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September 7, 1979…ESPN Debuts

September 7, 1979…ESPN Debuts

On September 7, 1979 at 7:00 p.m. EST, an estimated 30,000 viewers tuned in to witness the launch of The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network…ESPN. Here, at the link, is the welcoming message and the start of the first Sports Center telecast with anchors Lee Leonard and George Grande.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKyRslWcbho

The first score Grande announced was Chris Evert’s victory over Billie Jean King at the US Open. Sports Center lasted a half-hour, consisting mainly of videotaped highlights and following its conclusion that night, the network aired a slow-pitch softball game along with other programming, including wrestling and college soccer. As ESPN grew, so did our cable bills, but that’s another story for another time.

In the photos, we see a studio shot from those early days with Norelco PC70s, a camera op with some great buns and ESPN’s first truck. That first mobile unit was called 140 and is shown here at Compact Video in Burbank in a photo sent to us by David Sturtevant. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee


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NBC Television Logos…1926 – 2000


NBC Television Logos…1926 – 2000

As part of today’s 57th Anniversary of the NBC Peacock logo, I thought I’d add this montage. Someone did a good job with this, which is actually pretty accurate and inclusive…especially the first three minutes or so. I always thought the Snake logo was the best. What’s your favorite? Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkjlCbOjyWM

HOPE YOU LIKE IT!!! List: 1920s Radio on USA – 1926 1930s 2nd logo – 1931 Man plays chimes – 1933 1940s Microphone WNBT – 1944 Curtain with text – 1949 1950s…

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September 7, 1956…NBC Debuts The Animated Peacock


September 7, 1956…NBC Debuts The Animated Peacock

57 years ago today, this animated film clip rolled at NBC for the first time at the start of ‘Your Hit Parade’ which at the time, was originating live and in living color from NBC Studio 8H. The voice belongs to legendary NBC announcer Ben Grauer. The animation was done by Electra Film Labs in New York City. The man who designed the peacock is John J. Graham.

There will be much more on this in the next post or two, but I wanted you to see this in the clear. Below in the comments section is the original peacock slide that debuted in July of 1956…fourteen months before this historic bird came to life. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug9ndBnWi9A

www.technologynewstimeline.com In 1957, NBC used this to indicate that the following program would be in color. It was the true beginning of the color-TV era.

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Barbra Streisand’s Network Television Debut…April 5, 1961


Barbra Streisand’s Network Television Debut…April 5, 1961

Filling in for the vacationing Jack Paar, Orson Bean hosts ‘Tonight’ and introduces the world to Barbara. The actual video will start about a minute into this, but the visuals leading up to it are interesting photos and newspaper clips about the rise of this budding singer.

After her performance, she’ll join (on the couch) Phyllis Diller, Gore Vidal and Hugh Down’s (Paar’s announcer and sidekick) and with Orson behind the desk Albert Dekker. Naturally here singing is flawless but she’s quite funny and at ease in the interview too. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DXvLD-pxms&list=PL0DA39002B63082AB

Barbra Streisand performing “A Sleepin’ Bee” on the Jack Paar Show in 1961.

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The First Photo Of An NBC Studio?

The First Photo Of An NBC Studio? Quite Possibly…

This is the Green Brothers Novelty Band inside NBC’s Studio B at 711 Fifth Avenue. The date is 1928, and although there are other photos of the network’s first radio studios, they are all dated 1929, so this could be the first inside look.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/realestate/21streets.html?_r=0
At the link is a New York Times article about NBC’s first home and some interesting history from the late 1920s till now. In the drawing below, we see the studios that occupied the top few floors of the building.

After only a few years here, RCA and NBC began the process of designing the space they would move into at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in 1933. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee


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Rare! ‘Howdy Doody Show’…Seventh Anniversary Broadcast

Rare! ‘Howdy Doody Show’…Seventh Anniversary Broadcast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwTGyfHaK0
‘The Howdy Doody Show’ debuted on December 27, 1947 and was one of the first daily network shows ever broadcast. The final show was done on September 24, 1960 and in it’s 13 years, this is the only time it was ever done outside 30 Rock.

