What are your Anchorage Radio and Television memories of your favorite local radio and TV personalities and your favorite shows?
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 McKinley 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.
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Brings Color TV
Remember when color TV first arrived in Anchorage? The following is from an interview with Al Bramstedt Jr, conducted by Hilary Hilscher. Al …
Live Network Television
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and Chilkoot Charlie
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Anchorage Radio Personalities
Where Are They Now?
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Herb Shaindlin handed my friend Bob Martin a small cardboard match from one of those flip up match packs you carry in your pocket. Then Herb told Bob …
KWKO Fm Stereo 102.1
Anchorages home of
My broadcast career started with Chet and Jo Gordon, owners of KBYR AM/FM in 1965. Chet tried to sell the FM side. There were no buyers, so he shut …
KTVA News Anchor
Back in 1965, not long after the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, when I began working at KTVA channel 11 in Anchorage, one of the first on-camera staff that …
Koko's Karnival of Klowns
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1964 Alaskan Earthquake
at KTVA Channel 11
It was March 27, 1964. I had just finished hosting "The Buckaroo Show" on KTVA from the first floor of the McKinley Building. And as the host "Deputy …
President Nixon Meets
in Anchorage, Alaska
On September 26, 1971, Anchorage, Alaska television professionals showed the world an historic event. Scroll down to see the video. President Nixon …
The KTVA television director yelled “where's Bob?” With just 10 seconds before he was to begin his live TV sportscast, Bob, our TV sports anchor, had …
Norma Goodman and
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and the Emerald Ring
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Anchorage Radio Personalities
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the Coke Show
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Breakfast in Bedlam
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 …
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was Two Weeks Old
Do you remember when television in Anchorage brought you Christmas and holiday shows two weeks later? When I was a senior at East high school in 1965, …
Romper Room Memories
"Romper stomper, bomper, boo, tell me, tell me, tell me do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, did all my friends have fun at play?” Those words were spoken …
The Mother Moose TV Show
In the 1970s, “Mother Moose” premiered on KTVA channel eleven and Anchorage Alaska TV screens were never the same. Later moving to KENI-TV, channel …
My Anchorage Radio Days
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The Royal Coachman Theme
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Anchorage TV Not rated yet
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Just Two Field Rats
out for a Burger Not rated yet
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Miss Northern Lights
and Mother Moose Not rated yet
Remember this? “It's Mother Moose, It's Mother Moose, there by the cabin in the spruce. Miss Northern Lights the eye delights into the cabin the gang …
Anchorage Radio DJ
Les Snow Not rated yet
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Ruben Gaines and
Ed Stevens Not rated yet
These comments were written by my adopted uncle, Robert Knox. He and his wife, Wilma, were journalists in Anchorage between 1951 and 1984. In spite …
Daryl and the Missing Link Not rated yet
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Anchorage Radio Days
with Jerry Rose Not rated yet
The following is an interview with one-time Anchorage Alaska radio DJ, Jerry Rose (who's real name is Peter Bie). Anchorage Alaska Memories – Mike and …
The Anchorage Alaska
Rock Jocks Not rated yet
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An Interview with
Marcus in the Morning Not rated yet
For years, Marcus Lewis was Marcus in the Morning on Anchorage, Alaska radio. Anchorage Alaska Memories interviewed Marcus to find out his deepest, …
What are your Anchorage Radio and Television Memories?
You listened to the radio and watched our local television stations.
You have fond memories of our favorite shows.
And your favorite radio and TV personalities.
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.
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.
Then 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 local news personalities, talk show hosts, late night TV hosts and our kids shows.
And you 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.
For that reason, 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 for you as well.
“My sister sent me the Anchorage Memories VIP Newsletter a few weeks ago.
And I want to thank you for the connection to my past. I grew up in Anchorage and left for college in 1967.
My last visit to Anchorage was for a West high school class reunion over 20 years ago.
So, thanks for putting all this together.”