Monday, November 28, 2005

NY Traffic Reporting Goes Hi-Def
Michael Starr

Big news for WNYW, which is now the first local station to acquire a high-definition-equipped news helicopter. The station's new SKYFOX helicopter, an American Eurocopter ASTAR B2, which will transport WNYW's airborne reporter, Kai Simonsen, features high-def capabilities including a Cineflex HiDef HD camera system and multiple band microwave capabilities. This will allow SKYFOX to broadcast a picture with detail up to three times that of standard broadcast resolution.
The HD technology is the same used by the LAPD helicopters in shooting those high-speed chases that seem to occur every day in L.A.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

And now for something different! Click on the "Humor" button from the Home Page,
and check out our first "Audio Post!"


Monday, November 14, 2005

Digital TV Switch Nears a Date

Senate picks 2009, House voted for sooner transition, but a decision may occur soon.

Grant Gross, IDG News Service
Monday, November 07, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has voted to set April 7, 2009, as the deadline for U.S. television stations to switch to digital broadcasts and free up analog radio spectrum for wireless broadband and public-safety uses.
The Senate approved the digital-television (DTV) transition deadline late last week as part of a large budget package aimed at reducing the federal deficit. Auctioning off part of the freed-up spectrum is expected to raise $10 billion or more, with $5 billion going to the U.S. treasury in the Senate legislation.

Earlier Date Rejected

The Senate rejected an amendment by Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, to move the transition deadline up by a year. McCain argued that emergency response agencies need additional spectrum as quickly as possible. Emergency response agencies often cannot communicate with each other because of congested spectrum, McCain said.

"Here we are [for] our first responders, the brave men and women who put their lives on the line in defense of the lives of their fellow citizens who have already given their lives, who have performed so magnificently, who want to be able to talk to each other, who want the spectrum freed up," McCain said on the Senate floor. "And what do we do here in Congress? We delay it as long as possible. It is disgraceful conduct on our part."

Supporters of the 2009 date argue that an earlier deadline would rush spectrum auctions, potentially leading to lower bids. With lower bids, the auctions wouldn't meet the budget deficit reduction targets set by Congress.

In October, a House of Representatives committee set December 31, 2008, as the DTV transition deadline. Negotiators would have to iron out the differences in the two bills before a DTV deadline becomes law.

Friday, November 11, 2005

While a bit out of date, Bob Wilson is sure that many of our users will recognize the name.

Aug. 5, 2004

By Larry Hygh Jr.

PASADENA, Calif. (UMNS)With the pull of a rope and an introduction from actress Carol Burnett, studios 36 and 46 at CBS Television City were renamed the Charles Cappleman Studios.
Charles "Capp" Cappleman, 78, an active United Methodist layman at St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Tarzana, Calif., and executive vice president of West Coast operations and engineering, retired from CBS Television City after 50 years. He is credited with being the creative vision behind the new building at CBS Television City, completed in 1992, that houses studios 36 and 46, now the Charles Cappleman Studios.
My 50 years at Television City have been great fun and provided tremendous satisfaction in being a member of such a great organization,said Cappleman during the surprise retirement/birthday celebration attended by hundreds at CBS Television City.
I have no retirement plans, other than to continue with most of the volunteer jobs I have, Cappleman said. The Lord has always been good to me, and I am waiting to see what He has in mind for me.
Another "bunch" of pictures have been added to the L.I. Mini Luncheon album,
courtesy of Joe Strano. Click here___>L.I. Mini Luncheon

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Another successful Long Island Mini-Lunch has concluded,
and a good time was had by all! We even had a few old-timers attend whom we haven't seen in a while! Click here___>L.I. Mini-Lunch
Another fine Technician joins the ranks of our Retirees! Welcome Bob Myers.
Click here___>Bob Myers Retirement Party
A new picture has been added to the Page 10 collection, courtesy of Harry Charles.
Click here___>Page 10

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The year is 2005 and still the caissons roll, and the drums beat, and the pipes play the mournful dirge of sacrifice that the United States military imposes on our young men and women today.

From the last stroke of the quill that declared us a free, and indivisible nation. American blood has been shed for the cause of liberty, and justice for all.

The names on our honor roll are the names of the Men of CBS that have gone on before to represent those freedoms in combat and military service.
Let their sacrifice not be forgotten.

Our honor roll doesnt list the names of those that served the nation in a non-military capacity. We do honor them though, for their patriotic drive that kept the military and the nation strong and industrially superior.

