Hi-Teens, Mukluk Telegraph & the Coke Show
by Gordon Parker
Hi Teens on KENI -TV
Those early days of broadcasting in Anchorage were memorable.
It was a time when we had little more than our imaginations with which to work.
KENI TV, in competition with Ron Moore's very popular Varsity Show, put Hi-Teens on the air around 1962.
The show, which was hosted by Dick Liberatore, featured representatives of both West and East high schools. I was among the East High contingent.
We had a world of fun doing the show though we never came close to challenging the popularity of the Royal Coachman's Varsity Show.
I later went on to work for Ron as a disc jockey at KENI radio.
I remember well doing the Mukluk Telegraph. It was then an important means of communication for people in rural Alaska and the Bush.
I also had a turn at hosting the Coke Show.
What a thrill it was to sit in that broadcast booth above the Bun Drive In and look out over that crowd of cars.
I remember one day in particular. I was in the booth doing my "disc jockey" thing when suddenly someone put their hands over my eyes from behind. I had no idea what was going on.
When they finally released me, I turned around to see Merrilee Rush (as in Angel of the Morning Merrilee Rush) standing beside a laughing Ron Moore.
Those were great days. Great memories.
A Note from Mike
Thank you Gordon - great stories.
I remember you from my days in Anchorage TV. We'd love to hear more about the "Hi Teens" show. I don't recall that one.
Thanks again Gordon
Check out this Mukluk Telegraph story