Adding what I know about these three photos to what some distinguished NBC veterans have come up with, it is my conclusion that this is inside The Century Theater at 7th Avenue and 58th street. The first shows from the Century were ‘Mr Peepers’ and ‘The Imogene Coca Show’. I originally thought this may be The International, but that theater had much more seating on the main floor where here, most of the seating area had become a working stage. The Century went into service for NBC in June of ’54.

At the link above, we see one of only two remnants from this show…a Colgate toothpaste commercial. The other is a Welches spot at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj4r-wr5Zi0

The man in the hat is Bisson Bill, played by New York disc jockey Ted Brown who filled in for Bob Smith, as did Gabby Hayes on some of the shows. Bob was out for a year recuperating from a heart attack he suffered in September of ’54 and returned in September of ’55. The man in the chef’s hat is Dayton Allen who played the parts of Pierre The Chef and Ugly Sam, the world’s worst wrestler. Behind the scenes, Dayton was “the life of the party” and was fired for some of his wild off camera shenanigans with the female cast members and…his member ;>) Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee



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Johnny Carson Punks Joan Rivers! RARE MUST SEE VIDEO!


FANTASTIC! Johnny Carson Punks Joan Rivers! RARE MUST SEE VIDEO!

I had never seen this till just this morning and bet that you never have either. This is one of the most elaborate practical jokes ever and you’ll love the very end too! Thanks to John Marelli for sending this along. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

#t=205″ target=”_blank”>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BainzD2lKmk #t=205

Johnny Carson plays an elaborate practical joke on Joan Rivers (about 1983). Because of her many jokes about the British Royal Family, Johnny Carson hires Br…

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Meredith Vieira Gives Jimmy a Tour of Her Set

30 Rock Update 2…

Monday, Meredith Vieira’s new show will debut in Studio 6A across the hall from Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight’ show in 6B. In this clip, we get our first look at the set as Jimmy and Meredith leave 6B and take us into 6A for a sneak peak. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/11091

Meredith Vieira Gives Jimmy a Tour of Her Set | Video | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon | NBC

Weeknights 11:35/10:35c on NBC. Official website for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. See Jimmy Fallon’s hilarious mix of comedy sketches, monologues and ridiculous games plus music from today’s hottest bands, celebrity interviews, music parodies and fan favorite segments like Jimmy’s Thank Y…

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1982 Gene Rayburn/WBZ-TV Promos

Pure Gene!

As you watch Gene Rayburn cut promos for ‘The Match Game’ at WBZ in Boston, you’ll see him transform into his “hosting personality” right before your very eyes. This is fun! Thanks to Kevin Vahey for the clip. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HljIGil9i3s

1982 Gene Rayburn/WBZ-TV Promos

These are excerpts from a promo record session that Gene Rayburn taped at WBZ TV-4 in Boston in the spring of 1982. The spots highlight the station’s afterno…

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How Television Goes From Coast To Coast…The 1949 Version


How Television Goes From Coast To Coast…The 1949 Version

Before I get too far along, I wanted to mention that at the start of this, and again, scattered throughout, we get a rare look inside at what I think is NBC Studio 8G in action. This would have been shot not long after 8G was dedicated on April 22, 1948.

In today’s post just before this one, we celebrated America’s first coast to coast television broadcast of September 4, 1951. When this AT&T film was made in 1949, the network lines only went as far west as Chicago but in early 1950 went to St. Louis.

This is full of very interesting information on the coaxial cables and systems of the day and at around the 6 minute mark, we get into how AT&T handled the microwave part of broadcasting.

Many of today’s younger generation of broadcasters do not know that back in the early days, Ma Bell was in charge of long distance transmissions for both radio and television. They were as much a part of engineering and remote crews as the camera and audio men, because without the hookup, there was no show. Enjoy and share!
– Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jYm2SVZIPk

See a new AT&T Archives video every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://techchannel.att.com/archives In 1949, this film was part of the very first hour of…

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September 4, 1951…America’s First Coast To Coast TV Broadcast


September 4, 1951…America’s First Coast To Coast TV Broadcast

63 years ago yesterday, the first live television signals were transmitted from San Francisco to the east coast. On that day in 1951, President Harry S. Truman’s opening speech before the Japanese Peace Conference was broadcast across the nation, marking the first time a television program was broadcast from coast to coast. The speech focused on Truman’s acceptance of a treaty that officially ended America’s post-World War II occupation of Japan.

