle rancher Charles Goodnight.[3]

In 1926, Eugene A. Howe and Wilbur Clayton Hawk bought the Amarillo Daily News and merged it with their Globe newspaper to form the Amarillo Globe-News Publishing Company.

The Amarillo Times started on December 15, 1937, as an afternoon tabloid newspaper. On December 2, 1951, the Globe-News and Times were merged into one company with the majority of the stock owned by the Times' Roy Whittenburg family, being published by Samuel Benjamin Whittenburg (1914 – 1992). The Daily News continued as the morning newspaper, while the Globe-News and Times were merged into the afternoon Globe-Times.

The Amarillo Globe-Times won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for exposing government corruption in Potter and Randall counties.[4] The organization noted the paper "expos[ed] a breakdown in local law enforcement with resultant punitive action that swept lax officials from their posts and brought about the election of a reform slate."[5]

The company also purchased radio stations WDAG and KRGS (merging them to form KGNC in 1935),[6] and NBC television station KGNC-TV (now KAMR) in 1953.[7]

On September 1, 1972, Morris Communications bought the Globe-News from the Whittenburg family.[8]

In 2001, the Daily News and Globe-Times merged into one morning edition, the Globe-News.[9]

In 2017, Morris Communications sold its newspapers to GateHouse Media.[10]

The Globe-News moved in September 2018 from the building it occupied since 1949 on South Harrison Street on the west side of downtown. The newspaper chose to move to the FirstBank Southwest Tower on Tyler Street a few blocks away.[11]


Journalists who got their start at the Amarillo Globe-News include National Journal correspondent Major Garrett and Dow Jones Newswires columnist Al Lewis.

Nelson Clyde III, prominent publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph from 1990 until his death in 2007, worked at the Globe-News from 1966-1968.

Charles E. Maple, a journalist and chamber of commerce official, worked at the Globe-News as police and fire reporter at the start of his career in the middle 1950s.[12]


  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. Archived from the original on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. ^ Tim Howsare, "Globe-News announces move to new building", Amarillo Globe-News, September 16, 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  3. ^ Joseph Elbert Nunn exhibit at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
  4. ^ Kleiner, Diana J. "Amarillo News and Globe-Times". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Business @marillo Globe-News: WDAG made first broadcast with 10 watts of power 5/18/97
  7. ^ Trial and error signal beginning of KGNC
  8. ^ Grimes, Millard (1985). The last linotype: the story of Georgia and its newspapers since World War II. p. 163. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  9. ^ E Pluribus Unum: Globe-News has deep roots
  10. ^ "Morris Announces Sale of Publications to Gatehouse Media". Morris Communications. 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  11. ^ Tim Howsare, "Globe-News announces move to new building", Amarillo Globe-News, September 16, 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  12. ^ "Charles E. Maple". The Shreveport Times and Amarillo Globe-News through November 26, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2015.

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2010 Arkansas Diamonds season

The 2010 Arkansas Diamonds season was the franchise's eleventh season as a football franchise, first in the Indoor Football League, and only season as the "Arkansas Diamonds". The team, led by head coach Danton Barto, played their home games at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The Diamonds finished the regular season with an 11-3 record (6-1 in division play) and first place in the 2010 Lonestar East Division. The team's playoff run ended with a loss to the Billings Outlaws in the Intense Conference Finals. For the 2011 season, the team relocated to Texas as the Allen Wranglers.

2015 Amarillo Venom season

The 2015 Amarillo Venom season was the team's twelfth season as a professional indoor football franchise, sixth as the "Amarillo Venom", and first as a member of Champions Indoor Football (CIF). The Venom were led by head coach Julian Reese. The defensive coordinator was Daniel Snyder, receivers coach was John King, assistant coach was Barrett Allen, wide receivers coach was Craig Fulton, special teams coach was Donna Welch, and the trainer was Nathan Johnson.

The Venom were the 2013 champions of the Lone Star Football League, just one season before it merged with the Champions Professional Indoor Football League and several other teams to form Champions Indoor Football. The Venom were one of nine teams in the CIF for the 2015 season. The Venom played their home games at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.

Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo ( AM-ə-RIL-oh) is the 14th-most populous city in the state of Texas, United States. It is also the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, and the seat of Potter County. A portion of the city extends into Randall County. The estimated population was 199,826 as of 2017. The Amarillo metropolitan area has an estimated population of 276,020 in four counties as of 2017. The metro population is projected to surpass 310,000 in 2020.Amarillo, originally named Oneida, is situated in the Llano Estacado region. The availability of the railroad and freight service provided by the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad contributed to the city's growth as a cattle-marketing center in the late 19th century.The city was once the self-proclaimed "Helium Capital of the World" for having one of the country's most productive helium fields. The city is also known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (as the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow), and most recently "Rotor City, USA" for its V-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft assembly plant, as well as "Bomb City". Amarillo operates one of the largest meat-packing areas in the United States. Pantex, the only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility in the country, is also a major employer. The location of this facility also gave rise to the nickname Bomb City. The attractions Cadillac Ranch and Big Texan Steak Ranch are located adjacent to Interstate 40. U.S. Highway 66 also passed through the city.

Amarillo Gold Sox

The Amarillo Gold Sox was the name of an American minor league baseball franchise that represented the city of Amarillo, Texas, in the Class D West Texas–New Mexico League, the Class A Western League and the Double-A Texas League at various times between 1939 and 1982.

Amarillo Sod Poodles

The Amarillo Sod Poodles, nicknamed the Soddies, are a Minor League Baseball team that will begin play as a member of the Texas League in Amarillo, Texas, in 2019. They will be the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. They will play their home games at Hodgetown, a new $45.5 million stadium in downtown Amarillo.

Amarillo Thunderheads

The Amarillo Thunderheads, formerly known as the Amarillo Sox, were a professional minor league baseball team based in Amarillo, Texas. They were members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league unaffiliated with Major League Baseball, and played their home games at Potter County Memorial Stadium.

The team relocated to Amarillo in 2011. They were previously known as the Pensacola Pelicans, based in Pensacola, Florida. On December 2, 2014 they changed their name to the Amarillo Thunderheads. Following the 2015 season, the team was merged into the Texas AirHogs.

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, USA. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm.

The installation half-buried ten Cadillacs (1949-1963) nose-first in the ground. Installed in 1974, the cars were either older running, used or junk cars — together spanning the successive generations of the car line — and the defining evolution of their tailfins.

Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts

Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts facility in downtown Amarillo, Texas, United States. The $30 million USD facility, opened in January 2006, houses the Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, Lone Star Ballet, and various events. The building was constructed by the Dallas office of Hunt Construction Group, while architectural design was by New York City firm Holzman Moss Architecture LLP.

The construction of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts was help started by Texas Panhandle philanthropist, Caroline Bush Emeny. In 1999, Bush Emeny created a fundraiser for the center, which raised about $12 million USD. In 2003, William S. Morris III, chairman and CEO of Augusta, Georgia-based Morris Communications, and parent company of the Amarillo Globe-News, donated $3 million USD to the center.

In August 2003, Hunt Construction Group, Inc. broke ground and cleared way on an empty lot in downtown Amarillo. The main theater portion of the building is wrapped in red sandstone, which depicts the walls of nearby Palo Duro Canyon. The building's three-levels contains administrative offices, dressing rooms and staging areas. The center has a 1,300-seat auditorium, which is 1,000 fewer seats than the Amarillo Civic Center auditorium. The glass curtain wall on the east side of the building represents a sunrise over Palo Duro Canyon.


KAMR-TV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 19), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Amarillo, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also operates Fox affiliate KCIT (channel 14) and low-powered MyNetworkTV affiliate KCPN-LP (channel 33) under joint sales and shared services agreements with the latter two stations' owner, Mission Broadcasting.

