KTLA's Klaus Landsberg

KTLA tower in Hollywood 2002
1916 - born in Berlin - became electrical engineer
1935 - built Braun tubes for Reich Radio Group - RRG
1936 - set up 1st TV broadcast of Olympics in Berlin
1938 - immigrated to U.S. - worked for NBC in New York
1939 - 1st commercial broadcast from World's Fair Apr. 30
1939 - built Allen DuMont's station WABD
1941 - sent by Paramount to LA to build W6XYZ
1942 to 1947 experimental period:1947 - 1st KTLA commercial broadcast Jan. 22

KTLA station history: "Since 1947, KTLA's achievements in the technological development of broadcasting symbolize its spirit of adventure. KTLA was the first station to broadcast on-the-spot news; the first to telecast the Rose Parade; the first to telecast from a ship at sea; first to televise the explosion of an atomic bomb; and the first local station to cover a major political convention, among others. In news, KTLA was the first to regularly operate a flying remote unit in a helicopter, present a man-on-the-street broadcast, provide stereo broadcasting and Spanish language simulcasting. In October 1998, KTLA was the first local station to broadcast a digital signal by launching KTLA-DT (Channel 31), bringing HDTV to all of Southern California. This was followed by more HDTV firsts for the station in 1999 including the first local coverage of the Rose Parade and first local presentation of a sports event, Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. KTLA continued its tradition of comprehensive news coverage into the 1990s. The station broke the monumental Rodney King beating story when amateur photographer George Holiday handed over his tape to trusted KTLA veteran street reporter Stan Chambers in March of 1991. The following year, in reaction to the King verdicts, KTLA remained on the air for hours covering the Reginald Denny beating and the following manic violence and consuming fires that erupted throughout the city. In 1995, KTLA became Los Angeles' home to the new WB Television Network."

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