Monday, March 28, 2011

Mike McGrath was a pleasure to work with.
As unassigned TD,I did vacation relief on most all
the Soaps done in N.Y. On one Soap Mike McGrath was
Audio man. It was Thanksgiving Day theme. Of course
there was the dinner with a very large dinner table.
During rehearsal Mike was having a problem covering
the table with 2 booms.
He stands up and yells into the control room,

Harold Schutzman

Saturday, March 26, 2011

McGrath, Michael J.

Michael J. McGrath, of Tappan, died on March 24, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 77. He was born on July 29, 1933 in the Bronx to Patrick and Ann McGrath. Michael resided in Tappan for 45 years and was previously from the Bronx. He graduated Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. Before retiring in 1995, Michael was an audio man for CBS in New York City. During his 43 year career, he worked on 'Capt. Kangaroo', 'As the World Turns' , CBS Sports, the first lunar landing and news programs such as '60 Minutes' and the 'Evening News with Walter Cronkite'. Michael was a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan and was a past board member of the Tappan Library.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dolores; his son Thomas and his wife Audra; his grandchildren, Erin, Ian and Natalie; his sister, Louise O'Leary; his brother Patrick McGrath; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10am, at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours will be Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association ( or 800-242-8721).

Gayle P. De Poli
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

I came home to find a message on my phone from Dolores McGrath that Mike had passed away today. I will foward any other info as soon as I get it.

Here is more info on Mike's passing. Wake will be held this coming Sunday for one day at the Moritz funeral home 98 route 303 South Tappan, NY 10983 845-359-0890. Dolores's phone #845 359 6388. Funeral will be at Rockland cemetery, Sparkill,NY, on Monday March 28th.
Bob Vernum

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Here is an article I came across that I thought would be of interest:

In the United States, broadcast stations have call signs between three and six characters in length, though the minimum length for new stations is four letters. An additional suffix may also be added, indicating a specific broadcast service type. Full-power stations receive four-letter call signs, while broadcast translator stations usually receive call signs with five or six characters, including two or three numbers. Generally, call signs begin with K west of the Mississippi River, and W to the east."

"New broadcasting stations are assigned call signs beginning with K, if they are west of the Mississippi River, and beginning with W if they are east of the river. Again, some early stations have been grandfathered, so there are four broadcasters with a K prefix east of the Mississippi, and a few dozen with a W on the west side. (There are more grandfathered W stations because the dividing line used to be two states farther west.) Some examples would be KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, KYW in Philadelphia, and WACO in Waco, Texas, which also has the distinction of being one of only three radio stations whose call sign is the same as its community of license.[6] Stations located near the Mississippi River may have either letter, depending on the precise location of their community of license and on historical contingencies. Minnesota and Louisiana are allowed to use both call letter prefixes since the Mississippi river flows through both states in addition to forming parts of their borders. Metro areas that straddle different states on both sides of the river, such as St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the Quad Cities area of Iowa/Illinois, have stations with both call letter prefixes, due to the stations' communities of license being placed on either side of the river. [7]
The FCC allows derived call signs in the same market as a commonly-owned AM or FM without respect of the boundary, so stations may establish common branding across bands and services. One famous example was the case of the former KWK in St. Louis, which after several petitions was permitted to change the call sign of its sister FM station in Granite City, Illinois, then WWWK(FM), to KWK-FM. Later, the AM would change its call sign and the FM became KWK(FM), thereby becoming an exemplar of both categories of grandfathered stations.
The assignment of K and W prefixes applies only to stations in the broadcast radio and television services; it does not apply to weather radio, highway advisory radio, or time signal stations, even though these are all broadcasts in the usual sense of the word, nor does it apply to auxiliary licenses held by broadcast stations, such as studio-transmitter links and inter-city relay stations.
For example, the time signal stations WWV and WWVH are located in Colorado and Hawaii, respectively. (WWV originally began in Maryland and was later moved west. However, even ignoring that fact, U.S. government-owned stations are overseen by the NTIA and not the FCC, and are thus not subject to the FCC's rules on call signs; most do not have call signs at all.)
NOAA Weather Radio stations clustered between 162.4 and 162.55 MHz have call signs consisting of a K or W followed by letters, and two digits. The K and W prefixes are both used interchangeably on both sides of the Mississippi River (e.g., KHB36 in Washington, D.C. and WXK25 in El Paso, Texas).
Highway advisory radio stations scattered throughout the AM band use call signs consisting of K and W followed by two or three letters and three digits. As with weather radio, K and W calls are both used on both sides of the Mississippi River."
Source and further information:

Notice the policy was that calls for ocean-going ship stations started with a different letter than the land stations they communicated with: in the West ships received W-- calls and land stations were assigned K--, while the reverse was true in the East, with K-- ship calls and W-- land calls. (NOTE: The assignment of W and K to the United States appears to have been completely arbitrary--the letters have no particular significance. N, however, had been commonly used by the U.S. Navy since November, 1909).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Here is a link to "The incomplete Idiot's guide to VTVMs.
For those who don't know, a VTVM is a Vacuum Tube Volt Meter.

