Sunday, February 24, 2008



Daytime Drama Takes On New Contemporary Format To Give Viewers A Realistic View Of Life In Springfield

Breaking from a production model that has been utilized in daytime television for over 50 years, GUIDING LIGHT will premiere the first episode featuring its innovative new production style on Friday, Feb. 29 on the CBS Television Network. With transformations throughout the entire show, these changes will bring a more current and realistic look to the series.

GUIDING LIGHT's new production model includes permanent sets inside its New York City studio. Once having only eight sets to work with, the show now has forty, which also have four walls and a ceiling, where previously each set had two or three walls and the tops remained open exposing hundreds of lights and wires.

Direction has also been changed. Hand held cameras move around with the actors, shooting them from all angles, bringing the audience closer to each character. These changes give the sets a more realistic feeling, as well as changing the way the actors react in a situation.

Editing has changed as well. It now takes place almost simultaneously as filming - all done within the confines of a small digital booth. A production suite with monitors, directors and producers is a thing of the past.

GUIDING LIGHT has also decided to break out of the current mold of filming location shoots only once or twice a year. The show has adopted the town of Peapack, N.J. to shoot all of its exterior scenes, some of which have already aired, thus adding to the realistic look of the show. These scenes will total approximately 20% off the production.

"These changes will allow us to tell our stories in a more intimate way, while giving our characters' struggles, relationships and issues more of a real-life feel," said Ellen Wheeler, executive producer of GUIDING LIGHT. "The show will have a more organic feel, along with more authenticity, and we're thrilled to be able to bring this to our fans."

"GUIDING LIGHT made the leap from radio to television in 1952 and now it makes another leap," says Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming, CBS. "By making the show's production more relevant, and yet continuing the phenomenal storytelling that has kept it the longest-running drama in broadcast history, GUIDING LIGHT is taking down the barriers and pushing the show ahead. Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler along with GL's cast and crew, have been fearless, and our fans are going to be able to experience their favorite characters like never before."

In the Feb. 29 episode, viewers will see "Jonathan Randall" (Tom Pelphrey) hit yet another rocky point in his tormented life. A troubled young man, out seeking revenge for his unhappy childhood, he got involved with spoiled, rich "Lizzie Spaulding" (Marcy Rylan), with whom he had a baby girl, though he eventually married his true love, Tammy. A series of dangerous circumstances culminating in Tammy's death forced this now upstanding father to fake his and his daughter's deaths, but Jonathan has returned to Springfield to finish up where he had left off and marry Lizzie.

GUIDING LIGHT, a Procter & Gamble Production, tapes in Manhattan, N.Y., and is broadcast on the CBS Television Network (check local listings). Ellen Wheeler is the executive producer and David Kreizman is the head writer.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: To download photographic images from GUIDING LIGHT, please visit

Saturday, February 23, 2008

RED STEIGER: This obit really saddened me. He worked with me on quite a number of tough assiignments but never a whimper of complaint just that warm, kind, beyond being willing (PAUSE: it's hard for me to describe how much we all liked Red) S M I L E of his. He was one of the best and his memory attests to it.

John Koushouris
If there is someone out there who could send some photos of the Broadcast Center, the New York Studios, etc., it would be great. As
it is over 30 Years since some of us have seen the Studios as they are today ...some of us are not able to get to NY.
That would make this Website interesting ...
P.S. Would Bob Wilson and John Koushouris agree? Some of us were around B.C. (Before Color.)

Harold Deppe
We saw the blog regarding Red Steiger.
He loved working at CBS and we will miss him dearly. He was a great father.

Ellen, Carole and Nancy - his daughters.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The individual referred to as John Hundling is none other than John HUNDLEY, a friend, confidant and co-worker at CBS and beyond for many, many years.
John Koushouris
The TD in the picture is not Charlie Grenier but the incomparable Charlie Giriat before the white locks. How could anyone have ever made the mistake as they were so completely opposite.
O.K. Charlie, my old partner, you owe me one -- our favorite vodka mart with olive.
And a long delayed retort to Bob Wilson --- I referred to you as an authentic PIONEER in the Television business and that you are. You, since the remark references you, are not in the position to negate the statement as only those who worked or serves under you in the old Field shop (circa the early 50's and after Al Siegler) are privileged to do so. So, now, be gracious enough to accept the compliment and know that you earned it.
John Koushouris.

