Monday, February 28, 2011

Dave,

A few things have been on my mind, so here goes. Was The Brighter
Day (TV) produced at Liederkrantz Hall, where The Guiding Light was done in its
early TV days?

Sunday, Feb. 20 was the 40th anniversary of the false
EBS alert. I ask anyone who was in broadcasting at the time if they were on
duty. Do you or the other members have any recollections of that day?  I didn't
know about it until that evening when I went to see my friend at WICH, Norwich
CT that night. He filled me in on the details.

I received the DVD of
Alcoa's Studio One production of The Night America Trembled. I thought it was
pretty good but I noticed that for the requirements of the visual medium, some
things were not as I've seen in many CBS Radio studio photos. They did use the
RCA 44 Senior Velocity mics.  
The 1977 ABC TV movie, The Night That
Panicked America, did a fantastic job on the studio and control room sets for
the Welles' War of the Worlds. The chairs and the clocks - both art deco - were
period correct, the latter even had stand-by and on-air light features you see
in the publicity stills. I'm pretty knowledgeable but by far not an authority on
the radio studios - since I never got to see the 485 facilities or the CBS Radio
Building (the 51 W 52nd location?). Judging from all the photos I've seen,
though, they appeared very authentic. Even the VU/VI meters on the RCA-ish
console worked.
The film, Good Night and Good Luck, was on TV the other day.
I watched the greatest part of it and caught the door with STUDIO 51. Was 51 the
studio where Murrow did See It Now? And what was Studio F, on the upper East
Side?
The producers did a lot to make it appear authentic - at least to
someone like myself, who never saw the CBS locations. If you saw the film I'm
curious how authentic were the studio and control room(s), and the stairway
Murrow walked up near the end of the film? Did you or any of the other retirees
work on the See It Now series?

Lastly, do you think there might be
interest among the members for doing sketches of the floor plans for the various
TV and radio locations? It would be very interesting to me and I'm thinking it
might be to others to see how the studio, control rooms and technical areas were
arranged.
  
I hope Harold Deppe and the others will keep sending in
the history and their recollections of TV (and radio), and so the rest of us can
learn what it was like when broadcasting was live, at least for the most
part.

Take care and 73,

Bob Paine