"[There was] the test pattern, which was an Indian head with the words, 'Experimental television station W6XYZ' underneath it. An announcer would say, 'Now we'll go on with the show,' and then there would be a switch to a guy sitting at a desk. There was no name. It was just television. Period."
About This Interview
In his four-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Ed Resnick (1915-2002) recalls being a cameraman for 26 years with local Los Angeles television station KTLA, starting in 1944 when the station was experimental W6XYZ. He talks about his work behind the camera on such in-studio shows as Time for Beany and Musical Adventure with Korla Pandit as well as on location shows such as City at Night. Resnick describes in detail two landmark KTLA news stories, the Kathy Fiscus story of 1949, in which a three-year-old girl fell down a well and the cameras stayed on the story for over 20 hours; and the atomic bomb tests at Nevada's Yucca Flats in 1952. He details other remotes done for the station, including sports events and big band shows. He recounts in detail the pioneering efforts of Klaus Landsberg, who was in charge of KTLA and who was its key innovator until his untimely death in 1956. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on March 31, 2000 in Palm Springs, CA.