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KFMB's 65th anniversary: The People

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With a transmitter site on Mount Soledad, KFMB began broadcasting from the Pacific Square Ballroom on Pacific Highway in 1949. The station moved around the corner to a five-story building on a now-vacant lot on Fifth and Ash before settling into our current Kearny Mesa location in 1977. Over the years, some of your favorite personalities have passed through these portals.

By 1950, singing cowboy Smokey Rogers, was on air three hours a day with his general store program. The show would last 10 years.

In 1955, KFMB-TV launched "Zoorama," the show responsible for making the San Diego Zoo, world famous. Hosted by Bob Dale, "Zoorama was syndicated across the nation. With his signature bowtie and "Aw shucks" demeanor, Bob would go on to host his daily very popular "3 o'clock Movie."

By 1960, San Diegans started their day with "Sun Up San Diego," hosted by a litany of alumni, including such luminaries as Bob Mills, Sue White, Sarah Purcell, Jerry G. Bishop and Kathi Diamant. Even David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld filled in, during "Sun Up's" amazing 30-year run.

Among the notable names who have enlightened and entertained us over the years was, weather girl Raquel Tajada, who would eventually become Raquel Welch and the affable Regis Philbin.

Channel 8 has always been about news, and the bar was set high early at KFMB-TV, when the man still recognized as the "dean of journalists," Harold Keen, became our anchor.

The consummate journalist, Keen was lauded for interviewing skills, which found him one-on-one with some the world's most prominent personalities.

He was followed by another San Diego legend, my personal hero Ray Wilson, who served as an anchorman and news director here for 35 years.

In the 1960s, San Diego also fell in love with the dry wit and easy going style of Doug Oliver, who would serve as the station's principal weatherman for more than three decades.

The 1970s and 80s saw an amazing resurgence of News 8, under the tutelage of visionary news director Jim Holtzman. He put together dream team of Michael Tuck, Allison Ross, Clark Anthony and Ted Leitner.

There are so many great names and so many fine journalists who have carried the News 8 banner and continued a tradition of excellence in broadcast that began 65 years ago. But all of this storied history would have never happened without the support of our loyal viewers. For you, we are eternally grateful.

Next Friday, we will bring the events that have shaped San Diego's history for the past 65 years.

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