During a whirlwind, two-day junket to Washington, D.C., last month, news reporters from the four Gateway television outlets walked away with exclusive interviews and programs with many of the nation’s most powerful and prestigious lawmakers.
During the two-day visit, Gateway news reporters quizzed the likes of Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Senator Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of NewYork, Senators Wendell Ford and Walter Huddleston of Kentucky, Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia, plus other congressional figures from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, New York and West Virginia.
Gateway news reporters making the trip included Jim Morgan, Jacqui Mullen, Bob Smith and Cliff Jernigan of WOWK-TV, Eric Rabe of WTAJ TV, Wes Maley of WLYH-TV and Larry Estepa of WBNG-TV. The contingent was headed by Gateway President George A. Koehler and Executive Vice President Lew Klein.
On the left above, West Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph addresses the Gateway group at a special luncheon in Washington. On the right, WOWK-TV’s Jacqui Mullen quizzes Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd.
Gateway Communications, Inc., President George A. Koehler (on the left) poses with Pennsylvania U. S. Senator Richard Schweiker and WTAJ-TV News Director Eric Rabe.
New York State Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (right,top photo) chats with WBNG-TV Vice President and General Manager Donald Snyder.
WLYH-TV News Director Wes Maley films a report from the White House in Washington.
In this rare photograph, Gateway’s Chief Engineer Dick Kline is seen “seated”at his desk in Altoona.
Dick Kline is Gateway’s Corporate Chief Engineer, holds down the “chief’s”slot at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, is a grand daddy four times now, and refers to him self as “half-a-century” old!
The bespectacled Kline is a1951 grad of Philly’s Temple University and joined Altoona’s WFBG-TV (nowWTAJ-TV) in 1959. Prior to his Altoona tenure, Dick worked at WEEU-TV in Reading, Pa.; WARD-TV in Johnstown; the RCA Service Group; and the Electric Storage Battery Company in Philadelphia. (No, not “The Electric Company” on TV!)
He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee at the Vo Tech School in Altoona and serves on the State Advisory Committee for the Emergency Broadcast System. He and his wife, Violet, have two children and four grand children. And while Dick calls him self “half-a-century” old, he only looks 50.
The bouncing basketballers from Binghamton’s WBNG-TV are back in rare form raising money for charitable organizations and having a ball to boot. Last year, the Channel 12 bombers managed to raise more than $7,000 for various charities, and they’re well on their way this season to a never better effort.
The scarlet-white-and-black dribblers are led by Associate “Action News” Director Roy Sova; backed up by engineers Ron Shoemaker and John “Perky” Quick, directors Rick Sands, Chuck Woodruff and Mark Zani, “ActionNews” Reporters Wendy Hammerle and Susan Jo Candiotti, Kim Downs, traffic coordinator, and her husband Dave, photographer Mark Loomis, salesman Monty Pinker and Linda Woodruff, Chuck’s wife.
“Roots,”the highly-acclaimed block buster series on ABC-TV based on Alex Haley’s best-seller, got the” proclamation” treatment from Huntington, W. Va., Mayor William Evans. Through a “nudge” by WOWK-TV, Evans issued a formal proclamation last January making the week of January 23 “Roots Week” in the city. The unusual proclamation issued by Mayor Evans urged all people of the Tri-State area to watch “Roots” on WOWK-TV and recognized Haley’s saga of an American family as a “classic of American literature.”
“Alexander” has become a star! The two·month·old St. Bernard pet of WTAJ-TV receptionist Dottie Steele will “grow up” on the station’s” John Riley Show. “The question is, will he, grow as big as John?
“The Hot Ones” has a double meaning to promoter Hipple.
When is a fire fighter responsible for generating alot of heat? When he’s Roger Hipple, promotion manager at WLYH-TV in Lancaster,Pa. A good part of Roger’s time is spent warming up the airways, newspapers and area billboards with sizzling copy concerning WLYH-TV’s great programming schedule. But Roger’s also active in the Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department. In that capacity, Roger serves in the Fire Prevention Division, as assistant hose director at the scene of a fire, and as trustee of the fire department’s relief organization.
When he’s not wearing his smoke eater’s hat or his promotion manager’s cap, Roger also does live remote work for WLYH-TV, and occasionally handles the direction of live “Action News” reports for the station. And that’s Roger Hipple, doing a bang-up job for the Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department and WLYH-TV.
