Public photo's, videos and old tear sheets from vintage L.A. TV Guides. Here are a few pages and collections of those men and women that brought us the news about our world and our city. We grew up with these faces and voices every day in the L.A. area from the 1950's to present day. I also included Bill Welsh' coverage of the 1960 Hollywood Christmas Parade at the bottom of this page, that event has a great collection of local L.A. talent from that era which I'm sure you'll remember - plus it's an outstanding historical piece -- This is a fairly new site and is still under contruction - If you have any pics to share, please Email me: Gary Cliser
What is missing are the hundreds of anonymous newswriters, producers, assignment editors, cameramen and film, then videotape editors who created the news that these anchors gave to the viewers. The anchors and reporters were the faces of the news, but the guts and heart of the news belonged to the people who worked behind the scenes and in the field. There are few pictures to remember them by, and those of us who worked next to them and remember them will soon be gone and history will never know much about them. But for every picture you see of a TV News Anchor, there were a dozen journalists behind the scenes creating the audio, video and text the audience heard and saw.
William Job "Bill" Stout (September 4, 1927 in Illinois– December 1, 1989 in Los Angeles, California) was an American broadcast journalist. A veteran for over thirty years, Stout's career began after World War II at the Los Angeles Times, from which he moved to CBS News.
Stout moderated Richard Nixon's press conference following his defeat in the California governor's race in 1962. Stout became a frequent stand-in for famed CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. In the early 1960s, Stout hosted a half-hour TV series, "Line of Sight," in which he aired his commentaries on current news topics. The series was produced by Irwin Rosten at KTLA fo rParamount Pictures Company.
Stout left CBS News in the 1980s and ended his career as an anchor for the CBS-owned station in Los Angeles KCBS-TV, then known as KNXT. At KNXT, he was also known as a highly regardedinvestigative reporter and political commentator who preferred to ignore partisan ideologies and divisions. He also interviewed Richard Feynman in 1959 for KNXT.
Bill Keene (1927 – April 5, 2000) was a television and radio personality who became famous in the Los Angeles, California market as a traffic and weather announcer. He was particularly known for his colorful humorous traffic reports which included numerous puns and he became a fixture in Los Angeles broadcasting.
His Los Angeles broadcasting career began in 1957 at KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) as a weather reporter. He is credited with helping pioneer the station's hourlong news format. During the same period he also reported the weather on the sister radio operation KNX (AM). Later he hosted the daytime television variety show "Keene at Noon" which was later called "The Bill Keene Show."
In 1976 he started working full-time at KNX where he became one of the first regular radio reporters in Los Angeles.
Puns became a regular part of his broadcasts. For example, when a ladder was reported on the freeway he would announce “Watch out for rung way drivers” and “Don’t worry, the highway patrol will be taking steps to remove that ladder.”
Keene retired in 1993. He died in his sleep in Tucson, Arizona in 2000, months after suffering a stroke.