Sunday, September 02, 2007

lifelong honor?

The news that the historic KTLA studios are for sale surprised me slightly. Management expects that the station will lease back the space from the new owner. If that doesn't work out, they'll be happy to move into new facilities like several of their competitors have recently done. If the lot gets turned into condos, "Judge Judy" and "Hannah Montana" would need to find new homes too.

Many of the local reporters I saw on KABC, KCBS and KNBC during the '90s have now advanced to network shows. KTLA on the other hand, always had people who seemed more entrenched. For example, Stan Chambers has worked there practically since the station signed on 60 years ago.

In 2001, my friends Pam Baker and Don Barrett let me tag along with them to a ceremony at KTLA honoring Larry McCormick. The soundstage where they did the 10 o'clock news was named in his honor. Larry died three years later. The newsroom had already been named for Hal Fishman. Hal died earlier this summer, about a week after a gala event in his honor. What happens to the Larry McCormick Stage and the Hal Fishman Newsroom if KTLA vacates the premises?

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Blogger LA said...

You raise good questions about the Hal Fishman Newsroom and Larry McCormick Stage. Hopefully, they stay intact. Those two guys were legends here in Los Angeles.


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