Herbert Akerberg (1897 - 1964)

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Herbert Vestner Akerberg
1897 - 1964
updated February 06, 2019
Herbert Akerberg was born on June 25, 1897 in Columbus, Ohio. He was born to Mary Dorothy Vestner Akerberg and Olaf Mathias Akerberg, with sibling Vivian M.. He married Dorothy Kennedy Doyle Akerberg. Herbert died on November 6, 1964 at 67 years of age. We know that Herbert Akerberg had been residing in Scottsdale, Arizona.

First person reported by name to use Amateur Radio in disaster relief.

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Herbert Akerberg was born on in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio United States


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Scottsdale, Arizona


Graduate from Columbus, Ohio West High School in 1917. Note the school was on Central Ave at the time. The building became Starling Jr. High School.


Vice President Affiliate Affairs CBS Radio, CBS T.V.

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33rd Degree Mason

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WW I U.S. Army Radio School Cincinnati, Ohio

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As a 15 year old youth Herbert was the first person reported by name to use Amateur Radio in disaster relief. Herbert used his modest radio to transmit information to the Overland radio station in the Huntington Bank Building near the Columbus, Ohio City Hall in March of 1913.

1917 graduate of Columbus West H.S., in 2013 he was inducted into the school's hall of fame. Veteran U.S. Army WWI serving in the Signal Corp in Cincinnati. Post war he worked at radio station WPAL owned by Avery-Loeb Electric. After WPAL he was chief engineer at WAIU, now WTVN. WAIU was one of the original 16 CBS Radio affiliates. While at WAIU "H.V." worked with a team to develop one of the first mixing boards to allow the use of three microphones at once. Akerberg went on to work for CBS Radio as Vice-President of affiliate relations. He later held the same position with CBS-TV.

Herbert Akerberg was a major pioneer in radio and television.

33rd Degree Mason.

He was survived by his second wife of 13 years (March 6, 1951) Dorothy Kennedy Doyle Akerberg at time of death. Divorced from Florence Marie [Miller] Akerberg in 1940, Dade County Florida, they were married April 17, 1925 in Columbus, Ohio.

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1897 - 1964 World Events

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In 1897, in the year that Herbert Akerberg was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1912, Herbert was only 15 years old when New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union in January. Previously a province of Mexico, then a territory of the United States and mostly populated by Native Americans and Mexicans, once it became a U.S. territory it was increasingly colonized by European-American settlers. Its population was over 327,000 when it became a state.

In 1931, when he was 34 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1954, he was 57 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1964, in the year of Herbert Akerberg's passing, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

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