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Late Norma Goodman receives broadcast honor

By Lauren Maxwell 7:58 PM June 6, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

The name Norma Goodman is well known to many people who grew up in Anchorage. She was dubbed Alaska’s “First Lady of Television” and her daily talk show ran for more than 50 years on KTVA Channel 11.

Goodman died in 2007, but on Friday her family accepted what may be the highest honor a broadcaster can receive, at a special ceremony in Seattle. Goodman’s name will be added to the Gold Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, otherwise known as the Emmys.

Goodman started nearly every show with a welcoming, “Good Morning, how are you?” Many felt her friendly face had always been there, and in many ways, it was. Her television career started in 1954, just a short time after KTVA went on air.

“And about a month later, (station founder) Augie Hiebert said, ‘I think we need a woman’s show,’ Of course we don’t call it that any more. And I said, ‘I think I can do that. That sounds like fun,’ ” said Goodman in a 2004 interview.

In the beginning, Goodman’s show was called Hostess House. Everything on the show was live, from the cooking demonstrations to the commercials.

Over time, the show took Goodman’s name, but the mission remained the same, to keep her community informed, entertained and inspired, in a way that only Norma Goodman could.

“No matter if you were sitting in the studio or sitting down at her house you were family and greeted with a hug and left with a hug,” said Goodman’s granddaughter, Katrina Goodman.

Katrina Goodman has many fond memories of growing up with her famous grandmother, and plenty of reminders even today. She said people constantly tell her they were once guests on the show.

She said the family is honored to accept an award that honors Goodman’s many contributions to the industry and to her community. An award, many would agree, Alaska’s “First Lady of Television” surely deserves.

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