William B. Ogden Radio School




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I will never forget the six weeks I spent at Ogden. Tom Romano who was at KTRB suggested that I go to Ogden. During High School I was one of the group that started KDHS at Downey High in Modesto and Tom thought I could find a home in radio but needed my first to make that move.
I was one of the younger students so the ladies in the office made me check in daily to make sure I was not being led in the wrong direction in the hours after class. The class hours were long but rewarding as the teaching style fit me well. We had a group of students that would slip the lock on the unused dorm at the front of the building on the second floor who would study an extra few hours a day. Out of that group came an engineer for ATT, a cameraman/ engineer for KGO-TV,and a radioman on the Glowmar research ships. I went back to Modesto and worked part time for KTRB while going to school. I ended up working for KGO-TV engineering, then moved to ABC Network News. I later worked for Sony in product development of professional cameras for the film and television market.
None of this would have happened if not for that six weeks at Ogden. I still have the original First Class License I received after the class. It was the start of nearly 50 years in film and television.


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Started ROES in 1966 at the Burbank school. They had just changed the tests and I don’t think any of us passed the 2nd class test. I had to leave for a short period due to financial concerns and returned to the new Huntington Beach school. I ended up taking the 2nd and First class tests back to back without an issue. The day I got my results I starter work at KCOP channel 13 in Hollywood. I worked there until I received my draft notice. I ended up in the Nebraska National Guard and worked at KEYR radio as an announcer/engineer. I later worked for KDUH TV as assistant manager until 1970. I left to move to Colorado where I’ve been ever since. Bill Ogden prepared me for an extremely successful life no only through the training I received at ROES, but by the example of his life. I feel truly blessed to have known William B. Ogden

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‘69 grad. Went on to be on-air at KSTN, KYNO, KFRC, KYUU p, B-100 and KSON. CEO of K-LOVE FOR 11 of my 21- years there. Bill started my blessed journey. Now retired.

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I was barely 19 yr.s of age when I enrolled at R.O.E.S. It took me six (6) full weeks, but with Bill Ogden’s dogged persistence, I successfully passed the FCC First Class Radio License. It literally changed my life and I’ll be forever grateful to Bill, Tally, Theora and Major Comet Zip for making it possible.

I went on to own and operate three small market radio stations. Subsequently, branched out into to become stockholder and president of a group of cable TV systems.

My broadcast interest led me to politics where I served as City Councilman and two-time Mayor of Escondido, California.

My experience at R.O.E.S. was a very special time in my life and have Bill Ogden to thank.


Added: March 2, 2020
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I was a student of Bill's in 1967 or 1968, can't remember for sure. I needed the First Class ticket to keep working for KTTV at the Mt Wilson transmitter site. I stayed in broadcasting for the next 40 plus years. Great career and memories, thanks to Bill Ogden, one of the best instructors I ever had.

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Was in the first class at the new Huntington Beach school. What a bunch of great memories.

Added: June 11, 2019
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I attended in 1961 and found work right away. Wonderful experience.

Added: March 17, 2019
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I was not familiar with Bill Ogden, but he is apparently well-thought of in California radio circles. We recently established a Texas Broadcasting Museum in Kilgore. Kudos to the Modesto museum for helping to preserve our radio heritage.

Added: January 25, 2019
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Great website.

Added: January 20, 2019
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I attended during 1966 during the time the school moved from Burbank to Huntington Beach. It was an especially stressful time because the FCC had just changed all four of the second class license tests. Though Bill felt I was most prepared based on classroom testing I flunked the second but got a waiver to retest in a month, which I passed.

Added: January 19, 2019
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