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"Well… Hello everybody. I’m Huell Howser, and congratulations KVCR. You’ve been serving the Inland Empire and Southern California for fifty years now! You’re the very best that television can be! And this station, KVCR is indeed a fine example of California’s Gold."
That was the familiar and friendly voice of Huell Howser in a recording he created last year to help KVCR TV celebrate 50 years of service in southern California. Here with a remembrance is KVCR’s Rick Dulock…
Whether visiting Mammoth Lakes or the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, Huell Howser always brought that youthful enthusiasm, wide-eyed wonder and endless curiosity along with him.
Every frequent PBS viewer in California knows exactly who he is. He’s the ex-marine turned broadcaster – That friendly host from Tennessee who turned California’s Gold into public television treasure. After 20 years of making friends at every stop, the recently retired Huell Howser died early Monday morning at home. He was 67.
As was likely the case at every California PBS station, friends and relatives of KVCR staff member lit up the phones today… KVCR television has carried Huell Howser productions since the early 1980s.
It all started in Los Angeles at KCET public Television.
Working from his roots as a news reporter, Howser combined a single TV camera with a handheld microphone – added his down home charm and turned it into a winning combination. But it didn’t happen by accident.
It certainly did work Mr. Huell Howser. You shared great things with us from our golden state. You introduced us to interesting people and asked the questions we might have asked. Thank you for your hard work and for bringing joy into our living rooms – You will be missed.
And now a final thought from KVCR’s Marketing Director, Lillian Vasquez:
A perfect way to describe him, and it’s something that he always said – and I think it fits him, very suiting at this point is; Huell Howser was a fine example of California’s Gold.
For KVCR News, I’m Rick Dulock