Charles Herring collection of news broadcast films and other material, 1947-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Herring, Charles H., 1922-2006
Title
Charles Herring collection of news broadcast films and other material
Dates
1947-1994 (inclusive)
Quantity
77 film reels, 3 video recordings and 16 sound recordings, (8 boxes, 6 cubic feet)
Collection Number
2006.10 (collection)
Summary
Films, videos and sound recordings of news broadcasts by former KING-TV anchor Charles Herring.
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Herring was born on August 18, 1922 and raised on a farm outside of Walla Walla, Washington. Herring attended Washington State University briefly, and graduated from Whitman College in 1941 with a degree in English. While at Whitman, Herring worked for a radio station in Walla Walla, then he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. On his return to Seattle, Herring took a newscasting job at the radio station KJR for two years, before becoming the first news director and anchor at KING-TV Channel 5 in 1951.

With his first newscast on the two-year-old KING-TV, on September 10, 1951, Charles Herring became Seattle’s first live television news broadcaster. Herring worked for KING-TV for 16 years, covering stories in Washington State, Alaska and abroad in Europe and Asia. Herring covered memorable Northwest moments such as the historic test flight of the Boeing 707 prototype in July 1954, the riot at the Walla Walla state penitentiary in 1955, and Burt Thomas’s swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca in July 1955. Initially, the entire news department consisted of Herring and a cameraman, and the first newsroom was jury-rigged in an old grocery store on Queen Anne Hill. The crew would create, rehearse and edit the show in the newsroom then drive to the South Lake Union studio, sometimes arriving minutes before the airtime of the nightly 15-minute newscasts.

Herring’s broadcasts also marked technological milestones in the fledgling television industry. His Washington, D.C. coverage of the McClellan Committee hearing into the affairs of controversial teamster's president Dave Beck marked the first time Seattleites saw news televised live cross country; TV signals were sent live across the Atlantic for the first time with the coverage of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, beamed to Europe aboard the satellite Telstar.

Herring left KING-TV in 1967, and with his wife, Mary Bemus, purchased KAPY-AM in Port Angeles; the couple ran the radio station until 1978. He then worked for Boeing as a video producer until retiring in 1987.

Charles Herring died in Seattle on January 23, 2006.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 16 mm films, videotapes, audiotapes, and radio transcription discs from the news broadcasting career of Charles Herring, 1951-1967, primarily for Channel 5 KING-TV in Seattle.

The first series consists of a compilation of the highlights of Charles Herring's career from 1951 through 1967, featuring nine segments. Two series include films related to the Overseas Report and Washington Reporter broadcasts, with footage from various Washington State locations as well as locations in Europe. These include coverage of the 1965 Seattle earthquake and reports from various Washington cities such as Forks, Lynden, Richland and Quincy. Other films include footage of an interview with teamster's president Dave Beck, commercials for Alka-Seltzer voiced by Herring, and films from Alaska.

Sound recordings including audiotapes of some of Herring's television broadcasts as well as recordings of other events, such as National Public Broadcasting roasts and the farewell speech of Washington Secretary of State Victor Meyers. Three radio transcription discs provide samples of Herring's work at radio station KJR in Seattle, prior to his becoming a television broadcaster.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Charles Herring Collection of News Broadcast Films and Other Material, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

"Herring Highlights", 1951-1967Return to Top

Compilation of highlights of Charles Herring's news broadcasting career, featuring 9 segments:

  • Overseas Report, 1951
  • Washington State Reporter, 1952
  • "Fairbanks Gold Mining," 1953
  • "Alka-Seltzer News," 1957
  • "Beck Award Presentation," 1957
  • "Jenny's Birth," 1960
  • "CHH 39th Birthday," 1961
  • "Seattle Earthquake," 1965
  • "CHH Swan Song," 1967

