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Jim Anderson:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1955 - Aug 1956

Designation:  

CFN staff announcer and sportscaster on both radio and TV 

Duties:  

Kid's show: "Uncle Jim and Tinker: (radio only, late '55) with Gary Hannes as "Uncle Gary"

Trivia:  

Jim was "Jack-of-all-trades" having had radio and TV experience before entering the Army. He was instrumental in getting TV off the ground. He put in a lot of time and effort during the OAS Conference (July 17-24, '56) working related events in the CZ Nearly all of the pictures from the 1955-'56 time frame were furnished by Jim before he passed-on. 

Biographic Details:  

Jim was from Springfield, Mass.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Carol, within days of being discharged. They had three children. He went back into radio/TV work after service in the Boston-Springfield area. Jim was well-liked by the CFN audience and received many letters of praise from all quarters upon leaving CFN.

Most recent info:  

deceased, 2011

Last known Location:  

Springfield, MA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Lee Bayley:

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Sept 1962 - July 1964

Designation:  

E5. Dance Party TV Host
Duties:  

Was Disc Jockey/TV Host for Armed Forces Radio & TV, (SCN and CFN) in  Panama. 

Lee hosted the afternoon Pop Shop from September of 62 till sometime in 63 when Peter Richards left and he started doing morning radio through July of 64.

The first day Lee moved to mornings...he started with "Good morning Mr. and Mrs O'Meara (General) and all the ships at sea...." Amador called and said he liked that so Lee did it fairly often.

Did morning show on radio, feature shows and news on the on television. 

The weekly TV shows included co-hosting a variety show that featured local entertainers as well as military personnel. 

The last few months of his tour in Panama they did a weekly show featuring local and area teenagers on a Bandstand type of show called Dance Party

Lee was the first host for Dance Party until July 64

Lee worked on various television shows, directed, ran camera, TD'd some.....but radio was his main venue

Trivia:  

Lee was in the Canal Zone when the fit hit the shan in January of 64 when the shooting and burning took place. 

Like others who were in the CZ during the Jan 64 demonstrations, Lee's wife and 8 month old daughter were evacuated out, apartment was ransacked, car was burned in the parking lot....etc.

He was positioned in the Tivoli Hotel with a few other staffers, all armed with a telephone with which they did quite a few reports until the DOD shut them down. 

Of interest, years later, Lee did a weekly television show in Tulsa featuring local teens and bands, as well as nationally popular groups like The Temptations, Stones, Beach Boys, etc.  

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Arkansas. 

Lee began his career before the military  in small-market radio at age 15 dumping waste baskets, developing a record library, and helping to paint the tower. He went on the air at age 15 when one of the staffers was ill and unable to work. Was on the air through high school and while attending the University of Arkansas with KBRS, Springdale and KAMO, Rogers, Arkansas. 

He also, attended Keegan Tech in Memphis, TN. 

Out of the army in July of 64, Lee did a quick summer semester at Arkansas and then went on the air and did the morning shows on the legendary KAKC, Tulsa...Top 40 with 50 and 60 shares. 

He ultimately became PD/VP of Programming as well as morning show talent for several years. He was the spokesman for Pepsi and their weekly TV show Pepsi Dance Party.

It was there that Lee started working with a national consulting firm which moved him to Los Angeles as Vice President of Programming for Bill Drake. 

In addition to helping Bill with the RKO chain Lee was charged with developing the syndication side of the company Drake-Chenault, ultimately programming 9 formats with 328 client stations. 

His staff included many of the leading programmers of today. 

During this time they created and produced many special programs such as The 50 Hour History of Rock And Roll that aired on approximately a thousand stations around the world. 

One of the things he had a lot of pleasure doing was producing the More Music jingles they did using the Johnny Mann singers. They were used by hundreds of stations. 

Was Operations Manager/PD of KIQQ, Los Angeles. Here they essentially created  the format called Lite AC today. Consulted sister stations. 

In 1980 The Disney Company hired him to become Vice President and GM of  TM Programming in Dallas. Led the programming team in growing from 200 to over 300 client stations. An average of 70% of their clients were leaders in their markets. 

In addition to programming radio stations they were leaders in the jingle industry producing the singing identity heard on hundreds of stations around the world. 

In 1981 he formed Lee Bayley and Associates, his own company with the objective of providing a personal, full service, consultancy to a small number of stations. They specialized in all forms of AC, Country, Oldies, plus full service FM and AM formats and News/Talk.

In addition to the music, they placed great emphasis on positioning, marketing and promotion. He worked with his first client stations for 19 years. Lee does not know of any other relationship between consultant and client close to that. 

THE STATIONS.... Here are some of the stations Lee's company worked with in one capacity or another during more than two decades of consulting radio. In many cases they worked with the FM and AM properties, or multiple stations of common ownership. 

  • WHAS, Louisville, KY

  • WAMZ, Louisville, KY

  • KKBQ, Houston, TX 

  • WDAF, Kansas City, MO

  • KFMS, Las vegas, NV

  • WLTQ, Milwaukee, WI

  • KSCJ, Sioux City, IA 

  • KSUX, Sioux City, IA 

  • KRPM, Seattle, WA

  • WISN, Milwaukee, WI

  • WLTJ, Pittsburgh, PA

  • KYKX, Longview-Tyler, TX

  • KRMG, Tulsa, OK

  • KLSY, Seattle, WA

  • KAY107, Tulsa, OK

  • KMGC, Dallas, TX

  • KIXK, Dallas, TX (now KISS-FM)

  • KBUL, Reno, NV

  • WPEZ, Macon, GA

  • KUDL, Kansas City, MO

  • WAXY, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • WAIA, Miami, FL

  • KGB-FM, San Diego, CA

  • KIQQ, Los Angeles, CA 

  • WSOC, Charlotte, NC

  • KYGO, Denver, CO

  • WNOE-FM, New Orleans, LA

Most recent info:  

Lee had been successfully battling prostate cancer the last couple years prior to his death but he died of a heart problem. Chemotherapies can cause secondary problems but it is unknown if this was an issue in his death.
Last known Location:   Died at a hospital near his home in Tyler, Texas area around Feb 17, 2013
Obit:  
http://mediaconfidential.blogspot.com/2013/02/rip-lee-bayley-radio-ex-former-tulsa.html
Robert A. Botzenmayer:

 

2005

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Early 50's to early 70's

Designation:  

Civilian. Chief Engineer
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Prior to SCN, he was an engineer with Pan American World Airways in Balboa.

Robert had retired to Bradenton, FL.

