The voice of Dean Stewart carries us through
this classic station break, presumed to be from late 1949;
note the station ID as "KCBS, San Jose," which would date
the recording from after April 3, 1949, when call letters
were changed from KQW, but before January 1, 1951, when
KCBS' official city of license became San Francisco. (The
KCBS transmitter was moved from Alviso to Novato on August
At 4:30 a.m., Dallas Townsend wraps up a CBS
News update on John Glenn's impending launch into Earth
orbit, then Ken Ackerman returns to the KCBS microphone in
the Palace Hotel to host Flight 2764 of American Airlines'
"Music Till Dawn," featuring light classical music
punctuated with the program's signature theme song, "That's
All" by Sy Mann and his orchestra.
Scott Beach and Fred Goerner host this brief
segment of KCBS' signature weekday program, with John
Glenn's historic spaceflight at the top of the news for the
afternoon. This recording begins with Dallas Townsend's
sign-off from CBS Radio's mobile news desk at Cape
Canaveral, followed by network news on the hour reported by
A brief fragment from the first Seals hockey
broadcast of the season, featuring Roy Storey and Don Klein,
complete with a fumbled opening. Typewritten notes on the
tape box label, reprinted verbatim here, read "Man at Cow
Palace (Klein) who was to take to go-ahead over the phone,
laid the fone down and proceeded to give instructions and
check level while on air. I shouted time after time to
go-ahead. The[y] finally did after 45 sec of foregoing."
A brief but timeless moment from the daily
roundup of closing stocks and latest headlines on KCBS,
reported by Dick Leonard. The key moment arrives quickly as
Dick details how late action on the New York market brought
about good gains among — well, it should have brought about
good gains among the blue chip stocks...
A short segment of the long-running late
evening program, hosted by Craig Harrison (air name of
Harrison Wooley), which led into "Music Till Dawn." Harrison also presided over KCBS' popular
weekday "Housewives Protective League" show for
many years, a role he took over from original host Ken Ackerman.
Wasserman (1938-1979), also a noted film and
music critic and "On The Town" columnist for the
Francisco Chronicle, adds a personal coda to a caller's
comments about "Up With People" and the Moral
Clarence "Clancy" Cassell anchors
part one of this prime
example of the all-news format on KCBS, with
local and national reports, a CBS Radio cooking segment
featuring Mike Roy and Dennis Bracken, "File 74" (Report
#28) with Fred Wilcox, as
well as financial news with Ray Hutchinson.
At noon (about 26 minutes into the recording), Don Mozley
takes over the anchor desk, leading into Douglas Edwards and
the CBS network news, followed by local reports by Al Helmso
and George McManus, an editorial by KCBS news director Jim
Simon, and sports with Don Klein. This broadcast
takes place at about the time KCBS moved from the Palace
Hotel to its new studios on the 32nd floor of One
this seven p.m. segment, Chet Casselman (photo, right)
interviews the legendary voice artist Paul Frees
(1920-1986), who is heard by phone from his home in Tiburon.
Later, Chet talks with veteran Motorola engineer Andy
Affrunti, author of "A
Personal Journal: 50 Years at Motorola." A business news
update with Don Wiegandt and local spot ads by Al Hart and
Tom Campbell also highlight the broadcast.
Casselman, who was most noted for his work at KSFO locally,
also worked at KMPC in Los Angeles and KFBK in Sacramento. A
founding member of
Broadcast Legends, he passed away in 2004 from cancer at
the age of 79.
Frank Knight (air name of Frank Dale Leber)
wraps up the week's top news headlines in five segments —
one for each day of the week — with reporting assistance
from the KCBS news team and the CBS Radio network. This
recording, direct from the original production tape reel,
was part of Mr. Knight's personal archive.
A series of flashback promos used to
celebrate the twentieth anniversary of KCBS as Newsradio 74.
Among the voices heard in the recordings are the station's
Al Hart, Dave McElhatton, Bob Melrose, Don Mozley, Stan
Bunger, Barbara Taylor, Don Klein, Hal Ramey, Jerry Wilcox,
Steve Little, Diane Callas, George Harris and Buddy Nelson,
as well as CBS News notables Walter Cronkite, Charles
Kuralt, Dan Rather and Ed Bradley. The series concludes with
a special message from KCBS general manager Ray Barnett.
To celebrate its silver anniversary as
Newsradio 74, KCBS welcomes the legendary Dave McElhatton
back to the morning news desk, joining current anchors Al
Hart and Lois Melkonian for a special commemorative
broadcast. Also heard are Bill Lynch with CBS network news
on the hour, Steve Bitker
with sports, Ron Lyons on traffic, Don Wiegandt with
financial news, and a commentary by Charles Osgood.
The familiar voices of Ron Reynolds and
Charles Osgood help put KCBS to bed for the evening. Through
the 1990s, KCBS would routinely shut down overnight on
Sundays (actually early Monday mornings) to perform
maintenance on the station's transmitter at Black Point,
— Exhibit includes text and
— Audio presentation only.
— Fair-to-poor audio quality.
— Edited (scoped) aircheck.
FK — Courtesy of Frank D. Leber.
JS — Courtesy of John Schneider.
KA — Courtesy of Ken
to Rose Leber for the donation of
original recordings from the estate of her husband,
Frank D. Leber (Frank Knight of KCBS)