Kodel Radio Company
Shortly after I became K8RC, I went to work for WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio.
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The End of a CareerFrom: Bob Craig
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:26 PM
If I may take a few moments of your time,
48 years, 5 months and 12 days after it began (including over 39 years at WKRC), my broadcast career is coming to an end.
From a teakettle AM station in southern Minnesota to the most-watched TV station in southwestern Ohio, it's been quite a ride.
As amazing as the march of technology has been, it provided only the tools of our craft. The key to our success has always been the people.
It has been an honor and privilege working with you these many years to inform and entertain our neighbors.
I wish you all continued success to reward your diligent efforts for the people of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Goodbye and Good Luck.
I sent that memo out a few hours before the final newscast of my career.
During that 11 pm newscast on July 30, 2015, I was honored with a small story just before weather, often the peak viewership of the show.
Anchor Rob Braun wrote it and read it. Chief Photographer Kevin Jordan shot the video during the newscast on STAR64 an hour earlier.
Director Curtis Mitchell called "Roll", Paul Knight pushed the button for the video and Joy Allender brought the audio up.
Courtesy & ©2015 WKRC-TV & Sinclair Media III, Inc., Thanks to Hannah Jones and Marc Juszak.
And with that, my career was over.
Over 39 years is a lifetime for most of the people I had been working with in recent years.
We made a lot of memories. Now here are some of mine:
About a year after I started at WKRC-TV, I helped the transmitter supervisor, Bob Keeler,
You can see Bob in this promo. He's the guy swinging the big dish :20 into the promo.
WKRC-TV's microwave receivers are called "EDGE 1" and EDGE 2" to this day.
Nick Clooney was the anchorman of the "Eyewitness 12" news team.
Past Prime Playhouse was a comedy/movie show broadcast overnight each Saturday night.
I worked this show many, many times, running the one non-robotic camera in the studio
A parody promo for the PPP turns the "EDGE" into the "URGE".
For more on PPP search YouTube.
And now a few words about a good friend, Glenn Ryle.
Glenn worked at Channel 12 for many, many years. So many, in fact, that we first "met" when I was a child.
Glenn was a television jack-of-all-trades, as staff announcer, afternoon movie host and the MC of Bowling for Dollars.
Glenn continued his work as weather and sports anchor on the morning and noon news shows in the 1980's.
Here's Glenn doing what he did best, being "The Voice" of WKRC-TV, with a commercial tag, legal ID and sign-off announcement.
Notice the flag flying from WKRC's 1000' TV tower.
The sign-off was also unique in that the formal announcement was followed by "This is My Country"
The RigsWhen I first came to Channel 12, the transmitter was an RCA 50KW of 1950s vintage that had been converted to color in the 60s.
The cloth-covered rubber insulation of the wiring had long-since turned to dust and keeping the old girl on the air
was a major challenge for the 24/7 transmitter crew.
After a major outage that pretty much took out late afternoon and early evening prime time, the RCA had to go.
In 1978-79 we installed a pair of brand-new Harris 50KW television transmitters.
The one nearest the camera, designated as a BT50-H3, was the engineering prototype of a new design
The far transmitter, designated TV50H, was the first production model of the new line.
The exciters were some of the first to use a SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) filter
These transmitters, being the first of their kind, also had the distinction of "starring" in the Harris booth at the NAB convention
The largest engineering problem to be solved in the new design was providing the huge amount
Until the cooling was perfected, the life of the $35,000 tube (1978 dollars) was sometimes measured in hours!
When we hoisted a new, circularly polarized Harris antenna in the mid-1980s,
To do this, both transmitters were combined into one, designated a TV100H.
This is me (left) with my predecessor Bob Keeler, KG4BUH.
(this video is over 7 minutes long)
A short time later I fired up the new Harris Platinum-i ATSC digital transmitter on channel 12.
That night also marked the end of "hollow state" (vacuum tube) operation at WKRC-TV.
The efficency of the new transmitter combined with the lower power requirements of DTV
Note that the standby exciter is missing in this picture (lower left).
As a final gift to me, the Comark DTV transmitter we operated on channel 31 for
Fortunately, I had been paying attention when I attended transmitter school at Harris' transmitter
This is the Comark on its way to the scrapper (September, 2009)
Photo/Video Credit: WKRC-TV, The Lovely Jacquie Craig.