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KAKE-TV in 1960

KAKE-TV 1500 North West Street - Wichita, Kansas

This photo of Wichita's ABC affiliate was taken in the summer of 1960. I began my television career 9 years later in 1969 at age 19 at KAKE while attending Wichita State University. The ABC network began limited color programming in 1962 with weekly color broadcasts consisting only of the immensly popular cartoon "The Flintstones" and later another animated program, "The Jetsons." KAKE did not have color transmission facilities at that time however. The color signals from the network feeds never reached Wichita viewers until the fall of 1965 when ABC and CBS finally joined NBC to become "full color" networks. During the black and white days at KAKE, the master conrol engineers occasionally forgot to block out ABC's version of the NBC peacock which announced "the following program is an ABC color presentation," a false promise to Wichita viewers whose color TV's only blossomed when tuned to NBC's KARD-TV. Wichita's CBS affiliate KTVH was also mired in black and white.

Kris Trexler 1972
Yours truly, Kris Trexler, at the helm of an Ampex VR 2000 VTR
KCOP-TV Hollywood, California (1972)

Kris Trexler 1997
That's me again, editing the "Ellen" series for the Walt Disney Studios and ABC television on an Avid Media Composer.
Look Ma! No more videotape - and no more hair either! (April 1997)

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Visit my Color Television Home Page

Learn more about the Color Television Revolution

See videos of the original NBC peacocks and ABC and CBS color presentation logos

See photos from my boyhood tour of KARD-TV in 1964

See photos of NBC Color City Studios in Burbank, California in 1955

See photos of my TK- 41 color television camera

Take a tour of KSTP-TV in 1962 and see my TK-41 camera in service when it was new

See an RCA 2" Color Television Tape Recorder

See a video of one of NBC's FIRST shows recorded on videotape in "Living Color" in 1958

See excerpts of the oldest surviving black and white Video Tape - "The Edsel Show" - October 1957

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Want to read more about early color television? Check out these links:

see RCA's March 23, 2004 press release commemorating 50 years of color TV manufacturing
with an interesting color TV history, and download high quality images from RCA archives

Read the Yahoo News story about the 50th anniversary of color TV

Read NPR's coverage of color TV's 50th anniversary

visit Ed Reitan's website - a very informative site about early color TV

visit Chuck Pharis's site to see his collection of antique TV cameras and other early broadcast equipment

visit Barry Mishkind's website to see the RCA Television Equipment Archive

visit Pete Deksnis' RCA CT-100 website to learn about RCA's first color TV set sold in 1954

visit Steve Dichter's CT-100 website - see actual screenshots of Steve's CT-100 taken 1/1/04 on the 50th anniversary of NBC's first colorcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade (thanks to Steve for the photo of the CT-100 assembly line on this page)

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