Most recent info:  

Robert Botzenmayer passed away on July 24, 2005.  His daughter Lynne Botzenmayer Armfield had moved him up near her home in South Carolina from Bradenton, FL in 2003  where he lived in an independent facility at first and later moved to assisted living.  He fell and broke a hip and never recovered.  Roberts wife had preceded him in death on June 2001. Robert had celebrated his 89th birthday just over 4 months earlier.

If you would like to contact Lynne she can be reached at 

Last known Location:   South Carolina
Last known EM:   tinywabbitroadrunnercom
   

Capt Mark A. Braymes:

   

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   @1944

Designation:  

Studio Officer
Duties:   AFRS radio Albrook
Biographic Details:  

none available

Most recent info:   If this is the same M Braymes originally from NJ listed in the SSDI, he would have been born 8/17/1917 and died 4/15/1966 in PE which is an abbreviation for Prince Edward Island, Canada or Peru. Please confirm if correct.
Santiago Cabassa:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   1989 - 1991
Designation:  

Master Control

Duties:   He was the master Control board operator the night the Just Cause invasion started. 

Trivia:  

Cabassa was one of the young replacement troops brought in right before Just Cause. 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:   NA

Most recent info:  

He was killed in a car crash in his home state of New York
Last known Location:   New York
Last known EM:   NA
   
A.J. Carothers:

 

Current Status:   

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

Early 1955 to Sept. 22, 1956

Designation:   

CFN Announcer

Duties:   

He was radio & TV announcer (he had a combination British/Texan accent). Also was one of the first news anchors to grace CFN-TV.

Biographic Details:   

Born in River Oaks section of Houston, 1933. Became a famed screenwriter and playwright for Walt Disney Studios.

 

In 1957 A.J. was hired by Walt Disney Studios as a writer. His first film was "Miracle of the Stallions", followed by "Emil and The  Detectives," "The Secret of My Success" and several more motion pictures. He created TV series "Nancy and the Professor" and "Goodnight, Beantown" among others and wrote the stage play "Brusker Alley."  

 

Wikipedia has a more detailed history of his personal and professional life as well as several photos. 

Most recent info:   

died in L.A. (cancer) on April 9, 2007

    

PFC Glenn L. Coates:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   ? - Dec 20, 1946

Designation:  

Army PFC
Duties:  

Engineer AFRS radio Albrook

Biographic Details:   Born Dec 6, 1912 in Iowa. Lived in SD. Had Engineering degree
Most recent info:   Died Nov 1973

CPL Lou DeLaine:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

@1946 - 1949

Designation:  

Marine CPL
Duties:   Announcer AFRS radio Albrook
Biographic Details:   Was married to a Norwegian wife.
Most recent info:   Believed to have been born Nov 20, 1927 and died April 25, 1999 in Aurora, CO. Believed that he is survived by his wife Joann and possibly a son, Jon. Please confirm if this SSDI info is correct.

T/4 "Hank"  Henry Burton DeVoll Jr:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   @1950

Designation:  

Army 
Duties:   Engineer AFRS radio Albrook
Biographic Details:  

Originally from Sedalia, MO. Born aprox Sept 1, 1928

Parents Henry B DeVoll Sr and Mary. Sister Edna 11 yrs older.

Married to Norma Lee, daughter of CZ employee.

Had son Hank Lee DeVoll born on 6-27-49, currently living in FL.

Had served in Korea as manager of a Service Club.

Most recent info:   Died Dec 10, 1973. Grave was later moved to Raleigh NC National Veterans gravesite in 1979 per the Veterans gravesites records.
SGM Thomas Dover:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Aug 1993 - Jan 1996

Designation:  

SCN SGM NCOIC

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Retired after SCN

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

A great man and terrific NCO who was very well liked and will be missed greatly.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Richard Ehrbar:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Army. Radio

Duties:  

No details

Trivia:  

Over the years, he spoke often of his tour in Panama and his pet monkey.

Biographic Details:  

After SCN, became Sr VP and co-owner of The Research Group.  He was a respected consultant in the radio industry. 

He always loved and had a passion for radio. 

He was married to Barbara Ehrbar and had two children; Anne-Marie and Robert Ehrbar (who also has a passion for radio and works for SLY 96 FM in California). 

Most recent info:  

Richard passed away in June 1998. 

Last known Location:  

Richard lived in San Luis Obispo, Ca for over 20 years. 

Daughter's EM:  

His daughter can be reached at:  

AngelSloaolcom 

Jack Essex:

   

  

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

1956 - 1957

Designation:   

Announcer

Duties:   

Part time announcer with Radio Station HOG, an English language station in Panama City in 1955 - 56. 

Was an announcer at CFN 1956 - 1957. 

Biographic Details:   

Joined municipal law enforcement in California in 1959, worked ten years at the Westminster Police Dept. and moved upward to the Livermore Police Dept in 1969. 

He retired as a Police Captain in 1985 after serving a one-year interim period as Chief of Police. 

Married a Panamanian girl , Olga Berrocal Essex, in 1955. Olga authored "Delia's Way" a novel set in Panama in the 1950s and is currently published by Arte Publico Press of the University of Houston 

Most recent info:   

Jack had four children and four grandsons. He was retired and living in Paso Robles, CA when he lost  a long battle with cancer on Feb 24, 2002. 

His appearance on the final SCN program was an honor that brought great happiness to his life amidst his struggle with multiple myeloma. Jack spent the last few years of his life enjoying e-mail group chats and stories with his old and new friends from CFN and SCN.

Contact email:   

NA

      

Denis Fink:

 

 

 Denis as "Uncle Bob"

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1970 - 1972

Designation:  

Army. Radio DJ & TV's "Uncle Bob" production
Duties:  

Worked on production as well as the Afternoon Show as Uncle Bob.

Also an announcer on the SCN "East of Midnight" radio program with popular music of that era. Many times, Denis could be seen in the studio late at night, working in candlelight, playing his personal collection of records on-air because the popular heavy rock albums had not been approved by the military and were not otherwise available in the studio for public consumption. 

Trivia:   (Web note: One such photo of Denis working in the radio studio by candlelight can be seen on this website at http://www.scncz.com/photos/DenisFink2.jpg  ... keeping in mind that I used a flash which lit up the dark room when I snapped the photo.)
Biographic Details:  

Denis returned to Michigan where he continued to work at several radio and TV stations in the Lansing area. Denis continued his "Uncle Bob" show in addition to creating new characters. Denis also brought back the popular "East of Midnight" radio program. Denis was very imaginative and talented which served him well throughout his career. 

He was always a gentle and kind person, well liked by those who knew him. Denis met his wife Linda, a teacher in 1976. Denis was a devoted family man and spent a lot of quality time with his wife, Linda and daughters, Elyse and Emily. 

