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Thursday, April 30, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY

This one is a little fuzzy.


But it's a historial moment (for me at least). In a television studio at KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota, 1968, after an interview with presidential candidate and Vice-President Hubert Horatio Humphrey. 

From left to right, the late Bob MacLeod, Wes Haugen, yours truly, and Humphrey. 

We had an exclusive. 'Course there was only one other television station in town but still.

11 comments:

  1. Good job...but did channel 12 even have a news department then? Didn't they kind of do news out of Minot with a kid or two in Bismarck?

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    1. You're confused, Jager. This was channel 5 in Bismarck and it was the main operation. Minot and Williston each had one guy and did a small segment around the newscast we beamed to them.

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    2. I know you were at 5... I worked on the radio side. The other station was run out of Minot and did the opposite of what you did at 5. Years later when John Von Rueden managed 12 he had a tiny local news operation. Grand Forks had KNOX TV at one time, then it was sold and moved to the Canadian border to sneak US programming into Winnipeg. Now GF has a spin off from WDAY TV and Bis has a UHF spin off from WDAY.

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    3. Ah I see what you're saying. I think 12 in Bismarck (the KX network) only had the one newsman. In 1968 it was John Warren, who had gone there from my shop, then came back to 5 briefly after I left for Indy. He later got into trouble with the governor and Bill Ekberg and was fired.

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  2. You look a little bit like Doug Kiker--remember him from NBC News? He had your swagger. Doug went way too young-in his 60's I think. He was a good writer as well as journalist. Anyway--a throwback thought prompted by your younger visage.

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    1. I had a drink and a chat with Kiker during the Democratic convention in Chicago that year. Nice guy.

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  3. Flying back and forth from boarding school in Chicago to home (Detroit), I often sat with Huntley or Brinkley. Always interested in what a teenager thought about the world. It wasn't like an interview. Just interested. I boarded with Cher once, but that's a different story . . .

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  4. I remember not thinking the Happy Warrior was much of a candidate, compared to others in the field. What I wouldn't give for someone of his caliber now......

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  5. Great picture. I think Humphrey would have made a good president.

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