Chuck started as a staff announcer in 1960. From 1963 to 1965 at 5:00pm, "Charlie" (Chuck Osburn) and "Bobo the Clown"(Denny First) entertained kids around the Lima area with the "Cartoon Clubhouse". Each day Charlie would fly in the day's cartoons and show them on the "Cartoonoscope", plus a multitude of characters would show up from time to time.
Chuck Osburn went on to become the Program Director of WIMA Television, then to Station Manager of WIMA Television in 1971. Chuck left in 1976 and passed away in 2003.
Denny First works in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a director at the NBC television affiliate, WKJG Television which is Channel 33 in Fort Wayne.
"The Co-Owners of both WIMA Radio and WIMA-TV from 1954 to 1972 were George E. (Bruff) Hamilton and Robert W. Mack. The two of them formed Northwestern Ohio Broadcasting Corporation in 1954 when they purchased then WLOK-TV and changed the call letters to WIMA-TV."
This is what the WLOK Control Room looked like in 1953. In the background you can see the original 1 kW Transmitter. There is a sign just visable in the upper left-hand corner that states, "If You Can't Be Quiet, Leave Control Room". In the beginning, there was only a curtain separating the control room from the studio, so when a live show was going on everyone in the control room had to be quiet.
From 1953 until around 1955 WLOK-TV operated with only one studio camera, a General Electric Black & White camera. Shown with the camera are cameraman Dan Bradford and Floor Director Grover Blazer. Grover became Traffic Manager and retired in 2001.
Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.
If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.
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