The broadcast, via then-state-of-the-art microwave technology, was picked up by 87 stations in 47 cities. In his remarks, Truman lauded the treaty as one that would help “build a world in which the children of all nations can live together in peace.” As communism was threatening to spread throughout Pacific Rim nations such as Korea and Vietnam, the U.S. recognized the need to create an ally in a strong, democratic Japan.

Since the end of World War II in 1945, Japan had been occupied and closely monitored by the American military under the leadership of General Douglas MacArthur. By 1951, six years later, Truman considered the task of rebuilding Japan complete. Truman praised the Japanese people’s willingness to go along with the plan and expressed his pride in having helped to rebuild Japan as a democracy. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

#52919436” target=”_blank”>http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52919436 #52919436Video on msnbc.com: The first coast to coast broadcast, September 4, 1951 was made by President Harry Truman who made the principal speech at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco.

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ULTRA RARE! Joan Rivers Debuts Her Own Show…September 1968


ULTRA RARE! Joan Rivers Debuts Her Own Show…September 1968

Until yesterday, Joan Rivers was a pioneer in every way and we will miss her! 46 years ago this month, ‘That Show With Joan Rivers’ debuted as one of daytime television’s first ever syndicated talk shows. Like Joan, the show was a bit ahead of it’s time and only lasted one season. This was her first solo enterprise on television.

This video is the debut episode…the topic is one that opens itself to “a river” of double entendres and puns, nudism. Joan’s guests are a lady who owns a nudist camp and her great friend, Johnny Carson. Her emotional intro of Johnny comes around 4:40.

This was shot at NBC New York and I think was done on the third floor in either 3A, 3B or 3K. It could have also come from 8G as at the time, I don’t think there was permanent seating in these studios. Anyone know?

The show’s producer, JEM Productions was owned by Joan and her husband Edgar Rosenberg. Joan often made fun of Edgar for being so cheap, and in this case, the story is true! It takes a lot of expensive video tape to syndicate a show and as the story goes, every couple of days, Edgar and company went dumpster diving for old video tape at the networks and production houses in New York.

Sorry for all the commercials here, but this Hulu video is the only place on the net this rare gem is available. In the monologue, you can see a couple of the RCA TK41s, but later in the Q&A session there are some good shots of the cameras around 17 minutes in. Enjoy and share because this is the only place you’ll ever see this! – Bobby Ellerbee

http://www.hulu.com/watch/258804This episode’s subject is nudism with expert guest, Lucy Hannson. Johnny Carson appears as a celebrity guest.

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Frame Sizes With Fixed Focal Length Lenses…

Frame Sizes With Fixed Focal Length Lenses…

In the days before Zoom lenses, cameras had rotatable turrets which usually held four fixed length lenses. Here is a scene that shows the difference between the frame sizes each lens gave.

In those early days, cameraman and technical directors would go over the lenses needed for a production on each camera. Part of the set up process was manually adjusting the F stops on each lens. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

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Priceless! Look closely…

Priceless!

Look closely…this is very interesting on two counts. First, this is the hard way to do a mat shot…holding the Lucky Strike transparency still for the camera to shoot through is no easy trick, especially in a crowded football stadium.

Second, take a look at the top of the camera door. See the tubes glowing inside? This must have been one of the RCA TK30s permanently assigned to one of the NBC mobile units. It seems that instead of adding the round screen vents, they have cut a piece out of the top of the door for ventilation. Even if the camera was hot, it would usually keep making pictures…the real problem was the heat transfer into the viewfinder and if that got too hot, it would go out and the operator would be blind.

As in the ‘America’s Got Talent’ post just before this, we have a 1950s example of Field Innovation 101. Thanks to Reno Bailey for the photo! Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

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Humphrey Bogart Bloopers

Even Bogie Blew His Lines…And Cussed Like A Sailor!

