Sunday, April 06, 2008

Hello Gene,

I started with CBS in 1949 and was assigned to studio maintenance in Grand Central. My boss was Freddie Reinhart. After several years I was sent to maintenance in color studio 72. When color shut down, I transferred to the equipment center at 57th street. The camera's at the time were black and white Marconi's and the film chains were black and white vidicons. After some time CBS purchased Norelco PC-70's and GE 4V color film chains. I was with CBS for 23 years and retired in 1973. I mention this for all the newcomers to the site who may not have any experience with CBS, but may be interested in it's history. We oldtimers can wax nostalgic about the Iconoscope days, but we would also be interested in seeing pictures and hearing information from current CBS employees about the new digital technology.Your observations about audio levels are 100% correct. You mentioned there is more interest in bigger screens than audio. Digital TV presents it's own share of problems. The bigger the screen the more apparent the compression artifacts. Another problem is the fact that much of the source material is not shot in native HD, but rather upconverted from standard definition analog, which looks lousy.P.S. By the way, in the Grand Central days I worked with Ernie Lowe and I understand he went to the audio shop at the Broadcast Center. Did you know him, and, since the shop was just down the hall from EC how is it we never met?

Regards,
Harold