Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Here is a link to an interesting article and picture of the new Control Room 47 at the Broadcast Center. This is sure to interest Hal Deppe. All I can say is that TV Broadcasting has come a long way since the Iconoscope studio in Grand Central.
Click here for an article on the new Studio -->Control Room 47HD

Bob Wilson

I sent the latest copy of our mailing list to Bruce Schiller in the Control Maint. shop.
I also asked if someone could take pictures as the BC upgrade progresses.
Here was his reply:

OK, the new list is posted in the shop and we'll pass it on.The new MDC is so far a bunch of mostly empty racks. I expect thatsoon the crunch will be on.The new HD Studio 47 is just completed and looks great. I'll get some pictures next week and send them to you.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Gady Reinhold has supplied us with another two batches of photographs.
Check them out at Gady-1 and Gady-2

Some of the CBS retiree's with whom I frequently chat via an internet-ham radio link, recently had a bit of a scare when Jay Chicon went MIA.
Turned out, Jay was hospitalized for appendicitis, had laparoscopic surgery, and is now back home doing fine.

73 de Ray Sills

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I have just added a new album, entitled "The Gene Pasculli Collection."
These photos approximately span the years from 1989-1992 plus a
few older Union Party pictures. Click Here --> The Gene Pasculli Collection

Monday, June 16, 2008

While slightly off-topic, I thought that this might be worthwhile reading...

When is the right time to take your pills?
Monday, May 26, 2008

While millions take medication every day, few of us pay much attention to the time of day we pop our pills. Yet new research shows that timing is key to how well certain drugs work, including some used to treat osteoarthritis, cancer and asthma. More than 60 drugs were found to be more effective at certain times of the day. For instance, when used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis, ibuprofen is most effective when taken between noon and 3 p.m; but if you have rheumatoid arthritis its probably better to take it after an evening meal. Some cancer therapies are up to four times more effective when given in the morning compared to the evening, while some cholesterol-lowering statins are best taken at night. The researchers from New York University says this is all down to our circadian clock. This is the 24-hour internal body clock driven by the hypothalamus gland in the brain which determines when we feel tired. It also controls more than a hundred other functions, including body temperature, hormone production, blood pressure, bowel movements, alertness and the immune system. The peak time for each varies over the 24-hours. So what is the best time for taking pills for your condition? Here, we reveal what researchers have found. (Always make sure that you consult your doctor before making any changes to the way you take prescribed medication.) 7 a.m.: High blood pressure because blood pressure peaks in the morning, patients may benefit from early morning therapy. A Chinese study found that taking a calcium channel-blocker drug, amlodipine, had a better effect when given at 7 a.m. than at 7 p.m. Noon: Osteoarthritis patients with osteoarthritis may experience more pain at night and less during the day. According to a Texas Tech University report, therapy with ibuprofen and similar drugs should be timed to ensure the highest blood levels of the drug coincide with peak pain. For osteoarthritis sufferers, the optimal time for a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen would be around noon or mid-afternoon. That would make it active as symptoms begin to build-up. 3-4 p.m.: Night-time worsening of asthma is common, and the drop in lung functioning can be as much as 50 per cent. This is because the circadian rhythm causes natural hormones to be at lower levels at night, which results in a reduction in the width of the airways. A single dose of inhaled steroid in the afternoon has a protective effect against asthma worsening that same night, say researchers at the University of Sao Paulo. Other research shows that a 3 p.m. dose of prednisone, an asthma drug, was superior to the same drug given at 8 a.m. for improving overnight lung functioning and reducing airway inflammation. 4 p.m.: Fever and other symptoms of the common cold peak around this time, according to a study at Quebec University, so it is best to take any medication now or just before. 6-7 p.m.: Researchers at Kansas University compared morning and evening use of rabeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor for gastrooesophageal reflux (GORD). Symptoms were eased in 71 per cent of patients who had it in the afternoon and evening compared to 42 per cent of those who were given it in the morning. 8 p.m.: Research has shown that rheumatoid arthritis patients experience the greatest pain in the mornings. Taking ibuprofen just after the evening meal may be the most effective way to prevent pain developing overnight, say University of Texas-Tech researchers. 7-9 p.m.: Studies at the University of Sunderland and other centres show that evenings may be the best time to take simvastatin, one of the most widely used statins for lowering cholesterol. When patients switched taking the drug from evening to morning, there was a significant increase in bad LDL cholesterol. 7-9 p.m.: According to a University of Colorado report, hay fever symptoms, including sneezing and nasal congestion, peak in the early morning. This means evening therapy may be best, so that symptoms are treated overnight before they build-up. 10 p.m.: Anti-ulcer drugs may be more effective at this time. Stomach acid levels vary during the day, and ulcer symptoms can peak in the evening and early morning. Drugs called H2-receptor antagonists have been used as a treatment, and research by pharmacists at the University of Texas suggests bedtime dosing may be most effective.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Radio History in Jeopardy