Most recent info:  

Denis passed away in Lansing, MI on June 5, 1996 from lung cancer at the young age of 47, leaving behind his wife Linda and daughters who were ages 11 and 14 at the time.
Last known Location:   Lansing, MI
Last known EM:   NA
 

CPL Quinn Finta:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   @1946 - 1949

Designation:  

Air Force CPL
Duties:   Announcer AFRS radio Albrook
Biographic Details:   Born June 16, 1926 in Michigan. Registered for the Air Corp in San Antonio, TX according to the WWII registration. 
Most recent info:   Died October 17, 2002 according to the SSDI
Bill Fleming:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 1964

Designation:  

Army. Radio & TV

Duties:  

May have worked on the "Cosmo the Crew chief" afternoon show.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Bill left the Army and went to work with Jack Mulvain at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh where he had convinced Jack he should go. 

Bill put their first film processor into operation. He had never even seen a film processor but when Jack told him that was the only job open at the time he went to the library, read up on film processing and convinced them that he could do it and he did. 

He later became an outstanding editor but not being one to play the corporate game, left for something more rewarding. Being one who lived life on his terms he eventually went back to free lance announcing and became one of the best in this area. 

He and his son, who owns a recording studio, had joined forces to produce number of award winning radio commercials. He lived about five minutes from Jack  Mulvain in Pittsburgh, PA and was Jack's son's Godfather.

Most recent info:  

Bill Fleming died on Dec 22, 2005.

 

His Obituary By Joe Fahy, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, December 26, 2005 follows:

 

William Alan Fleming / Award-winning radio personality
July 13, 1938 - Dec. 22, 2005

For more than 40 years, Pittsburgh area residents heard the versatile voice of Bill Fleming on radio ads or talk shows, a lake-smooth baritone that could be mellow, commanding or even comical.

In a recent radio spot for Kennywood Park, his voice seethed with intensity. "They emerge at twilight, when the sun sinks low on the horizon and darkness commands the sky," he intoned in the commercial about riding amusement park rides at night.

By contrast, he portrayed an overbearing, neurotic announcer in earlier humorous spots for Iron City beer.

Mr. Fleming, 67, an award-winning announcer and radio personality, died Thursday at his home in Dormont. The cause of death was not immediately available, his family said, though he had congestive heart failure and diabetes and had been depressed since his wife of 43 years, Judith Manion Fleming, died of lung cancer in June.

Mr. Fleming also had a natural talent for other aspects of the business, working at times as a producer or technician in radio and television, family members and friends said.

"Bill loved an audience," said Jack Mulvain, a former technical director for KDKA-TV who met Mr. Fleming in the Army in the early 1960s. "If he had an audience, he could go on forever."

A Pittsburgh native who grew up in Sheraden, William Alan Fleming was born in 1938 to Carolyn N. Fleming and William Alexander Fleming, who worked in the insurance business.

He had an early interest in public speaking, participating in the debate and speech teams at Langley High School and working as a master of ceremonies for student talent shows, said his son, Scot.

Mr. Fleming graduated from high school in 1956, then worked at a radio station in Kittanning before serving in the Army from 1962 to 1964. He served in Panama and worked with others to produce radio and television broadcasts for members of the U.S. armed forces in the region.

"I never met anyone with so many ideas," Mr. Mulvain recalled. "He was very creative."

After they left the Army, Mr. Mulvain said Mr. Fleming persuaded him to come to Pittsburgh, where he landed a job with KDKA. He said Mr. Fleming also got a job at the station, working in film processing even though he lacked experience.

"He went to the library, read some books and convinced the boss he could do it," Mr. Mulvain recalled. "That's how smart he was."

Mr. Fleming also worked off and on as a radio talk show host for KDKA in the 1970s, then was a production manager at Magic 97 FM in the 1980s, his family said.

In later years, he focused mostly on freelance announcing. Most recently, he was perhaps best known for his radio spots, including a humorous commercial involving an announcer who complains about broadcast regulations while opening one Iron City beer after another to celebrate Christmas and other holidays.

In another, he tries to promote the beer while using the wrong script -- one purportedly for "Madame Vanguard's Love and Leather Emporium."

Mr. Fleming "had a voice you couldn't ignore," said Terrence McClusky, who wrote the spots. He said he sought out Mr. Fleming after hearing his ads for the Pittsburgh Maulers, the city's short-lived USFL football team, in the early 1980s.

Mr. Fleming won many awards for his work, including national Silver Microphone awards, local Addy awards and March of Dimes Achievement in Radio awards, his family said. He was an expert in 3D film production and a founding member of a group interested in amateur wide-screen filmmaking. The organization, the American Widescreen Association, named an annual award for audio excellence in his honor, his son said.

Yet "the best part of him was his romance with my mother," said his daughter, Erin Fleming. After her death, "he just couldn't make his life work without her."

Besides his son, of Green Tree, and daughter, of Dormont, Mr. Fleming is survived by a brother, Gordon, of State College, and a grandson.

A calling will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hershberger-Stover Inc. Funeral Home, Crafton, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

PFC James A. Ganoom:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   mid 1940's

Designation:  

Army PFC Announcer
Duties:   Announcer AFRS radio Albrook
Biographic Details:   Born 6-18-1927 in Ohio. Registered for the Army in Spokane, WA according to his WWII Registration records.
Most recent info:   Died in Toledo, Ohio on June 16, 1993 just 2 days prior to his 66th birthday according to the SSDI. 
SP5 Deborah Glassford Taylor:

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

mid to late 1970's

Designation:  

Army. TV Anchor, Broadcast News
Duties:  

One of the most recognized female anchors in the community. 

An accomplished performer

Trivia:   Her hair styles were always an issue with senior NCOs outside the network to see if they were within the army standards.
Biographic Details:  

Born November 20, 1945 in San Diego, CA. 

Married Lee Taylor in Albany, NY on August 29, 1980. She attended Penn State and Western Washington University, graduating with a BA and MA in Theater.

Deborah acted and directed at Bellingham Theater Guild and WWU, and taught Theater at Whatcom Community College for 12 years.

Most recent info:  

Died on Jan 20, 2003 in Bellingham, WA. Survived by her son Thomas G Taylor and husband Lee. 
Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

You may share memories in the online guest book at

http://www.westfordfuneralhome.com 
Steve Glassman:  

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

July 31, 1964 to June 1966

Designation:  

Army. Announcer, director

Duties:  

Arrived at SCN  after training at the Army Information School. Hosted "Pop Shop," the afternoon rock show, and was the weekend television newscaster, before moving behind the scenes to television production.

