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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Never did I think I would utter these names in the same sentence, Douglas Edwards and Walter Cronkite, Biff and Skippy. But they were all part of news and entertainment line up here at KFMB over the past 65 years.

I guess you could say we've only had eyes for you the very beginning. KFMB-TV has been a CBS affiliate, since its inception May 16, 1949. In 1949, there were only three million televisions in America. By 1951, the number of sets would swell to 12 million.

CBS was already broadcasting a 15 minute nightly news program, anchored by Douglas Edwards.

On April 16, 1962, the legendary Walter Cronkite became the anchor of the Evening News. His reserved demeanor and authoritative style soon earned him the titled of most trusted man in America. Cronkite guided us through our most historic and trying times, on location in Vietnam. And, every baby boomer remembers the Kennedy assassination.

He narrated the moon landing and was the face of the franchise, until his retirement in 1981 with his catch phrase:

“And that's the way it is.”

When it comes prime time programming, CBS has always been in the forefront. In the 60s, comedy was king, or should I say queen, when "I Love Lucy" became a network staple. The popular Red Skelton show became the first sitcom to be broadcast in color.

In 1968, the bar for news magazine excellence was raised high, when the network launched "60 Minutes." Forty eight seasons and literally hundreds of awards later, the show remains a journalist treasure.

By the end of the 60s, the rurals ruled the roost at CBS with hits like "The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction" still resurfacing on MeTV.

In the 70s, CBS gave us Mary Tyler Moore, the groundbreaking "All in the Family," but the networks crowning programming achievement was "Mash." The mega-hit first aired in 1972. Its final episode was February 28, 1983 and attracted 106 million Americans. And the syndicated series aired as a lead-in to News 8 for years to come.

In 1978, soap went prime time, when the Ewing family, the original Kardashians, took us to mythical Southfork for their weekly misadventures. And talk about going viral, remember the buzz surrounding the 1980 episode, "Who shot JR?" Dallas would remain a network staple for 13 years.

Adjacent to prime time programming, starting in 1978 KFMB aired the syndicated "PM Magazine," where local hosts, shared San Diego stories and traveled to exotic ports of call.

Beginning in 1985, a show near and dear to my heart “San Diego at Large,” began airing at 7:30 p.m. During it's more than three year run, the little show that could featured comedy sketches, lampooned television and just about everything else. At large, featured the resurgence of Ray Wilson with his dry, raised eyebrow humor. Once again we loved our Ray and to this day, in certain isolated pockets of Mission Beach I'm still known as biff.

And into the new millennium, CBS continues to provide viewers with cutting edge dramas, like the CSI franchises, riveting reality TV, with Survivor and the award-winning prime time comedy "Bang Bang Theory." And now Stephen Colbert will lead us into late night.

Forged 65 years ago, CBS and KFMB will continue to work together, striving for the highest quality in entertainment, providing unique and challenging programming for your enjoyment. We still have our eye on you.

Coming up Friday, May 16: In the final segment of our 65th anniversary retrospective, with a little help from our friends in the band Rockola, we going to take you behind-the-scenes and show you some News 8 moments you've never seen before, including our bloopers and out takes.

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