All three stations share studios on Southeast 11th Avenue and South Fillmore Street in downtown Amarillo (500 feet [150 m] northwest of the studios of ABC affiliate KVII-TV [channel 7]); KAMR and KCIT share transmitter facilities on Dumas Drive (U.S. 87-287) and Reclamation Plant Road in rural unincorporated Potter County. On cable, the station is available on Suddenlink Communications channel 5 in Amarillo, and on channel 4 on other providers in outlying areas of the market.


KCPN-LP, UHF analog channel 33, is a low-powered MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Amarillo, Texas, United States. Owned by Mission Broadcasting, it is a sister station to Fox affiliate KCIT (channel 14); Nexstar Media Group, which owns NBC affiliate KAMR-TV (channel 4), operates KCPN and KCIT under joint sales and shared services agreements. All three stations share studios on Southeast 11th Avenue and South Fillmore Street in downtown Amarillo (500 feet [150 m] northeast of the studios of ABC affiliate KVII-TV [channel 7]); KCPN-LP's transmitter is located on Dumas Drive (U.S. 87-287) and Reclamation Plant Road in rural unincorporated Potter County.

KCPN-LP does not operate a digital signal of its own, and at the present time, there are no plans to convert the station's signal to digital. In addition, the analog station's signal contour is limited to the immediate Amarillo area, the nearby suburb of Bishop Hills and certain adjoining areas of Potter and Randall counties. However, KCPN-LP receives full-market over-the-air digital coverage via KAMR's second digital subchannel. This signal broadcasts on UHF channel 19.2 (or virtual channel 4.2 via PSIP) from a separate transmitter site on Dumas Drive and Reclamation Plant Road. Ever since its inception, the KAMR-DT2 simulcast of this station had been presented in 480i 4:3 standard definition; however, around September 2017, KAMR-DT2 had been upgraded into 1080i 16:9 high definition.On cable, KCPN is available on Suddenlink Communications channel 7 in Amarillo. (KVII, which broadcasts over-the-air on channel 7, is carried on cable channel 8 on Suddenlink's Amarillo system.)


KGNC is a radio broadcast service in Amarillo, Texas, United States. It operates KGNC (710 AM) and KGNC-FM (97.9 FM). Both stations are owned by the Alpha Media LLC. Studios for both AM and FM partners are located in southwest Amarillo near the former Western Plaza shopping center.

KGNC was formed when the Amarillo Globe-News Publishing Company purchased two radio stations, WDAG and KRGS. WDAG was the first radio station in Amarillo. On December 24, 1958, KGNC aired the first FM broadcast in the Amarillo region.

KGNC boasts a relatively large coverage area, due to its fairly high power (10,000-watt signal) and the surrounding area's high ground conductivity, based from its transmitter northeast of Amarillo in Carson County. KGNC provides at least secondary coverage of large portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico, including such cities as Lubbock and Abilene, Texas; Clovis and Roswell, New Mexico and Garden City, Kansas. Under the right conditions, KGNC's signal has been received during the day in the suburbs of Dallas and Oklahoma City. At night, KGNC can sometimes be heard as far west as Tucson, Arizona.

710 AM is a United States clear-channel frequency, on which WOR in New York, New York and KIRO in Seattle, Washington share Class A status. Other stations on this frequency must protect the nighttime skywave signals of the Class A stations, with reduced power and/or directional signals.

KGNC-FM airs a country music format while KGNC broadcasts news and provides syndicated talk show programs such as The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Kim Komando Show. The transmitter for this station is in unincporated Potter County north of Amarillo.

Both stations are responsible for activation of the Emergency Alert System in the Amarillo area.


KQIZ-FM is a Rhythmic Top 40 music formatted radio station in Amarillo, Texas, United States. KQIZ is owned by the media company, Cumulus Media. Its studios are located at the Amarillo Building downtown on Polk Street, and its transmitter tower is based north of the city on the property of television station KFDA-TV in unincorporated Potter County.

It was originally a Top 40 radio station called Z-93. In September 2000, it altered its format from the Pop/CHR-styled Top 40 format to the current one consisting of Hip Hop, R&B and some Dance music and changed its name to 93.1 The Beat. The first song under their new format was "Party Up" by rapper DMX.KQIZ was owned by Wiskes Abaris Communications until they were acquired by Cumulus Media in 1998.