Directed the Dance Party show in the mid-60s, the newscasts (directed John Wilson, Tom Kirby and Del Vaughn before he left), the children's program with Nicki the Crew Chief and the late night variety show with Ed Webb and Charlie Pickard.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After a 2 year tour ended, Steve drove back to the States up the Pan American Highway.

Most recent info:  

Steve was an Attorney in Los Angeles and was still married to his Canal Zone sweetheart after celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in 2009.

 

Steve was still practicing law but had added a role as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the California State Military Reserve, 40th Infantry Division (M) Support Brigade where he held the rank of Major.  For the past eight years he provided legal advice and preparation to members of the California National Guard mobilized in support of OIF/OEF. Stephen was promoted in rank to Lt Colonel in the California State Military Reserve in 2010.

 

After Stephen died suddenly on June 15, 2012, his closest friends & coworkers expressed their dismay to us about the lack of memorial or obit or notifications and the hasty cremation and ashes spread at sea which Glassman had not expressed any preference toward. No one was notified that he was in the hospital nor of his death from his friends to his office & coworkers who have all expressed discomfort with his spouses behavior and the recent marital discord and demands she had pressured to move to Florida. The sudden death, quick cremation without any notifications to his friends or even his office and coworkers and no one was invited to any memorial services plus her evasive conflicting info & lack of respect has created serious concerns among his closest friends about a darker cause behind his sudden death which cannot be evaluated due to the immediate disposal of ashes out to sea. If not for the California State Military Reserve, there would have been no obit, no announcement or memorial at all. This information was provided by his closest friends and coworkers who requested for it to be added to his bio.

Last known Location:  

Died from a sudden unexpected death in Los Angeles, CA on June 15, 2012

Obit:  

 http://csmrsoldier.com/2012/06/26/lt-colonel-glassman-dies-at-69/

Msgt Frank Hawkridge Jr:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   1941

Designation:  

Engineer Pacific Coast Artillery Corps PCAN 
Duties:  

Panama Coast Artillery Command at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone. Original co-founder of PCAN & PCAC radio in the CZ and AFRS. Hawkridge was the Engineer who literally built the first two military radio stations in Panama in 1940. PCAC & PCAN.

Trivia:   

He was reassigned stateside  in early October 1941. During his time in Panama,  Master Sergeant Clay Doster and others worked together to provide some "back home" entertainment to soldiers stationed throughout Panama's remote artillery sites. This eventually lead to forming of the Armed Forces Radio Service and SCN.  

 

Msgt Doster was reportedly brought into the picture because they thought they needed someone of more significant rank involved in hopes of having a better chance of getting some attention from those at Radio City Music Hall who would have the most influence in the decision making process

Biographic Details:  

Born Dec. 24, 1913 in Philadelphia, Penn.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1934 and was initially a truck driver until he managed to change to radio repairman.  After being reassigned from Panama in late 1941 he was assigned to Camp Stewart, Georgia where he met and married Willella Moore of Glennville, Georgia. They had four children, Frances in Feb. '43, Joseph in Aug. '44, David in Oct. '46 and Catherine in Nov. '47.  

 

After 26 years of service he retired from the Army on June 1960 at the rank of Msgt and later worked in the Civil Service at Mather AFB and McClellan Army Depot near Sacramento, California.  

 

In 1970, after 10 years Civil service he retired for the last time to live the "good life". 

Most recent info:  

On Nov. 9, 1972, he died of a heart attack in Rancho Cordova, California.  His wife Willella moved to Florida to be near family and passed away in April 1997.  He is survived by daughters Frances and Catherine of Lakeland, Florida and son David of Lexington, South Carolina.

Last Known EM:    NA
 

SGT Glen E. Henning:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   @1946 - 1949

Designation:  

Air Force SGT
Duties:   Radio Engineer AFRS radio Albrook 
Biographic Details:  

Prior to arriving in the CZ, Glen was a decorated B-17 Belly Gunner in WWII 8th Air Force in the 493rd Bombardment group stationed in England. His plane was "Lil Wampus"

Met wife Willys Alice in Sioux Falls, SD while she was attending Nurses training

Had 3 children, Margaret, Michele and Michael

Most recent info:  

Died in 1976, but is survived by his wife, brother Bill and children. 

Daughter Margaret and her husband would love to hear from anyone who knew their father or who has photos and info. They can be contacted at:

Contact EM:    rmfarberusanet 
  
Paul Hogan:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1968 - 1969

Designation:  

Radio & TV News anchor. 

Duties:  

Very versatile and talented anchor.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Became a well-known TV newsman at WMAQ Chicago. 

Paul had been a reporter at WBBM, NBC channel 5 in Chicago for some 15 years at the time of his death and was especially well known for his investigative reporting which was often aired on national news broadcasts.

Most recent info:  

He died of a heart attack at the age of 48 on January 31, 1993. Paul's wife, Kris Kridel is currently an announcer on WBBM Radio in Chicago. Their son Michael is 21 and their daughter Katie is 19 (2008).

Last known Location:  

Chicago

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Kathy Holcomb:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1950's ? - 1971

Designation:  

ASPCA  representative

Duties:  

Kathy (O'Connor) Holcomb was the ASPCA representative who brought dozens of homeless pets to the SCN afternoon show for adoption. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Her husband Clint died in 1971. Kathy and her son Vince returned to the US shortly afterward. 

Most recent info:  

Kathy died in Oregon in Nov 1984 at the age of 60. Kathy opened her home to many SCN staff and crew while she was in the Canal Zone. She is fondly remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son Vince (Holcomb) O'Connor who is currently living in southern California. Vince recently married to a Canal Zone sweetheart. Vince adopted his mothers maiden name in honor of her memory.

Last known Location:  

Oregon 

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Arnie Huberman:   

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Feb'68 through April '69

Designation:  

Principal producer/director of all TV programming

Duties:  

From Happy Hoyer's show to the first-ever satellite telecast (Nixon's inauguration). 

Trivia:  

Lived on Calle 51 in Panama City with, among others, Pat & Gary Parks and Birdie Num Num.

Medevac'd to Walter Reed for a back injury, courtesy of the new Sgt Major (!) - continued to have back problems his entire life. 

Biographic Details:  

Created A&E Network. Ran his own executive search firm and lived in Manhattan - very happily.

