Originally Posted by rdgcss
I had an uncle who also had polio as a child. He belonged to group of polio victims. Jack invited my uncle’s group to tour the Channel 9 station. Since uncle couldn’t drive my father drove him there & I was invited to go along. To my 9-10 year old mind that was already interested in electronics it was truly something to behold. They let each of stand in front of a tv camera & see ourself on a TV👌
Hearing of your visit to channel 9 has triggered memories of mine. It was the mid 70’s, and I was about 12. Channel 9 had advertised that they would give free blood pressure checks to anyone who came by. I begged my Mom and Dad to go, so we went after work. We pulled into the back parking lot. My Dad asked the security guard if all of these cars are here for people getting blood pressure checks. The security guard (who had a voice like Wally Cox), said “No sir, employee parking”. We walked right into the back door of the building (couldn’t do that in today’s post 9/11 world). There were numerous medical personnel there who took everyone’s blood pressure. The local news then ended, and Bill Walker came in because it was someone’s birthday (I think it was the doctor who was in charge of the blood pressure checks) and Bill wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday. We all stood around during the birthday honors, then headed out. When we had arrived, the news hadn’t ended yet, but now it was over, and they left the studio door open. I was able to look in on the way out. This was during the period when channel 9 had the news set that resembled the inside of a space ship. Bill and his coanchor (Ellen Bryan, Brad Lacey, etc.) each sat at a curved desk with three TV screens behind it, and the “environmental” and “recreational” (what would be called weather and sports today) anchors stood behind them on an elevated platform. I was amazed at how much smaller it looked in person.
Another time I went to Eastland Mall on Labor Day and met Mr. and Mrs. Brad Lacey, who were the local hosts of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. That was during the “Lacey Is...” era, where Brad was videoed doing a different job each week, which aired on the Wednesday evening 6:00PM news. I remember that my Grandmother loved the week it was “Lacey Is A Soda Jerk”... Years later, Brad went to work for Jim Bakker, and became ill and died while conducting a tour of the boyhood home of Billy Graham... It stood on the Heritage USA PTL grounds at the time. But it was the same house that today stands at the Billy Graham Library.