Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Here is a link to an obituary for Artie Bloom, in the Palm Beach Post.
Click Here ___>Bloom Obit.

Courtesy of Lee Levy
While looking for information on the untimely demise of Tony Ancona, I came across Harold Deppe's suggestion that we share information about each other while we're still alive. The post mortem tributes are wonderful and appropriate and please keep them coming, but let's hear more about our lives as well.
The people I meet at retiree's luncheons always seem to wonder how they ever found time to work at all, they're so busy. Doing what ? Let's hear about it !
Aside from far more frequent visits to doctors, dentists and pharmacists, my own life since retirement has been full of family, golf and song. I still work at CBS on a per diem basis occasionally, just to keep my hand in. During the nicer months, I play golf about twice a week all around Long Island, although not very well. Any other local area hackers are welcome to check with me if they need a companion on the links. Maybe there'd be enough of us still around to stage some sort of reunion event.
My other passion for the past year and a half has been the Barbershop Harmony Society, formerly known as SPEBSQSA, a national organization of over 30,000 men who love old music and singing it. From time to time at district events, I've run into Angie Sticca, retired from the Construction Shop, who's active in the Westchester chapter. If there are any other barbershoppers out there, I'd love to hear from you and compare notes (pun intended). If there are any "wannabe" singers, I'd be more than happy to help you find a chapter so you can begin enjoying a most satisfying pursuit.
So that's what's going on in my life. What about yours ?
George Seelinger

Monday, January 30, 2006

There are very few men in this world that someone somewhere could not say a single bad word about but Tony Ancona was one of those men. It is highly unlikely, in my mind, that anyone who knew him and of his passing, didn't shed a tear. I stirred plenty of sauce. Tony worked at CBS but in his spare time between golf engagements ( teaching D'onofrio & the boys the finer art) and selling, or attempting to sell, Mutual Funds , Insurance, Golf clubs, Movies ("I'll Bury You Tomorrow "), Television Shows (remember the country music show with Bill Monroe?), or working at on outside production with Unitel, North American Video, Video East, WPHL, etc. , many of which we worked on together. I don't think I've ever met anyone that worked in more places and knew more people than Tony. After we/I (he will never retire) retired he always found time to drop me a note to see how I was doing, give me encouragement and put on a happy face. I hadn't a clue from his upbeat notes that he was even ill. I loved him & will miss him dearly.

Goody Freed

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I have just received a nice letter from Ray Savignano's daughter, Linda,
along with a nice picture of her father. I have incorporated these into our "In Memoriam" page.
For those that would like to view it, click here ___>In Memoriam

It would be so nice to hear about our Retirees while they are still alive..then to tell us how great they were after they pass away..Hope we all think about it..

Harold Deppe

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

"Tony, relieve Ancona on camera, he has to start cooking the macaroni," that was the command from the control room to me on the floor of the set of 'Love of Life'. When we worked in the studios on 26th Street the very studios where the Sgt. Bilko show, starring Phil Silvers originated.
During lunch time Bob Myrum the director, and cast and crew, would eat the sumptuous meals that Tony Ancona could cook for all of us,........for a small fee. For Tony Ancona was not only a gourmet cook, an outstanding golfer, and a versatile cameraman.
He also possessed entrepreneurial skills that kept him restless unless he was planning the next financial venture for him and his family. He also helped many people to obtain investment portfolios.

I worked for him doing the mini-cam on a show he produced for Phil Rizzuto, and the New York Yankees. He golfed with them and they raised money for the Blind School run by the Nuns.
Over the years Tony's talent was exceptional and he was in demand to do camera on many shows in the studios and the field. He was affable and very friendly.
What ever plain he is now at, you can bet your last dollar that he already has a pot of water boiling for the spaghetti, outside the gates that will surely get this very fine man into heaven.

Tony Cucurullo

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

WB Net, UPN to merge, become the CW TV Network
By Paul J. Gough
from the hollywoodreporter.com

NEW YORK -- In a bombshell announcement that caught television industry insiders by surprise Tuesday morning, The WB and UPN have cut a deal to join forces as a new single network dubbed The CW that will be comprised of programming and executive talent from both of its predecessors.In a top-secret megadeal unveiled at a surprise news conference in midtown Manhattan, CBS Corp. and Time Warner will own 50% of the new network that will eventually have coverage in more than 95% of the country. UPN president
Dawn Ostroff will become The CW's president of entertainment; WB Network chief operating officer John Maata will be the chief operating officer of the newly formed entity.Both UPN and The WB will cease operations and go off the air in September. The CW will program 13 primetime hours across six nights as well as a Kids WB block on Saturdays and two hours of syndicated programming in the weekday afternoons, essentially mirroring The WB model. While a schedule won't be released until the upfronts in May, the new network could carry shows like "Gilmore Girls," "Supernatural" and "Smallville" from The WB and "America's Next Top Model," "Veronica Mars" and "Everybody Hates Chris" from UPN.Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. president and CEO, said that thanks to existing programming on both networks The CW would have "already hit shows every single day of the week."