Most recent info:  

Arnie passed away on July 4th, 2009 from Acute Sleep Apnea in his home in Lennox, MA

Last known Location:  

Lennox, MA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Maj Gen Sanderford Jarman:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Nov 1, 1939 - Aug 2, 1941

Designation:  

Commanding General Artillery Corps 

Duties:  

Panama Commanding General. Ft Clayton & Quarry Heights

Trivia:   

Approved the addition of entertainment to the new PCAC and PCAN radio stations. Cofounder.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Died Oct 15, 1954 Boston, Massachusetts  

Last Known EM:    NA
 
SGM Jimmie Jeffries:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

???? - 1991

Designation:  

NCOIC

Duties:  

Was the SCN SGM until retiring in 1988 and going to work as the assistant chief of engineering. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

He left SCN in 1991 and went to AFKN in Korea where he became the Chief engineer. 

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

He passed away TDY at an AFRTS conference in LA Feb 10th, 1996 at the age of 56.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Ed Johnson:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

USAF. TV news anchor. 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Ended up as a sportscaster for KXTV in Sacramento. 

Most recent info:  

Died of lung cancer from heavy smoking within a few years of his getting that fantastic job.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Bill Knowles: 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

early 70's ?

Designation:  

USAF. NCOIC of TV 
Duties:   Worked in  TV. Well liked by his coworkers.
Trivia:   Coworkers remember his smile and great laugh.
Biographic Details:   Moved to New Bern, NC where he worked at WCTI-TV for several years. 

Most recent info:  

He died of cancer several years ago, leaving wife, Ute, a son, Anthony, and daughter, Angelica. His death was a loss to all who knew him.
Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Major Philip Lampkin:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

@1944

Designation:  

OIC Radio

Duties:  

AFRS radio Albrook

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Philip Lampkin listed in the SSDI, lived in DC, born 11/8/1905 and died 6/1983 in Las Vegas, NV

PFC Ron Landy:

  

   

Ron in his Rupert the Robot role on Cosmo

   

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1966

Designation:  

Army. Announcer

Duties:  

"Rupert the Robot" &  the record, music, show librarian

At SCN, he was responsible for organizing all the records in the library which included music, dramas, and recorded programs.

He also hosted a Sunday morning radio program on SCN radio.

Ron also played Rupert the Robot on Cosmo the Crew Chief Afternoon show and rumor has it that he was nearly electrocuted on the Robot's wiring one day but that did not stop Ron from his role as Rupert.

Trivia:  

Ron also acted in several local Theater productions as well as played piano and guitar.

In addition to his broadcasting talents, Ron sang and recorded  for Periscope records, wrote over 200 songs and owned his own music publishing company.

Ron was also featured in the USARSO 1965 Talent contest.

Biographic Details:  

Born in NYC. Has a BS degree in Speech from Boston Emerson College and worked as a News director for WSME Radio in Sanford, ME as well as WIDE in Biddeford, ME.

After leaving the Canal Zone, he lived in Roanoke, VA for several years. 

Ron also lived in Florida for nearly 25 years. He was the public relations specialist for a chain of Jai-Alai frontons in the 70s and 80s.

In the early 90s he started his own restaurant/movie theater.

In the late 90s, Ron moved to San Francisco to be with his girlfriend and companion, Toniann. 

Ron was married and divorced twice. 

As of 2007 Ron has 2 children, daughter Rhonda and son Ross in addition to a granddaughter and two grandsons.

Most recent info:  

He worked for Pacific Bell in Oakland, CA until his health prevented him from working. He suffered from severe health problems related to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

During his illness, Ron enjoyed chatting with his friends from SCN on the email group and having lunch with friends.

Ron had been looking forward to a new medical procedure when he died unexpectedly in January of 2004. 

His daughter Rhonda remembers her Dad's Rupert the Robot: 

"Rupert the Robot was a fixture of my childhood. Dad kept the suit for many years. When I was little, sometimes he dressed as Rupert to hand out candy on Halloween. After he and my mother divorced in '78, Rupert stood in his living room. Dad converted Rupert's lights and switches to work on household A/C current and so he could make Rupert's lights flash when we kids asked him to. Sometimes Dad would record messages from Rupert in a distorted voice on a hidden tape recorder and play the messages for us when we came to visit."

Last known Location:  

Sacramento, CA

Last known EM:  

Ron's daughter Rhonda can be reached at:

{ rhondaplaytankcom }
Al Lohman:

 

  

 

 

Current Status:   

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

1954 - 1956

Designation:   

Radio announcer

Duties:   

CFN Early Morning DJ

Biographic Details:   

After his tour was over, Al went to radio broadcasting in the Los Angeles area, teaming with Roger Barkley for one of the top DJ teams on the west coast. Barkley has since passed away.

Born Alfred Ellery Lohman in Iowa. Started radio work in Omaha, continuing on to Wichita, Denver, Dallas and WABC-New York before moving on to numerous other stations in the LA area over the past 4 decades. 

The team of Lohman and Roger Barkley got together in 1963. Gary Owens introduced Lohman to Barkley who was a program director at the time. Al Lohman, teamed with Roger Barkley for over two decades,  The pair had the most successful morning partnership in the  L.A. radio arena.

Most recent info:   

Al Lohman died 10-15-2002 of stomach and bladder-related cancer. He was 69 and died  following seven surgeries in the past year. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, Al had been working for KCMJ-Palm Springs.

   

Dave Machianti:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

Army. Radio

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Became a paramedic after military service. 

Most recent info:  

Died quite young of a heart attack.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Colonel Benjamin B. Millenthal:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

@1944

Designation:  

Special Services

Duties:  

Department Special Services Officer AFRS radio Albrook

Biographic Details:  

none available 

Most recent info:  

Originally from NY listed in the SSDI, born 12/4/1892 and died 8/1991

Steve Momot:  

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Sept 68 to Dec 70

Designation:  

TV tech / Director & Production

Duties:  

Assigned to the TV dept, and ran camera and audio through most of 1969, until Jay Light and Arnie Huberman left and he moved up to the director's console. 

His other main work consisted of doing most of the photo/film production work for the afternoon show while Happy was there. They did films, personal appearances at schools and the famous slide shows set to music. 

Trivia:  

The troops loved all the shots of nearly every stewardess who had a layover in Panama... some of which became station ID's when Steve super-imposed the SCN 8 & 10 over the images.

Steve many times spent the night sleeping behind the TV sets at SCN... probably due to the lack of air conditioning in the 3rd floor barracks.

When he rotated back to the states, his dad flew down, stayed at the Holcomb's house, and on December 23, 1970 they started the drive home up the Pan American highway. 

Biographic Details:  

After SCN, Steve moved to Pompano Beach, FL and spent 9 years working for JC Penney, Co as a merchandising Manager.

Steve then worked for Southern Bell as a sales rep, leaving in 1984 to go into his own Photography business.

