Ralph Story was a broadcast journalist and television host for more than four decades, hosting programs such as
Ralph Story's Los Angeles-- an Emmy-winning weekly magazine series that ran on KNXT-TV from 1964 to 1970,
The $64,000 challenge, Ralph Story's
A.M., the KNXT Channel 2 Evening News and numerous prime time specials. Renowned especially for his local interest reporting,
Story served as correspondent, reporter and anchor for radio and television news from the 1940s to the 1980s, and was a prolific
lecturer on the media and California history. The collection consists of scripts and professional documentation spanning Story's
Ralph Story (August 19, 1920 - September 26, 2006) was born Ralph Bernard Snyder in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In high school and
at Western Michigan College, he worked part time as a radio announcer, and eventually left college to pursue a career in radio
full time first in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then Buffalo, New York. His career was interrupted when he joined the Air Force
during World War II. Already a licensed pilot, he served first as a flight instructor and then flew 63 missions over Europe
as a P-51 fighter pilot. After the war, he returned to Buffalo to work as an announcer and program director for CBS radio
affiliate WGR. In 1948, CBS radio transferred him to Los Angeles. There, he served as program director and morning DJ at
KNX and changed his name to Ralph Story. While at KNX, the Military Air Transport Service invited Story to visit and interview
for broadcast servicemen and civilians from California stationed around the world. The result was California Around the World, broadcast on CBS radio.
66 document boxes (33 linear feet)
9 oversize boxes
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