Tony Cucurullo

CBS HONOR ROLL (in alphabetical order)

Baranello, John WW2
Bartilucci, Vincent Radio Op, B17 Memphis Belle Sqd. Dsc/Air Medal/Bronze Star
Brender, Rich Viet Nam
Buda, Paul WW2
Castrataro, Vinnie Korea, Navy WW2
Charles, Harry WW2
Cipolla, Anthony H WW2
Claudio, Chico WW2, Combat Photographer
Cohn, David A. WW 2
Consiglio, Al
Corrado, Dom Colonel
Cronkite, Walter WW2
Cucurullo, Tony WW2, Korea, UDT/Seals Assn
Dailey, Bob Combat Photographer 163rd Sig Photo Co., WW2
DeIeso, Mike WW2, Philippines
Delila, Tom Guadalcanal
DoNofrio, Charles WW2 1942 to 1946 China/Burma/India Theater of Operations
Douglas, Dick
Ethier, Scott Marines
Evans, Pierce WW2, (Battle of the Bulge)
Fabricatore, Al WW2
Fish, Royce WWII
Florio, Frank Capt. Bombardier, Pacific
Freed, Goody Korea
Fucci, Bruno US Navy 1942-1946 WW2
Gordon, Elliot Lt.
Greenwald, Milt Major
Gulino, Angelo 'Chic' WW2, Marines- Pacific
Haigood, Harry Capt. WW2
Herschel, James U.S. Army, post Korea
Katz, Jack WW 2, AAF, Tech. Sgt., Air Medal, 45 missions over Europe
Kaufman, Mike Sgt. (Video Tape) Air Force, Korea, 1952
Kaufman, Sid 1942-1946 U.S Signal Corps -42nd Rainbow Infantry Division
Klimcsak, George Navy LCI Landing Craft Infantry...Okinawa
Keeshan, Bob Sgt. (Capt. Kangaroo) Marines WW 2, Iwo Jima, Navy Cross
Korff, Art Lt. Col, Air Force (still active Langley, VA.)
Kozak, Al Navy WW2
Lang, Herman Capt. WW 2, Gen. Patton's 3rd Army
Lincoln, John WW2, Combat Photographer
Magee, George USN WW2, -- Korea
Marotta, Cal Marines, WW2, Bikini, Guam
Marth, Frank Navy
Mascek, Lou WW2, USAF -Bougainville
Mazzo, Al Viet Nam 1968-1971, Purple Heart/Bronze Star
McBride, Dennis "Patty" WW 2,Combal Photographer
McCaffery, Neil SGT. Viet Nam
McCarthy, Jim WW2, Europe
McQuiston, Jim Navy, WW2
Meyers, Sig Lt. Col. WW2, Combat Photographer, Philippines
Naeder, Bill 2nd.Inf. Div., Korea (14 months)
Naeder, George Battleship New Jersey, WW2
Ognibene, James Viet Nam
Paine, Dave Capt. Fighter Pilot WW2
Paley, William S. Colonel WW2, Office of Strategic Services
Parmelee, Dan M/Sgt, WW2, Grp. Com. Chief, 366th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force
Pasculli, Gene WW2
Perzeszty, Ted Army Korea
Polanski, Phil WW2 Silver Star
Quinlan, Larry 1 Marines Corp -S Solomons, & New Georgia, 3 MA Corp
Rineer, Jesse Major
Rooney, Andy LT. Correspondent WW2
Rose, Jim Vietnam
Smith, George WW2,
Sokota, Joe
Solomon, Marty
Steiger, Sy OSS, WW2
Strano, Joe Army Korea
Surphlis, Vernon China Burma, WW2
Sweeney, Bernie 2nd Cav, Vietnam
Thomas, Bob Viet Nam

If you would like to visit Pierce Evans' tribute, please click here___>Vet's Day

Bill Naeder here, I speak with Charlie Donofrio once a week and I was reading your notes to him. It brought back a lot of memories for him and he asked if I would send this short note as Charlie does not have a computer. He wanted to remind you of the days that you, Sandy Tirado and he worked together. He was so happy to hear about you. I will be glad to relay or if you want his phone # is 914-273-3097 Good luck,

