Thursday, December 31, 2009

Jim Herschel

The posting by 73 de Ray jogged my memory a little bit.
He is correct about the Studio 53 or "Swing Control Room" in BC.
The east side studio definitely was the old Monroe Theater on 1st Ave and 76th St. I agree that it was a hard place to get to from PABT. Lucky for me in that CBS paid my cab fares. I also remember all the good restaurants in the area.
For some reason, even though I worked on that Project for about a year, the Studio # does not register in my old brain but I will accept the St 52 designation.
I'm pretty sure that ATWT was the only tenant of that Studio. When I first saw the Monroe Theater it still was configured as a Theater with a stage, an orchestra and a rising mezzanine seating area. As I previosly said, I was the Project Manager for the Electronics design and Installation. Facilities Engineering was involved in the extensive building renovations. The Stage and Orchestra areas were made into one level to provide a level Studio Floor area. The rising Mezzanine area was converted into an open two level control room. The lower level contained the monitor wall and the upper level level the Production Console.. The Audio Control Room used one of the old Audio Consoles that was formerly in one of the BC Studios. The Production Area was equiped with a new video switcher (cannot remember the manufacturer but I know it was a Canadian Company). The video area was similar to the BC video areas but as I recall all of the video equipment was housed in a row of equipment racks directly behind the video operators position. A new lighting console was also installed to the right of the Video area.
It sure gets tough remembering all these details from the past.

Jim Herschel


Dressing rooms and offices were costructed in the prior entry area.

Harold Schutzman


Regarding Ray's thoughts,he is correct about the area of 76th Street and First Ave.
but as i recall it the studio was Studio 61 not 62. i was on Bill Guyon's crew and we
did "Edge of Night" and then go down to Grand Central Studio 41 to do The Kronkite News.

Harold Schutzman

Bob Vernum


I have been noting with some interest the "studio numbers history." I have two comments,the studio on the east side at 76th street was once known as 61. I worked there when"Studio One" was broadcast from there as well as" US Steel", also "Mama." The other comment I have is the studio just around the corner from studio 50, or as it is now known as the Ed Sullivan theater, was known as studio 52 when I worked in it doing Perry Como and game shows. It later became the disco haven known as STUDIO 54! any comments? Happy New Year.

Bob Vernum

Thanks Bob.
My ears are still ringing from spending an evening at Studio 54!
Hi Dave:

This is in response to the posting by Jim Herschel, asking about a
studio on the east side.

Over the years, it appears that CBS "recycled" studio numbers, so
some studios of the same number could have been in different
locations at various times.

My understanding about that east side studio used by ATWT is this:

It was called Studio 52 during the time that show was there. Prior
to ATWT, it was the site for "The Edge of Night". When Edge was
using that studio, World Turns was in the BC, using Studios 41 and
42. After Edge left CBS to go to ABC, the east side location was
renovated, and ATWT went to that location.

The studio was once a theater, the Monroe Theater. Located on First
Avenue, at the corner of 76th Street. And it was a very nice east
side neighborhood. Nice restaurants nearby for meal breaks, and a
pleasant area to stroll or go for a walk. That is, once you were
there! It took a bit of subway navigation to get over there from the
PABT or the BC. Or some bus rides.

In January of 1997, ATWT vacated CBS's facilities and went to the
former NBC Brooklyn Studio, which was purchased by some former NBC
employees and re-worked to accommodate ATWT.

There was a Studio 53, or rather CR 53 back at the BC. It was the
"swing" control room, which was squeezed in between 41 and 42 at the
BC, and used as a temporary control room for each control room that
was being updated with new facilities.

Studios 51 and 54 during that era, were those at 26th Street, between
7th and 8th Avenues. Guiding Light used 51, and eventually 54 (the
upstairs studio).

73 de Ray

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hi all

If you know any budding astronomers ,here is a link to the stars.


P.S. New Year's eve will display a "Blue Moon" - Dave

Jim Herschel

My memory is a little fuzzy on this but I seem to recall that there was a Studio 53 in New York. I was the Project Manager for the conversion of a theater on the upper east side into a TV Studio. This new studio was specifically done for "As the World Turns". There was a small warehouse attached to the Studio for scenery storage. As I also recall, "World" was only produced there for a couple of years and then returned to B.C. I could be wrong about the Studio # but I'm sure someone with better recall can correct me.

Jim Herschel

Monday, December 28, 2009

Studio 54

CBS Studio 54 was the Cort Theatre, which the network leased from the Shubert Organization for Merv after he rejected Studio 52. As far as I know his was the only show to originate from 54. The theatre reverted back to being a legit playhouse in 1972 and it remains one today.

CBS Studio 51 was another theatre, the Maxine Elliott, on West 39th St. Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" came from there as well as lots of game shows. It was demolished in 1960.
I'm not aware of any CBS Studio 53 in NY.


CBS Studio 54

An odd ticket popped up on ebay today, that for the Merv Griffin show originating in 1969 out of CBS Studio 54 (Cort Theater).

Did any other shows originate from that studio 54?

I know back in the 50’s, studio 54 was one of the studios in Liederkranz Hall, home of many soaps.

So, in 1969, CBS had studio 50 (Sullivan Theater), studio 52 and studio 54. Was there also a studio 51 and 53, or did they skip those numbers?

The Broadcast Center was studios 41-46

Who knows what will turn up in 2010?

Dave Schwartz