Memorial in Lakeside for Channel 6’s longtime staffer

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

Raff Ahlgren never left XETV-TV/Channel 6 after joining as community affairs director on Sept. 15, 1954. “He probably will hold the Channel 6 longevity employment record forever,” said Chuck Dunning, XETV VP and GM. “For 59 years, Raff served as the station’s embodiment to civic responsibility.” From 1960 to 1978, Ahlgren produced and hosted “Coffee Break,” a daily 30-minute show program highlighting local people and events. The native of Berkeley, Calif. never officially retired and still kept regular office hours at the Kearny Mesa station until just prior to his Nov 26 death due to complications from several strokes. He was 89. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 10 at the Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church, 9908 Channel Road.