I didn’t exactly start my career at WTEN (ABC affiliate in Albany, NY). But I began my working life there. My first job at 16 was working in the tapes room and I continued to work at WTEN for a few years – studio camera, even master control before I left, even working summers during college. While I was there, I learned that Ted Knight began his television career at the very same station! Let’s recap: his hometown was my maternal grandparent’s hometown – neighbors! – and I end up working in the studio he began his career in, in another state.
Here is what I found in the WTEN archives under “Knight, Ted Obituary” which ran in August 1986 at the time of his death. This is the audio of the obituary:
I also uncovered a LOT of photos that the station historian let me borrow. My favorite photo of the group shows him as his stage name “Windy Knight,” a person who introduced western movies on the air for Channel 10 in the years 1955-1957. I’m still very much looking for footage or pictures of him at the station. While anything from his Windy Knight days will be almost impossible to find, Knight worked the CP Center telethons in Albany with Gavin MacLeod in the early 70s, and there is a possiblity some of this footage exists somewhere. I am told that since the telethon was on the air at 11:00 at night, Knight would do the local news Ted Baxter style and that it was hilarious to watch!