Bill Naeder
Greetings Jay,

I also started in January but in 1951 as an unassigned AT. I was cableman on Studio One for the gentlemanly TD Dwight Temple. After several weeks, I was designated to be a boom pusher as a regular on the crew. I rushed out and bought a carton of ivory soap for lubricating the rubber boom wheels (minimize squeeks) and grease pencils to establish my turf from marauding cameramen arriving at scene on wrong lens. The proof was in the greasy floor!
Then came BOOM OPERATOR. I feel after some months of our association, Joe made a case for promotion to FULL TECH because I was offered a sound man opening by Orville Sather. I asked if it were possible to become a video man. It was and I did, replacing Bob Pierringer and still on the crew.
The last time a glow filled my space and the walls faded away was in high school when it was announced that the Cardinal Hayes H.S. BAND would represent Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium in their game with Army; The war (WW2 the big one) was on at the time. The entire class including our teacher just smiled and smiled and smiled. I got the same glow as you dicussed the familiar scene of the turntables to the side and back of Joe. He would teach me how to patch up for the show after setting up the boom and other needed mikes. What delightful chats we had and if I expressed concern over scratching a record, he would softly say "LAASHES ". You can do it.. May GOD bless him.
Well old friend, the walls have returned to their original position.The secret of the retirees group is that as we write and read we remember the little things and the BIG people and we smile, smile, smile.
Frank Novack
My name is Linda Savignano Brosnan- my dad is Ray Savignano. I just wanted to say thank you to all who came to say goodbye to my dad and to tell me all about him and his years at CBS. My dad truly loved his jobs there and he had some very wonderful memories. I was always very proud of him and I made sure everyone in school knew when I was growing up that my dad was a 'TV guy" at CBS.
Thank you for this site- I really enjoy looking at and learning a little more about the golden years at CBS.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I am trying to locate a good friend that I have lost track of. I worked with Sandy Tirado in the 60s and lost track when I moved out to the West Coast. Do you have him on your roster? He is in one picture in your album.
Thanks for any help,
Alan Case
Oceanside, CA

If anyone has any information, please forward to the Webmaster.
Yo Bill,

George and I and Cal Marotta were in the same lab group at RCA Institute and graduated together. I told them that CBS was going to do a major hiring. You know George, he went there immedately rather than gain experience by answering want ads posted on bulletin boards from stations in PODUNK, He told me that the girl took his application and due to the magic name of RCA put it on the top of the pile. She said they had hundreds of applications but it was just as easy to take the new ones coming to her desk, and so HISTORY was made. He worked nights at the Department of Sanitation and also utilized a radio broadcasting police signals and a film camera to supply news organizations with overnight stories. No sluggard was he. I was responsible for his adopting the IRISH SETTER who was a real wild thang. Erin, (the dog), was true to his instincts and was run over sadly enough, by a Sanitation TRUCK. George was so overcome by this tragedy that he refused to take pictures of it. He vowed to only live his life with his family nearby. Thus the NAEDER saga at CBS began. George begat Bill and Bill begat Bill Jr. and CBS begat some mighty fine technicians.
Charley, my friend, I certainly remember Joe D., you and I and the Spanish fly (ST) working in the best studio theater job that CBS offered. We were permanent video maintenance at what is now called the ED SULLIVAN theater. It was the site that I was first hired as a part time usher in 1948. Poetic justice! Why would anyone leave a position like that to work in an untried medium which probably will fail? I just have ONE word for this decision... I AM POLISH. How many words is that? And a one , and a two...Word 2 - George Gould. His vision gave us the TV production facilities that we see today. How many jobs he created!!
When Sid Kaufman took me back to build the plant at 2020 M St., I was at home. Joe Tier was like a brother and a wonderful man. But as fate would have it, Sid returned to NY. Joe followed a few years later. It was not CBS from the leadership perspective, but at least our paths crossed on remotes, at the Cape, sports, etc. I think of the stories and the characters - De Lilla, Classon, Bresson, McGrath , Pumo, and especially a decent human being and more than a decent video man and TD as I knew you.
Much more to fill in from your side. Perhaps, I will make it to one of the Retiree luncheons, if you are there.
Peace, Charley...
Pax Vobiscum to you, Bill
Frank Novack aka THE POLISH FALCON

Monday, November 07, 2005

Re: June 25 color demo
That is the day I went to work for CBS Radio and remember well being given a tour of the facilities, including studio 21.
It was there that a number of manufacturers had set up their prototype receivers. I do not recall lingering but do remember Frank Knight giving a spiel for LONGINES who was one of our sponsors. Remember the Longines Wittnauer Synphonette and Choraliers?
How time flies when you are having fun! And the pictures were super.

