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KPBS' 50th Anniversary

Memory Lane

Our dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters have all contributed to KPBS’ success just as KPBS has enriched their lives. Read on as they share their personal stories of being a part of public broadcasting. Then, register below to comment on our memory lane or share a story of your own. Visit often as new stories, photographs, and audio clips are added weekly.

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From Lamb Chop To Chopped Liver

Oct. 13, 2010 | By Tammy Carpowich

From Lamb Chop To Chopped Liver

As a kid, I loved people in costumes. I saw the characters at Disneyland and aspired to be part of the “cast.” I had just graduated from college when I finally got my chance.

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Field Trip

Oct. 28, 2010 | By Conchita Bergin

Field Trip

I have been with KPBS for more than 30 years…a long time. And in that time I’ve had the pleasure of working with extraordinary people; which brings me to one of my fondest recollections of KPBS.

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Our Guiding Principles in Action

Aug. 26, 2010 | By Bob Kanish

Our Guiding Principles in Action

Throughout my eight years working in the Audience Services department here at KPBS, many callers have asked me, "What is KPBS' mission statement? What are your guiding principles?" It seems like such a simple question, but it's also a very important one. You can read the whole thing by clicking here, but this is my favorite part: "KPBS staff are committed to creating engaging and appealing programs and services, and through their endeavors, reflect the values of civility, respect, integrity and individual responsibility."

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Meeting Miss Piggy

Aug. 26, 2010 | By Maura Daly Phinney

Meeting Miss Piggy

I joined KPBS in December, 2005 after working at four other PBS stations during the previous 20 years. I like KPBS for a number of reasons. The people who work here are hard-working, smart and fun. The production facilities are top-notch, thanks to some very generous donors. And I get to work on a variety of different projects. Part of my job is producing and part of my job involves managing the stations’ on-air fundraising campaigns. The two halves come together when I produce national pledge breaks for PBS headquarters.

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Broomstick Editing

Aug. 26, 2010 | By Ron Stein

Broomstick Editing

The early days of television editing were nothing like it is today. There were no computers to control the tape machines and digital media wasn’t even a dream. All the video was recorded on 2-inch tape equipment that we called Quads. They were huge machines that used air pressure to guide the tape and hissed all the time.

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Too Much Tape

Aug. 13, 2010 | By Alison St. John

Too Much Tape

One of the first radio features I did was with Dr. Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s “All-One” Peppermint Soap fame. Dr. Bronner’s soap was very popular with hippies and carries a fascinating label that can keep you occupied in the shower for hours.

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Increase the Peace

Aug. 13, 2010 | By Monica Medina

Increase the Peace

I had been at KPBS barely a month when I was given a directive to focus on teen violence. More specifically, to plan an event that could help young people learn ways to handle aggressive behavior. With no other instructions, and little knowledge of how to achieve this, it seemed to be a very tall order. I had a bare-bones budget and a lofty goal. Yet somehow this event happened in a big and meaningful way.

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The Venetian Blinds Look Wobbly

July 23, 2010 | By Therese Dougherty, KPBS Radio Reading Service Volunteer

The Venetian Blinds Look Wobbly

I volunteer at the Radio Reading Service because I know first hand how important the service is to the visually impaired in our community. More than 20 years ago, Mom realized something was wrong with her vision. First, the Venetian blinds looked all wobbly. Then, depending on which eye she used, the camera was broken or not. Once, Mom threw out a brand new box of pens because they “didn’t write.” Mom is virtually blind as a result of Macular Degeneration.

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Everything Went

July 22, 2010 | By Gloria Penner

Everything Went

My colleague, Ken Kramer, characterized the KPBS television auction of the 70’s and 80’s as an “everything went” event. For 7 nights, we sold the most unimaginable to the most exquisite items in a wild, no-holds-barred preview of QVC. In fact, QVC was born the year we bid adieu to the KPBS auction after a 12 year tumultuous and often emotional ride.

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Finding Gold and Guns at the LAPD

July 22, 2010 | By Sandra Redman

Finding Gold and Guns at the LAPD

One of my best memories was when Tom Karlo and I went up to Los Angeles to have lunch with Huell Howser, producer and host of "California’s Gold" and "Road Trip with Huell Howser". “I have this GREAT place I want to take you to.” Huell says in his signature way and Southern accent. He drives us across town providing colorful commentary along the way. Upon arriving at our destination and getting out of the car, we hear gun fire.

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A Slip of the Tongue

June 29, 2010 | By Kathryn Nelson

A Slip of the Tongue

One of my greatest memories while working at KPBS takes me back a few years to a fundraising campaign. I was on the air that day with KPBS Environmental Reporter, Ed Joyce and things were going smoothly. We had all the essentials: scripts, snacks, and freshly brewed coffee -- everything to keep our spirits and energy high. I had delivered the same script many times in prior shifts: “The new KPBS Flash Drive will hold your photos, documents, or music ... and you’ll have storage on this drive equal to hundreds of floppy discs”. Maybe it was the coffee or the fatigue that sets in mid-way through the day. But whatever the reason, I didn’t say “discs”.

