Thursday, December 21, 2017

From Scott Auerbach

My dad was Larry Auerbach, who directed soaps for CBS for 30 years, from the 50s to the 80s.  (Norm Ferro was one of his longtime engineers).  Started in Liederkranz Hall, and ended in the Production Center on 57th and Studio 52, behind the Sullivan Theatre.  I recall Dad bringing home a comedy album put out, if I remember correctly, by a bunch of CBS engineers, about the first Telstar broadcast.  The record was called “The Bird.”  I think it was just a 45 rpm record, with one short comedy routine about the control room chatter desperately trying to get the broadcast to work, intercut humorously with bits of commercials for headache relievers and Walter Cronkite.  The record was lost decades ago, and I can’t find anything about it on the internet, probably because it was produced in such limited quantities and distributed only among CBS employees.  But I figure someone in the association must remember it, or might even still have the record.  If so, I’d love to get a copy of the audio for a documentary I’m doing about my dad and the history of soap operas.

I’ll appreciate any help you can give me in asking the membership about this.

Scott Auerbach
Sputnik Pictures / Atlanta