William B. Ogden Radio School





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I went to school there in Huntington Beach in 1972. Bill and Tally had been my Godmother and GodFather. My Father John Spears, and mother Susan Raye (Gilbert)Spears were both students of Bill prior to ROES in Huntington Beach.

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Attended classes in 1963 when Richard Kiel was our night math teacher.. http://www.modestoradiomuseum.org/ogdens%20kiel.html I'll never forget Bill's O.I.C. Club... (Oh I See). RIP Bill and family.

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Oh, what a time we had in the summer of 1969!

I remember long, hard hours in class, and Bill shouting at me, "Potter... push-pull CANCELS even harmonics!!!"

But, I also remember eating lunch sitting on Huntington Beach.... aaaaaaahhhh.


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I am the Ogden's niece. I was just checking this website to see if anything new had been added. I find this a treasure to read.

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I was born in Santa Ana, CA and grew up in Orange County. I interned at KEZY-AM in Anaheim in early 1964 and graduated in the ROES September, 1964 class. I was 19. Impatient to work, I took a job as Chief Engineer at KICA-AM in Clovi,s New Mexico and returned to California about six months later. I worked mostly as a Rock DJ, but did everything over my 40+ year career.

In class, I only ever got chalk thrown at me once. Bill Ogden was a unique man and a good teacher, as anyone who knew him would agree. A special school run by special people in a special time. Kind regards to all who read this, Jerry Longden 2013


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What memories. Hamburgers and beer at Don's, not far from the original Burbank location. Met some great people. Ron Bryan went to jock in Laramie, Wyoming, drafted, became a medic. Gave up radio. Went to medical school when he got out. Became a neurologist. Just retired from his own practice, but still doing work at a local hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. I was his best man years ago in New Orleans. Still get together with the Bryans every couple of years. In our class was a very enthusiastic kid named Bobby Weiner. Later, as Bob Wilson, kicked * * * at KAFY and KDAY. Then founded industry rag "Radio and Records." Worked with Bob several times. He's a helluva guy. Jon Bruce went on to a really neat career--and he is still going strong. Any others here from our class. Wish I could remember the year.

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Summer of '65, class included Rick Carroll, others. Coffees get 'em high! Also remember Don's beer & burger joint down the road....great pics.

Paul (Stelljes), aka Eric Chase, Harry Miller, etc.


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My name is Patty Porter, William B. Ogden was my uncle, as Tally and Thora were my aunts. Some would remember me as Patty Ann, which my aunts and uncle preferred to call me. This wonderful site was found by my son Jeff Porter, and what a treasure it is. I have enjoyed reading all the comments, as my Uncle Bill was very special to me. I started working at R.O.E.S while in High School in the 60's. I continued after graduation and got married and moved to Huntington Beach with my husband when they opened up the school down there. My husband Alan was the first janitor for the dorms and classrooms, while he attended college. We both worked there until 1967, when we made a move to Reseda. Some may remember my mother, Pat Stevenson, Tally and Thora's older sister who is now 100 and lives with us. My mom did the memo-graphing in the back office on a as needed basis.

Uncle Bill was like a second father to me, as was Tally (Attalia) and Thora (Torree) second mom's. Uncle Bill taught me to ice skate and bowl. Most of you may remember all the bowling teams he was on.

After retirement Tally convinced Uncle Bill to take 1 cruise, and after that they both loved it so much they managed to take 22 cruises in all. We always remained a close family and saw them often, as did my children.

I accomplished my 3rd class license while working in the office. I always wondered who came up with the color scheme of purple and yellow. As a young lady I sure did not think those colors went well together. I was often the person at the doorway taking the coffee count while Uncle Bill said...."Coffee's get them high". Of course there was always someone who forgot to raise their hand and had to come to the kitchen to ask for a cup. Thora and Tally always accommodated them with a smile.

Uncle Bill did pass away January 24th 1998, and Tally March 5, 2006, I was there holding her hand as she passed. I believe it was 1987 that Thora passed, I'm sure I can find that date. Thora's son Jim McDonald is still living in the Huntington Beach area, I am sure many of you remember him. I will pass this site on to him.

My life is filled with wonderful stories from these great people who impacted my life to this day. Thanks to those who appreciated him so much, he would be honored.

Patty Porter

Admin reply: Hi Patty,
Thank you for your posting. I will be getting in touch with you by email.

Regards,
Bob, Webmaster MRM


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I am Bill Ogdens Great Nephew. I was stunned to see an entire page dedicated to his radio school and got kind of emotional seeing all the lives that he affected. I don't know what made me look up his name on the internet today but I am glad that I did. Bill and Tally are deceased but his family lives on. I believe that he passed in 1998 but I will get more family to confirm when I share this page with them. Actually Tally's sister Patricia Stevenson is the only extended sibling of that era still around at 100 years old! My mother, Patricia Porter is Bill, Tally and Thora's niece. I have very fond memories of Bill, Tally and Thora. We always loved visiting their house in Huntington Beach California. I knew a different 'Uncle' Bill then everyone else as I was just a kid in high school when he passed. In retirement Bill did a lot of woodworking and gardening. I remember staying up late with him watching Johnny Carson when we stayed at his house, always visiting at Christmas time and always having wonderful meals at their house. They were always a pleasure to be around and I wish that they all could still be here. I would love to hear more stories about the Ogden's during their time at the radio school if you have more stories. Again, I will pass this page along to my sisters, mother and family to read and share their own thoughts. My mother is great with dates and can confirm more details about their lives. Thank you again. I look forward to reading all of the comments.

Admin reply: Hi Jeff...Thank you for getting in touch and your comments. We are looking forward to receiving addition information on Bill, Tally etc. I will contact you directly by email. Regards, Bob, Webmaster of MRM.


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Hi. I'm from the Class of Apr-Jun, 1967. For what it's worth; I was Bill's personal masseuse in that I gave him neck massages with his electrical massager on a daily basis. Was I a 'Kiss-up'? Hell, yes. I was barely 18 at the time and this was my first trip on my own away from home. Does anybody else remember the planes taking off and heading right for the Dorms? My career as a DJ lasted about 5-6 years, but, I will always treasure the time I spent at Bill's. And remember: "Coffee's, get 'em High".

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