Sunday, September 23, 2007

BROADCAST LEGENDS from Out of the Past

Granville Klink Chief Engineer WTOP began his radio career in the 1930's. In his long career, he worked with Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. In this tape he shows one of the microphones used by President Roosevelt in his weekly "Fireside Chats." Granny was truly one of the "pioneers" of the broadcast industry.

GRANVILLE KLINK Longtime Chief Engineer for CBS and WTOP


Ranger Hal Shaw was truly a Washington institution. His kid show was the most popular in town for many years. The adults will enjoy watching their childhood hero, Ranger Hal. (Incidentally, Hal was one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know.)

RANGER HAL SHAW Children's Show Host

"Lookout Lee" Shephard. In the days when announcers wore many hats, Lee was chosen to fill in for the popular Ranger Hal when he was on vacation.

Ranger Hal's substitute
(Thankfully, this is very short.)

Ed Walker
was one half of the popular JOY BOYS team, who were heard evenings on WRC radio. Willard Scott was the other JOY BOY and it was the most popular evening radio show in Washington for many years. To listen to some of their classic "bits" go to
Ed is heard every Sunday night on WAMU FM where he features old radio dramas from the 40's and 50's. Ed is probably the most knowledgeable radio historian in the country.


Julian Barber joined WTOP-TV in the mid 50's and within a few short years became the number one newscaster in Washington. He held that title for almost 20 years. His "kicker" stories at the end of each newscast became his trade mark. Julian was a serious newscaster with a keen sense of humor which set him apart from the pack.


Julian Barber and Wendy Reiger, two of Washington's premier newscasters informally discuss the broadcasting news business. Very informative.


David French worked locally for WTOP-TV news for a number of years, then went to CNN as the weekend anchor. Dave was among the many WTOP personalities who went from "local" fame to "national" (in Dave's case international) fame.


Ed Bliss was the writer and editor for Edward R.Murrow's evening newscasts on CBS radio in the 50's and early 60's. Later, he performed the same duties for Walter Cronkite's evening TV newscast. (He describes himself during those years as "the bald headed man walking around the CBS newsroom handing Cronkite late breaking stories.)

ED BLISS Edward R. Murrow's writer and editor

ED BLISS (Part Two)


Eddie Gallagher hosts the opening of Broadcast house on Feb 10th 1954

Bill Trumbull
Trumbull is best remembered for the TRUMBULL AND CORE show the popular afternoon drive program that ran for over 20 years on WMAL radio.
Washingtonians still remember features of that show like 'Boring Facts," Jackie Bill, the fast talking stand up comedian (Bill Trumbull of course), and the spectacular annual GROSS NATIONAL PARADE down Georgetown's main street.

BILL TRUMBULL Radio Personality

FRANK HARDEN was half of the most successful Washington morning teams ever: The HARDEN AND WEAVER SHOW heard on WMAL for almost 40 years. Jackson Weaver is no longer with us, but his son, Mark Weaver is now a top newsman for WMAL Radio.


Buddy Belote one of the earliest of WTOP's technical staff, was one of the best, and most highly respected radio engineers in the business. He bagan his career with WINX in Maryland. WTOP inherited Buddy when they purchased that station in the early 50's.


Bob Raiford began his radio career in North Carolina in 1945. He discusses the ups and downs of being a free spirit in the broadcasting business. He freely talks about the several times he was fired over the years. Bob is now a fixture on THE BIG SHOW, a syndicated morning show heard on over 100 radio stations.

BOB RAIFORD Personality

Jim Silman was one of the early TV directors at WTOP- TV and CBS. Jim was also a programing executive for WTOP-TV. He directed all the Redskin Broadcasts from the very beginning of TV football coverage in the early 50's through the early 70's. As TV program director, he created the Ranger Hal Show.

JIM SILMAN TV Director and Program Executive

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Don Richards replaced Walter Cronkite on the WTOP-TV evening newscast in the early 50's. He was President Eisenhour's favorite newscaster. Don also portrayed RAMA of the JUNGLE....a kiddie show which followed the evening news. TV WAS different in those days.

DON RICHARDS Personality

BILL MAYHUGH RADIO PERSONALITY is best remembered for his many years with WMAL as the voice of nighttime in Washington. As a former musician, along with Felix Grant, were widely admired for their vast musical knowledge.

BILL MAYHUGH Radio Personality

LEE REYNOLDS was the popular CAPTAIN TUGG seen on WTTG from 1958 till 1966. He started at WTTG as a TV Director. Chuck Langdon interviewed Reynolds in 1993.


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