I'm sorry to report that Tony Ancona passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2006

1401 86 St.
Brooklyn, NY

Thursday 2p – 5:30p and 7p – 9p

Mass at 9am on Friday at St. Bernadette Church
13 Ave. & 83 St.
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, January 21, 2006

I talked to Morrie's brother in law and sister in law. Morrie is in a retirement home and is not doing well. I'm sure that his wife Susan would be happy to read him any letters and notes that the broadcaster's send to him. His address is Morrie Bleckman, 2091 South Ocean Drive, Hallendale Beach, Florida 33009.
Bob Schur W9SIB
4 Key Largo, Fla. 33037
LeesBoat @ AOL.com
Submitted by Hal Schutzman

Friday, January 20, 2006

To whom it may concern:

My grandfather was Eddie Brinkman, the stage manager for the Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason shows. I noticed he was mentioned on your site in a story told by Dave Paine.
My grandfather passed away before I was an adult. I would love to get in touch with people who knew him. I also have a lot of photos and material I am currently digitizing, that I would be happy to share.

Steven Wexler

Thursday, January 19, 2006

CBS Radio Selects HD2 Formats
Courtesy of www.radioandrecords.com

The company has already digitally converted 60 of its stations in 17 markets around the country, and today CBS Radio revealed the formats that will be heard on those stations' HD2 channels.
Among the most innovative is an interactive all-request format dubbed "My HD" that will be heard on the side channels of Adult Hits KJKK/Dallas and Hot AC WKRQ/Cincinnati. Also of note is "Chick Rock," a female-targeted Rock station for AC KVIL/Dallas' HD2 signal. CBS' Portland, OR cluster will have an eclectic mix of side channels Triple A KINK's "Underground Link" will feature vintage Progressive Rock, while Country KUPL will feature a "Country Legends" HD2 station. Rock KUFO will launch a side channel devoted exclusively to "new rock," while Classic Hits KLTH will air "Super Oldies" on its HD2 signal.
While Infinity didn't release a specific rollout schedule, it did say some of the HD2 stations would be launching immediately. However, it already has three up and running: WNEW/New York has an all-News side channel, while two Chicago stations have also launched HD2 signals Adult Hits WJMK has a '60s and '70s Oldies channel, while Country WUSN has debuted "Future Country."
For those that ever worked on Friday nights with Herman Rich doing "In The News" or on "Nightwatch".

CBS News Reporter Christopher Glenn To Retire
Courtesy of www.radioandrecords.com via Gail DePoli

A distinguished chapter in the history of CBS News comes to an end next month when Glenn retires after 35 years with the network. Glenn has been a fixture at CBS News since 1971, when he started there as a radio producer for special events. His radio work has won him many national awards, the latest being the Radio Television News Directors 2005 Edward R. Murrow award for Best Newscaster.
With his unique, instantly recognizable voice, most people still remember Glenn as the reporter and narrator of more than 5,000 episodes of "In the News," the Emmy-award-winning television series of current-events broadcasts for young viewers that aired between 1971-1984.
Before joining CBS, Glenn was managing editor of Metromedia News Network in Washington, DC, and a reporter, editor and documentary producer with WNEW/New York. His radio resume also includes stints at WICC/Bridgeport, CT; Radio Press International/New York; and Armed Forces Radio.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Front and center!
Coming up, a TV legend with revelations on Bobby Jones, Spider-Man and the guy in the rainbow wig. Interviewed by Guy Yocom, Golf Digest, September 2003