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Telephone Cables Make a Good Snack

June 18, 2010 | By John Decker

Telephone Cables Make a Good Snack

Who knew that telephone cables make for a good snack? Apparently, this is an unspoken truth among the greater San Diego rodent community. At least that’s one of the many things I learned one fateful fall morning. The great thing about radio is that you can do it practically anywhere. All you need is a microphone, a couple cables, maybe a pair of headphones... And viola, you’re live! Ah, the magic of radio.

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The Magical Qualities of Canned Tuna

June 18, 2010 | By Gloria Penner

The Magical Qualities of Canned Tuna

My first impression of the KEBS offices in late 1969 was the swimming pool. I walked through a rickety gate which linked the edges of a U-shaped two-story drab masonry apartment building which wouldn’t have survived the 2009 Haitian earthquake. The “apartments” housed offices for both KEBS and some State College departments. But it was the swimming pool that riveted my attention. It was ugly, crumbling and a hazard. No lifeguards, no fence, no liability insurance and hot summer nights.

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Christmas in San Diego

June 7, 2010 | By Katie Orr

Christmas in San Diego

My first reporting job out of college was in Durango, Colorado. It was an emotional time. I was leaving the place I grew up and everyone I knew to live by myself in a tiny town known for its skiing...I am a horrible skier. As I headed out of town to start my broadcasting career I passed SDSU and the KPBS sign soaring above Interstate 8. I told myself that I’d find my way back some day.

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A Hazy Yellow Blanket

May 21, 2010 | By Erik Anderson

A Hazy Yellow Blanket

It was late October 2003. Sunny. Just like you would expect in San Diego. And hot. Santa Ana winds had been blowing all weekend. My coffee cup was empty when the KPBS Newsroom called.

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Talkin' Auction

May 7, 2010 | By Ken Kramer

Talkin' Auction

I'll admit it. I miss the KPBS Auction. For those too new in town, or too young to remember the 1970s and 80s, Auction was an annual rite of spring, a drop-everything, suspend-the-schedule, week-long, every-evening on-air marathon to raise money for KPBS.

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A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen

May 3, 2010 | By Gloria Penner

A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen

It was December 1, 1969 and my younger son was having his third birthday. For both of us, it would be a day of great change. I was stepping back into the media world after a five year hiatus devoted to my role as parent and homemaker. It was a half-time position which worked for my schedule and for the KEBS (now KPBS) budget.

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On My Way

May 3, 2010 | By Tom Karlo

On My Way

My first role at KPBS was as a camera assistant in the documentary film department. There was an overload of projects and a small staff. So when an opportunity to be the cinematographer for a documentary on the Asian Court at the San Diego Museum of Art came up, I convinced (ok, I begged) management to let me be the director of photography.

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KPBS Creates Hall of Fame

Sept. 13, 2010 | By KPBS

KPBS Creates Hall of Fame

As part of KPBS’ 50th anniversary, the newly established Hall of Fame serves to honor the extraordinary individuals and families while providing inspiration for the future generations. These charter inductees are very diverse in their contributions and accomplishments, but they share one common characteristic: the vision and dedication to help KPBS grow and thrive in the San Diego community for future generations.

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The 1960s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1960s

Ken Jones, a San Diego State professor, had the vision to create an educational radio station on campus. Seven years later, President Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act with KPBS General Manager John Witherspoon at his side and spurs the formation of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.

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The 1970s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1970s

In October of 1970, the station officially changes the call letters to KPBS and lengthens its daily radio broadcast to eighteen hours. That same year, the first program guide is published in 1970 with Gloria Penner as editor. In 1971 KPBS establishes a membership program and holds its first ever pledge drive - more than 1,500 people join.

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The 1980s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1980s

A new transmitter allows KPBS to deliver high quality radio and television programs to a larger San Diego audience. Demand for such programs increases and KPBS delivers with innovative local programs like "Club Date" and "Sing Out" - and debuts national programs like "This Old House," "Nature," "Reading Rainbow" and "the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour."

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The 1990s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1990s

In response to the first Gulf War in 1991, KPBS Radio shifts to an all news and information format during the day and creates the call-in show "These Days." To this day, "These Days" remains the signature, locally produced program on radio. In 1995 KPBS opens a state-of-the-art facility on the San Diego State University campus to support the TV and radio operations under one roof.

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The 2000s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 2000s

The new millennium is marked by rapid growth and change in the media landscape during which the station quickly becomes a powerful and trusted news source, especially during times of crisis.

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The Future

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The Future

Today, KPBS is a multi-media powerhouse providing thoughtful, quality programming and local content on radio, TV, and KPBS.org. KPBS continues to expand and grow its news division with the goal to be the premier source of local news and analysis.

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