An engineering grad of St. Louis University, Leo Tevlin was instrumental in getting KSD-TV, KACY-TV and KWK-TV on the air in St. Louis. He was behind the camera for many great moments in St. Louis history going back the 1950’s “CBS Baseball Game of the Week” with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese, countless “NFL on CBS” games as cameraman and engineer, completion of the Arch and CBS coverage of space exploration with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Tevlin also earned the distinction of being on the first mini-cam crews in the country as newsgathering transitioned from film to videotape and microwave live signal technology which became the foundation of TV news.
He used his Ham radio expertise to build, reach and establish amateur radio stations in South American jungles & mountainous village missions established by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. These ‘ham stations’ served as the only live communication link in the 1950’s and 60’s between missionary priests assigned from St. Louis.