Steve was married to his second wife, Linda for over 30 years. They have a son, Stephen who joined the USAF in 2001. 

Most recent info:  

Steve continued to work in his photography business focusing on Weddings, heirloom photos and other creative people photos which Steve has always shown a talent for .

They have done a lot of traveling over the years, covering most of north America on the roads and have been to 40 countries, amassing frequent flyer mileage. So far they have been to China, Oktoberfest in Munich, and France for free. He was last working on India.

Last known Location:  

Steve Died on Sept 10, 2014 at his home in Pompano Beach, FL

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Major John P. Morrissey:

 

No photo available

   

 

Current Status:   

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

1955 - 1957?

Designation:   

CFN Commanding Officer

Duties:   

OIC CFN who's avid insistence brought TV to CFN

Trivia:    

Before he came to CFN he had been involved in producing Public service programs for the Army that were provided to all commercial stations in the USA. These were programs that utilized major talent to promote recruiting into the Army and/or public relations to convince the general public that the Army was saving the country from disaster.  He worked out of New York City and probably never wore a uniform. I'm not sure he even  remembered how to salute!  One night after Maj. Morrissey had left and Gary Hannes was rummaging around the office for something and came upon the Major's rolodex. Therein were the names of every major recording artist and film star in the country with home phone numbers for all. He could call Marilyn Monroe on a weekend and she would answer the phone. No agents or secretaries involved. 

His office (or desk, really) was located within the small office complex at CFN (later moved to the ground floor garage area when TV arrived). He was always present and available, non-critical and very supportive. Many were the times he would invite a bunch of the CFN crew to his house in Ft. Clayton for beer and BBQ. He and his wife had two young children. When Lt. Zachary arrived he got hot under the collar at a couple CFNers for not saluting him, Maj. Morrissey stepped in and informed the good lieutenant that they weren't the saluting kind and to lay off.  Never a problem after that. Even John Zachary loosened up a bit. 

Biographic Details:   

Transferred to Paris France where he died of a heart attack in 1963

Most recent info:   

Died in Paris

 

Bill Moss (#1):

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late sixties - 69

Designation:  

USAF. Morning DJ on Radio

Duties:  

Black Bart on TV Afternoon show

Did very clever original radio and TV production spots.

Played the notorious "Black Bart" on the Skipper Andy, Happy Hoyer & Uncle Bob TV children's programs.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Changed name to Terry Moss when working at Southern CA radio stations. He founded the LA Air Force radio production company after working DJ jobs in San Diego and LA.

Most recent info:  

Died in Colorado

Last known Location:  

Colorado

Last known EM:  

NA

 

NM-12 William F. "Bill" Moss Jr:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1974 - 1977 

Designation:  

Director of Engineering
Duties:  

Replaced Botzenmayer as chief engineer. 

He installed all FM automation equipment, color studio cameras and film chain, and the first 11-meter satellite dish. He also built the first professional looking TV news set, designing it so that people no longer had to walk through the TV studio to get in and out of the radio studios.

Trivia:   This Bill Moss is NOT the same Bill Moss from the 1960's who was in the Air Force and later became Terry Moss.
Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Died in Kileen, TX March 5th, 2014 after a short 2 1/2 week battle with cancer.

Last known EM:   NA
  
NM-9 Roy M. Naylor:   

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late 70's

Designation:  

Newspaper 
Duties:   Worked for the Southern Command Newspaper.
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   After SCN went to work for Pan Canal PAO

Most recent info:  

Died in the mid 80's in Panama
Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Cpl Dayton Nobles:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 1940's

Designation:  

Chief Announcer

Duties:  

Chief Announcer for AFRS radio Albrook

Biographic Details:  

none available

Most recent info:  

If this is the same Dayton R Nobles from Florida who was born July 4, 1927 the SSDI lists his death on June 14, 1986

Jim Pattison:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

Program Director 

Duties:  

He remained at CFN for several years. 

Trivia:  

He was knifed during the flag pole incident at Shaler Triangle in 1959 when the first dual flagpoles were dedicated there. He recovered from that injury. 

Biographic Details:  

Jim returned to the CZ in the early 70's and worked in the Panama Canal Graphics Branch. 

Most recent info:  

No details on his passing

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Frederick C. (Chuck) Renner:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1957 - April 1960

Designation:  

SSgt  TV broadcaster

Duties:  

While assigned to CFN, Chuck hosted Panorama and other programs. 

Daughter Suellen & son Rick appeared on children's TV show.

Trivia:  

Wife Jean, Daughter Suellen, son Rick and new baby daughter lived in Coco Solo housing until quarters were available.

Biographic Details:  

Chuck served as station manager of radio station, Gypsy, near the front lines of Korea in 1951, and in Frankfort am Main, Germany (at Hoechst, in the Castle) with AFN from 1953 to 1956. 

After CFN, they went to Ft. Bragg from there for two years and then to Tokyo because of the Olympics. Chuck was the News Director at FEN in South Camp Drake. 

In 1965 they went to DINFOS at Ft. Slocum, NY, closing this post under McNamara and transferring with the school to Indy, Ft. Ben Harrison. 

From there he went to Viet Nam for the entire year of '66, returning to Ft. Ben and DINFOS until his retirement 9/30/68. 

He went to work as News Director of the CBS radio station in Indy until his wife, Jean, was transferred to Cleveland OH. She had went to work when Chuck  was in Viet Nam and transferred to the VA with the start of the GI Bill. Jean accepted a GS12 in Cleveland and this loving man willingly followed her, as she had him, in her belated career. 

Most recent info:  

He did some free-lance writing for newspapers and magazines and happily cared for five acres and many dogs until his untimely death 10/7/91 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He is buried at Arlington Nat'l Cemetery. He was 63 years old 9/17/91, three weeks earlier. 

During his years with AFRTS he was honored to serve with many talented persons and frequently in more than one assignment. He was an inspiration to many who passed through CFN. 

Last known Location:  

Arlington Nat'l Cemetery

Last known EM:  

Friends of Chuck can contact his wife Jean  at

wyrnknologynet 

Ron Rice:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Radio Announcer

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally From Houston. 

After CFN, he worked for KBOX in Dallas  from 1964 to 1972.

He last worked at KRLD in Dallas at the time of his death. 

Most recent info:  

Died from car Accident in Dallas in 1973

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

E5 Pete Richards:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 1963

Designation:  

CFN Radio Announcer

Duties:  

Pete was quite a colorful character during and after his CFN tour. 

He did the morning show on CFN radio from 1962 to mid 1963 when he was sent back to the states. He was quite good on radio....did no television.