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
2006.10.6a: Viewing copy
1 videocassette (VHS) (1 hour 50 minutes) : sound, black and white
1951-1967
1
2006.10.5-.6: Videotape
2 videotape reels (1 hour 50 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 1 inch
Videotape made from 16 mm film reels on August 1988. Videotape reel 1 contains film reels 1 and 2; videotape reel 2 contains film reels 3 and 4.
1951-1967
1
2006.10.1-.4: Film
4 reels (3926 feet) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm
Preservation work performed on reels 1 and 4 in 2006.
1951-1967
box:reel
1/1
Overseas Report
1302 feet
1951
1/2
Washington State Reporter
470 feet
1952
1/2
"Fairbanks Gold Mining"
440 feet
1953
1/3
"Alka-Seltzer News"
415 feet
1957
1/3
"Beck Award Presentation"
433 feet
1957
1/3
"Jenny's Birth"
75 feet
1960
1/3
"CHH 39th Birthday"
60 feet
1961
1/4
"Seattle Earthquake"
415 feet
1965
1/4
"CHH Swan Song"
415 feet
1967

The Overseas Report, early 1950sReturn to Top

16 reels : sound, black and white ; 16 mm

The Overseas Report seems to have been a series filmed in Europe in the early 1950s, and was possibly a predecessor series to The Washington Reporter.

Titles were taken from inscriptions on film cans and reels. Titles which seem to be show titles or which are unclear are given between quotation marks.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
2006.10.28: Athens
1 reel (15 minutes 5 seconds)
circa 1953
3
2006.10.29: Berlin
1 reel (580 feet) : negative
circa 1953
3
2006.10.30: "F. Patterson shots"
1 reel
Possibly Fred Patterson of the National Bank of Commerce
early 1950s
3
2006.10.31: Frankfurt
1 reel (15 minutes 15 seconds) : negative
early 1950s
3
2006.10.32: Frankfurt
1 reel (15 minutes)
early 1950s
3
2006.10.33: London
1 reel
early 1950s
3
2006.10.34: National Bank of Commerce Europe report
1 reel : negative
1951 November 27
3
2006.10.35: Newsroom shots, intros, Overseas Report composites
1 reel
early 1950s
3
2006.10.36: "Kintile"
1 reel : negative
early 1950s
5
2006.10.37a: Paris
1 reel
early 1950s
5
2006.10.37b: Berlin
1 reel
early 1950s
3
2006.10.38: Paris
1 reel
early 1950s
3
2006.10.39: Prestwick
1 reel : negative
undated
5
2006.10.40a: Prestwick
1 reel (17 minutes 36 seconds)
early 1950s
5
2006.10.40b: London
1 reel (15 minutes 26 seconds)
early 1950s
3
2006.10.41: Rome
1 reel
early 1950s
5
2006.10.42: Tripoli (air print)
1 reel
circa 1951
3
2006.10.43: Tripoli
1 reel
circa 1951

Washington State Reporter, circa 1951-1956Return to Top

22 reels : sound, black and white ; 16 mm

The Washington State Reporter news program on KING-TV was produced locally by the National Bank of Commerce (NB of C) from 1951 to circa 1956. The program featured a reporter on location throughout Washington state interviewing local business people, leaders, and citizens about industries, economic growth, and other issues. The series also covered Alaska and the Pacific Rim countries.

