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Starting with a show called "Hostess House" on KTVA channel 11, and later renamed "The Norma Goodman Show", the first lady of Alaska television, Norma Goodman, remained on the air for more than 50 years.
They were our friends, whether you knew them or not -
Norma Goodman and Theda Comstock came into our homes to tell us what was happening in and around Anchorage, Alaska, to introduce us to interesting people, to share a recipe, and bring us the latest news and weather.
Do you remember listening to your favorite Anchorage, Alaska radio
personalities while at home, traveling in your car, truck, or at work?
How would you like to hear many of them doing their radio shows once again?
Soon after the Mother Moose TV show premiered on KTVA, Larry and Carol
took the show on the road by doing live Mother Moose appearances at
local grocery stores and other venues.
Today, the Mother Moose Show remains a fond memory
Do you remember when television in Anchorage brought you Christmas and holiday shows two weeks later?
Remember when KENI-TV began broadcasting NBC's "Huntley-Brinkley Report" on the same evening it was broadcast in the lower 48?
Over the years, Anchorage Romper Room Hostesses included Carol Larson, Carolyn Guess and Nielia LeSchell.
The children always called them "Miss Carol, Miss Carolyn and Miss Nielia." Fun Anchorage radio and television history.
By Ron Moore
"The Royal Coachman Theme was written while I was in the Army and an accident placed me in the hospital."
Hear the Royal Coachman radio theme song right now.
The McKinley building, the original KTVA studios
It may have been the most creative and interesting way for Alaskan's to wake up in Anchorage television history.
"Breakfast in Bedlam", with hosts Josef Princiotta and Merrill Mael, premiered on KTVA channel 11 in 1965.
The show was broadcast live from 7:00am to 9:00am Monday through Friday.
"It was really early Facebook with a twist.
Alaskan's would call in and ask us to send messages to family of friends out in the bush."
Since KENI radio was a 50,000 watt clear channel station, it's signal reached out a long way into the bush. Amazing Anchorage radio and television history.
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The Mother Moose TV Show
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The Royal Coachman Theme
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Norma Goodman Said What?
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KFQD radio, back in the 1940s
Alaska's first radio station
Growing up in Anchorage and south central Alaska,
we listened to the radio and watched our local television stations.
And we all have fond memories of our favorite shows,
and radio and TV personalities.
The first radio station in Anchorage was KFQD, signing on May 17th in 1924. KENI radio first came on the air on May 2nd, 1948.
Our first television station was KTVA which was started by Augie Hiebert. KTVA came on the air on December 11, 1953 and broadcast from 2:00pm to 11:30pm from the first floor of the McKinley building (now the McKinely Tower Apartments at 337 E. 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage).
In 1955, Anchorage's second television station, KFIA began broadcasting. KFIA later became KENI-TV, now KTUU.
Do you remember listening to "Mukluk Telegraph" on KENI radio?
Do you remember "The Coke Show" with Ron Moore, Ruben Gains on KHAR and Herb Shaindlin hosting horror movies on KHAR-TV, (now KYUR) and doing commentaries and "Desperate and Dateless"?
Or how about "Ko Ko the KENI Clown" and Kartoon Karnival, or Hi-Jinks with Frank Feeman on KENI-TV, or "The Buckaroos" or "Romper Room" on KTVA?
And of course "Mother Moose" with Larry and Carol Beck, first on KTVA, then KENI-TV.
You can enjoy the "Mother Moose" theme song below
Anchorage Women's Shows
Remember Theda Comstock's "The Woman's Touch" on KENI-TV or "Hostess House", later "The Norma Goodman Show" on KTVA?
Anchorage Show for Teens
We even had Anchorage's own teen dance show, "The Varsity Show" on KTVA.
In Anchorage, we had two television stations until KHAR-TV came along, followed by KAKM, But even with only two TV stations, it seemed like we had more to watch back then, than we do now, in a world with hundreds of cable TV stations.
We had our own local news personalities, talk show hosts, late night TV hosts and our own kids shows.
And we loved them all.
Do you remember KENI-TV channel 2 covering the Fur Rondy sled dog races in black and white, with mushers like George Attla, Doctor Roland Lombard and Herbie Topkok? And the Fur Rondy parade TV coverage?
Those were the days.
Mike of Anchorage Memories behind the camera at KTVA in the McKinley building studios (after the 64 earthquake)
A Note From Mike
As I wrote this Anchorage Radio and Television Stories page, I experienced a flood of great memories.
You see, I began working in Anchorage television when I was just 18 years old. While I was in High School I decided on a career in television and motion picture production. So I auditioned to work on "The Varsity Show" teen dance program on KTVA channel 11.
Because of that, I was able to be a part of the Anchorage television and radio scene. I got to know people like Augie Hiebert, the broadcast pioneer who built Alaska's first TV station, KTVA. I also knew Al Bramstedt senior and Junior of KENI-TV, Herb Shaindlin, Dick Rand (KoKo the KENI Clown), Norma Goodman, Theda Comstock, Ron Moore, Marcus in the Morning, Jerry Rose (Peter Bie), Chuck Talsky and so many others.
Best of all, I met my future wife Mary in the studios of KTVA where she was a staff dancer on "The Varsity Show" while I was hosting the program.
And so, as I wrote this page, it came from my heart. And I hope these stories will bring back a flood of memories you you as well.