Sunday, December 28, 2008

In my last message I mentioned the Eidophor projector.
Well, this brought to mind two great names at CBS.
I remember well when Joe Geiger and Tommy Thompson left us to go
over to SKF (Smith, Kline & French) to work on the Eidophor project.
What a big loss for us.

Sol T

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I have been looking at archives again and came across the name Dennis Maitland.
I thank Dennis for teaching me how to operate a boom.
Dennis never went to Hollywood. He stayed in NY and made quite a name for himself.
He has been followed in the film business by his two sons and daughter.
A third son on his way into the business died in a tragic accident.
I know all of this as I have had much contact with Dennis over the years and at times
hired his sons and daughter to work for me.
Dennis was a part of the "horshot" triumvurate thar ruled CBS for while.
Jay Fairman, Bob Miller and Dennis..He is still alive!
My best to all,

SolTabachnick

Friday, December 26, 2008

A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!
SOL TABACHNICK
Frank,

I never fully escaped video (of sorts). I and John McCloskey (sound effects man) ran the Eidophor projector for the Morning Show
in Studio 41 in Grand Central when Barbara Walters was a writer for the show.

Sol Tabachnick

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I want to know how to install a kill switch on a Microphone that would
cut out background music when a stadium announcer wants to speak to the fans in a ball park.
The current booth announcer is talking over the music and no one can hear him or understands
what he is saying. I know that kill switches are used but not quite how they work other than they
kill the music output when the microphone is turned on. I would like your input, this is for a local
ball park with problems. I would appreciate any help you can give me....
Details or sources for parts and info.......whatever.

Have a happy holiday and I wish you a Healthy Happy New Year

Lee Levy

Monday, December 22, 2008

I have corrected a small error in the posting regarding the
Digital Television Tech Notes. Clicking on "Tech Notes" will
now take you directly to the PDF document in question.

Dave
A WONDERFUL AND HEALTHY YEAR TO ALL
MERRY NEW YEAR AND A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
PEACE AND LOVE,
THE NOVACK FAMILY

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hi, Dave.

My name is James Roy and we corresponded sometime back when
I was working on a page about CBS Studio 50 and you folks helped a lot.
I'm wondering if anyone you know may be able to tell me where they auditioned
people for the Arthur Godfrey Talent show that was shot at Studio 50?
Was it at 501 Madison or 485 Madison? Where would this attached photo have been taken?
Ted Healy (rear, L) and Bessie Mack (rear, R) listening to man auditioning for the
"Talent Scouts" radio program.

Thanks,
Jim
scottymoore.net

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Howie & Vida asked me to put up a copy of their
card that they just sent to me ...


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hi all:

The latest edition of Tech-Notes is now published on our website in PDF format. Go to: Tech Notes
to down load it. This edition should be of special interest to all broadcast engineers as it is a complete reference guide to the transition to digital television very much on our horizon. Feel free to share it with all your engineering friends. And my special thanks to Gary Sgrignoli for his input and permission to pass on his information.Thanks for your continued support.

-- Larry Bloomfield, KA6UTC


This is the most complete description of the new digital
standards you'll find anywhere! It will answer any question
you have about the new standards. It is lengthy, but has
to be in order to cover all contingencies!

Dave

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Musical variety shows from the early years of television will be the focus this week on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, Dec. 16 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Join Frankie Montiforte as I welcome Andrew Lee Fielding, author of The Lucky Strike Papers, a history of such early network TV variety programs as Your Hit Parade, The Freddy Martin Show and Kay Kyser's College of Musical Knowledge. Andrew's mother was Sue Bennett, a featured singer on these and other network shows of that era. His book not only tells her story, but takes readers behind the scenes of the early days of television, including interviews with such TV luminaries as Snooky Lanson, Kay Kyser, Dorothy Collins, Buzz Kulik, Bob Quigley, Merwyn Bogue (aka Ish Kabibble), Morey Amsterdam and Merv Griffin. Join us for a lively trip down memory lane this Tuesday, Dec. 16 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on KSAV.org.