WOWK-TV’S MARK YOUNG COLLECTS RARE MOTION PICTURES
Do you remember a movie called “The Kiss?” Don’t fret too much because it was made in 1896. You may have missed it. But, Mark Young didn’t. It’s part of his unique collection of film classics. Mark is a member of WOWK-TV’s promotion staff in Huntington-Charleston, W.Va. and has been collecting film for the past four years. He now has 200,000 feet of priceless material.
The guy has 300 films, mostly comedies. He has twenty of those Laurel and Hardy classics, plus others featuring Buster Keaton, W. C. Fields, the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Our Gang, Will Rogers, Harold Lloyd and scores of others. He has the first cartoon ever made-“Gertie the Dinosaur”-filmed in 1909 and W. C. Fields’ first film, “Pool Sharks,” made in 1915. No, he will not part with his 38 miles of footage. He also will not shave off his Mark Spitz type moustache, with which he hopes to out-fuzz Altoona’s DonCossitor!
WTAJ-TV director Don Cossitor challenge: any Gateway staffer to sprout a more handsome moustache. Anytakers? Somehow, Don, it just doesn’t seem sporting to transplant hair from your head to your upper lip.
Donna Munn, secretary to WTAJ-TV’s Vice President and General Manager Ian Harrower, is a featured singer on the station’s monthly “Sister Bernice Shaw Show”… Michael Drake has joined WOWK-TV’s “Action News” staff from Jacksonville, Florida…WBNG-TV “Morning Show” Host Paul Orlousky will tie the knot this June to Kim Allen… John Riley has celebrated his 20th year at WTAJ-TV… WLYH-TV flies three flags in front of its building in Lebanon-the American flag, a Bicentennial flag and a specially designed Gateway Communications banner… Lew Klein, Gateway’s executive vice president, was honored by the Philadelphia Television, Radio and Advertising Club… the stork visited the homes of WTAJ-TV Program Manager Jeff Hark and Account Executive Bob Eger. Jeff’s son is named Jason and Bob’s new baby was named Scott… Ohio State football Coach Woody Hayes paid a visit to WOWK-TV to address a Boy Scout Leadership Gifts Dinner headed by the station’s VP and General Manager Leo Mac Courtney… Ron Shoemaker, the assistant chief engineer at WBNG-TV, was a professional trumpet player for the U.S. Air Force Band… another trumpet player with Gateway is Sports Director Ron Winders of Channel 13 in Huntington… WTAJ-TV programming gal-Friday Annette Shiappa is a pre-lawgrad… WBNG-TV Chief Engineer Mike LaMonica is celebrating his 28th year with Triangle/Gateway. Mike is an avid golfer and boasts an eight handicap (but on the course he’ll ask for ten)!
“The Bicentennial in Keystone Country,” produced by WTAJTV’s Jon McClintock, and WOWK-TV’s “Mock Political Convention” were nominated for special awards at the National Association of Television Program Executives annual con fab last month.
WTAJ-TV’s program was nominated for a citation under the “Bicentennial Programming”category while WOWK-TV’s entry received a nomination under” Instructional Programming.”
Rick Foucheux is the new host of “The Morning Show” at WOWK-TV. A Louisiana native, Rick joined the Huntington station from KALB-TV in Alexandria, La. A former weather-caster, actor and look-alike of David Groh of the “Rhoda” series, Foucheux is a political science buff and once wanted to be governor of Louisiana.
Meet Mr.Fix-It. His real name is Bob Good and he’s the chief engineer at WLYH-TV in Lancaster Lebanon. An expert carpenter, plumber and electrician, Good handles all the remodeling chores at Channel 15.
Bob Good is the genius behind Gateway’s Park City Communications and its unique indoor electronic billboard system. A Kent State grad, he joined WLYH-TV in the early 60’s and became “chief” in 1967. He’s currently restoring a 1928 Hudson automobile and has a 1920 Essex touring car. He even plays chef at TV15’s annual “steakout” each summer. As WLYH-TV’s Mr.Fix-It, Bob is most aptlynamed.
Ever wait a round for a wreck–and then film it? Greg Guise of WTAJ-TV’s news staff did just that this Winter. Following one of the numerous snow storms in Keystone Country a few weeks back, Guise decided he wanted to position himself at a slippery intersection and see what happened. It happened. Two cars collided and Greg got his footage for “Action News.” Fortunately, noone was injured.