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KRSC/KING - Seattle, Washington

KRSC may have been the first mechanical station on the west coast with a broadcast on June 3. 1929. W7XAO in Portland received a construction permit for television in 1928, but there is no documentation that they actually went on the air.

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Here is the story of KRSC from the book Puget Sounds, published in 1981 by David Robinson:

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Here is the obituary for Francis Brott.

The photos below are from Jim in Seattle:

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I was recently reminded of your terrific website when I came across a photo of Queen Anne High School, Seattle.  The KING TV tower has been festively lighted for decades and here is a photo from 2016.  I attended QAHS during the first "Arab Oil Embargo / Energy Crisis" and we continued with Daylight Saving Time (DST) that entire year.  My School 'Home Room' was across the street and the lighted tower was my window view between 1st and 2nd period every morning.

On the left side of photo there is a short tower seen which is currently used for auxiliary services -- and it appears to be the original KRSC structure which makes it about 70 years old!

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Here is a photo of their tower which became the first KING TV tower.  Its associated article (which I have misplaced) said it was US Army surplus and I'll try to find it.

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Seattle's first television broadcast, on November 25th,1948, was of the 1948 high school State Championship at Civic Field Memorial Stadium (located at the base of Queen Anne Hill, south of the KRSC transmitter/tower). It was called the T-Day (Turkey Day) State Championship Football Game

 

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A technician at KRSC-TV, Seattle's first television station, checks the camera before heading to a sporting event in 1949."  Photo credit: Seattle Times

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Remote van - 1948

Courtesy of Jim in Seattle

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Robert Pearson behind the camera in 1968

KRSC: Seattle's Radio and TV Pioneers
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