9 thoughts on “Radio & TV News Anchor, Ted Bryant

  1. The blurb about kiro’s “4-channel” simulcast brought back memories of being 12 y.o. and listening on a stereo tuner and 2 small radios. I wasn’t too impressed

    1. I had recorded that quadcast on audio tape, but it does not seem to have survived. I used the tv audio, FM stereo audio, and the AM audio to feed a quad recorder.

  2. In the late 1980s I was a reporter at The Daily Astorian newspaper in Astoria, on the Oregon coast. At the request of the publisher, I did a phone interview with Ted Bryant, who I think by that time was working for Oregon Public Broadcasting in some capacity. He had worked in news at KATU 2 and KOIN 6 here in the Portland area after leaving Seattle, including as news director at KOIN.

    I had a fun time chatting with him. I told him that many years earlier, when I was just a kid in Seattle, I would stay up and watch his “The World Today” newscast at 11 p.m. weeknights on KING-TV. As I recall, he jokingly said something like, “Awww, stop it! You’re getting to me when you say that!” — alluding to how old he felt like he was getting. I also mentioned that my mother used to regularly wait on him and other KING staffers when she worked at The Hippopotamus Restaurant near the station.

    That wasn’t my only encounter with a childhood Seattle TV memory when I worked at the Astoria paper. At that time, the cable system in Astoria (which, by the way, is credited as the birthplace of cable TV back in 1948 when the then-new KRSC-TV Channel 5 signal was imported all the way from Seattle), carried KSTW 11 but had decided to drop it. “Brakeman Bill” McLain, who had by the late ’80s had long given up his kids’ show on 11 and had become the station’s public relations director, came down to Astoria to try to talk the cable system into not dropping the station. One of the stops he made was the newspaper office to seek publicity on the matter. Of course, I had to run up and introduce myself to Bill, having grown up watching his show. I told him that the last time I had spoken to him in person was when I was 4 years old and he was making at appearance at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.

    In both cases, Ted and Bill really seemed to enjoy that this aging Baby Boomer viewer remembered them.

  3. I remember a Neil Diamond live concert that might have been on KOL AM and FM. One channel boomed out of my Bose 901’s and the other out of my bedroom RCA AM clock radio which I brought out to the living room for the occasion.

  4. I was fascinated with the 4 channel sound, but some of those bands were not that great.(telephonic happening) I liked the light show. I wish I would have been able to catch the telephonic happening in San Francisco. KQED-TV carried it along with KQED-FM on two channels and KSAN_FM on the other two. They had some major bands on there. I also remember when KPLZ simulcasted a TV Neil Diamond concert in the 80,s Sorry, but I do not remember the KOL-AM/FM broadcast. It may have been after November of 73.

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