Trivia:  

When Jack Mulvain married at Ft. Clayton, a military wedding, Pete, who was Jack's size and rank, loaned Jack his dress uniform for the wedding. Pete loaned Lee his Fiat Spyder the first week Lee's wife was there so he would have transportation to pick her up at the airport, find apartments, buy a car, etc. Pete was most generous. 

Had 2 honeybears (kinkajoos) he would bring to the station and they would ride round and round on turntables. 

Married to Jane...had two daughters. 

Biographic Details:  

From Columbus, Ohio.

In later years when Lee Bayley was either consulting stations or running several, Lee would have happily hired him to work for them. Pete was a high energy type A.... and Lee's unofficial guide to getting set up in Panama..

Pete and Jack Mulvain started in television together at WLW-C in Columbus in 1957. 

Pete became a career soldier. 

Most recent info:  

Died from car accident in Florida.

Last known Location:  

Florida

Last known EM:  

NA

  

George Rossi:
 

 No photo available

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

NA 

Trivia:  

When George and Patti got married the priest came up to them after the ceremony and said.      I hope you have lots of children.   To which George replied.   "Father,  you put food in their mouths and shoes on their feet and we will have as many as you want."   Hence; NO CHILDREN.

Biographic Details:  

Married to Patti. No children. Enjoyed playing Santa Claus at Malls for many years.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Bill Segal:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

50's

Designation:  

Copy editor 

Duties:  

TV. wrote copy for station breaks 

Trivia:  

While at a Chicago convention, he saw Joe Daley on the news and immediately went over to see him. 

Biographic Details:  

Married a local Panama girl, Raquel. Returned early to the US due to his father's fatal heart attack. Had 3 children. Lived in suburb of NY; Huntington. 

Most recent info:  

Worked in Advertising. Died about 6 months ago around July 2014.

Last known Location:  

Huntington, NY

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Mateo Simons:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1975 - 1999 

Designation:  

Graphics Illustrator "Legendary in the history of SCN."
Duties:   He came to SCN in 1975 after working at the USARSO G-3 Training Aids office. He came on board as an illustrator at a time when SCN was preparing to transmit in color. And has seen the network change over the past 24 years. His graphics and artwork ability have been recognized as some of the best in AFRTS over the years. 
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   Since his retirement on July 1st, 1999,  Mateo enjoyed the retired life at home in Panama.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Mateo passed away from a stroke while resting at home in Panama on Sept 23, 2005. Mateo had just turned 64.

 

Here is a letter from Gerry Fry

It is with great sadness that I must report the sudden and untimely death of our good friend Mateo.  Frank Pereira emailed me today that Mateo succumbed to an apparent stroke yesterday afternoon as he napped in his Panama City home.  He leaves his wife Blanca and three children: Mateo, Edgar and daughter Diana.

For those who don’t know Mateo, he is the person I brought into SCN in 1975 to be our graphic artist.  Prior to him, we relied on military artists, but as the Vietnam war raged on, the military services were unable to fill the slot with qualified people.  I civilianized it and after a brief period with a temporary local hire, Mateo came on board.  He stayed until the end – December of 1999.  Not only have we lost a wonderful friend who contributed so much to our beloved network, we have also lost a great reservoir of SCN history, unmatched by any of the rest of us.

Mateo’s last posting to our SCN-Panama Yahoo group was one week ago today.  He and I communicated via email on a regular basis, but he was not always comfortable posting to the group for some reason.  I’m going to miss him terribly, and I know that many of you will also. 

Gerry Fry

Last known Location:    

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

   
PFC Rich Storer:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1966? 

Designation:  

SCN Newswriter & newspaper
Duties:   At SCN, Rich produced and wrote the original program, "Close-Up" as well as its successor, "Chronicle." 
Trivia:   Rich was rumored to be part of the Storer Broadcasting family, although that was never confirmed. 
Biographic Details:  

From Cincinnati with a penchant for writing.

Before SCN, Rich had been a free lance writer. His articles were published in several national magazines and was under commission to Crosley Broadcasting Company where he had created a series of original Religious programs.

After leaving SCN, he was headed to his home in Cincinnati for 6 months prior to traveling to Europe for a year or more abroad where he would focus on his writing and perhaps some time for his second love, Painting. 

Most recent info:  

Died in January 2011

Last known Location:  

San Francisco Bay area

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Hal Tatel:

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1965

Designation:  

Army NCOIC and morning newscaster on Radio. 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

From the Altanta, GA area.

Joined the Army in the mid 1940's. First assigned to Tokyo in 1947 where he served as Assistant Program Director for Radio Tokyo, a key station for the Far east AFRS network.

Hal was then assigned to AFN Munich Germany and later as Program Director at AFN Bremerhaven Germany.

Hal also served 4 years in Hollywood with the Office Chief of Information, DA where he was Radio & TV NCO and technical advisor on network programs with an Army theme.

He then served a tour in Korea with AFKN where he was the network radio NCOIC.

Upon return to CONUS, he was named NCOIC Radio & TV Dept for the Army Information School at Ft Slocum, NY.

Hal called  Atlanta home and planned to retire there with his wife Rita and their son Gary.

Most recent info:  

Retired into several civilian radio jobs and was News Director at a Colorado Springs radio station at the time of his death in July 1987 at the age of 67. Hal (Harold) Tatel was married to a Canal Zone sweetheart, Rita who still lives in CO.

Last known Location:  

Colorado Springs, CO

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Matt Townsend:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

mid 1980's

Designation:  

News dept

Duties:  

shooting & Editing

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

See Newspaper Obituary below.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Matt Townsend 1956 - 2005 

Matt Townsend of Montrose died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at his home. He was 49.

Mr. Townsend was born April 15, 1956, in Grand Junction, to John N. and Ruth Townsend. He spent his childhood in Montrose. He attended school in Maple Grove, Riverside and Uncompahgre. He graduated from Montrose High School in 1974.

He was employed at KREX-KREY TV during his senior year. He served in the U.S. Army from Oct. 24, 1975, to Jan. 31, 1996, as a news anchorman and videographer. He was an instructor for Armed Forces Radio and Television Network. His tours of duty included South Korea and Panama. He freelanced for NBC at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He received many awards while serving in the Army. He retired as master sergeant.