KXGL is a commercial radio station located in Amarillo, Texas, broadcasting on 100.9 FM. KXGL airs a classic hits music format branded as "The Eagle". Under ownership of Alpha Media, studios are located in southwest Amarillo (in the same building as sister stations KGNC-AM-FM), and its transmitter is north of the city in unincorporated Potter County.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is a newspaper based in Lubbock, Texas, United States. It is owned by GateHouse Media.

Paul Harpole

Paul Harpole (born 1950) is an American politician and businessman who served as the Mayor of Amarillo, Texas, the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, from May 2011 to May 2017. He chose not to seek re-election in 2017. Before serving as mayor, Harpole was an Amarillo City Councilmember from May 2005 to May 2007.Throughout his political career, Harpole has focused on improving downtown Amarillo. He is the vice-chairman of the downtown Center City Amarillo Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board, which diverts property tax revenues in the zone to projects with the goal of improving the area. As mayor, he has explored plans to build a baseball stadium and a parking garage in Amarillo. However, the development partners that the city worked with for three years suddenly went out of business in January 2015, causing a setback.

Harpole has also received media attention for his comments on refugees in Amarillo, which receives more refugees per capita than any other Texas city. He has expressed concern for the city's ability to accommodate the relatively large number, but has asserted that Amarillo is supportive and accepting of refugees.

St. Andrew's Episcopal School (Amarillo, Texas)

St. Andrew's Episcopal School is a private school located in Amarillo, Texas, United States, providing education from pre-kindergarten to grade 8. The school was founded in 1951. In December 2010, the Plainview (Texas) Daily Herald described St. Andrew's as "regarded among the [Texas] Panhandle's finest private schools."

Stanley Marsh 3

Stanley Marsh 3 (January 31, 1938 – June 17, 2014), was an American artist, businessman, philanthropist, and prankster from Amarillo, Texas. He is perhaps best known for having been the sponsor of the Cadillac Ranch, an unusual public art exhibit off historic Route 66, now Interstate 40, west of Amarillo. He was born in Amarillo in 1938. Well known as a prolific child sex offender.

The Bryan-College Station Eagle

The Eagle, officially known as The Bryan-College Station Eagle, is a daily newspaper based out of Bryan, Texas. Centered in Brazos County, the paper covers an eight-county area around Bryan-College Station that includes Texas A&M University. First published as the Weekly Eagle in 1889, it transitioned to a daily in 1913.

The Eagle has won multiple awards, including Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards, as well as Newspaper Association of America circulation awards. The paper's average weekday circulation is 19,132.The Eagle was owned by the Evening Post Publishing Company from 2001 to 2012, when it was sold to Berkshire Hathaway to become part of its BH Media Group subsidiary. Previously, the newspaper was owned by Belo Corp. from 1995-2001, Worrell Newspapers from 1988-1995, Harte-Hanks Communications from 1962-1988 and local ownership prior to that.Jerry Wayne "Wags" Waggoner (1936-2015) was from 1971 to 1986 executive sports editor and managing editor of The Eagle. He then joined the Killeen Daily Herald, where after a heart attack in 1990, he became a freelance writer until 2011 for other newspapers, including The Eagle. In his 50-year journalism career, Waggoner also worked for the Amarillo Globe News, Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegram, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and the 12th Man Foundation in College Station. A narcolepsy patient, Waggoner once won second-place in a writing contest for coverage of a game of which he was asleep during half of the competition. A native of Stamford in Jones County, Waggoner attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville and served in the United States Army. He spent his last years back in Bryan, where he died of a heart attack at the age of seventy-nine.

Western Crossing

Western Crossing, formerly known as Western Plaza, is a shopping mall in Amarillo, Texas, United States. It opened in 1968 with a construction cost of approximately US$13 million. Western Plaza was once a main shopping point in Amarillo, but from the 1980s to 2000s has suffered stores leaving its complex. It is demolished and a new shopping center is being built. The Western Crossings shopping center is estimated to cost US$40 million.

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