Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
p.s. There are numerous images of Bob scattered throughout the website.
You can use the Google search box on the Home Page to find them.
SPORTS BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME - 2008
Ten years after Bob Spider Seiderman lost a battle with cancer, his legacy lives on in the flying faders of sports-production audio-mixing rooms across the country.
TV sports fans can feel as though they are on the field of play, thanks to Seidermans dedication to audio perfection and numerous innovations. While at Fox Sports, he talked the NFL into allowing him to place a mic on umpires and talked MLB into letting him mike bases and outfield walls; at CBS Sports, he redefined Daytona 500 and racing coverage with mics placed on the retaining walls of the track.
He approached audio as if it was the primary function of televised sports instead of something on the back bench of a production truck, says Fred Aldous, Fox Sports senior audio mixer and Seidermans protégé.
Seiderman, born Oct. 19, 1947, in New York City, earned accolades as an audio assistant in Korea during the Vietnam War. When he returned from Vietnam, he followed his passion and joined CBS as an audio assistant and soon headed up audio for The Merv Griffin Show. When the show moved to Los Angeles, Seiderman, a New Yorker at heart, passed on the offer to go west and stayed behind to continue working on soap operas, live TV, and live music. He loved live TV, says Andrea Ganz-Seiderman, his widow. He called it crunch time and loved going to work and planning the events. That made his life.
Shifting to CBS Sports, Seiderman began to revolutionize sports-TV audio one event at a time. The Daytona 500 was his favorite event (a studio at the race track named in his honor indicates that the affection was mutual) as the two weeks of setup for each race gave him the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and equipment.
One year, he went out to the Radio Shack and purchased $19 microphones that could handle the sound pressure and put them on the walls of the track, says NBA VP of Engineering Mike Rokosa, who worked with Seiderman at CBS Sports. He didnt go for the expensive professional mics, just a $19 mic from Radio Shack.
CBS Sports audio didnt just evolve under Seiderman; it skipped complete evolutionary cycles in a single event. Super Bowl XXI in 1987 was not only the first sports event televised live in stereo but also the first to be done in surround sound.
One of Spiders strengths was his ability to inspire confidence from company higher-ups. For the Super Bowl, he not only sold management on the idea of taking a gamble with surround sound but got them to roll the dice during the biggest TV sports event of the year.
Bob began mixing in stereo months earlier on other events, even though the events were broadcast in mono, so it would be second nature to him by the time the broadcasts began, Rokosa explains.
When Fox Sports acquired NFL rights in 1994, Seiderman joined that network and, alongside Jerry Gepner, Fox Sports EVP, began a new chapter in sports audio. He was committed to the fact that the sights of TV do not have the same impact without the sounds, says Fox Sports director Artie Kempner. Bob was able to get the resources to go out and hire a submixer so the broadcast would have more layers of audio. Bob was our ears and innovator. Ken Kerschbaumer
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
holding CBS options which are due in a week, or so, are out of luck.
Since the current share price is under $5, you can say goodbye to your
options that will expire next week, and possible next year, if the economy
doesn't make a sharp turnaround.
Do not even bother to excercise these options through Smith Barney,
as it can't be done. Do not think that you can claim a tax loss, either.
Since you never owned the shares, there's no monetary loss.
For those of us who still hold options excercisable in 2010, 2011 and
possibly further out, do everything you can to stimulate the economy
and hope for the best.
Sorry or the "Black Cloud..."
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
First Telstar Broadcast.
Bob Heuberger,EIC, was already up in Andover,Maine with a setup crew.
Six of us were assigned to fly from La Guardia on a 2 engine Cessna. Five
of us arrived but not George Moses. I called him and woke him up. He
told me to go ahead. He will make his way by himself. We got on board.
Pilot and Frank Villot up front, Art Shine and me behind, Jim McCarthy and
I think Jim Murphy in the back. Moses would have be the 3rd in the back.
We flew just above the rain and clouds.Never saw the ground up to
Portland, Maine. At this point, the pilot asked the control tower for landing instuctions.
"Do they see us on radar?" The answer was "negative, we don't have radar. There is a
hole in the clouds over the airport." The pilot found a hole in the clouds, but not
the airport. He told us to look for a runway. I woke up Shine and told him to look.
He said "does 22 in somebody's driveway mean anything?" We landed and drove
some 80 miles to Andover,checked in to the motel and went for lunch. As we were
eating, in walked Moses with a rolled up bundle under his arm. His clothes for the week.
He flew to Boston, and hitched his way up to Andover (he said).
P.S. We have the attached pix in the archives in the Page 11 Album --> Page 11
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
First, thank you and the many CBS retirees that have called and contacted me with information on my prior questions on the Ed Sullivan Theatre mic. The information and the friendly conversations have been quite appreciated.