A major part of radio's artistic history is in danger of being destroyed, Chuck Southcott said in an urgent email. Anyone who has visited the clubroom of the non-profit Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, located in the basement of Washington Mutual in Hollywood [formerly NBC Radio], is aware of the priceless collection which includes among thousands of artifacts, CBS master recordings of Jack Benny, Escape, Suspense, The Whistler, My Friend Irma, Amos & Andy, Lum & Abner, Bergen-McCarthy, Gunsmoke, Our Miss Brooks, Johnny Mercer Shows, Art Linkletter, Bing Crosby/Rosemary Clooney shows, 1500+ transcription collection dealing with WW2 including battlefield reports about German & Japanese events, also recordings of Churchill, Hitler, King George V1. The collection is housed in a basement that has already experienced flooding and is in danger of other damage.
The collection also includes Ampex model 200 tape recorder production #1. All the classic KFI scrapbooks from 1922-53. Sound effects both manual and recorded. Bing Crosby's personal RCA44 microphone. Ed Murrow news programs, many CBS programs including end of year summaries, presidential speeches and conferences. You Are There, Rocky Jordan, My Favorite Husband with Lucille Ball, Hollywood Bowl recordings, early teletype machines, 30 vintage radio sets. Hammond organ circa 1936 with Leslie speaker....the type used for music on soap operas, Carleton E. Morse scripts of One Man's Family, Orson Welles personal collection of shows. The drumhead used to simulate thunder on Lux Radio Theatre signed by many of the major Hollywood stars who did the shows.
Southcott continued: Suffice to say, this is just a sampling of priceless archives of radio's history which may well soon be destroyed. The Thousand Oaks Library is currently erecting a 35 million dollar building specifically in honor of radio and its history. The Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters collection has long been scheduled to be a major part of this facility. We are obligated to donate the entire collection to them. Our entire organization of broadcast professionals, along with friends such as Leonard Maltin and others would like to hear from anyone seeking more information and/or how to help.
You can contact: Chuck Southcott, President - Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters through our web site ( or directly at His phone is: 818.368.4938. You can also contact Gil Stratton, former President at, or John Harlan, former President at

Submitted by Dave Schwartz

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hi Gady..

You say the a Big Construction Zone. Is it possible You could take some pictures of all this action and send them in? I have not seen the B.C. since 1973. I am sure there are many Retirees that live in other states and can not get to N.Y. who would like to see the B. C. as it is today. Like the B.C. is getting a new look Let us do the same for this website. Thanks and hope you can do......

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Hope all is well. Don't forget those pix I sent you a while back. I think they might jar some stories out of our retirees. Meanwhile the BC is a big construction zone. Studio 47 is just about ready for air, 33 is torn apart being redone for HD, Central VT is putting in more non-linear rooms where scheduling used to be and the MDC is being wired. Wow!


