On “Ted Hayes Remembers” today, Ted will be joined by a man who he has worked with for 43 years. They began together in Rensselaer, worked two years there, then Ted went to Peoria, Illinois, and Harold to LaPorte.
When WKVI was granted a permit, Harold turned to Ted as his first hire. Ted was the morning man (Three for the Road was the name of the show) and Harold, who was also the manager, read the news across from him.
They had fun. But as they were reminiscing this week, Ted confided something to Harold that he had never told him before. It was about a news assignment. Ted had an ulterior motive for volunteering for this assignment.
“Part of the time we were working together I was single and I asked you at one time if I could go to each of the schools and interview the new teachers,” Ted told Harold. “I said, ‘I think this is a service that we should provide.’ Actually, I wanted to meet all of the young female teachers that were coming to our area.”
“Ah yes, you always relished that assignment, I did notice that over the years,” laughed Harold.
On a more poignant note, Harold remembered a night in his broadcasting career he’ll never forget.
“One of the most dramatic things and maybe THE most dramatic moment that I ever had an opportunity to be a part of here at WKVI was over at North Judson when Knox and North Judson were playing and our good friends at Five Star had made the decision to name the Five Star Player of the Game after Ashley Derrickson who died of cancer,” remembered Harold. “She was just an outstanding young lady and when Five Star said they would do that and to make that announcement in front of a packed gym at North Judson-San Pierre High School and on the air to all of our listeners is a moment I will never forget. It just affected me and it continues to affect me to this day. I’ve had so many comments over the years about that night and bringing that announcement to the community. That was one of the most dramatic moments I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
Relive some of the memories with Harold and Ted today at 12:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the Ted Hayes Remembers Program.