Former KSDK GM to be inducted into MBA

ST. LOUIS - This weekend KSDK's former general manager will be inducted into the Missouri Broadcaster's Hall of Fame.

Reflecting on his career, he tells an interesting story about how the station, the city, and the Cardinals came together to keep peace during the civil rights movement.

Ray Karpowicz recently sat down with former KSDK Sports Director Jay Randolph to talk about several aspects of his years as head of NewsChannel 5.

Karpowicz launched the first noontime newscast in St. Louis and was part of countless other achievements, but in the 1960s, during the height of race tensions, Karpowicz explains how he helped coordinate a way for St. Louisians to keep cool heads during a violent time.

"We had some riots in St. Louis and the mayor called me and said we have to get a game on tonight because he said we might have raids or some rioting or something, and so I called everybody and everybody cooperated, Anheuser-Busch, the Cardinals and we got it on very quickly," said Karpowicz.

Karpowicz was KSDK's general manager for 25 years. His induction into the Missouri Broadcaster's Association takes place Saturday night in Branson.


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