Newcomb began working for legendary radio and TV pioneer Earle C. Anthony at KFI in 1947. During his 33 year tenure with KFI, he is credited with being the studio engineer for the sign on broadcast of the first regularly scheduled program on KFI FM 105.9, and shooting camera during the early days of KFI TV Channel 9. After the advent of the Internet, he wrote prolifically about his radio career, focusing on his many years at KFI.
Growing up in Porterville, CA, Newcomb studied at the First National Television school in Kansas City, MO, where he worked on the schools experimental television station W9XAL in 1935, after obtaining his First Class Radio Operator License. After brief stints at KGFW in Kearney, NE, and KMA in Shenandoah, IA, Newcomb served in civilian positions with the 7th Army Service Command maintaining ground radar stations along the East Coast, and as an instructor in the Ground Radar Branch of the Army Air Corps.
Newcomb is survived by a daughter, Linda, a son, Mark, and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alma, his wife of 70 years, passed away in 2009. A memorial service was held for Newcomb on February 23rd, 2013, at the Bethany Church in Long Beach, CA. A personable and affable soul who was always ready with a fascinating story, Mr. Weisenberger will be missed.
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