Frank Chirkinian, Age 77, TV producer, Bel Air, California

One day, long after I'm dead, you're going to see sports live in 3-D. A series of high-definition screens will surround you, and two great players will be on your left and right at the Masters, and you'll hear every word they're saying. You'll see the flight of the ball as they see it, and it will be so real your instinct will be to walk forward and pick up their divot. Put this prediction in a time capsule and open it in 50 years. You'll see that I was right.They call me The Ayatollah. Pat Summerall gave me the name in the late 1970s, when the Shah of Iran was deposed and replaced by Khomeini. I admit, reluctantly, that I enjoyed the nickname. If nothing else, it beat being called Adolf.Like Patton, when I wanted to get my message across, I gave it to them loud and dirty. In rehearsals I was profane as could be. I ripped everybody. We had seven announcers all wanting air time, and it was important they remember I was the boss. I treated my crew almost like children, and let's face it, sometimes children need to be spanked. It was a form of tough love. As a result, I had a very loyal group of individuals working for me, and the loyalty was returned in kind.Don't underestimate the power of an occasional "atta boy." Use it sparingly but sincerely, and it will make up for the hundred times you uttered those words, "You dumb s---."Workplaces today subscribe to the psychobabble of treating each individual differently. In my world, nobody could complain about being picked on, because everybody was picked on. During rehearsals, every guy on the crew would wait to see who was going to get chewed out next, the way one brother takes pleasure in seeing the other brother get punished. It was therapeutic. When a cameraman saw Pat Summerall getting ripped, and then Ben Wright getting yelled at, it made him realize there was equality.Never talk while the ball is in the air.My parents were from Armenia, the first country in the world to embrace Christianity. It was a bastion of Christianity in a sea of Islam. The Turks decided to take it over, and by 1923 they had killed almost 2 million Armenians. My mother's family was the richest in Constantinople, and in that episode her entire family was killed and my mother was raped. My father's first wife, his four sons, aunts and uncles -- 14 people all together -- were massacred by the Turks. They threw my four half-brothers into the air and caught them on bayonets. My father escaped and came to America, where he settled in Philadelphia. He took my mother's name off a displaced-person's list -- he didn't know her -- and traveled to Cuba, where the government had sent her. From there he brought her to Philadelphia, where he married her. There followed the birth of my sister and me. Mine is an American success story.When my son was growing up, I was gone all the time. We're talking not being there for Christmas and New Year's, missing his birthday. A while back I asked my son, who is now 44, "Why aren't you getting married?" He answered, "Because I don't want to raise my son by telephone, the way you did me." I said, "Son, aside from that being the cruelest thing you've ever said to me, I have to admit it's the most honest thing you've ever said. For what it's worth, I love you, and I did all I could." I believe he understands. I hope he understands. I really did try.
'If you discount the spectacular views of Pebble Beach, the blimp doesn't add much to the telecast.'