Monday, June 09, 2008

Hi there;

I found my name mentioned at your blog site and wanted to know how to respond and leave a remark addressing someone's musings. I am Jesse Elin Browne, a former staff announcer from WOR-TV back-in-the-day as they say. I was a staff announcer/producer from 1977 through 1982 and then became a news reporter at WNBC-AM for the next few years before moving to Chicago where I was morning news anchor at WLS-FM. Someone on your CBS board thought that Barbara Korsen was a staff announcer at Channel 9 and I wanted to let them know that she was vacation relief. They also thought that I worked for WCBS traffic. While I was approached by WCBS (because I was doing traffic for WNBC at the time in their "N-Copter") I never accepted a position from local CBS radio because they would have prohibited me from doing any voiceover work at that time. I don't know if their policy has changed but back then they owned your name and your voice. I don't know if you still maintain the blog site but I wanted to let the writer know that I'm alive and well, living in Scottsdale, AZ. I was the first female staff announcer in New York City and proud of it. I continue to do voice work from my in-house studio. I'm married to a jingle music producer and having raised a family am about to re-enter the radio news workforce.

Jesse Elin Browne

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Hi Guys,
I just received this from Tony Cipolla and thought I would share it with you.
I guess the video really went over better than I expected. I will try to do the same at our regular luncheons from now on.

Ted P.
From: Tony Cipolla
Hi Ted:
Now you are firing on all cylinders. Wonderful upgrade of the website.
Great video, and music choice is just perfect and appropriate for the
Viewing the event is almost like being there, even though we are almost
3K miles away. Many familiar faces, all looking good too. Not many changes in people I have not seen since 1989. There must be some youth elixir served at those events.
Thanks Ted ... Also to all others involved in the event and the site.
CUL ...73 ... Tony Cipolla

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A new photo album from the June 4, 2008 Mini-Luncheon, on Long Island
is now available for viewing. Click here -->2008-06-04-Mini-Lunch

If you would like to see a video of our latest Mini-Luncheon with an all-star cast of characters,
including Bob & Marge Myers, Irwin & Pearl Solow, Tony & Flo Casola, Ted Perzeszty, Dave Minott, Pete Deller,
Gary Grasso, Everett Schuval, Tom Maloney, Jeff Paulin, John Karpus, Lou Wiggan & Robert Barratta,
Check out our Youtube video created by Ted Perzesty. Click the big right-arrow:

Monday, June 02, 2008

Dear Ted,
I hope you remember me, Sol Tabachnick. The reason I am writing you is that I have just celebrated my 40th anniversary of the day I left CBS. Yes, 40 years flies by so fast.

I came to CBS in 1952 with Fred Schutz and Paul Layden from the U.N.
I had a lot of years of great friends, coworkers and buddies. I attended one luncheon many years ago at the Swan Club (I was with Sid Gasner). I have kept up with CBS RETIREES through the news letter.

I read the obituaries and am saddened by the loss of the members, but it’s funny, I don’t see old men, I see the young men I worked with, the memories the names evoke and all the great days of the Golden years of TV. I still see us working at Grand Central, 106th Street, the Dumont studios on 67th street (yes we used them at one time). Studio 61, 72, 58 the movie theater on Broadway and 66th street. (Before Lincoln Center). The Great Leiderkranz Hall, the studio on 26th street and the video tape facility at Grand Central. I even spent a day with Bob Oswald in the tower of the Chrysler Building adjusting the microwave receivers for some remote. The old field shop.

These memories are as vivid today as the day they happened.
I make one request. Please do not take down any old sites that are still out there in computer land. These are gems for me to keep remembering the days of my youth with such wonderful people. Yes, I remember when you came to Charlie Lyons crew and when Tony C. came.

Altough it is 40 years since I left, I could fill two volumes about my short years at CBS. But they were all memorable and when I read the newsletter I am pulled back in time.

Thanks to all past and present who have kept this going.

My very best to you,
Sol Tabachnick