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Educational TV Station: New Manager Tackles Job

April 12, 1966

The Spokesman-Review

The youthful manager of Spokane’s proposed educational television station ended his day on the job Monday, exactly 13 hours after he started.

It was 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Dr. Deyrol E. Anderson, 33, and his guess is for more of the same.

“It’s a big job that will take lots of my time,” he said. “We have a timetable and we want to stick with it.”

Anderson, who actually will not become a doctor until his degree is conferred upon him by Stanford University in June, said he is delighted to be back in Washington.

“San Francisco is a fine place in which to start a career,” he added, “but I have been wanting to come back to Washington for some time.”

He attended elementary and high school in Eatonville, got his B.A. degree from Washington State University and worked for a time as an announcer in Pullman.

Many Benefits Seen

He feels that Spokane’s new educational venture (he hopes to have it on the air in February) will benefit many areas of this city’s society.

He envisions daily programming starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m. with classroom-type instructional programs.

Then there will be a sign-off until 6 p.m. when the station will come back on the air for about four more hours of community service programs until the final sign off.

“There are many types of programming that are not now on the air in Spokane,” he said.

“Whether we have flower arrangement shows, or political candidates giving their views or presenting a study of narcotics, we intend that the community will see some programming that the people have not seen before.”

While educational television is new to Spokane, it is not new to Dr. Anderson.

After leaving Pullman, he joined San Francisco’s educational outlet, KQED, as a studio engineer, and soon moved up to the job of studio supervisor.

Later, he went to a $700,000 educational TV facility at the College of San Mateo as operations manager, aiding in the initial planning for the station and staying through actual programming.

He said he is delighted with the location of the proposed Spokane station on the high ground of Moran Prairie because of its proximity to commercial television stations and Ferris High School.

To Work With Bidders

His first big job, he added, is to work with the bidders that are vying for the authority to supply the new station with its essential equipment.

In that respect, Anderson thinks there is sufficient money on hand to get the station on the air.

“But there will have to be some juggling initially,” he added. “We may have to shave costs on some items to boost others.”

Anderson has settled in a rented home on W413 Twenty-second with his wife, Beverly, who also has worked in the field of educational television, and their son, Sven, 4.

Thursday, April 12, 1966


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