William B. Ogden Radio School





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I went to Ogden's and got my first in April of 1965-I thought we were the last class in Burbank. I noticed you do not have our 1965 class picture but I do. I talked to a class mate this year for the first time since 1965 (Chuck "Bugsy" Scruggs who is now in Tennesee-became big in his childrens show and ended up getting credit for saving the Lorraine motel before it was torn down-Dr. Martin Luther King was shot and killed there. Jay Lang also know as Jason Lang and JJ Lang.

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I was in the January 1969 class, Shotgun Tom was a hold over. ROES was a great milestone in my life. I'm sill in broadcasting, I spent 42 years in Radio mostly in Salt Lake City, and for the last 7 years in TV as a master control operator, media coordinator. I remember Augie and him shouting "ya didn't come here to sleep magpie" This site brought back so many memories. So "Coffeeee get em high"

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I earned my 1st phone license in the July 1969 class. I was working at KCOP in Los Angeles. In 1974 I moved to CBS Television City as a Camera
Operator until 1981 when I was worked as a Technical Director until I retired in 2009. Without attending the William B. Ogden Radio School I never would have had the opportunities in the industries. Thanks for everything. I was a great experience.


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I loved the school .. hard work a first phone and great feeling of accomplishment. Mr. Ogden was positively the best teacher I ever had.

I have a million stories but will spare you here


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In the Jan 1969 group photo, I'm in the top row 4th from the right. Bill was a great guy and a superb instructor with such enthusiasm and energy. I truly understood theory after completing his course and that knowledge has served me all these years. Thanks Bill!

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Bill was the greatest teacher I ever had! Graduated from ROES in March 1971.

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While taking William B. Ogden's course, I felt like we students ate, drank and slept electronics theory. Today it is almost astonishing that back in 1965 students studied the way VACCUUM TUBES functioned! Although I worked commercially in radio for a few years, I eventually took up an entirely different line of work. But those days of radio broadcasting were interesting. And fun. The lessons Mr. Ogden taught occasionally serve me well today when I troubleshoot a piece of electronic equipment.

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I was the only girl student in the summer course of 1967. Despite my being the only girl, all of the guys were so helpful teaching me to understand what I knew nothing about. I obtained my 1st class radio-telephone license in October, 1967. The Ogden family were great people and Mr. Ogden was the best.

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May - June 1963 Richard Kiel was a terrific instructor, Bill was one heck of a chain smoker and poor Major would get lost whenever we moved the desks around. Would like to know if anybody is left from that class. If so, my email address is bertdc1@yahoo.com. Would like to hear from you. Thanks, Bert Crane3

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I attended in 1969 or 1970. One memory is of the air traffic over the school from Meadowlark airport, whose runway ended right next to the school. One night during lecture the familiar drone of a light plane taking off over the school abruptly ceased and the next thing I knew was that all of us had unconsciously reacted by hitting the floor on all fours and scrambling away from the exterior wall. By then the engine resumed its drone, leaving us embarrassed but joyously relieved.

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