Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From Les Burkhardt:

Now that the latest  Super Bowl is upon us, I told friends about the preparation for the first SB. I think that the revenue for a 30 second spot was something like $25,000.  Worked our tails off on Saturday preparing the PC room for the next day.  Can't remember if it was PC 31 or 32 nor if a co-ord studio or remote feed was used, does anyone recall?  Both CBS and NBC telecast the game, second SB was telecast by CBS and different networks each year thereafter.  I think the fee for commercial at 30 seconds was $35,000.

Don't know the truth of this info..But here goes.
During the early days of TV,  stations were required to broadcast a certain amount of time to Public Service spots, however, the  product advertisers wanted  all of the commercial time available.  This left no time for the public service spots which led to the birth of the late show.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CBS Retirees Ramblings

CBS Retirees Ramblings



From the "good old days".

Plea

ATTENTION!

We really need an infusion of good news! PLEASE try and contact some of our more youthful members for some uplifting thought!
 
Our Humor column is in a sad state of updates, for instance.
 
Surely, we still have some members left, with a sense of humor???
 
How about reminiscing?
 
I know that there are untold stories, just waiting to be uploaded!
 
Let's go!!
 
David

Harry Charles

RE: Harry Charles

Harry is NOT in good shape and would appreciate any comments you would like to send.
 
His daughter, Tracy, will be watching here and will relay anything to/from Harry.
 
Here is an excerpt from her latest e-mail to us:
 
Dad is still with us, although we don’t know for how much longer. He’s very thin, and very weak and is completely bedridden. He’s been in the hospital and a skilled nursing home since he collapsed at home on November 23rd. He was diagnosed with Stage III colon and refused all treatment. Now, we are just doing our best to keep him comfortable. He’s been his usual humorous, feisty self, but  that has been fading over the last couple of weeks.
 
I am sure that anything you might send would be gratefully appreciated!
 
David
 
Tracy Charles
Doctoral Programs Coordinator | Graduate & Professional Programs
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
t: 213.740.0114213.740.0114 | f: 213.821.0851 | e: tcharles@usc.edu | w: http://viterbi.usc.edu/gapp

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

D'Onofrio Obit

Here is another obit for Charlie...

CBS Sports Legendary Tech D’Onofrio Dead at 92; Helped Define Golf Coverage
Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:22 am
Charles D’Onofrio, who began his career at CBS in 1949 and became one of the industry’s top technical managers during a career that spanned 39 years, passed away late last week at the age of 92. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle, NY, and a funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle. 
After serving in the military during World War II, D’Onofrio began his TV career with a short stint at WPIX in New York. In 1949, he was hired by CBS and he remained with the company for 39 years. During his tenure, he handled equipment and video maintenance, as well as camera, audio, and video operation. Among his diverse remote broadcast experiences, D’Onofrio’s sports resume includes 11 Super Bowls, 20 US Open Tennis tournaments, 39 Masters tournaments, and numerous Kentucky Derbys. He also worked on numerous iconic early television programs, including The Ed Sullivan Show, Captain Kangaroo, and The Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He won multiple Emmy awards and was inducted into the Broadcast Museum.
CBS Director of Golf Operations Steve Gorsuch says that D’Onofrio was able to get the most out of everyone during an era when the technical directors were also the crew leaders. “He was the finest person that I have ever known at CBS,” he says. “When we were the ‘young’ cameramen, he taught us how to work with people and perform at the highest level.”
Davey Finch, CBS Sports cameraman, started working with D’Onofrio in 1975 when he led the CBS golf technical crew under legendary producer Frank Chirkinian. “He was a true leader in every sense of the word and helped structure the original system that is now the present-day golf technical team at CBS Sports,” he explains. “With Charlie’s personality, he would welcome the neophytes — young guys like me — and build a crew that would walk on water for him. He always said, ‘Know your people’ — the women and men that would help set up and tear down the remote with energy and timeless spirit.”
Lance Barrow, CBS Sports coordinating producer, has created an annual award for the technical crew that honors D’Onofrio, as it is a Waterford crystal vase with the letter D on it. It is presented to the crew member that best exemplifies the best qualities of leadership, integrity, hard work, and overall excellence. It is still presented at the end of each season.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Larry Aurebach Obit
 
He passed on December 20th. If you survived the Larry Auerbach school of Soap Operas as a camera person, you were a great camera person!
 
