If you need a live host for your event that will delight crowds, go to Tony Green. But a native of Fort Worth is more than just a party life. It has a growing presence in the media: online talk shows, podcasts and the local television segment. It uses all its diverse platforms to promote the city’s cultural scene.
“My main task is to attract people to this great city,” he said during a recent interview at the Dryce Hotel.
Green, standing 6’3 ″ with perfect style and powerful laughter, is quite difficult to overlook. Ten minutes into our conversation and a friend has already noticed it.
“I have to say hello,” he says with a bright smile on his face as hotel owner Jonathan Morris approaches.
These chance encounters are quite typical of Green.
“I think it happens literally everywhere he goes when he walks into a room,” Morris said. “He commands it, but at the same time, he’s always welcome in this area.”
The man who once nicknamed “Best Local Celebrity” in town in Fort Worth Weekly has never had a problem finding attention. As a child, Green pushed for theatrical rehearsals among high school football practice.
“My first role? “Oh my God, that was My Fair Lady, and I was Mr. Higgins, who is like a professor partner,” Green said.
The stage may have sparked his hobby of entertainment, but it was his reputation as a bartender that connected him to who’s who in Fort Worth.
“I’ve always tried to make sure people have a great experience,” he said. “That carried over to me being offered hosting.” These are all things I do. I could organize, sing and party. So we’ll do it. “
Green could take the charisma elsewhere, but after internships in New York and Dallas, he returned home.
“Fort Worth was like this place, which grew so much and the culture really expanded,” he said. “Then they caught me too.” So it was a matter of mutual understanding. That’s the best thing for everyone involved. “
The city agreed. NBC 5 caught him up for the lifestyle segment on “Texas Today” and in 2019 launched his own online talk show.
A large crowd gathered at the Shipping & Receiving Bar for a live pilot episode of “Hello, I’m Tony Green.” He says bar co-owner Eddie Vanston gave him the idea.
“I really think we did it for the city,” Green said. “It was like a night in town.” You can come to a live talk show. Nobody has the party we saw on the spot. “
Sending and receiving have stopped since then, but there is no shortage of background in Fort Worth for Green. He teamed up with Modern for a holiday show with a wild exaggerated entrance. Dressed in red velvet, he rode in a small pontoon boat floating on the water surrounding the art museum.
“It was really great for all of us to have that experience together, the production team and just my friends,” he said. “My mom has to figure it out.” She must have seen, I think, two shows before she went through. That was really important to me. “
And his brand is constantly growing. Last year, Green launched a podcast with his friend Henry Abuto, who owns a local catering company, Wasonga. The pair covers local art, culture, politics, commerce and more. Like his television projects, Green says “On the Same Page” is another way to tell the story of Fort Worth.
“We’ll just get there and start talking and it just works,” he said. “This is it.” It’s still often about the city, but we always try to talk in a way that makes sense to you, like this story about a place you don’t know. “
His focus on Fort Worth made him a kind of unifier. Artists, business owners, journalists, musicians, drag queens, bartenders, each has a place when Tony Green moderates the show. It is his magic and that contagious laugh that makes us tune in.
“You don’t really turn it off, and I like Fort Worth’s attraction.” I like to use it in the city, “he said.
Whatever Green does, the culture in Cowtown is better for him.
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