Forwarded by Ted Pz.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Bob Paine,

  The C.B.S. Television Show "See It Now ", with ED. Murrow, was
at C.B.S. St. 41 Grand Central Studios New York.... Glad to be of
Harold Deppe

The family of Hans Singer would appreciate your publishing the following obituary on your "In Memoriam" site.
Phyllis Holst

FEBRUARY 27, 1926 - FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Hans Singer, 84, passed away on February 11, 2011 in Delray Beach, Florida. A
thirty-five year employee of CBS-TV, Hans came to the company by way of the
theater in New York, including work at
Circle In The Square.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Hans was sent to the United States by his parents at the age
of thirteen to escape the Holocaust. After graduating from James Monroe High
School in the Bronx, Hans enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a
Corporal in the Field Artillery in the Pacific Theater during World War Two.
Upon his discharge from the Service, he attended Fordham University, graduating
with a degree in communication arts, with a minor in philosophy.

1951 was a momentous year for Hans, as he married Saundra Bosses and he joined CBS in
New York as an assistant technician. Over the course of his career as a
technician/cameraman with CBS, Hans was present for some of the seminal events
of the twentieth century. He covered innumerable launches from Cape Kennedy,
including Apollo 11, the first moon landing and Apollo 13, the “glorious
failure.” Hans was in the White House for interviews with Presidents Kennedy and
Johnson, covered every national political convention from 1964 through 1984, the
gala reopening of Ford’s Theater, as well as covering numerous presidential
inaugurations. During his long career he worked on virtually every CBS show that
was broadcast from New York, including the Ed Sullivan Show, The Jackie Gleason
Show and others too numerous to mention. In the early 1970's, Hans was one of
the early participants in the advent of electronic journalism in New York City.

Hans also covered sports, including football, the US Open Tennis Tournament, ice
hockey, Superbowls, college and professional basketball and golf. He was a
fixture on camera at the awarding of the green jacket to the winner of the
Masters golf tournament and covered the Daytona Five Hundred auto race for many
years. During his career he was recognized with five Emmy awards, four for
various Daytona 500's and one for the Masters.

In 1985, Hans’ wife of thirty-four years, Saundra, passed away. The following year,
1986, Hans retired. However, he did return to work for the company at the Winter
Olympics in Albertville and again in Lillihamer, respectively.

Hans relocated to the East coast of Florida in 1992. It was there that he succumbed
to complications of heart disease at the age of 84. He is survived by his sons,
Marc Singer and Clifford Singer, as well as his four grandchildren.

Monday, March 07, 2011


If I'm not to late with this, Wikipedia has Frank Chirkinian's name under recent deaths. The link is:
Hope this is helpful.

73, Bob
I think I new Frank as well as anyone. I spent many hours with him on golf in the 11 years I was coordinating golf for CBS. We had many private talks, one day flying from Atlanta to LA he had the seat next to me in first class. We sat and talked about many things that day. It made the 4 hours flight go very fast. He was one of a kind. He was always extremely good to me. I cannot remember ever having harsh words between us. You meet many people in the course of your life, but you only meet one Frank Chirkinian. I am much richer for have met him, worked with him, and be able to call him my friend. He is one person that I will never forget.
Rest in peace Frank.

Bill Naeder

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Update on Larry Schneider:
The following obituary was published in the NY TImes on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Schneider, Laurence A. beloved and loving husband of Audrey, cherished and caring father of Leslie and Danny Cohen, Karen and Ron Rosen, Marc and Eileen Schneider, Jeff and Joy Schneider, devoted and inspiring grandfather of Talia and Ronny Cohen, Emily, Gabriel and Rebecca Rosen, Michael and Robin Schneider, Jonathan, Jenna and Jessica Schneider. Larry was an esteemed and honored Audio Engineer (2 Emmy awards) at CBS-TV, 1953-2005. Donations may be made in his memory to:

UJA/Federation of NY
130 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Good Shepherd Hospice
245 Old country Road
Melville, NY 11747

Channel Thirteen WNET
450 West 33 Street
New York, NY 10001

The Golandsky Institute
Park West Finance Station
PO Box 20726
New York, NY 10025

Larry was a patient in the ventilator unit of Gurwin Jewish Nursing Center in Commack, from September 2008-February 26, 2011, when he passed away. Funeral followed February 27 at noon and interrment was at Mt. Lebanon Cemetary in Glendale, NY. Larry and Audrey were married on February 28, 1954.
Here is a link to the Palm Beach Post Obit for Frank Chirkinian:

From Gayle DePoli

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Frank Chirkinian died yesterday of cancer.
cal marotta

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

 I see some of us are still interested in the past history of
Television.  There are only a few of C.B.S. Retirees that remember the early
days of Television.  The Transition from....
 B & W To Color..  Kinescope Recording To Video Tape...
 Vacuum Tubes To Transistors. Etc.
We can only hope that some that that are still with us will keep this Website alive
and tell us their part in this Miracle of our age...

 Harold Deppe

and mono audio to stereo, low resolution to Hi Def, drum memory computers to all solid state, Camera persons to robotics, video tape libraries to spots received by microwave and stored digitally on servers, and the list goes on...