Titles were taken from inscriptions on film cans and reels. Titles which seem to be show titles or which are unclear are given between quotation marks.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
2006.10.7: Aberdeen, Washington
1 reel (10 minutes 37 seconds)
1954
2
2006.10.8: "D.P. Show"
1 reel (11 minutes 50 seconds)
This is possibly the show on displaced persons arriving to the United States from Eastern Europe after WWII (circa 1952)
1952 February 19
2
2006.10.9: "Fairchild ?"
1 reel
undated
2
2006.10.10: Fairchild Air Force Base
1 reel (10 minutes 38 seconds)
1952 June
2
2006.10.11: "Farm in a Day"
1 reel (10 minutes 55 seconds)
1952 June
2
2006.10.12: Forks, Washington
1 reel (10 minutes 48 seconds)
circa 1952
2
2006.10.13a: Grand Coulee Dam
1 reel
circa 1953
2
2006.10.13b: Quincy, Washington
1 reel
circa 1953
2
2006.10.14: Longview, Washington
1 reel
1953
2
2006.10.15: Lynden, Washington--release print
circa 1953
2
2006.10.16-17: University of Washington medical school
circa 1953
3
2006.10.18: Port of Seattle
1 reel (186 feet)
Preservation work performed in 2006.
circa 1954
2
2006.10.19: Richland, Washington
1 reel
circa 1952
2
2006.10.20: Salmon institute
1 reel (11 minutes 27 seconds)
Probably about the Fisheries Research Institute of the University of Washington
1953
4
2006.10.21: Woodland Park/Zoo
1 reel (155 feet)
Preservation work performed in 2006.
VHS available for viewing
circa mid-1950s
2
2006.10.22: Yakima--full show
1 reel
1955
2
2006.10.23: Yakima--clips
1 reel (11 minutes 20 seconds)
1955
3
2006.10.24: Zoo
1 reel (480 feet)
Preservation work performed in 2006.
circa 1951
2
2006.10.25: Washington State Reporter--composite work print, part 1
1 reel
undated
2
2006.10.26-27: Untitled
2 reels
undated

KING-TV NewsReturn to Top

12 reels film : sound, black and white ; 16 mm
1 reel videotape (Scotch VR); 2 inches

Titles were taken from inscriptions on film cans and reels. Titles which seem to be show titles or which are unclear are given between quotation marks.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
2006.10.44: "October 14, 1960"
1 reel
1960 October 14
7
2006.10.45: "Athletic Alphabet Crisis"
1 reel
Includes 16 page transcript
undated
4
2006.10.46: Teamster president Dave Beck interview, May 16
1 reel (64 feet)
Preservation work performed in 2006.
A second reel of this program, labeled "Dupe Sound," is in Box 5
circa 1957
4
2006.10.47: "CHH newscast"
1 reel
undated
5
2006.10.48: "Early Edition"
1 reel
1957 July 5
4
2006.10.49: "Herring news"
1 reel
Preservation work performed in 2007-2008.
1955
4
2006.10.50: Seattle earthquake
1 reel (70 feet) : negative
Preservation work performed in 2006.
1965 April 29
7
2006.10.51: "The Intruders"
1 reel
Label on can indicates this film was entered by Charles Herring into the 1966 Washington State Competition for Awards for Excellence in Journalism in the category "Spot News."
circa 1966
4
2006.10.52-53b: "Lake Chelan promo"
2 reels : negative
1 reel : positive
undated
5
2006.10.54: "Man in Space" ("School Special")
1 reel
undated
4
2006.10.59: Civil rights (?)
1 reel
Reel is in a box mailed to Mrs. A. Scott Bullitt from the U.S. Conference of Mayors
circa 1964
8
2006.10.55: "Chicken Eggs"
1 reel videotape (Scotch VR) 2 inches
undated

Miscellaneous films, circa 1951-1957Return to Top

20 reels : sound, black and white ; 16 mm

Includes films that were not labeled with a program series title, though some probably are probably related to the Washington State Reporter series.

Titles were taken from inscriptions on film cans and reels. Titles which seem to be show titles or which are unclear are given between quotation marks.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
2006.10.56: Alka-Seltzer commercial
1 reel
1957 January 7
4
2006.10.57: Alka-Seltzer commercial
1 reel
1955 December 22
2
2006.10.58: West Virginia
1 reel : negative
undated
4
2006.10.60: Transportation in Alaska
1 reel
Enclosed note: "This film is one of the "Alaskan Reporter" series entitled "Transportation" or "Over mountain, tundra and sea."
1953
2
2006.10.61: "Josh 1:00 promo"
1 reel
undated
4
2006.10.62: Miser's Bluff
1 reel : answer print
undated
2
2006.10.63: "Number One Son"
1 reel
undated
4
2006.10.64: "Home Run"
1 reel
Preservation work performed in 2007-2008.
undated
4
2006.10.65: "Swansong"
1 reel
1954
4
2006.10.66: "Syncopated Clock"; "Ask Me"; "Dixie Jump"; "Please Mr. Sun"
1 reel
undated
4
2006.10.67: Teamster election film
1 reel
Note on film leader: "Paduano-Cavano from, UT"
1959 January 6
2
2006.10.68: Telstar (from Seattle World's Fair?)
1 reel : negative
1962 July 27
4
2006.10.69: "What's the Story"
1 reel
Preservation work performed in 2007-2008.
1956 January 1
4
2006.10.70: "What's the Story," Fairbanks Goldmining
1 reel
1955 December 25
4
2006.10.71-75: Untitled
6 reels
undated