Harry Peterson
George Gould was the Technical Director of a crew that worked on the Studio One shows at the beginning of the fifties. He had an inventive mind especially the potential and electronic possibilities of this infant medium.
He came up with the idea of electronically matting in the actors to provide the outer space look. He did not provide the technical expertise, but would present the idea to technicians he respected at CBS. The finished products were primitive, but he had the faith to utilize them, perhaps envisioning the high quality computer graphics of today. This doesn't answer your inquiry about "Rod Brown Rocket Ranger", but provides some insight as to how George developed as a pioneer in our business.
In 1958, he purchased 2 brand new AMPEX 1000A videotape machines, 4 GPL cameras, sync generators ,et al, from CBS and ABC. He called his production facility "TELECOLOR PRODUCTIONS", needing only a technical crew, lighting director, stage hands, office staff, etc. He rented space at TIMES SQUARE. He utilized per diem workers and built a staff of full time employees. I was one (leaving CBS) to see where this new fangled VIDEOTAPE would lead. We learned together, laughed at our newness to each other and the challenges this new medium presented. It was a fun time, it was hard work time, it was a sad time when TELESTUDIOS closed its doors in 1965. During that time, George conceived the idea of the first TV COMMERCIAL remote shoot for Kelloggs. He hired Warren Smith and Joe Pytka to develop the optics for GEMINI, the mating of a 16 mm and TV camera to provide any reluctant agency rep who was comfortable in film an exact copy (well CLOSE) of the tape product. Lest we forget, not all stations had tape playback facilities. He used to say, "if we could only get 7% of the filmed commercial income we'll do fine!"
Just a small look at WHAT GEORGE HAS WROUGHT! Were we the first ROCKET RANGERS? He was a true genius. Unfortunately, he passed away some years ago, but recognition has been long due from his colleagues in TV .

Frank Novack

Sunday, November 06, 2005


My name is Jeff Berkwits, and I am a journalist researching an article on the Saturday morning TV program "Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers." This show was on CBS for one year, from April 1953 through May 1954, and starred Cliff Robertson. It was written and directed by George Gould, who, as I understand it, came from an engineering background (and earlier had worked on the show"Tom Corbett, Space Cadet"). Unfortunately, no kinescopes of "Rod Brown" are known to exist, and information on the show is rather sketchy. I was curious to know if you might be able to help me get in touch with any retired CBS personnel who may recall working on the program. I have already interviewed a few actors who appeared on the show (including Robertson), but have not been able to uncover anyone who has any real behind-the-scenes experiences or memories. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer, and I look forward to (hopefully) hearing from you soon. All the best,

Jeff Berkwits
scifiguy at

We worked together on many shows. If Joe Calvanico was nearby we loved to hear his laugh as we mimiced his fatherly advice . Faye Emerson was a LADY. We worked a color special out of 109 th st studio on closed circuit demonstrating the CBS color wheel cameras.I was a boom pusher on that show. Between the outside temperature and the abundance of lighting equipment it was extremely hot. LIFE magazine did a spread on the difficult conditions including the floor tiles buckling. I believe the temperature was measured at 105 degrees during the show. The makeup lady (Frannie) brought the talent and techs SEA BREEZE for our fevered brows. Faye had demonstrated a Pepsi Cola spot and immediately started bringing cold Pepsi as we were working on air. The date was June 25, 1951. How do I know? My oldest son was born that day.

Frank Novack
Dear Hal,

Glad to finally make contact today. The band today was pretty hard to get thru with another station right close to .255.
My beam got in trouble after the last wind storm. Poor thing couldn't handle 60+ MPH gusting. So I'm using my vertical (Butternut). It's old but it still gets out.
Attached is a picture of my wife Norma and I in the museum. I have a web site that shows the museum. It's at Harman Art Museum and my e-mail address is . My other job is with the sheriff's department. I've been with them since 1989. I hope to retire from it the end of next year.

Best wishes,
Dear Dave,

I have enjoyed the CBS Retirees Web page for years. Great job to all that put it together. My page was a lot of work to build but it has paid off on my museum attendance. The "Real Video Tour" was a good touch that I added.
I have only been back to the New York area 3 times in the last 23 years and was able to attend the CBS luncheons twice. The 3rd trip was to attend a wedding.
I've been trying to stay in touch by Ham Radio. I'm on a couple of nets, but the broadcast net is a little hard to make contact. I live on the west side of the divide with mountains about +13,000 ft. which blocks 20 meters plus next spring I'm going to raise my beam about 20 ft more and that might help.
Thanks for the e-mail addresses. I've sent out some e-mails and were sent back.