Gayle P. De Poli

Charles J. D’Onofrio

Charles D’Onofrio, a former resident of New Rochelle and a longtime Armonk resident, passed away peacefully in his home on December 27, 2014. He was 92.
Charles was born on September 2, 1922 in New Rochelle to the late Matteo and Maria (Colombo) D’Onofrio. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII and was a Technical Director for CBS TV for over 40 years. He won multiple Emmys, awards and was inducted into the Broadcast Museum.
Beloved by all his family, he is survived by his wife Isabel of 66 years; his daughter Isa , his son James M.; his granddaughter Ariana and his sister Teresa. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved this kind and generous man.
Visiting will be Tuesday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association.

Courtesy of Gayle DePoli and Milt Jackson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Hi Dave,

I would like you to post the church mass which I attended for Jerry Stahler. I met his wife and family. Jerry was cremated and his ashes were scattered by a tree in back of the church. Two sailors were there, one had the U.S. flag, and the other played taps with the bugle. I wore a CBS badge and hugged his wife and daughter. They were glad to see me. There will be no marker for Jerry.

Peter Albis

Friday, November 14, 2014



Hello Ted,

 Sorry to bring bad news but Jerry Stahler passed away 10/20/2014.  Rosalie Stahler asked me to let the CBS Retirees know.    A photo and obit are attached. 


He was a World War II veteran, serving with the United States Navy and a participant of the Invasions of Normandy and Anzio. He served as a member of the honor guard of President Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in Russia. Jerry began his career with CBS Television in Philadelphia, PA and later in New York City where he retired as Vice President of Operations.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Church of the Cross, 110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC 29910 with a reception in the Church Parish Hall immediately following.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
To Whom it May Concern:
My name is Celia Aniskovich and I'm the Assistant Post Coordinator for the FX cable series "The Americans."
A current CBS employee directed me to your website because he thought you might be able to help us with a question we have for our show. We're currently preparing to film a scene that will take place, in part, in a news station control room. Because our show takes place in 1982, we're trying to get an idea of what this might look like? Specifically, if all of the monitors would have been in color or if some were still black and white? If you have any memory of this - or a photo for reference - I'd love to speak to you about this further. 
Thank you in advance for your time. 
Celia--
Celia Aniskovich
Asst. Post-Production Coordinator
 
o: (718) 650-6423(718) 650-6423
c: (203) 889-6309(203) 889-6309

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jerry Stahler Passing

Jerry has crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Jeremiah D. "Jerry" Stahler, 90, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of New York and Lake Ariel, PA died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Hilton Head Hospital. In addition to his loving wife, Rosalie Stahler; he is survived by daughters, Nancy Levering (Jim) of Reynoldsburg, OH and Susan Welsh (Rick) of North Tustin, CA; brother, Vincent Stahler (Betty Jane) of Ocean City, NJ; grandchildren, Amanda Bruce (Joe), Sarah Morris (Kevin), and Matthew Levering (Allison); great-grandchildren, Samantha, Sydney, Madison, Jackson, Charlotte, and Annie; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was the world's best husband, father, and PopPop. He will be very missed by family and his numerous friends. Mr. Stahler was born in Fleetwood, PA on September 6, 1924, the son of the late Paul Stahler and Helen Foose Stahler. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Rob, and Richard Stahler and his sisters, Carlen Bowen and Ruth Pashley.He was a World War II veteran, serving with the United States Navy and a participant of the Invasions of Normandy and Anzio. He served as a member of the honor guard of President Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in Russia. Mr. Stahler earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago and then began his engineering career with CBS Television in Philadelphia, PA and later in New York City where he retired as Vice President of Operations. He was a Mason and a member of the Sun City Veterans Club. Throughout his lifetime he was an avid boater and golfer. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Church of the Cross, 110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC 29910 with a reception in the Church Parish Hall immediately following. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.