Herb Shaindlin: An Anchorage Broadcasting Legend

by Michael R Dougherty
(California)

On the set of

On the set of

Herb 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 to hold the match upside down with the match head facing the floor. Then he told Bob to peel the cardboard stem apart and to hold each side between his thumb and fore finger on each hand like he was holding a tiny set of handle bars.

Now Herb told Bob to clear his throat three times.

As Bob proceeded to do just that, he sounded a little faint and pathetic and he was having a hard time keeping a straight face.

After Bob cleared his throat for the third time, Herb asked "What's the matter? Are you having trouble starting your Honda motor scooter?" Bob and I laughed at Herb's joke. And that was our introduction to Herb Shaindlin.

It was Saturday morning and Bob Martin and I had been standing in the studio of KTVA channel 11 in the Mckinley Building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. It was 1965 and we were both high school students who were working on KTVA's teen dance program, "The Varsity Show" which was hosted by Ron Moore at that time. Herb had been in the KTVA studio doing a public service program.

Following graduation, I began working full time at KTVA and was assigned to work as a camera operator on a weekly 30 minute public service show called "Your Army Neighbor", hosted by Herb Shaindlin who was serving in the Army at that time and also working part time doing the news for KFQD radio.

Some years later, I wrote and directed a short movie called "Double-Oh-Marcus; The Spy Who Flubbed Me". Even as I was writing the screenplay I had envisioned Herb Shaindlin as the villain, "Dr. Rodent". He just had that look.

Happily, when I asked Herb if he would play the part in my movie, he said "I'd love to."

While working on the movie with Herb, he was a total professional. He knew his lines, made suggestions and had a lot of fun with his part.

Check out this fun movie trailer for "Double-Oh-Marcus; The Spy Who Flubbed Me"




During the wrap party for the movie, I sat down with Herb and we talked for about an hour. During that time I got to know a very interesting Herb.

I learned that Herb Shaindlin had been a film editor on the 1956 - 1957 NBC TV series "Tales of the Bengal Lancers" a series I had watched and enjoyed with my family when I was a boy.

If you were in Anchorage when KHAR-TV (later KIMO and now KYUR) first signed on, you may remember that they ran monster movies on weekends. Those were hosted by a guy in a Frankenstein monster mask. Sometimes the host wore a black cap outfit. He also wore that costume in "Double-Oh-Marcus; The Spy Who Flubbed Me".

Yes, the KHAR-TV monster movie host was Herb Shaindlin... And he was having a blast.


Herb did so much in front of the camera, or behind a microphone in Anchorage. And we all have our own favorite memories of him.

One of mine was when Herb gave some stern, professional advice to a young videographer. I was standing there next to Herb at the time and when the young man walked away, Herb turned to me and asked "was I too hard on him?" My answer was "no Herb, he'll thank you later."

Once when I was directing a telethon to help raise money for Hope Cottage on KTVA, Herb came over from KIMO to do his bit. At the end of his presentation Herb said "isn't it about time to identify the station?" and with that, Herb spun around, and there on the back of his shirt was written the following: "KIMO Channel 13".

Herb could hear me screaming in the control room. On his way out, Herb opened the door to the control room, stuck his head in and said "got ya!"

We both had a good laugh.

Herb could always make me laugh and he was always professional.

That's the Herb Shainlin I remember.

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People Remembered
by: Anonymous

Herb, Marcus, Ruben, Theda and Norma, all remembered for the wonderful and entertaining people they were.

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Herb Memories
by: Tony Rice

I found Herb on the air soon after I moved to Alaska in 1982.

I'm going to guess his "public opinion hotline" show was on KFQD. It was awesome. It was a place where you could express your opinion, your frustration, your likes and your dislikes - talk about the subject of the moment, or make up your own.

Early on I just listened, but I started calling in occasionally, when I thought what I had to say was smart enough.

I must have been good enough because the first time I called him I said what I had to say (I'll never forget the call.) He asked me how old I was and I told him I was 13. He told me that he didn't much care for kids calling in, but that I was welcome to call again. I think this was 1984 or so.

Fast forward to 1988 or '89. Alaska State Trooper Colonel Robert Ghent was retiring. I was a student trooper at the time and was invited by Lieutenant (later Captain) John Meyers to attend the retirement party. (I was underage still, but cops have some fun at parties, let me tell you.)

Herb spoke at Colonel Ghent's send off and I got to talk to him a bit as he mingled.

There wasn't even 100 people at that particular event, so I got some time to speak with him. He was a funny man, but straight. That was my take. Someone that knew him can tell me if I am wrong, but he did not suffer fools gladly.

Last story.

Fast forward to '95 or '96. I was a checker at Carrs Huffman and I would see Herb regularly.

The first time he came through my line, I re-introduced myself with something like, "Mr. Shaindlin, I have not seen you since Colonel Ghent's retirement party."

He didn't BS me, he (said) he had no recollection of me. He did, however, say hi to me at the store and even said my name a time or two (I did wear a name tag.)

He was quite a cool guy in my mind.

"Thank you dad, that's out theme..."

Herb is a memory for me to never be forgotten. I wanted to say it loud and I don't mind being long winded because someone will enjoy reading this, if only his family.


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Thank You!
by: Robin Shaindlin Billiet

Thanks for this really fun article.

It’s got several stories about my Dad I’ve never heard!

He and Marcus and Ruben were so young.

He loved this state. He’d be so happy with this article.

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Thanks for the Smile!
by: Cindy Pendleton

I knew Herb from KHAR days.

Neal Thomas, (aka, Curt Nolan on the late night slot) was a dear friend, who introduced me to both Herb and Ruben Gaines.

My son, Justin also worked with Herb at KENI radio in the late ‘80s.

Your memories totally coincide with mine- he was a wonderful mentor to my son, who went on to a several year career in broadcasting in Montana where he now lives.

Herb truly was a broadcasting legend.

Thanks for the smile!

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