Gerry Franke

Written by Gerry Franke:
Posted on September 24th, 2009 at 8:03 pm
Go Back to Remembrances

Thank you to all who have written so eloquently of their fond memories of Frank and permitted me to relive those experiences. It was a joy to see so many names of friends I have known through the years.

I first met Frank about 40 years ago as a crew of local radio engineers were forming a corporation to perform all the engineering for radio stations in SLO and Northern SBA counties, the result was Hallikainen and Friends, better known as H&F or HandFinc. We expanded into the design and manufacturing of broadcast equipment and each year were exhibitors at the NAB shows, mostly held in Las Vegas. Our booth never would have materialized had it not been for Frank, his expertise, his tools and his truck. Frank was our MacGyver.

It’s unfortunate that I did not know Frank when he played his infamous prank on KSLY’s Fred Peterson (and the news) about the Pozo Dam breaking. But I heard stories how Fred bought it hook line and sinker. It was so Frank!

I recall tutoring Frank on electronic circuits, particularly as they related to alarm systems and we were both delighted that paid off as Frank cinched the job as Cal Poly’s new alarm tech. I’m sure he got the same training I got on Simplex – “We can’t take the system down to show you how to fix it, but if you have a problem there’s the manuals” – a shelf full of binders four feet wide. I’ll bet he knew those dang manuals backwards and forwards and from what everyone has written, he shared our love for Simplex. It was shortly after that when I left CP and moved to Oregon.

Frank, may you rest in peace and know you are one friend that I will always cherish. We are all going to miss you.

Gerry Franke gfranke@juno.com


Written by Gerry Franke:
Posted on September 24th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I hope everyone checks out Frank’s airchecks from KCPR. See Woody Goulart’s post and go to the “KCPR alumni wiki” link and click on “Best of Calabrese”. These are memorable moments you simply won’t want to miss!

- Ger