Old Photos of KRLD-TV From the
Charley Dobkins Collection
KRLD-TV engineer Charley Dobkins recently sent me these pictures. There are six or eight
people I recognize in these pictures, but of course these pictures were taken long before I
met any of them.
Just a reminder: Click the "thumbnail" pictures to enlarge them.
Dig that fancy Master Control
switcher! It looks like a "handwriting analysis" machine at the State Fair! The film chain controls
are on the right, and the two racks on the left are for utility monitors. Charley Dobkins is on the right,
and the man on the left might be Royce Jones.
Left to right: H. H. Whittenburg,
Charley Dobkins, Gene Pasalek, Leroy May, and Richard Bauer.
The studio crew in "hurry up and wait" mode. The
man on the left is unidentified, but the man on the right is Al Montez.
It was casual day in the videotape room.
Here we see Gene Dimock and director Bernie Deford.
Ken Hunter and Marvin Reynolds in the studio,
with an old black-and-white camera.
Charley says this is the view from the control
room, looking into Studio A. But I thought the Studio A control room had always been on the
Fox 4's Ron Dowd offered an explanation yesterday, when I showed him these pictures. Before the
building was expanded in 1963, Studio A and its control room were on the ground floor. After the
building expansion, Studio A became the front lobby and reception area, while the control room became the
General Manager's office. That explains why both of those rooms were so huge.
Ben Molina and Tony Garrett.
Richard Bauer at the controls of the VR-1000.
Jim Birdsong in the
KRLD radio control room.
Another view of the radio
control room. There is a Magnecorder in the upper right, sitting on a shelf.
I've worked with Magnecorders before, back in the early 1970s, and I found them to be
barely adequate for the task of recording and playing back taped programs. Too bad eBay wasn't around
back then, because the Magnecorders I knew were not quite old enough for a museum, but too old to be of any
value, except in the most frugal radio stations in the most insignificant cities. And that's exactly
where I worked.
Otto Nilson in the radio
Tony Garrett prepares for a newscast.
Notice the film projector, the rotary-dial phone, the ashtray, the 6½ ounce Coke bottle,
the manual typewriter, and the Brylcreem.
Al Montez, Richard Kelly, Jack Harrison and
Jim Underwood in the KRLD-TV studio.
Richard Kelly (holding a cigarette) and
Jack Harrison announcing, with the
photographer's reflection in the window.
A crew of seven (plus the photographer
who took this picture, I assume) arrives for a Sunday morning church remote. By 1982, these remotes were
done by a two- or three-person crew; one to run the camera and the other to set up a signal from the church back to the
studio, and (sometimes) a third person at the studio to run a camera for the sign language interpreter. By
about 1990 the church remotes were completely eliminated.