Speaking of Channel 13...
BY TONY ZAPPONE
Jerry Krumbholz in a 1950's portrait.
Krumbholz arrived in Tampa in 1955 to attend the University of Tampa but
quickly took the area by storm as an on-air personality at Channel 13. The handsome,
well-dressed collegian doubled as booth announcer and on-air talent at a
time when WTVT was emerging as one of the most highly regarded
television stations in the country.
Tony Zappone spoke with Jerry about those
early days at WTVT, when half-hour test patterns opened each broadcast day,
station breaks were done from a sound booth, commercials lasted 60 seconds and
were done live, and locally-hosted
films were as much a part of television as the evening news.
Jerry is as smooth and easy going as ever…still has that golden ‘TVT voice, and
if you’re one of his old fans, talking to him these days is like going back
in time…45 years or so.