Now though, I have a new question and need more help from people that were aware of what CBS west coast was doing in the early 1960s.
I want to know if anyone knows the story of what happened to the equipment from Red-EO-Tape? This was Red Skeltonâ€™s television production company. What I believe may have happened and what I know of the history of the 3 RCA TK41 cameras and the 3 trucks is at the link below.
I know that KTLA eventually bought it all in about 1965 but I donâ€™t know what CBS did with these cameras from about 62 to 65. I believe CBS used the cameras but I donâ€™t know where or for what purposesâ€¦like were they used as studio cameras at TV City or used for remotes like sports?
Above are pictures of my RCA TK41. As you can see, there is a CBS property tag on my TK41â€™s cradle head. On the front of the turrent is a KTLA logo and on the back of the turrent is Skelton (as in property of Red Skelton) and Varotal 3 (for the lens). I believe there were only 5 TK40/41 color cameras on Studio 33 at Television City and 5 TK40/41 color cameras at Studio 72 in New York. That I know of, and I may be wrong, CBS only had a total of 10 RCA TK40 and 41 color cameras.
Anything from any of you that can help me get better idea of what happened when Red Skelton moved from the old Chaplin Studios to Television City would be quite appreciated.
Thank You and thank you for visiting our web siteâ€¦EyesOfAGeneration.com.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
his Loving Wife of thirty years
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: The Congregational First Church of Christ
55 Church Rd.
Clinton, CT 06413
Please email correspondence to daughter, Ann H. LeVasseur
annlevasseur1 at aol.com,
or grandson Jeremy Hansen, K1LFK @ jhansen27 at att.net.
Mail may be sent to:
Ann H. LeVasseur
50 Ironworks Road
Clinton, CT. 06413
Saturday, February 07, 2009
I sometimes spoke with DAN on the ham bands when he lived in Charleston but lost touch when he moved.
Was he in M.C. in Grand Central Station?
I'm Joan Stephenson, Dan Parmelee's daughter.
I'm sending this e-mail to let everyone know that Dad passed away.Dad died at 8:05 PM, Thursday, Feb. 5th, in the hospice unit at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. Dad had many family members with him during the week leading up to his passing. My cousin and I were at his side during his last hours. He was in no pain and told me he was not afraid.I don't know how long it has been since Dad has been in touch with any of you by e-mail. The past year was increasing difficult for him. Many phone calls have been made to people whose numbers we have. I'm writing this in the hopes that no one will be left out. Dad was helping the staff at One MacDonough Place work out technical difficulties with the cable channel for the building. Tinkering up to the end. He was always good at fixing things.Our family is thankful for the friendships that Dad has had through his life and the many stories and experiences that he has shared with us over the years. We are also thankful that Dad is no longer suffering; no more struggling to breathe, no more fatigue, and no more chronic neck pain that plagued him for over 20 years. He is at peace and with our mother, whom he has missed greatly. If you have any stories or memories you would like to share, please feel free to do so. You can send e-mails to Dad's address for about another 2 weeks. Or you can send e-mails to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be checking Dad's e-mail during the next couple of weeks as we pack up his belongings from his apartment.
Joan Stephenson on behalf of the family of Charles Dan Parmelee 6/22/1922 - 2/5/2009 Rest In Peace, Dad
Dad was helping the staff at One MacDonough Place work out technical difficulties with the cable channel for the building. Tinkering up to the end. He was always good at fixing things.Our family is thankful for the friendships that Dad has had through his life and the many stories and experiences that he has shared with us over the years. We are also thankful that Dad is no longer suffering; no more struggling to breathe, no more fatigue, and no more chronic neck pain that plagued him for over 20 years. He is at peace and with our mother, whom he has missed greatly.
If you have any stories or memories you would like to share, please feel free to do so. You can send e-mails to Dad's address for about another 2 weeks. Or you can send e-mails to me at email@example.com. I will be checking Dad's e-mail during the next couple of weeks as we pack up his belongings from his apartment.
Sincerely, Joan Stephenson
on behalf of the family of Charles Dan Parmelee
6/22/1922 - 2/5/2009
Rest In Peace, Dad
Friday, February 06, 2009
It is with deep regret, that I announce the passing of my Grandfather Charles Dan Parmelee (W1LFK). A lifetime contributor to the Amateur Radio community and founding engineer of WCBS in New York, my Grandfather Dan will be missed dearly by all. At this time, no formal service arrangements have been made. As my Grandfather Dan maintained contact with several other CBS retirees, we request that you post this information to your retirees website, and ham radio page.
Jeremy D. Hansen K1LFK
United States Coast Guard
Marine Safety Unit, Port Arthur
7818 FM 365
Beaumont, TX 77705
Correspondence may be sent to immediate family at the following address:
Ann H. LeVasseur
50 Ironworks Road
Clinton, CT. 06413