You can also check this website: Lucky Stripe Papers

Dave Schwartz

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dave,

Bob Paine's comments brought back memories of the events of the Kennedy assassination. I was on vacation. It was Friday early afternoon. My younger son, Harvey, was being Bar Mitzvah. My wife was out of the house. My son and I were decorating the basement because he was having a party for his friends that night. The TV was (and still is) on in the kitchen. I heard something that sounded different from the TV. I saw Cronkite putting on his jacket while talking. I stood there dumbfounded. That was the end of decorating. Not knowing what to do, I turned to the Ham Radio. 10 meters was absolutely dead. Suddenly, a voice came on calling CQ. I answered. He said he was at home overlooking Deeley Plaza and started to tell me what he saw. I asked if he was willing to go on the air and I would phone patch him to CBS Radio. He would, so I called the CBS News Desk. The voice at the CBS end Said "Yea we know all about it" and hung up.
A few weeks later I was doing Audio at Yankee Stadium for a Giants football game. Bill Leonard, CBS News Pres. was there. I told him the story. He was furious and wanted to know if I knew the name of the voice that blew an on site viewer.
There is sort of a funny part to this story. Later that Friday evening I thought that CBS might get dispensation from the union and call me in to work even though I'm on vacation. Around midnight the phone rings. Sched wants me to go to DC next morning, Saturday. I try to explain about the Bar Mitzvah. He is not taking no for an answer. He puts on Dom Annicarico. I tell him the situation and also does he know I am on vacation. OOPS I thought that was the end. On Thursday I see on my paycheck I was paid overtime for the Washington trip I never took. I called payroll. I explained and they will deduct $10.00 a week. The next paycheck showed $10.00 added. I called them again. The next pay check again showed $10.00 added. On the 3rd call they said they are having a problem and "lets forget about it."

Harold Schutzman

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dave,

Walter Sidas passed away unexpectedly earlier this week.
We have contacted everyone we can think of who might want to know this information,
but I am sure that there is someone I might have missed. Can you please post this information.

Lisa Kehrle

********************************************************************************
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The wake will be on Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 2PM to 5PM and also from 7P to 9PM.
The afternoon wake will be primarily for those who speak English. The evening wake,
which includes a Rosary at 7PM and Lithuanian Farewell Ceremony at 7:15PM for those who speak Lithuanian.

The wake will be held at:
The Hillebrand Funeral Home 63-17 Woodhaven Blvd. Rego Park, NY 11374 (718) 639-5511
The funeral mass will be Monday, December 15th at 10AM at the following location:
Annunciation Church 259 North Fifth Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 384-0223
www.annunciation-ny.com
The burial will be private Flowers are permissible; however, the family would prefer that
donations be made in Walters memory to:
Annunciation Church Building Maintenance Fund
Annunciation Church 259 North Fifth Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-0223
Happy Holiday to all ...
It may not be like the one we knew in the past..but life goes on.
Its like Analog to Digital...
CHANGE...
Regards,

Harold Deppe

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hi Dave,

I've been going through the messages and saw a comment by Harold Deppe in the September 2008 archive, in reply to my comments about the iconoscope camera photo with Burgess Meredith and Dorothy McGuire. No, I never was a cameraman with CBS. In fact, I never worked for the network. My only camera experiences were in cable TV. One was doing it COLD during a telethon for MD or MS or CP or Easter Seals...one of them. I asked if I could try it (I was running audio for them), they said sure and I received some very basic instruction. How to do head shots, panning, close-ups and the most important - always keep the subject's head a little below the top of the picture. Next experience was when I took a course at a CATV studio so I could volunteer there. Ran us through EVERYTHING. I decided it was in my best interest to stick to radio . I do have a connection of sorts with CBS - as a listener/viewer. The most memorable was in 7th grade, hearing Allan Jackson saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States is dead" on Nov. 22, 1963. For years I could not listen to a recording of it without experiencing cold chills and getting tears in my eyes. I'm curious about that day, regarding CBS Radio, and am researching the timeline of the bulletins, etc., that went over the air. Esp. curious to know if Cronkite on TV or Jackson on radio got it on the air first. By listening to the recordings from WCBS and backtiming from the 2 PM network tone, I've figured WCBS-AM had a local bulletin at about 1:40:04 PM. This whole thing came about because I wasn't sure if one of the first wire service reports did indeed indicate that there were no injuries reported. Had to do a lot of research and got interested in what was reported and when and by which organization. I would guess that CBS Radio was still using Studio 9 at 485 Madison Ave. at that time and that Jackson and Dallas Townsend operated from there that day. A couple things and I end this long-winded blurb. If you are interested, but haven't yet read it, Dan Rather's book, The Camera Never Blinks, has a great narration of what went on in Dallas that day. He thought he was talking to Eddie Barker (he was with him on one phone, network in New York on the other) about what information they had that JFK had expired. He didn't realize that the NY desk had asked something and he replied that it was his information that the president was dead. Next thing he heard was Jackson making the announcement, followed soon after by the national anthem. Item 2: did you see the 1977-ish TVfilm, The Night That Panicked America? It aired on ABC and did a great job telling the War of the Worlds broadcast. The studio and control room sets were excellent. I don't know how close the original these were, but they were period authentic. They also had several night shots of the building at 485. These, too, looked authentic - down to the CBS letters on the building. Sorry for the lengthy letter.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Bob Paine, KA3ZCI

