William B. Ogden Radio School





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I attended in 1961 and found work right away. Wonderful experience.

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I was not familiar with Bill Ogden, but he is apparently well-thought of in California radio circles. We recently established a Texas Broadcasting Museum in Kilgore. Kudos to the Modesto museum for helping to preserve our radio heritage.

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Great website.

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I attended during 1966 during the time the school moved from Burbank to Huntington Beach. It was an especially stressful time because the FCC had just changed all four of the second class license tests. Though Bill felt I was most prepared based on classroom testing I flunked the second but got a waiver to retest in a month, which I passed.

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I attended the school in the early 70’s. I have fond memories of my time there. Getting my First Class license enabled me to continue a 35 year radio career.

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First Phone First Try

Thanks to miracle worker Bill Ogden


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Thank you Jim and Patty for sharing your memories of ROES. You have brought back so many memories of those days spent at ROES with Bill, Tally Thora and others.

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Attended Ogden's July 1967 in Huntington Beach. Met some great people including Steve Rood, Steve Newman, Brad Woodington from the Bay Area.
There was nothing like the experience of studying for the First Phone from Bill Ogden and math from Jim McDonald.
Alan Bowker
San Anselmo, CA


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Wow!! How wonderful! Thanks again for all you do on the website and keeping such important people and memories alive. Right after I got my 1st I went across the street in Huntington Beach and told them I wanted to fly one of those airplanes over Disneyland. The guy asked me if I had a license. I told him "there ain't nothin higher than a first class license!"

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I was in the June of '68 class. I remember two things. The FCC test had one badly-written question. One interpretation had one answer, the other interpretation had a different answer, and BOTH answers were on the test! Bill the Drill Sergeant, hammered home this order, "If anybody gets this question, march right up to the examiner, and demand to know which way it's supposed to be read!!" Sure enough, I got that question, and with all the courage I had, I went up to examiner, who coldly stared at me and said, "You're not to get out of your seat." I almost turned around and sat down, but instead of caving in, I continued and he said, "I can't tell you the answer." I replied, "I don't need the answer, I need to know if the question is asking this or asking that. Thankfully, Bill had taught this circuit's theory, and I explained the logic of each answer. The examiner looked at me, nodded, and pointed to answer "C."
Back at the school, I told Bill the story and he took it in with glee. He had caught the FCC at their own game! He retold that story over and over. He had called me "Mr. Myers" up until then, but I was "Rick" from then on.
Secondly, I'm a guy who always eats breakfast. Even with the crazy, grueling hours, I got up early, and went over to the Airport Cafe, and had eggs and sausage every morning for six weeks. It's a miracle I'm alive today.


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