You remember Rollen Stewart. He was the guy in the rainbow wig holding the John 3:16 sign on virtually every telecast for a two-year period during the '80s. It galled me more and more, having this man distracting viewers from the show we worked on so hard. One day I'd had enough. I had Stewart brought to my office. "Let me tell you something," I said. "As a Christian, I'm embarrassed by you and what you're doing. If you continue, I'm going to have you arrested at every single tournament site. You're going to be spending most of your time with your funny wig behind bars." That was the end of Rollen Stewart, at least for us. [Stewart was sentenced to three life prison terms for taking a hotel maid hostage in 1992.]Movies in black and white tend to be predicated on human emotion and are uplifting. Movies in color are predicated on special effects. Watching Spider-Man climb the side of a building does nothing for me. With the exception of "On Golden Pond," color movies for the most part are junk. On the other hand, the day I walked into our production truck in 1966 and saw our golf broadcasts in color for the first time, I almost cried. It was the greatest experience of my life, like giving sight to a blind man. In 1967 there was a strike before the final round of the Masters. Our engineers had to honor the picket line, so I had to use management people to run the equipment and also do the announcing. Talk about a circus. They were well-educated, articulate people, but when the show came on they were helpless. Teddy O'Connell, one of our sales people, was manning the 15th hole when Tommy Aaron came into view. "Here comes Tommy Walker," Teddy said, "a member of the Aaron Cup Team." When I hear someone say, "Hell, I could announce as well as those guys," I don't hesitate to come back with, "No, you couldn't."I hired Henry Longhurst, who had worked for the BBC and had a thick British accent, a wonderful way with words and a perspective of the game that blended beautifully with our American announcers. For Henry's first American telecast, at a tournament in Massachusetts, I decided to put him on the 16th hole. We had just built a 40-foot tower there, the tallest in our history, and at that time we didn't have ladders, because we'd never needed them. I was in the truck for the rehearsal, and suddenly it dawned on me: How is Henry going to get up that tower? Climbing the scaffolding was out of the question. Henry was getting on in years, his physical condition was deplorable, and he loved his martinis. It was raining, and the metal scaffolding was slippery. It was a disaster waiting to happen. I zoomed out to the 16th just in time to see Henry start up the scaffolding. Before I could say anything, he had scurried up that thing like a spider. He was at the top in about 30 seconds. It was the most astonishing thing I'd ever seen. When Henry came down, I started in on him. "That was dangerous, Henry. It's wet outside and ...""Yes, yes, my boy," he interrupted. "Now, let's go to the clubhouse and get wet on the inside." And off he went to find a martini.Then there was Ben Wright. When he denied making those comments about breasts interfering with a woman's swing and how lesbianism on the LPGA Tour made corporate America reluctant to embrace the tour, I believed him. It turned out he lied. I feel that if Ben had come clean in the first place, the episode would have died out very quickly. The observation on breasts he got straight from JoAnne Carner. As for lesbianism hurting the LPGA corporately, well, you tell me. I do feel that Ben should be back on the air. If Marv Albert, who was a convicted felon, can be brought back -- with a raise -- then there ought to be a place for Ben Wright.If you discount the spectacular views of Pebble Beach, the blimp doesn't add much to the telecast. But I'm proud I was the first to use it in golf. In the area of "promotional considerations," it's been a home run.I really disliked the Butler Cabin ceremony at Augusta. I always felt that the best thing to do would be to go right to the public presentation of the green jacket, with emotions still at a fever pitch and all the people and a national TV audience there to see it. To go inside the flower-infested catacombs of the Butler Cabin and watch the club chairmen perform the ceremony -- they were helpless -- really let the air out of the balloon. One year Hord Hardin asked Bernhard Langer how he pronounced his name. Another year he asked Seve how tall he was. I would watch this with my face in my hands, but the club wouldn't have it any other way. Oh, well.Jack Whitaker was banned from the Masters telecast for referring to the patrons as a "mob." Here's the deal on that: It was a Monday playoff between Billy Casper and Gene Littler, and all the security people had left to go back to their real jobs. Most of the season badge holders had left town, and on the way out had given their badges to people who weren't real fans. With those fans running all over, Whitaker referred to them as a mob. Cliff Roberts [Augusta National co-founder] got rid of Jack for that, but I think he did it out of embarrassment and frustration for things spinning out of control. I know Roberts regretted it, because when Henry Longhurst fell ill several years later and couldn't do the telecast, I took Whitaker to Cliff's office and explained the problem and asked if Jack could work. Cliff couldn't say yes fast enough. I loved Bob Jones. It was my custom, upon arriving at Augusta early in Masters week, to go to Bob's cabin and visit with him. In 1970, when I arrived at the cabin, there was Mary Jones, Bob's wife, standing on the steps waiting for me, beside herself with anger. "How could you?" she said. "How could you?""How could I what?" I said."How could you do that to Bob!""Do what to Bob?""Remove him from the presentation ceremony.""I did no such thing," I replied. "I fully expect him to be there."Mary paused for moment, then said, "I knew it. That son of a bitch Roberts, I knew he was behind this."It turned out Roberts had told Mary that CBS had decided to exclude Bob from the presentation ceremony, with the explanation CBS was afraid Bob would "expire" on live television. And it wasn't our decision at all. I was not surprised one bit to learn that when Bobby Jones died a year later, that Clifford Roberts was not invited to attend the funeral, and that as a result, Bob Jones III was declared persona non grata at Augusta National.Make no mistake, if another Frank Chirkinian came along today, he could not survive. He would be deemed politically incorrect and would be run out of town. It's a different world today, and for me school was dismissed just in time.

Al Mazzo Sr.
My dad was a retired cbs engineer who sadly passed away on April 16, 2000 in Lake Worth, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Josie and children, Paul, Joe, Jr., Sandra and Joanne. I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers my dad and in particular one of the producers from See it Now, Joe Wershba.
Paul Cook

Monday, January 09, 2006


The only survivor of the January 3 mine explosion in Tallmansville, West Virginia is Randal McCloy Jr, KC8VKZ, of Philippi, West Virginia. At press time, he was listed in critical condition at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he is undergoing specialized treatment. Hams may wish to send a note of support on a QSL card to Randal McCloy Jr, KC8VKZ, PO Box 223, Philippi, WV 26435.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

This, for New Yorker residents. Today I cancelled my wife's Medicare Part Ddeduction. I spoke to Tim at EPIC & found out how I can save more on mydrugs. Using just Epic, with prescriptions written for 100 pills ( one aday three months +) it costs a minimum of $3.00 & a maximum of $20.00 perprescription, much less then Medco the drug company used by Preferred CareGold, my great, ($16.43 per month, check out the coverage), insurancecarrier. I still have a yearly EPIC deductible, based on last yearsearnings, but it's a lot less than the $420.00 I'd have to pay Medicare.

Goody Freed

Monday, January 02, 2006

In partial answer to Lee Levy's letter about Medicare Part D. Anyone living in New York should be sure to sign up for EPIC if they haven't already, it's a must & it's free. If you have Epic then you can delay signing up for Part D with no penalty. If you take no medications, then signing up for Part D doesn't seem to be necessary at this time. If the CBS plan covers drugs, then you may not have a penalty either. What does your Medical Insurer recommend? Be careful, if you sign up with some independent drug discount company, you could lose all of your primary insurance coverage. I have Preferred Care Gold & that is what I was told. They handle the Part D for my wife.
Goody Freed