William B. Ogden Radio School





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Got my First phone at Ogden's in Burbank. Seven weeks and a lot of hard work, but I worked over 40 years in broadcasting.

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I was a student in 1953, got my 1st phone at the federal bldg. in L>A> that fall. One of my fellow students was Ron Miller, who I believe married Diane Disney. He was a roommate in Burbank. This could be wrong but it is as I remember it. Bill. Tally, great memories. Spent 11 years in radio in Tricity area and Seattle

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I attended the Ogden school in January and February 1965 and worked for KTVB in Boise from 1966 to 1972 . I later authored the book ,Buried in the Heartland . I wish I could go back and relive my time there at Ogdens .Long hours but well worth the time .

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Still working in the swinging swirling world of show business at a radiator station(s).

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Great to find your page about my old friend "Mr. Ogden." I was 18 at the time, between high school and the military and living almost around the corner from the school when I paid the tuition and entered Bill's hall's of high learning.

On the first day, Mrs. Ogden asked, "Did you say goodbye to your friends?" I was puzzled at first then she added, "You won't be seeing any of them until you finish, here!" Little did I know how right she was. But, it was a great experience and paid off later as that little blue paper was in hot demand back then.

By the way, I completed the 2nd class test in less than 30 minutes and, of course, didn't need a slide rule. His method of taking a multiple choice test succeeded all the way through college.

Thank you so much for collecting the photos and memories from "ROES"!

--John Payne, Clayton, NC (Class of January 1969)


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Don't think I'll ever forget. "Coffees, get 'em high." The morning and afternoon signal that break time was coming soon. Tally and Thora had to get the number of coffee, tea, etc all correct.

Any one recall what, " Hu Lu over Mu Ly, times Hick minus Lick" means?? I know it was a way to solve what??


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I attended Ogden'S ROES school in 1966. I went on to a career in radio, TV, Recording Studios, Chief Engineer Studios MGM Records and Capitol Records.

Ogden got my foot in the door.


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I am a graduate of the summer class of 1970. What a great experience going through that school was to me! It was hard at times but I earned my "First Phone" there and I was very glad to have gone through the William B. Ogden Radio Operation Engineering School. I have always regretted the FCC's decision to eliminate the First Class Licenses and replace with the General ones. Oh well, I still have my First Class Tickets! Thanks for making this school part of your museum.

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It is a surprise to hear that Bill retired just two years after I attended his school. What I learned there has helped me numerous times in passing tests.

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I was at Ogden's school in the Spring of 1965. It took my 6 weeks to graduate and get my "first phone". It was a great class, everybody got along and helped each other. Names I remember include Chuck Scruggs from KSOL in San Francisco, Lloyd Higuera who managed a station south of Reno, NV in the 80's. It really helped my career and was a solid self awareness boost. Thanks for keeping the memory alive.

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