Sound recordings, 1947-1994Return to Top

5 audiocassettes
8 audiotapes
3 radio transcription discs
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
2006.10.76: King-TV 5 "Celebrate with us: 35 years of Broadcasting"
1 audiocassette
Audiocassette composed by Dan Dean
1983
5
2006.10.78-79: National Public Broadcasting banquet roast
2 audiocassettes
1993
cassette-side
1/1
Chuck Morris roast
1993
½
Wendall Kinney, Merrill Mael, Dick Harris
1993
2/1
Morris Gets Even
1993
2/2
Chuck's Favorite 78s
1993
5
2006.10.80-81: National Public Broadcasting Convention--Dave Richardson and Bill Brubacker
2 audiocassettes
1994
6
2006.10.82: King-TV telecast "What's the Story," with guest Dave Beck, teamster's President
1 audiotape
1957 March 18
6
2006.10.83: End of Victor Meyers farewell speech at legislature
1 audiotape
1965
6
2006.10.84: Evans on Chuck Herring
1 audiotape (44 seconds)
undated
5
2006.10.85: ABC reports, Ma poster winner
1 audiotape
1967 May 4
6
2006.10.86: King-TV Seattle, Washington; Ken Jones, NBC, Los Angeles
1 audiotape
undated
6
2006.10.87: Braman--2 sound cuts
1 audiotape
undated
6
2006.10.88-89: Untitled
2 audiotapes
undated
2006.10.90: Samples of Herring's radio work
5a.1.4
1 radio transcription disc
A letter from Charles Herring to Vic Reed at the American Broadcasting Company describes the content of this disc, which seems to have been sent to ABC in consideration of potential work for Herring. The cuts all appear to have come from his work at radio station KJR in Seattle. Herring describes each cut:
  • Cut 1: Coverage of the Washington International Sprint Regatta, 1947
  • Cut 2: Coverage of the Washington-California JV crew race, 1951
  • Cut 3: Coverage of Huskies-Bears-Stanford Indians Varsity crew race
  • Cut 4: Wire recording from scene of a halibut fish oil plant explosion in North Seattle, July 6, 1948
  • Cut 5: Description of above area and explosion, in retrospect
  • Cut 6: "Main Street America," a show written and narrated by Herring but never sold, included "as an example of dramatic narration"
  • Cut 7: Air check of Herring's morning newscast, April 5, 1950
1951 August 21
2006.10.91: "Binyon Eyeopener News"
5a.1.4
1 radio transcription disc
"Binyon Eyeopener News" was Herring's early morning radio show on KJR, which included news, music, weather and commercials narrated by Herring.
1950 April 5
2006.10.92: "Press Club News Conference"
5a.1.4
1 radio transcription disc
1947 April 30

Other materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
2006.10.76: "Early Bird Satellite" transcript
5 pages
Transcript of first trans-Atlantic telecast originated by an American independent television outlet employing the Early Bird satellite, broadcasting from London, Paris, Washington, D.C. and Seattle on the subject of Vietnam.
circa 1965

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Broadcast journalism--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Television news anchors--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Beck, Dave, 1894-1993
  • Corporate Names :
  • KING-TV (Television station : Seattle, Wash.)
  • KJR (Radio station : Seattle, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Motion pictures
  • Sound recording
  • Video recording