HOUSTON – On Jan. 1, 2019, KPRC Channel 2 distinguished a 70th anniversary as a initial radio sinecure in Houston.
But what don’t we know about a station?
Here are 70 things to know about KPRC to applaud a 70th year:
70. From 1949 until mid-1953, Channel 2 was a usually radio sinecure in a Houston area.
69. When Channel 2 had vigilance problems in a early days, people suspicion it had something to do with their radio set, so a stipulation was “We are experiencing proxy technical difficulties. The error does not distortion with your set. Please mount by.”
68. The initial difference spoken on Channel 2 were, “There’s been trouble, copiousness of trouble!”
67. The initial broadcaster on Channel 2 was Paul Huhndorff.
66. Channel 2 was usually one of 12 radio stations in a U.S. when it began broadcasting on Jan 1, 1949.
65. KPRC stands for “Kotton Port, Rail Center.”
64. KPRC, initial a radio station, was one of a initial in a U.S. to settle a possess full-time news department.
63. Paul Huhndorff and his group managed to get a sinecure on-air for a initial time with usually a believe they gleaned from a technical primer and brief visits to a few handling stations elsewhere in a U.S.
62. Channel 2 started as KLEE-TV, named after a owners W. Albert Lee. Its call letters altered to KPRC when Gov. William and Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby purchased a sinecure for around $743,000 in 1950.
61. The initial Channel 2 offices were a Quonset hut, a prefabricated building.
60. The many renouned live prime-time uncover on KPRC in a early days was “Curly Fox and Texas Ruby,” a foregoer of “Hee-Haw.”
59. KPRC televised a initial football diversion during Rice Stadium on Sept. 30, 1950.
58. The “Today” Show began broadcasting on KPRC on Jan 14, 1952.
57. The initial camera used by Channel 2 was a GE studio camera with an visual viewfinder – not too opposite from a then-popular Kodak Brownie image camera.
56. When KPRC was relocating out of a initial domicile – on a approach to a new studio – a motorist from Dallas strike one of a station’s procession trucks head-on as a automobile done a final spin into a new studios. No one was severely harm and a apparatus was not badly damaged.
55. The initial tone radio module on KPRC was “The Voice of Firestone,” that aired on May 3, 1954. We were called a “Color Network.” Local news tone programming began in Sep 1966.
54. KPRC is a initial Houston radio sinecure to go “live” from a scene. It happened on Election Night in 1974. The writer was Larry Weidman.
53. KPRC had a homemade continue radar complement in 1954, done from a fight over-abundance Navy glow control complement and mutated to indicate a continue starting during about 40 miles away. Some tinkering led to a operation of about 150 miles.
52. Hurricane Carla in 1961 was a initial whirly tracked by a homemade continue tracker, that helped thousands of people leave low-lying areas in time.
51. In 1987, KPRC was a initial sinecure in southeast Texas to occupy Doppler surveillance.
50. Pat Flaherty, a longtime KPRC TV and radio contributor and initial news director, died while broadcasting on KPRC air. He suffered a deadly cadence while stating a 7:45 a.m. newscast for KPRC radio.
49. KPRC is a initial Houston sinecure to sinecure black TV reporters.
48. KPRC is a initial Houston radio sinecure to sinecure womanlike TV reporters.
47. KPRC is a initial sinecure to settle a full-time, entirely staffed news business in Austin.
46. During a demonstration in Moody Park in May 1978, maestro contributor Phil Archer along with associate contributor Jack Cato were stabbed. Archer told a authors of “The Fault Does Not Lie with Your Set”: “I was wearing a span of light blue pants that day, though we couldn’t tell it. They were totally dripping with blood. The officers suspicion we had been stabbed in a crotch, so they laid me on a hood of a unit car. A womanlike officer who had been a helper ripped open my pants and began checking to see if I’d be castrated. About that time, a cameraman from a ABC sinecure showed adult and began taping. His fasten played on all a networks. My initial network bearing was really compromising.”
45. Archer’s camera was returned to a sinecure following a stabbing. According to a news in “The Fault Does Not Lie with Your Set,” a camera “was lonesome with blood and looked like it had been run over by a truck,” though it worked.
44. “The Candyman” Case: KPRC contributor Jack Cato held a admission a serial torpedo on his microphone. Elmer Wayne Henley told his mom on a phone, “Mama, Mama, I’ve killed Dean.” Henley, Dean Corll and David Owen Brooks raped, tortured and murdered during slightest 27 immature group over a array of several months.
43. “The Eyes of Texas” — the longest-running frequently scheduled radio module in Houston, discounting newscasts — began in 1969 as a fluke. The news executive didn’t wish dual of his reporters going to a limit on a unsure mafia expose, so he tabled a thought and gave them a half-hour uncover to produce.