Anyone know which picture John is talking about?
The following show, originally seen in June 1964 will be rebroadcast on April 8th on GSN.
It's a special show spotlighting some of the talents of the people who work on the show.
12th anniversary show. Game 1 guests are the four stand-ins for the panel. They are Bob Drew, Kate Tacooney, George Dowd, Jane Cox
Game 2 guest is producer Chester Feldman, who made a dress for Betsy Palmer.
Game 3 guests are members of the staff displaying their other talents. Commercial producer Herb Strauss is a folksinger. Stage manager Harry Rhode is a tapdancer and taught Ed Sullivan how to dance. CBS program practices rep John Hundling was a singer on Broadway and introduced the song "With a song in my heart" in 1929. Director Clarence Schimmel and Roy Blakeman of the G-T office perform a trumpet duet.

Dave Schwartz

Thursday, February 21, 2008


As a frequent visitor, sometimes contributer, non-CBS retiree who visits your site often, I need a favor.
As a fanatic fan of television history and a former NBC Page, I have, for the past 15 years, been searching for and have finally found a vintage RCA TK44 studio camera which I am currently in the process of restoring. I know that a 1970s vintage camera is not old to some of your members, but it represents an important time in my life and will someday soon be an antique.
My goal is to restore the camera cosmetically as close to factory fresh as possible and display it in my home office. I am having difficulty however locating the proper era-appropriate tripod head and tripod. Even though RCA products weren't used by CBS during the 70s, I thought perhaps one of your members might suggest the proper camera support. Close as I can tell, it is a Vinten product, but I may be wrong.
Perhaps you could suggest a member to contact who might know the answer to my question and maybe even where I could find one.
John Smith

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Thanks for the comment, I am compiling a list of stories now...
It is funny, as I think that I need to put a disclaimer on them because, you know how it is, facts can get blurred in the event of a good story.
So, right from the start, I would like to say that if anyone can add, um, clarity to the stories that I post, that would be appreciated.
Goody Freed, yes, you are correct. My dad did help MANY people... but since I cannot openly talk about those anonymous situations myself,
I would like to focus on the other memorable things that he did.
Here is a short list of the ones that come to the top of my head: These are the ones from my childhood years:

When he was in grammar school and bedridden. His only friend was the radio and that was his inspiration to get into broadcasting.
"The Infamous Rat Story." Did he ever tell you about the one when he was a kid working in a Newark bakery and, well,
the head baker found an effective way to keep pests outta the kitchen.
"Bubble Gum for Everyone": He and his best friend are getting into trouble on his newspaper route... and he shows up a teacher in the end.

These are the early broadcasting stories:

My dad's "first gig", I think it was for Channel 13, as a stand-in DJ for a live broadcast.
This would have been all good except for that fact that it was IN SPANISH!
"The Tower": in a blizzard somewhere in NJ, climbing up a radio tower to fix an antenna.
"Out the Window." Does anyone remember the story when they were live and someone forgot to lock the reels on the tape machine... and the tape gets entangled on the floor... and, so the story goes, they decided to throw it out the window... then Paley walks in!
The Ed Sullivan Years:
"The Ping Pong" story... What happens when you want to know where a ping pong is made and it is 30 seconds to go live.
"Elephants and Ostriches" .... Remember when Mr. Sullivan used to introduce the wrong performer on the show?
"Stick 'Em Up" .... when a cameraman jumps in front of his camera during a live show to hide it from the audience.
There are a TON more... and I will ask my dad to fill in the blanks.

Best regards,
John M. Zavocki
I just heard Red Steiger passed away yesterday. More info should follow on Monday concerning Shiva.
Nothing to say other than he was a legend and in the top ranks of the nicest guys ever to work at CBS.

