Akio Morita and the end of Sony Betamax

Akio Morita was a founder, and for many years, the CEO of Sony. He was the Steve Jobs of Japan. During his tenure Sony came up with many consumer electronic advances. Sony first launched its Betamax products in 1975 as a household, magnetic video format for consumers to record analog television shows.

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Stan Chambers (1923-2015)

Stan Chambers on KTLA’s breaking the news story of the Rodney King beating by Los Angeles police officers. From the Archive of American Television. We’re sad to hear that KTLA local news correspondent Stan Chambers passed away today at the age of 91. Chambers was part of the local Los Angeles news scene for over 60 years and was instrumental in the national evolution of … Continue reading Stan Chambers (1923-2015)

Gary Owens Interview

Gary Owens performs in a skit at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards with Lilly Tomlin as Ernestine. Here is a very good interview from the Laugh-In DVD collection with Gary Owens. He talks about how he got his start in radio and then television. Gary also goes into depth about his animation voice work, meeting Walt Disney, as well as his connection to Mel Blanc. I remember … Continue reading Gary Owens Interview

Shebang! with Casey Kasem on KTLA

Casey Kasem is best remembered as a radio personality and animation voice artist. But he also did television, including a KTLA show called Shebang! Produced by Dick Clark of American Bandstand, it was a music show like Shindig!, Hullabaloo, and Ready Steady Go!. Casey Kasem was inducted into to the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1985. The Doors make their first live … Continue reading Shebang! with Casey Kasem on KTLA