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50 years of KHQ

December 15, 2002

By Jim Kershner
The Spokesman-Review

The names Ira Joe FisherBob Briley, Dean Mell and Nancy Goodspeed should bring back plenty of memories for longtime Spokanites.

You can see those faces again as part of the “KHQ 50th Anniversary Special” tonight at 7 on KHQ-6.

This one-hour show features interviews with those Spokane TV personalities, along with Birney Blair, Chuck Burmingham, Cal Frankhouser, Miss Florence and Tim Minton.

The show will also include archival footage stretching all the way back to the early 1950s. You’ll also see the coverage of the biggest news events of the past 50 years, including the Mount St. Helens eruption.

The special will be narrated by Keith Morrison of NBC’s “Dateline.”

The KHQ special coincides with the 50th anniversary of Spokane’s first commercial TV broadcast, on Dec. 15, 1952.

That one-hour KHQ broadcast included an educational program on the nature of meteors; an episode of NBC’s “Welcome Travelers”; and a short drama about United Red Feather (a precursor to United Way).

However, the KHQ signal actually went on the air a week earlier, on Dec. 8, 1952.

The Spokesman-Review reported that “crowds gathered in stores, shops, taverns and homes to view the geometric pattern.”

Yes, they were watching the test pattern. Behold the power of TV.

KXLY-4 went on the air two months later, and KREM-2 went on the air two years later.

Sunday, December 15, 2002

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2 Comments
  1. Did the little girl in the commercial grow up to be “just like Nancy Goodspeed”?

  2. Leigh Hess permalink

    Jeez. They even misspelled FANKHAUSER. That’s a 5-point penalty and I’ll repeat the entire question and a chance at a 30-point bonus question.
    (Very obscure ‘High School Bowl’ reference.)

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