Just for fun, here’s clip of the great Humphrey Bogart making movies…trying to deliver the right lines, the right way at the right time and place. As you’ll see, this doesn’t always go smoothly! Bless his heart. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMlySgdl54w

Humphrey Bogart Bloopers

Very rare to find bloopers from the Hollywood classics. I’ve edited all the bits in which Humphrey Bogart appeared in the “Warner Bros Breakdowns” of 1936, 1…

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Christina Skaggs And ‘Tattletales’…Photo And Video

Christina Skaggs And ‘Tattletales’…Photo And Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srt9BVd5lc4
At the very start of this video clip of ‘Tattletales’, you’ll see the crane shot from this camera operated by Christina Skaggs. Here she in high on her Chapman Electra behind the set for that opening shot.

There is better quality video of this show, but this is a wildly unique clip from ‘Tattletales’. The show’s regular host was Bert Convy, but in this episode, Jack Narz is hosting with Bert playing the game with other daytime game show hosts, Richard Dawson and Bob Barker and…their wives.

I have not seen this show since it was on (’74-78 and ’82-84) and had forgotten how much fun it was to see these husband and wife teams together. Thanks for the pictures Christina and for reminding us of ‘Tattletales’! Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

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Christina Skaggs…CBS Veteran And Pioneer Female Camera Op

Christina Skaggs…CBS Veteran And Pioneer Female Camera Op

A few days back, we met Christina in videos of her work on ‘The Match Game’. As promised, she’s sent us a few new photos and this the first one…the second one will follow in a separate post with video.

Although camera work has mostly been a “mans world”, there were some highly skilled women along the way who joined in this fraternity and several of them are our friends, like ABC’s Donna Quante.

Here’s what Christina wrote as a caption for this photo…

“This is me on the crane camera on ‘Tattletales’, a Goodson-Todman game show at CBS TV City that aired in the seventies. With me is Jim Riley, my arm operator and a great cameraman who shot Red Foxx and the old Playhouse 90’s way back when. I was so lucky that I came in at a time when big variety shows were the norm and I worked with the men who came from radio and started TVC when it was nothing but an orange grove. A lot of great talent on this show – one of the very friendliest who sat on my crane arm and told me stories about shooting Playhouse 90’s on that very stage many years before was Robert Blake”

Thanks for the pix and background Christiana, and thanks for reminding us of ‘Tattletales’…more on that in today’s next post! Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

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Seth Meyers Debuts The New Set…NBC Studio 8G

Seth Meyers Debuts The New Set…NBC Studio 8G And It’s History

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyIe8XeCglc
Be sure and take a look at this video clip from last night…it’s Seth introducing his new set and at the end, clips of him making a leap of faith onto the old moving desk. In Studio 8G, that desk platform was called “the shoe”. There are photos of the new set below and a shot of 8G from 1948 with it’s unique NBC built cameras.

Bob Friend and his electrical crew had a very busy couple of weeks rewiring and relighting this space, as did the set designers. Our other friends there, Mike Knarre and Bryan Durr got the time off but as camera and video men, probably had some catch up practicing to do to get used to the new layout.

NBC Studio 8G was 30 Rock’s second studio conversion from radio to television, with the first being NBC’s 3H which was created in 1935. Although the official 8G dedication was April 22, 1948, television had been done there since May of 1946. The “official dedication” date marks the date the studio was self sustaining with permanent lights, it’s own control room and cameras. As a side note, NBC Burbank was actually in operation two years before it was “officially dedicated”.

The first show ever to come from 8G was also television’s first variety show…’Hourglass’, which debuted May 9, 1946 when 8G was still officially a radio studio. Later that year, ‘Let’s Celebrate’ was done here as a one time show on December 15, 1946 with Yankee’s announcer Mel Allen as host. Contestants competed in stunts for prizes. ‘The Swift Show’ (a Swift Company sponsored game show), and ‘Americana’ (a game show about American history) started here in 1947.

