You may want to start at
the KRLD Pictures Index Page, especially
if you have stumbled across this page through the use of a search engine.
These pictures were sent in by Leslie Turner, who says, "I bought a large
box of photos, negatives and camera equipment a couple of years ago that
belonged to Denny Hayes. I've been told he was one of the first staff
photographers for KRLD."
This appears to be a gold mine of historical photos, judging by the samples I have seen so far.
This page is now divided into three sections: The first section pertains to the original Cedar Hill
tower and KRLD-TV's new transmitter building, built in 1955. The second section pertains to KRLD
Radio, mostly having to do with the 1080-kHz transmitter in Garland. The third section is an assortment
of ID photos of the KRLD staff in the early 1940s, from what I can gather.
Section 1 Photos pertaining to KRLD-TV
(Click to enlarge)
Cedar Hill photo #18.
Cedar Hill photo #25.
These three men have now been identified by Charlie Dobkins as "Roy Flynn (chief engineer),
Joe Davenport (finances), and Walter Jennings (AM plant supervisor)."
Cedar Hill photo #27.
This man is also pictured
on this page, and from the caption
on that photo, this is apparently John W. Runyon, President of the Dallas Times Herald.
As more pictures are received, I'll put them up on this page. Here are a couple more from the
impromptu ceremony at the tower base, as the first leg of the tower was placed on the base.
Cedar Hill photo #35.
Cedar Hill photo #6.
More pictures have arrived, and at the moment I have neither the time nor the energy to add them to this
page. By the end of this week, I hope to have most of the new pictures posted here,
but for now, here are a few representative samples.
Cedar Hill May/June 1955 photo #57.
This is a new General Electric TV transmitter. What a beauty. The great thing about transmitters
of this vintage is the number of analog panel meters and knobs and switches on the front panel.
This transmitter was eventually replaced by an RCA transmitter, which in turn was replaced
by a Harris Platinum transmitter in another nearby building, and ultimately the station switched
to the digital (8-VSB) mode on UHF, using a Comark transmitter.
Cedar Hill May/June 1955 photo #65.
This is the receiving end of a Collins microwave system. This studio-to-transmitter link (STL)
was used for about the next 30 years.
Cedar Hill, 3/13/1955, photo #9.
The basement for the KRLD-TV transmitter building was carved out of the rock.
Cedar Hill, 3/13/1955, photo #17.
These two girls show the size of the tower base before any steel is stacked on it.
Cedar Hill photo #1.
Cedar Hill photo #2.
The first piece of the tower is in place.
Cedar Hill photo #3.
Cedar Hill photo #28.
Someone arrived in a '51 Plymouth.
Cedar Hill photo #30.
The first section of the tower, about ten feet, is in place. These guys knew what they were doing,
and didn't mind walking around on the tower without being tethered to it.
Cedar Hill May/June 1955 #4.
The tower is 60 or 80 feet tall at this point.
Cedar Hill May/June 1955 #59.
Cedar Hill photo #38.
Cedar Hill May/June 1955 photo #40.
There was only one telephone company in town.
Cedar Hill May/June 1955 photo #41.
The phone company cars were olive drab.
Cedar Hill May/June 1955 photo #77.
Section 2 Photos pertaining to KRLD Radio
When I first saw this photo, I thought it was too old to pertain to KRLD, but close inspection of the
microphone shows the KRLD call letters.
According to KRLD's current Chief Engineer, Eric Disen, this "appears to me to be the
entire KRLD radio station in the early days from the Adolphus Hotel."
Notice that the producer is giving hand signals to the talent in the next room, because
IFB hadn't been
Mr. Disen says, this "looks to me like an amateur radio station from the early days, although
amateur stations and "commercial" stations weren't all that much different in 1925."
Probably right. I mean, of course he's right. There's a Morse code key on the
desk, which would indicate that it's an amateur station.
I took the liberty of flipping this picture horizontally, because the analog panel meters on the
electronic equipment showed that the picture was backwards.
This might be a production control room. I see a couple of turntables,
a mixer and a pack of Camels.
Out at the transmitter, the workshop has a drill press, a vise, a blowtorch, spare beacon bulbs,
and a fire extinguisher.
This is the KRLD transmitter in Garland with a special "keep out" sign that was in place during
World War II.
Free advice: whatever you do, stay outside this fence.
Looking southwest northwest at the Saturn Road transmitter site. Quite a contrast from the
fully populated neighborhood there today. (Thanks for Charlie Dobkins for pointing out that the picture
was flipped horizontally.) On the right side of the picture, notice that the ground shows signs of
recent plowing to install 120 equally spaced ground radials.
This is apparently the wartime security detail at the KRLD transmitter.
Comment added 11/20/2011:
Don Riley says this picture must have been flipped horizontally, unless these guys are all left-handed
shooters and are wearing non-standard shirts! I'll put it on my list of things to fix.
Photo #DH-012. This is KRLD's Western Electric transmitter.
Charlie Dobkins used to work at this site, and he fills in a few details about this transmitter: "It
was a water cooled Dougherty transmitter that was really reliable. It was really big; the ceramic
tubing that insulated the water cooled final took up a whole room under the transmitter. The power
transformer and choke had a basement room of their own. And the cooling fans had a room on the
north side of the building, which is visible in the photos. Final voltage was 18,000 volts at
3 to 5 amperes. The final tubes were about 4½ feet tall.
This is the auxiliary equipment at the KRLD transmitter, including a shotgun, just in case
enemy soldiers stormed the place.
This is an engineer making field strength measurements somewhere near Dallas, at
night (obviously) while the station is in the directional mode.
Whatever this is, it's heavy.
KRLD Shot #014.
Mmmm... Three phase power.
KRLD Shot #017.
When they say, "Danger," they mean it.
I'm not sure what's in those first two racks, but the third rack includes a frequency monitor and a
The KRLD company picnic
Charlie Dobkins wrote in and identified a couple of people in this picture. The three men on the right
are J. B. McTaggert (director), someone as yet unidentified, and Herschel Wilson (engineer).
Notice that even with an abundant supply of beer all around, Herschel Wilson is enjoying a Coca-Cola in
the good old 6½-ounce bottle.
Charlie Dobkins identifies this man as Ted Parino.
KRLD employee ID photos
Except for the first four, none of these are in the "Click to enlarge" mode. If you would like to
see the larger version of any of these, or if you can identify any of these people,
please . If you hover over a photo,
your browser should show you the name of the file.
The man on the far left in the first row immediately below has been identified as Ves R. Box. The
person making the identification is Ves R. Box, Jr., who says of his father, "He began working for
KRLD radio in 1940 as a news and sports announcer and later served as Program Director, Vice President and
President of Channel 4, retiring in 1972. Here is
a larger version of the photo.
In the row above, the man on the far right has been identified (by his son) as Thomas Gordon Barnes,
known as "TG", who worked for KRLD 30 years or more.