Rochester, N.Y.- This year, Channel 13 celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The station signed on the air September 15th, 1962, making it Rochester’s third television station.
It brought the ABC Network to Rochester along with a wide variety of local programs, especially for the kids like “Romper Room” every morning with Miss Rita and her friends. Dan Morgan brought children together for "Funny Company" and Jerry Carr hosted the “Mickey Mouse Club”. Carr was also known for his Weather Outside segment and host of “Chiller Theater.”
That same live camera that allowed Channel 13 to have Rochester’s first weather outside also allowed live reaction the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Anchorman Dick Burt shared the reaction of people—from the corner of Main Street and Clinton Avenue.
The 1960s: when gas was $0.31 a gallon and a gallon of milk would cost you $0.49.
1962. The very beginnings of what is now 13WHAM News. Photographer Joe Pal, News Director Ray Laws, a young reporter Don Alhart and the anchor with whom he would work for a quarter of a century, Dick Burt.