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CBS 2 60th Anniversary Celebration

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) - Eisenhower sat in the Oval Office while Elvis recorded his first songs and at 600 Old Marion Road in Cedar Rapids an engineer flipped the switch that put CBS 2 on the air for the first time.  On Monday night scores of people turned out to remember that 1953 event and celebrate 60 years of broadcasting excellence.

A lot of familiar faces recalled their time at Channel 2. Chief Meteorologist Dave Towne did three stints at the station the longest from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.  Towne remembers broadcasting for five hours in the middle of one night as severe weather hit the corridor.  The next day he couldnt speak, but the now retired meteorologist says he enjoyed his time on tv.

I remember the excitement at broadcast park, there was always something going on here.

Anchor Amy Johnson continued the tradition of  Bob Bruner, Dave Shay and other television journalists who set the standard.  Even though shes been off the air for years, Johnson says she still has people come up to her almost every day who remember her from Channel 2.

This station was and continues to be  just a dominant legendary station with a whole list of famous journalists that have worked here and I was so proud to be a part of that tradition."

Among the others who came back to celebrate 60 years on the air were farm broadcasters Bob Nance and Wade Wagner.  Starting in 1981 Wagner traveled the world helping farmers in Iowa to understand the connections across the globe.

From the time I was 12 years old I wanted to be a tv journalist.  I grew up watching Walter Cronkite and Dave Shay.  When Dave Shay and I co-anchored the noon show when I was a farm broadcaster it was a dream for me."

Sadly some of those we loved the most are no longer with us.  But every kid of a certain age remembers running home from school to watch Dr. Max and Mombo and that memory lives on with Janice Carson, Mombos daughter.

He was in heaven .. that was his life, he loved it and he loved the kids he love entertaining, he was never off camera .. never off."

Bob Brooks is known for his booming voice and it could be heard as he talked about his days hosting Lets Go To The Races  a horse racing show sponsored by Hy Vee.  The Iowa Traveler Cary J Hahn admits he had the best job in television as he toured the state telling the stories of Iowans.  And last, but definitely the tallest, with those size 15 shoes .. the Big Shoe, Ron Gonder.  The former sports director says he loved his time on the air, from 1969 to 1982 he covered some of the biggest sporting events in history.

Hayden Fry coming in 1979 and then in just three seasons going to the Rosebowl in 1981 while I was still here at channel 2 was probably the biggest story."

Sixty years of television legends at broadcast park and the tradition continues.

Hear more from Anchor Amy Johnson HERE

Hear more from Meteorologist Dave Towne HERE

Hear more from Mombo's Daughter, Janice Carson HERE
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