Monday, October 31, 2011

It is with deep regret that I advise of (K2VBS) Paul Ducroiset's passing. On October 5th Paul had open heart surgery at Mt. Sinai hospital in NY City. The 5 hour operation was successful, but problems developed during recovery and Paul went into a coma. He passed yesterday with all family members at his hospital bedside. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Paul and I started working at WCBS Newsradio 880 as techs on the same day in 1967. We have been the best of friends for 44 years and my wife and I are God Parents to his daughter Rita. He was a regular member of our 2 meter CBS Retirees Net and served as Net Control when I traveled on vacation.I ask our CBS brothers to contact those who worked with and remember Paul from WCBS since I do not have e-mail addresses for everyone (Dwight Taylor and Willie Thrash in particular).
I notified K2ULR, W2IPX and W2LTU. Retirees web

Bob Maickel W2BOB

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hi Joe,
Yes, we had Studio 43. It was film camera control on the fourth floor, next to master control. On the third floor, next to Studio 41, was Telecine--it had 35 and 16MM film projectors and a Telop machine. The second floor was TVR. At that time the film cameras were RCA Iconoscopes, later to be replaced by Vidicons with camera controls on the second floor (Vidicon Valley).
Several floors above were the first Videotape machines, maintained by Joe Geiger and supervised by John Koushouris.
Do you remember Harry Charles, Hom Young, Charlie Bergen, Bruce Meyers, and Ed Benford?
Grand Central was more than a railroad station.

Best regards and keep well,
Harold Deppe

Thursday, October 27, 2011


I don't know the answer to the L & M question
but we used to do The Mel Allan Show. They
dropped off a box of White Owls cigars.That is
when I started smoking cigars.

Harold Schutzman

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This is for Harold Deppe

Hi Harold here's another fugitive from Grand Central Maintenance, Joe Janovsky by name, also known as W2ovf. Still here, but barely hanging on. 84 last August. I remember the days when Don Hastings was the boss--we called him 1066, though not to his face. Interesting guy--he was supposedly an authority on the color schemes and markings of World War I aircraft. Those were the old black and white days when the Cronkite news came out of studio 41, with Walter sitting on a platform before a rear screen which was fed from behind by an Eidophor, operated then by Sol Train. Walter would stop by the shop sometimes and we would talk about sailboats and sailing. Another one in our group then was Al Charters, I believe. We took care of all the studios on that floor--41,42,44, and maybe even 43--my memory gets hazy. Keep well, and keep in touch.
Here is a trivia question...

What shows were sponsored by  L & M and gave the crews
 cartons of cigarettes?

Friday, October 14, 2011


In the early 50's Tony Mattola was the opening music guitar player on the show
"Danger" originating from Studio 42. He came into the third floor maintenance
shop at the Grand Central Studios with his defective guitar amplifier. We took
the cover off and found all the components were painted over. We asked "where
did you get this amplifier?" He said a technician at NBC built it for him. We
checked and found a charred resistor caused by a shorted tube. The tube and
resistor were replaced ---Mattola was happy and the show went on.

P.S. Anyone around from Grand Central days??

Best regards,
Harold Deppe

Monday, October 10, 2011

By now, I'm sure you have noticed that I have "freshened" up our blog.
Please let me know if you find any errors or omissions.

Sunday, October 09, 2011


Grand Opening of the National Radio Hall of Fame
Gallery set for November 5, 2011. Museum of Broadcast
Communications on State Street, in Chicago.
Bruce DuMont
William G. (Bill) Martin passed away peacefully Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Bill was born March, 8 1921. He graduated from NYU and joined the service. During World War II he was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery for saving his platoon.
After the war he landed a job as a radio announcer in Springfield, Mass. Then later became a staff announcer for CBS. He worked there for 30 years in both Radio and T.V. working with Guy Lombardo, Lowell Thomas, Walter Cronkite and announced for many famous people . He also announced for the famous T.V. show “Dallas”.
Bill loved flying and swimming but most of all he loved his wife Leona and his three children Nancy, Michael and Stephen(Frances) . He also was a devoted grandfather to Charles (Anna) and Jared( Cait). Survived by his sister Joan. He was a chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion and read for the Xavier Society for the Blind for almost 30 years.
He worked with Guy Lombardo, Lowell Thomas, and announced for many famous people on the radio including Count Basie. He worked with Guy Lombardo, Lowell Thomas, and announced many famous people on the radio including Count Basie.
He and Leona recently moved to Delray Beach, Florida.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at St. Thomas More Church. A burial will be held following the funeral mass at the South Florida National Cemetery.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Passing Of Longtime CBS Staff Announcer Bill Martin

I am not sure what years he was an announcer on CBS. I know I have him on one
episode of "To Tell the Truth", circa 1961.
Maybe someone can find out so I can complete my file on him.
From: David Schwartz []