Curtis Downey

Curtis Downey

Born and raised in Narrows, Virginia, Curtis Downey started his broadcast duties at WDBJ in 1946 working on Saturday mornings. Curtis Downey - 1966In 1953, he became the audio engineer for Irving Sharp. Curtis remained with WDBJ and WDBJ-TV for his entire broadcasting career. John Harkrader, Times World Corporation vice president, appointed him Producer-Director in March 1966. He directed "Top O' the Morning", "Light of Life" and "Cartoon Theatre" - three regular "live" programs on Channel 7. The first week that channel 7 was on the air, Curtis had worked every night. In a note he sent to Ruby L. & Joe - he wrote. " Thought that you would like to know we got on the air and although we are making a few mistakes - nothing quite as bad as WSLS was after two years of operation. Tonight, (Wednesday, October 5th) we put on a local show called "Floor Show" with a dance band and boy and girl vocals. Real Great. Only one mistake during the show. I have worked every night since we went on the air so am glad to be off tomorrow night so I can watch what we look like to everyone else. Must go to bed so goodnight. Curtis".

 

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