Friday, December 05, 2008

Frank,

Thanks for the thoughts. I have to apologize. I left out a very good name.
TD Carl Shutzman. He was a great guy and we did some outside sound
installation work together. I also have to mention John Pumo.
A great guy and video man. He also gave me one of my claims to fame.
We did the first Godfrey show in color in studio 72. John became my
boom pusher, since b/w video people weren't assigned to do color video yet.
The studio was very crowded with sets and commercial areas. Godfreys specialty.
We were on air live and I had a 180 degree swing from a number to the Godfrey
commercial area, Bud Hlavaty the other boom man was locked in a corner too far
away to swing to the commercial area, so John and I devised a cue to make the move.
At the end of the number, time to make the move, somehow our signal got screwed up
and John made the move a half second too fast (and I mean fast).
Well, we had the old Mole Richardson booms. Small plarform, etc.
The next thing I know, I am swinging thru the air hanging onto the boom arm.
Next thing... clunk, Godfrey in the head. Platform is under me and Godfrey looks up
and says, "you all right lad?" Embarrassing moments for a boom man.
A story about the great Chico another time.

My best,
Sol T.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

In the center of the page, are some 51 samples from tv shows (audio).
Do you recognize any of the voices on the show opens (Kovacs, Calendar, Douglas Edwards with the News are all show opens).
Feel free to pass the link around.
There is another spot on the page you can click on for more shows.

Click here --> ATVAUDIO


Dave Schwartz

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I received a note on Skype from Ray Sills when I asked how come he doesn't contribute.
Knowing he has some great stories, it reads as follows:
"Hi Goody: Thanks for the wishes. And, I check the CBS Retirees page now and then,
but I haven't quite discovered how to post an item..
I have emailed Dave Minott now and then.
I make a lot of contributions to some email lists and Yahoo groups,
but I haven't found a link on the CBS page to make a contribution.
I guess I'll have to go back and check more carefully!!!"

Maybe there are others that are confused also. I never had a problem.

For those who haven't figured out how to supply input here, it is very easy!
Just send your thoughts, pictures, etc. in an e-mail to me at:
Webmaster at cbsretirees.com. Replace the "at" with the at sign, please!
This is to prevent "harvesting" of e-mail addresses by spammers...

Dave

SOL,

BE NOT DISMAYED, I WORKED FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD DELI IN SUNNYSIDE
QUEENS (DEVILS ISLAND DELI ) AS A CLERK AND DELIVERY BOY.
WHILE WORKING EARLY HOURS AT CBS JOE, MY FAVORITE ITALIAN MAN
FERRETED OUT THIS INFORMATION AND KEPT ASKING WHETHER "FRANK
HAD A LIST TO PORT DUE TO THE TIP CHANGE IN MY POCKETS." HE WAS
AN AVID COIN COLLECTOR AND I DON'T REMEMBER IF IF I EVER EXCEEDED
BASE PAY CHANGING COINS WITH HIM. HE WOULD LITERALLY PANT WITH
JOY WHEN I ARRIVED. WELCOME BACK TO SOME OF THE NAMES THAT CAN
NOT BE FORGOTTEN! RELIEF MEN, VACATION RELIEF, SICK RELIEF, ETC.ETC.
WE SURE GOT TO KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE AS EVIDENCED BY THIS SITE.
P.S. HOW DID A A NON-ITALIAN ESCAPE VIDEDOM.
PROBABLY HAD A HOME RADIO AND ELECTRICITY.

REGARDS,
FRANK NOVACK