Most of my family is from Virginia (Richmond and Tidewater) so I spent a lot of time there during summer vacation with our relatives. As a kid, my mom and dad would shop at the downtown department stores, but allow me free reign to walk all over the city as long as I got back to Miller & Rhoads by 5 o'clock.
During one of those adventures (still possible for a kid in the early 60's), I ventured down Broad Street and dropped in at WTVR (AM/FM and TV, then owned by Roy Park). Although I had no appointment and was just a kid, they treated me like royalty. I was shown around the whole facility and given a big bundle of pamphlets about the station when I left. That was what largely triggered my interest in broadcasting and, to this day, I am grateful to the kind people at WTVR for being so generous with their time, patiently answering all of my unending "what's this...what's that" questions.
My other memory from that era is how hard WRVA-TV was to receive back then. That's why I'm unfamiliar with Sailor Bob and much of what was on channel 12. To us, at the time, "number six" (as my grandparents called it) was television. And WXEX was dismissed as "that Petersburg station".