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- F. Fester Fletcher and the News on KCPR Newsservice: The hirsute social commentator known as F. Fester Fletcher was a parody of the reknowned KSLY newscaster Fred Peterson. This satire was written and performed by the very talented FrankCalabrese, who created this, and other, unforgettable characters that were heard on KCPR from the late 1960s and into 1971. Fester's Last Stand was written and produced for broadcast on KCPR by Calabrese went he left San Luis Obispo to serve in the United States Navy. Bonus Track: Best of Calabrese. Notes by WoodyGoulart.
Frank, the Sarkes Tarzian and the TVA|Frank, the Sarkes Tarzian and the TVA
Since we all worked together at Hallikainen and Friends, it's not surprising that the story about the Navy Broadcast Service and the TVA Audio Mixers at the NAB Convention has a connection to Frank. I think it was the 1978 NAB convention in Las Vegas.
The TVA exhibit in our convention booth consisted of the control panel from a Sarkes Tarzian video switcher controlling the TVA Audio Mixer. The exhibit was mounted in the top of our booth's front counter where people could see it as they walked by. The Sarkes Tarzian control panel was something of Frank's I had come across years earlier when we started H&F. I borrowed it to use on my senior project, a vertical interval video switcher. Later we adopted the Sarkes control panel to control the TVA for the NAB exhibit. The control panel was connected to the TVA with a 25-pair cable which I wired myself: Blue, orange, green, brown, slate!
During the convention, Paul Sautter from the Navy Broadcasting Service (NBS) came by the booth and the old Sarkes control panel attracted his interest. So I insisted on showing him how the Sarkes was able to control the TVA. Eric and Gerry's concept for the TVA had been simple, an audio mixer for a TV station should behave more like a video switcher. When you took a source on a video switcher the audio should follow the video. And it should be modular and rack mountable so it can be scaled up to meet individual stations needs. It turned out that this was just what the Navy Broadcasting Service needed for its Shipboard Instruction, Training and Entertainment (SITE) systems. The NBS used them on small ships and large, scaling the size of the TVA mixers to meet the different needs of their ships, but most of TVAs went into the SITE systems intended for aircraft carriers which had their own TV studio and control room to do live productions.
- Frank Calabrese told me early-on that the first words spoken over KCPR were, "Christ! Are we on the air?" This was before the license had even arrived, bootlegging using the stolen KCSB Phasitron transmitter. (from Jan A. Tarsala, KCPR engineer 1975-77)