Early KOIN-TV News

by Jack
(Portland, Oregon)

KOIN-TV went on the air on channel 6 in October 1953.

The original news team was Art Kirkham doing news, Johnny Carpenter with sports, and Bob Lynott doing the weather.

The weather segment consisted of Lynott in front of a white board with a simple line map, drawing the weather patterns with a squeaky marker onto the map.

A husband and wife team, Chuck and Betty Foster, filmed the local news stories. Chuck was in front of the camera and Betty was behind it. Local news was 15 minutes, as was the network news.

CBS Evening News with Douglas Edwards was 15 minutes long but when CBS replaced Edwards with Walter Cronkite they extended it to 30 minutes.

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Aug 29, 2015
The News
by: Anonymous

A lot could be understood by this small piece of information about how network news changed from a simple display of facts to modern day exaggerations and concealments. I appreciate the way the information is gathered with precise names and appropriate data.

Jan 04, 2015
Early Portland Television
by: Linda

Lots of memories of live television. As I child went to work with dad many times.

Aug 07, 2014
Art Kirkham
by: Anonymous

Thank you for confirming a little bit of history.

Chuck Love

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