William B. Ogden Radio School



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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.

Added: July 31, 2013
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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

Added: May 28, 2013
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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.

Added: May 9, 2013
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Our class of Jan-Feb 1962 at 1150 West Olive, Burbank, ranged from a kindly station owner in his eighties to a woman in her teens. No boarding at the school then and I commuted daily from Pasadena. It rained like crazy with some heavy flooding. We were OK, though, because the classroom wall plaque reminded us: "In OGD We Trust!"

About mid-course one night the class was invited across the street to the Burbank Womens' Club to hear five young guys asking to audition in public. We listened and decided it was "nay" for The Beach Boys...

Another plaque: "R.T.D.Q. = Read the damn question!"


Added: May 3, 2013
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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.

Added: April 24, 2013
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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.

Added: April 21, 2013
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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.


Added: April 20, 2013
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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.

Added: April 18, 2013
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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


Added: March 22, 2013
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