William B. Ogden Radio School





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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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I was a student there in 1963, and successfully obtained my 1st Class due to Bill's 1st class instruction, and wanted to say thanks!

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Hi. Just found this site. I went to the school in summer of 1970. And I got my 1st phone license. I have a class picture dated July 1970. I'll be glad to send it to you.

Alan

Admin reply: Thank You Alan. We will be in touch with you re the photo of the July 1970 class. Bob, Administrator


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Was a student, grad, in the late 60`s.60's always remember Bill and Tally. I have interesting memories of the school, and that Bill taught mr how to learn. Also had way too good of a time out of the classroom.
Watched the moon landing on a little black and white tv in the classroom.
The restaurants in the area would have tablecloths covered with math, and napkins also. I remember the planes, flew too close to scare us when we would climb up to the roof .
Good bye Ogdens, sleep well.


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Re The Story of Bill Bates and KTRB -- he was 6CF, then W6CF. the California Historical Radio Society is now W6CF, in Alameda. We inherited the call from Jim Maxwell (ARRL Pacific Director). Nice to know its origin! See www (dot) CaliforniaHistoricalRadio (dot) com. 73 Bart Lee, CHRS, K6VK ##

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LOVE vintage radio. I wanted to be a DJ back in the day when 'girls' weren't on the radio. I had to settle for an amateur radio license. Not the same . . . .

Jill
KC0UPC :o


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Hello fellow classmates,

About 1969 I attended the Ogden Radio School. It was intense schooling. Made lots of friends. One of them was Tom Irwin (Shotgun).Upon graduating with a FIRST CLASS TICKET, I gained employment at KBIG AM and KXTZ FM ratio stations.

KBIG studio's were located on Catalina. KXTZ studio's were located in Hollywood.KBIG was a three tower directional array,with a 10K watt Collins transmitter, and a spare 5K Gates backup.

KXTZ had the antenna and transmitter atop Mount Wilson, California. A unique feature of our operation was that we setup a blind, dual location operation for daily radio shows. Certain days of the week, we would simulcast with the Hollywood station.

For the blind operation, the DJ was in the Hollywood studios, and we producers / engineers were in the Catalina studios.

We communicated over an STL system that we built. The sign for this system emanated at our site on Catalina. The dish was focused on another dish mounted on the back of the Queen Mary, located in Long Beach harbor. Which relayed the signal to the DJ in the Hollywood studios.

The DJ would give us instructions for music and breaks and setups, on a sub carrier over this STL link.

Believe it or not, it was very tight. NO DEAD AIR !

I have very fond memories of this time in my life, and will always remember Ogden's Radio School. (IN OGD WE TRUST).

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