Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hi Dave,
Do you know if there is a floor diagram of the 485 Madison Avenue building - I should say when CBS was there? I've often wondered about the studio-control room arrangements. I understand there were ten or more floors of radio studios, and experimental TV broadcasts came from there in the days before the Grand Central location.
BTW, I saw a 2-hr. documentary on Grand Central and there was not one mention of CBS, nor of the Grand Central Station radio series.
I found the answer to something that stumped me for years. The experimental call letters were W2XAB, but I've also seen W2XAX. The explanation is that XAB was the original, then it was changed in the 30s to XAX and finally the XAB callsign was restored in, I think, the late 30s. Maybe only someone like myself interested in minute details such as this would be interested in knowing this, but it is a curiosity now resolved.
Another bit of (useless?) trivia - in the early 50s, an episode of Studio One (I think I have the correct title), an anthology series, was broadcast from a studio at 485. I believe the title was The Night America Panicked, about the War of the Worlds broadcast. It may have been done from the very studio and control room from which the original broadcast was produced. I'm not sure but I seem to think that studio might have been on the eighth floor.
Would anyone know if the studios were numbered according to the floor they on which they were located? (Studio 9 on the ninth floor, 10 on the tenth and so on.)
Again, I hope you and your family and all the members have a great holiday season - Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever is celebrated. I found a greeting that covers everything and is all-encompassing: Happy...Whatever.
And so it is.....

Take care and 73,
Bob Paine, KA3ZCI

And here are some IDs you won't hear these days:
"This is CBS, the Columbia Broadcasting System."
"This is the CBS Radio Network. WABC, key station of the Columbia Broadcasting System."
"Columbia's station for the Nation's Capital, WJSV."