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The Sounds of History

The Sounds of History

Harold Schneider, one of NBC’s first technicians, recorded history from FDR’s Fireside Chats to the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. His daughter, Cooperstown’s Diane Koffer, has memorabilia aplenty from his groundbreaking life … and hers.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to


Diane Koffer, as a child, with “God Bless America” singer Kate Smith, who was friends with their family through her father, Harold Schneider, the audio engineer for NBC.

One Christmas Eve, Diane Koffer remembers her mother Gertrude getting a call from her husband, Harold Schneider.

“He said that Bob Hope’s plane couldn’t take off because of fog, so he was bringing him home for Christmas dinner,” said Koffer. “He told her not to tell anyone, that it was going to be low-key.”

Schneider, an audio engineer for the NBC radio, then television, network, was supposed to fly with the fabled comedian to where he would entertain to the troops for Christmas. “Of course, my mom told my aunt next door, and they rushed to get the fine china and the silver all laid out.”

Harold came home to find the living room filled with friends and neighbors. “But he didn’t have Bob Hope with him!” said Diane. “The fog had lifted and his plane had taken off. He was pretty mad at my mom, though.”

Oneonta Native to Compete on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Oneonta Man To Vie On

‘American Ninja Warrior’

Watch Oneonta native Anthony Eardley compete on “American Ninja Warrior” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – Oneonta native Anthony Eardley will take on the warped wall and the log grip as he competes on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” later this month.

“It’s very exciting.  We’re thrilled,” said his mother Angela, co-owner of the former Oneonta Stallions football team, now in Binghamton.

Eardley, 28, has not even been a Ninja warrior for two years, but after almost beating a top-rated Ninja in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Event in Ohio, talent scouts took notice.  Soon after, he was invited to be on “American Ninja Warrior.”

Bush Daughter To Anchor NBC’s “Today” At Otesaga

Bush Daughter To Anchor NBC’s ‘Today’ At Otesaga

COOPERSTOWN – NBC’s “Today” show, anchored by correspondents Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager, will be broadcast live Thursday, July 24, leading into the 75th anniversary Hall of Fame Induction weekend.

Jill Flint Night Shift

CV’s Jill Flint Stars in New NBC Drama

Cherry Valley native Jill Flint stars in NBC’s  “The Night Shift,” which debuts tonight at 10 p.m.

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