42. KPRC is unapproachable to collect adult a “Eyes of Texas” promote layer again — now in podcast form.
41. Courtney Zavala, now with Houston Life, went into labor on atmosphere during a midday news. She gave birth a dusk of May 24, 2007, to her son, Andrew.
40. Neil Armstrong’s words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed” was relayed to a universe from a moon around KPRC’s signal.
39. The pattern of KPRC’s building during Blue Ridge, south of a city, is called a “Candelabra.”
38. A commander once deliberately flew underneath one of a ancillary cables on a Blue Ridge tower, between a wire and a KPRC tower. He did not strike anything, though a pierce could have killed him and defeated a tower.
37. In Jan 1979, conveyor automobile malfunctions stranded 3 group during a tip of a KPRC building during Blue Ridge. The Coast Guard helped move down a marooned group around helicopter after hours in a cold and pushing winds.
36. The “Salt Grass Trail,” before to a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, started as a KPRC project. Pat Flaherty, KPRC’s initial news director, was a car boss.KPRC had a attainment of a initial route float live on air.
35. KPRC pennyless a story of Wanda Holloway, a Channelview mom who hired a strike male to kill her daughter’s cheerleading rival. Watch it here.
34. An zealous woodworker, maestro anchor Bill Balleza has designed and built bedrooms full of furniture, including a coffee list for a family that he and his colleagues during KPRC 2 sponsored for a Houston Habitat for Humanity build.
33. KPRC’s Bill Balleza and Dominique Sachse have been operative together for scarcely 25 years.
32. In 2011, 5 anchors gave birth in a KPRC baby boom: Daniella Guzman (with daughter, Sophia), Rachel McNeill (with son, Hudson), Courtney Zavala (with son, Andrew), Amy Davis (with son, Jackson) and Lauren Freeman (with son, Harrison).
31. KPRC weathermen used chalk, chalkboards and Polaroid snapshots to share a news in a 1950s.
30. The 1,549-foot building during Blue Ridge, south of a city, began telecasting in 1964.
29. KPRC’s stream building is smaller than a prototype built in a 1970s.
28. KPRC is a initial Houston radio sinecure to sinecure womanlike sportscasters.
27. KPRC’s initial womanlike sports contributor Anita Martini was a initial womanlike publisher authorised in a ball locker room.
26. KPRC is a initial Houston radio sinecure to have a extensive TV website, including videos. Click2Houston.com launched in Mar 2000 with 4 employees.
25. KPRC now has 185 employees.
24. KPRC now has 35 anchors and reporters.
23. KPRC has helped build 6 homes with Houston Habitat for Humanity.
22. KPRC is a auxiliary of Graham Media Group, that was once run by Katharine Graham. The film “The Post” is about Graham, played by Meryl Streep.
21. The sinecure has about 50 functioning cameras we can take to air, including a building cameras.
20. Kay Bailey was a initial womanlike TV contributor during KPRC and in Houston.
19. KPRC was among a initial to implement digital imagery for imitation promotion around 1987.
18. The News Department uses microwaves, satellites and connected mobile to promote live signals from remote sites.
17. Tex is KPRC’s second K-9 Mascot. Radar was a first.
16. The large “2” on a KPRC station building along a Southwest Freeway can change tone due to LED lights.
15. In 1989 during KPRC’s 40th anniversary, a sinecure had some-more than a hundred typewriters. Today there isn’t a singular typewriter that works in a station.
14. TEX has his possess bank account.
13. KPRC now has about 240 desktop and laptop computers to assistance us promote a news.
12. Gone are a days of VHS tapes or film. Everything is digital during KPRC. That means, instead of carrying a promote fill of room of tapes, we can fit a media on a tiny tough drive.
11. In a early days, KPRC carried ABC, NBC, and CBS programming since it was a usually station.
10. KPRC’s initial continue mascot was Wilma a Chicken.
9. Renowned Rockets commentator Bill Worrell was a former KPRC sports director.
8. John Quinones was once a contributor during KPRC.
7. KPRC cameras were there when AstroWorld non-stop a doors. Watch some footage of that day on Jun 1, 1968 here.
6. Sports contributor Craig Roberts started Sports Sunday during KPRC. The format was widely repetitious and still stays on-air during KPRC today.
5. All of a reporters and anchors during KPRC do their possess hair and makeup and provide their possess wardrobe.
4. The news table is on wheels and can be changed as indispensable via a studios.
3. The longest operative stream KPRC worker is Phil Archer. He has worked during KPRC for 42 years.
2. In a late 1990s when there were mechanism technical difficulties, KPRC reporters and producers resorted to typewriters to promote a news.
1. The anchors run their possess Teleprompters regulating a palm or feet control.
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