Dann Shively Interview: Helicopter Stories

by Alex Cosper on Feb. 6, 2012

Dann Shively recalls big storiees throughout his long career as KCRA's pilot. His first story for KCRA Radio was reporting on the F-86 plane crash in September 1972 at an Executive Airport air show, killing 22 people at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour. The incident made national news. Dann also recalls the San Francisco earthquake of 1989 in which KCRA went to 24 hour news reporting, during a time when he was one of the anchors. He also talks about an incident in which he helped authorities in a casino bomb threat.

He explains how KCRA owned the helicopter, which allowed the station to do a lot more coverage from the sky. Over time he became synonymous in town with the copter as its image became a familiar part of Sacramento scenery. The copter gave the station a large supply of exclusive video. Other stories he recalls include the Alpine Meadows avalanche in the 1980s and presidential visits. This interview is the third of five produced on Feb. 1, 2012 by Joe-G.

Dann Shively Interview (Part 1): Pilot of the Airwaves
Dann Shively Interview (Part 2): Early Radio Days
Dann Shively Interview (Part 3): Helicopter Stories
Dann Shively Interview (Part 4): Live TV Reporting
Dann Shively Interview (Part 5): Sacramento Traffic

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