Best wishes to all,
Fred Harman NØJSP

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Re: Skitch Henderson

I worked with Skitch Henderson on a show called "Wonderful Town" in the early 1950's. The show was hosted by Faye Emerson who was married to Skitch at the time.
Skitch conducted the live orchestra. The show originated in Studio 42 at 15 Vanderbilt Ave. I did audio and Ben Russ was the TD. Harold Hoffman was on camera. I remember a real "Blooper" that occurred on the show. The sponsor of the program was PEPSI COLA and the commercials were done live from the studio. Faye Emerson walked up to a hotdog stand and orders a PEPSI. The vendor then begins to extol the virtues of Pepsi. At the end of his spiel he emotes "Ah yes, there's nothing better than a cold bottle of COCA COLA"! .....I could here a loud groan in the control room from the sponsor reps. It was live so it could not be bleeped out!... I remember Skitch as a real gentleman.
I wonder if anyone else remembers the show?
Jay Chichon

Friday, November 04, 2005

Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning conductor who became the first bandleader of "The Tonight Show," died Tuesday at 87. One of the most popular band leaders of his day, he worked with crooners Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops. Henderson died at his home in New Milford, Conn., of natural causes, said Barbara Burnside, director of marketing and public relations at New Milford Hospital. Originally from England, Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson moved to the United States in the 1930s, making his living as a pianist, playing vaudeville and movie music in Minnesota and Montana roadhouses. As for the nickname "Skitch," in 1953 he told an interviewer for the Canadian publication "Saturday Night" that he had no recollection of where it came from. "I don't know how that name started, or when, but somewhere along the line I was tagged with it and it stuck," he said. "I think it fits me and it has a certain amount of distinctive publicity value. When I first signed up as a conductor for the NBC Symphony Orchestra, I debated whether to change it, because it might be too undignified, but I decided to keep it. It's pretty well accepted and it's easy to spell." In his teens, Henderson moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a pianist and musical arranger while attending UCLA. Before World War II, he worked with such big name bandleaders as Glen Gray, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw. When the war started in Europe, he left Hollywood and joined the Canadian Air Force. And when the United States entered the war in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and piloted B-29s in the Pacific theater. After the war, Henderson toured with Sinatra as his musical director. He accompanied Sinatra to New York for the "Lucky Strike Show" and later worked with Crosby on "The Philco Hour," both on radio. In 1954, NBC hired him as the bandleader for Steve Allen's "Tonight," bringing him into American living rooms in the early days of television. Over the years, he worked with Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. Henderson was soon in demand as a conductor for major orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. In 1955 he began sporting his now-famous Van Dyke beard. Always a devotee of serious music, in 1983 he founded and conducted the New York Pops Orchestra, a group of 70 musicians who played regularly with the New York Philharmonic. "I watch people like a hawk. If I see boredom, I worry," said Henderson. "There's perfunctory applause, there's light applause, and then there's real applause. When it's right, applause sounds like vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce."© 2005 Los Angeles Times
Well, I finally retired after almost 40 years at CBS. I guess I can be considered a dinosaur, not because I am getting older, but because these days not many people get to work at one company for that long. Like most of the CBS retirees, I got to see a lot ofchanges over the years, some good and some not so good. A wonderful career it was, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. My wife Marge and I retired on the same day. At this writing, I am in Oak Hill, Virginia, baby sitting our two wonderful Grandson's, as my Daughter-in-law went in for minor surgery on the first day of our retirement. The new "job" is a labor of Love. I plan to check into the HF CBS retirees nets, either from my home station on Long Island, or from my mobile station from anywhere we happen to be in our travels.
See you all at the next Luncheon.
Bob Myers, K2TV

Thursday, November 03, 2005

A new "seasonal" picture from a proud Grandpa has been added to our "Page 10" collection.
Click here___>Page 10

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Added Fred & Blanche Harman to the Page 10 collection. Click here___>Page 10

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I have added a new album titled "The Degan Collection", which comprises 30 pictures
of the Broadcast Center, vintage 1978, courtesy of Dennis Degan, an NBC Today Show editor.
Please let us know if you can identify any other faces! Click here___>The Degan Collection
Subject: Information regarding Ray Savignano

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