Mr. Townsend moved back to Montrose, where he was employed at KREX-KREY TV, Montrose Daily Press, Parrish Oil Company, Colorado Inn and Blair’s Truck Stop. He was a “homer” for national sports. He was a Beatles fan. He enjoyed gardening, photography, videography, hunting, camping and fishing.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathy Kahler and her husband Nate of Exeter, Neb., and Joy Townsend of West Palm Beach, Fla.; his mother and stepfather, Ruth and David Smith of Hotchkiss; four brothers, Charles Townsend, Paul Smith and Steven Smith, all of Hotchkiss, and Davey Smith and his wife Tonya of Cedaredge; five sisters, Laurie Townsend and her husband Roy, and Robin Miller and her husband John, all of Hotchkiss, Lucy Skiles and her husband Keith of Montrose, Joyce Shanahan of Red Oak, Iowa, and Kate McDaniel and her husband Tim of Lazear; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Townsend was preceded in death by his father, John N. Townsend; a son, Charles David Townsend; a stepdaughter, Christal Gallob; and a sister, Amy Townsend.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Thursday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at Grand View Cemetery in Montrose.

Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

Delta County Independent News: Matt Townsend Obituary

 

Del Vaughn:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

65 - Feb 1966

Designation:  

Navy Journalist, TV news & Radio 

Duties:  

At SCN, Del worked in the News department preparing world News, for broadcasts.

Appeared on the local news segment of "Dateline" every weekday evening.

Del also had his own radio show. "Music for an afternoon, which aired at 1PM daily during the week. 

"Interviewed Hugh Downs during his transit of the Canal on the way to Tahiti.

Trivia:  

Del's hobbies were water skiing and skin diving. During his tour at SCN, Del lived in Cocoli with his wife, Chris and his son Stephan.

Biographic Details:  

Prior to SCN, Del worked at several civilian radio and TV stations, from St Petersburg, FL WALT and WASA in Haver de Grace, Maryland, to WQAL in Philadelphia, PA. 

Del called St Petersburg, FL his hometown.

He attended the University of FL and the University of Chattanooga where he studied advertising.

Del returned to radio and TV as he planned after his separation from the service.

Most recent info:  

He became a CBS News correspondent and was killed in a helicopter crash covering the hurricane Agnes floods in Pennsylvania, June 1972 at the age of 29. Del was born Dec 9th, 1942 as Odell Vaughn in Florida.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

SGM Ed Waddell:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

71 - 75

Designation:  

NCOIC

Duties:  

VERY highly liked and respected by his coworkers at SCN

A print journalist

Trivia:  

A strong believer in civil liberties and free speech

Owned a Spitfire named Lizzy he enjoyed racing

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Died December 20,  2000 in Hawaii

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

LTC Jerry White:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

?? - 1994

Designation:  

SCN Commander
Duties:  

He was a VERY driven commander who’s goal was to put SCN at the top in AFRTS. He succeeded and forever changed the way SCN was viewed in the community and by the SCN staff.

Jerry was considered to be the toughest all around commander at SCN but he was fair. LTC White was responsible for upgrading the entire network. He was committed to having the proper equipment and a pleasant working environment to produce good projects. He supported his team.

Trivia:   His famous saying posted throughout building 209 was, “CHECK, RECHECK and before it airs CHECK IT AGAIN.
Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Colonel White arrived in Panama with a bacterial infection in his heart. LTC Jerry White, while SCN commander, continued to suffer serious heart problems and passed away Sept 21, 1994 at the age of 42, while attending the funeral of his mother in Texas. His death was a shock to all the SCN personnel. Mateo reflects that Colonel White continued to influenced him greatly in his productions after passing away.
Last known Location:   Texas
Last known EM:   NA
  

Ewald Wiberg Jr:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1942 - 1945

Designation:  

SSgt Engineer

Duties:  

Engineer AFRS radio Albrook

Biographic Details:  

Originally from the NY area, raised in Brooklyn?

Worked for the Pan Canal Company as Supervisor of the Electronics Department from 1948 until retirement in 1973.

Most recent info:  

Born 6/7/1919 and passed away on 8/5/1996

Survived by his wife and 2 sons

Last known EM:  

 

One son named Ewald Wiberg III can be reached at  

ewibergbellsouthnet 

1st LT Alan R Willis:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 1940's

Designation:  

OIC

Duties:  

Officer in Charge of AFRS radio Albrook

Biographic Details:  

none available

Most recent info:  

If this is the same Alan R Willis who was born June 10, 1918 the SSDI lists his death as Jan 30, 1990 in Spartansburg, SC

Bob Young:

 

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1971 - 1974 & 1982 - 1985 

Designation:  

Engineer & SGM

Duties:  

Returned for a second tour of duty as the SCN Network Sergeant Major.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

While in the Army, worked for the Navy installing shipboard AFRTS systems.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Was Deputy Commander of the Naval Media Center in Washington, D.C. and in charge of the Navy's Broadcasting Detachments worldwide.

Was a delight to have on the SCN discussion list for many years.

Died from Cancer on June 30, 2007

 

Here is the death announcement from the Navy:

Naval Media Center Team, Shipmates and Friends,

 

It is with great sadness that I report to you that our Deputy and Shipmate, Mr. Robert C. Young, lost his battle with cancer this morning, Saturday, June 30.  Final arrangements are pending, but we expect the funeral to be held on Friday evening, 6 July, in Frederick, Maryland.  We will get full details out as soon as they are available. 

 

After a full career in the active duty Army as a broadcast engineer, Bob came to a then, fledgling Navy Broadcasting Service in 1986. He managed the engineering operations of 20 broadcast detachments worldwide and oversaw the rapid deployment of mobile broadcast detachments to Saudi Arabia to support Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and later to Haiti and Somalia. 

 

As Associate Director for Engineering, Bob revolutionized Navy shipboard life by bringing live satellite radio and television to ships on every ocean.  That single accomplishment, four years in the making, immeasurably improved the quality of life for Sailors at sea and took every ounce of cutting edge engineering expertise, contracting persistence and political diplomacy that he could muster.  It has been rumored that when word of the innovation reached the fleet his telephone rang off the hook and Admirals changed their schedules to meet with him. 

 

Over the past several years, Bob has been Deputy Commander of Naval Media Center.  As the continuity and corporate memory here at NMC, Bob is largely responsible for solid foundation upon which we have built the outstanding reputation for quality and mission accomplishment that NMC enjoys around the Fleet and among the services.

 

But Bob was much more than just a great engineer and Deputy, he was a trusted confidant, valued advisor and above all, a great friend.  He will truly be missed. 

 

I am profoundly grateful for having had the opportunity to serve with Bob, a man who not only served our great Nation with honor for over 40 years, but one who has left an indelible stamp on the Naval Media Center and on the lives of literally millions of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, their families and countless others that continue to serve.

 

Please keep his wife Allie and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

CAPT Gordon Hume, USN
Commanding Officer, Naval Media Center
Assistant Chief of Information, Internal Information (OI-4)

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

 

 

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