Gady Reinhold
Sorry to report the passing of Red Steiger.
Memorial service Sunday Feb 17 at 1:00PM at Gutterman Funeral Home,
800 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
Tel# 516 921 5773

Sunday, February 10, 2008

To our many friends and caring folks, I offer this up-to-the-minute update on Al's (not Alice's) adventures in (not Wonderland) the field of open heart surgery........:o)Within the past 2 weeks and 2 days, the journey that Al has traveled has been no less than spectacular and (guardedly optimistic) miraculous! After his 6-hour open heart surgery which involved replacement of his damaged mitral valve with a bovine valve, and 2 bypasses, leaving him with 2 incisions each the better part of a foot long (on his chest and on his leg), he spent 3 days in the ICU and 3 more days on a regular floor of Englewood Hospital before transferring to the Helen Hayes Rehab Hospital in Haverstraw where he is getting superb rehabilitation. He has, in this short period of time, gone from a needles+tubes+monitors+weak voice/body man to a strong voiced, dressed and independent wheelchair-bound, person who, awaiting discharge to the home this coming week, greeted me in the lobby of the hospital while he was awaiting a haircut!!! He also informed me, that evening, that he attended church services--Helen Hayes is really a fantastic place!For the 86-year-"young" man my husband is, I am both pleased and proud! Al sends everyone hie greetings,Best wishes,

Renata Cafiero

Renata: Please send all our wishes to Al and congratulate him on a speedy recovery.
Yes, I know it isn't over yet (the fat lady has NOT sung!), but the dangerous part is
now past, and only the painful part is left to conquer.
I know exactly what is going on, as the same surgery was necessary for my 91 year
old Father-in Law. He is now 93 and enjoying every moment of his newly regained life!
This includes dancing, shooting pool and flirting with all the ladies at his assisted
living home! Watch Al carefully, as he may take a turn for the nurse...


Saturday, February 09, 2008

I was troubled by Harold Deppe's Ampex picture because the face was so familiar, but my aged brain could not place it.
Thanks to Dick Bauer via Harold Schutzman my mind is at ease, Bill Honeycutt, Chief Engineer of KRLD, Dallas later becoming KDFW, was a valuable friend of CBS Field Operations over the years beginning with the first CBS telecast of the Cotton Bowl in the early fifties. He worked closely with CBS on all the many events in Dallas covered by CBS and was respected by all CBS staff that knew him. I am not sure that it appears in the website photo gallery but Bill appeared in one of George Klimcsak's photos, taken at the Johnson ranch, passed around at one our luncheons. Anyway the posting prompted good memories.My thanks to Harold Deppe for keeping the pot stirring.

Bob Wilson

Here is a link to the Johnson ranch photo: Johnson ranch

Friday, February 08, 2008

Harold Deppe's Tape machine picture has been updated.
Someone has identified the person in the picture!
go back to Harold's Picture.

Dave,I am sad to announce the passing of Jim Ognibene(WA2IVW) on Thursday February 7th.
We worked together at CBS-TV for many years.
Jim started in the Studio Maintenance group and then went to Audio Maintenance where he worked until his retirement.
He was a good friend and will be missed. Bob Myers (K2TV)The funeral arangements are in the fowarded message below.

arrangements for Jim are:
Saturday 2-4PM and 7-9PM at Moore's Funeral Home in Wayne, NJ.
Moores Home for Funerals
1591 Alps Rd
, NJ 07470
Thank you so much

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


When I went to the Photo Archives concerning the"Page 11 Update, my eye caught the photo of the 4th picture on the second row of photos. This is the picture of the"CBS Broadband Switchboard at TV City." I became familiar with this device back in 1966. This device was more locally referred to as the "Cross Patch," back in the Black & White TV days when TV City was built. The cross patch was designed to assign the control of such video devices such as cameras, video tape machines, telecine chains and telop devices to the four studios of TV City. One of the first projects I was assigned to work on when I came to CBS in '66
was the installation of the PC70 color cameras for TV City's Studios 31 & 33. As I recall I worked with Joe Bonomo, John Hartnett and Art Shubert on this project. We had to wire the PC70's remote functions thru this patch cross so I became very familiar with its use. Thought some of the old timers would be interested in these facts.

Jim Herschel

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Page 11 has been updated with two pictures of the 1964 election coverage.
If you have the name of any others in the pictures, let us know!
Click here -->Page 11 update

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Video Tape men of the Ampex 1000 Recorder Days. Does anyone recognize this man?
P.S. this is one recorder you can't put in your pocket... we have come along way since then.

Harold Deppe

Dick Bauer,K5RB Dallas,a 30 year member of the Jack Trapkin 20 m ham net, sent me this:
That is a young B.B.Honeycutt Chief Engineer of KRLD Dallas.
Harold Schutzman