I don’t think 8G, as a radio studio, had built in audience seating but it was thankfully three times the size of NBC’s only other television studio, 3H. “Radio Age” states that 8G could handle four consecutive shows, which meant the often fifteen minute and half hour shows, with only one small set, could be staged one after the other from different walls of the studio. Congratulations on the new digs guys!

When the studio floors were redone in 8G and 6B last year, I wish I had thought to ask for a few pieces of the concrete that got jackhammered and dumped. Some amazing history has happened on those floors! Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee




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The One And ONLY…Mel Blanc


The One And ONLY…Mel Blanc

Often called “The Man Of 1000 Voices”, here Mel admits to David Letterman that he really only has about 400, which by any measure is still stunning. This is one of the best interviews I’ve seen Mel do…they have a lot of fun and many of your favorite characters will show up here! Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeAM1vwEcFg

Mel Blanc did over a 1000 different Voices in over 5000 CARTOONS ! – UNIQUE GENIUS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnmJALXh_sI Melvin Jerome “Mel” Blanc (May …

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The State Of Television In 1952…Hosted By Dave Garroway


The State Of Television In 1952…Hosted By Dave Garroway

This is a film made by RCA for use in theaters…a kind of “short subject” infotainment project designed to sell the virtues of that new thing called television, and more directly, RCA television sets.

Until Milton Berle came to television as host of ‘The Texaco Star Theater’ in June of 1948, television set sales moved at a snail’s pace. After that, sales took off, but the sets were still expensive. RCA and others manufacturers ate a lot of the costs and had to be aggressive in their marketing and going into theaters to sell their wares was part of the game.

As this opens, we see Garroway of the set of ‘Today’ in it’s first year, with an RCA TK30 and a huge lavalier mic. You’ll notice that a lot of the subject matter revolves around sports…that was one of the few areas that networks had for bringing immediacy to their broadcasts. All four, Dumont, ABC, CBS and NBC depended heavily on boxing and in particular, wrestling as a draw for the male demo in those early years. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s84AUSFbWIw

From 1952, here is the first host of the “Today” Show, Dave Garroway, talking about the relatively new medium of Television, showing many of the shows that w…

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Memories Are Made Of This! 1959 Tour Of KOA TV, Denver


Memories Are Made Of This! 1959 Tour Of KOA TV, Denver

This will start as we are lead into the telecine room, complete with a telop machine…something many have never seen before. By 9:30 we are in video control and at 10:00, we see two brand new Ampex VR 1000 video tape recorders. After that, we see some film editing and a UPI photo fax machine and around 14:00, we are in KOA Radio.

At 16:20 we get down to business in the television studios, equipped with the latest transistorized lighting board, rear screen projection and new RCA TK11/31 cameras. Thanks to John Schipp for reminding us of this clip…arguably one of the best local station tours ever. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

http://youtu.be/hGGD67xmQtw?t=7m59sA tour of the KOA-TV and radio studios soon after their construction in 1959. Hosted by Pete Smythe with an introduction by Today Show Host Dave Garroway and…

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A THANK YOU, And A Welcome To A New “Old Friend”

A THANK YOU, And A Welcome To A New “Old Friend”

Until yesterday, Christina Skaggs never knew about Eyes Of A Generation, but thanks to one of television’s top hockey cameramen, Kevin Vahey, she does now. Over the years, we’ve seen Christina here as the female camera operator on ‘The Match Game’ and two clips with her were posted here yesterday. She’s added some comments to those and will be sending along some pictures soon.

This is where I say THANK YOU! Not only to Kevin, but to the many that have passed along Eyes Of A Generation to their friends and co workers. I am constantly amazed how many of television’s top people are here every day. More than that though, I can’t even begin to tell you how appreciated your one of a kind “eye witness” input and comments are!

At this very moment, people at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal, the BBC and many more networks and production houses are looking at this site, as are many on the sets of some of the biggest shows. Camera operators, video editors, writers, producers, directors, engineers, lighting and set designers and more are all here and I thank you all for coming! We even have network talent and executives among us, and lots of friends in Argentina, Brazil and Australia.

I try to curate television history here by telling stories, but it is you who bring it all to life with your comments, photos and additions. Collectively, we as a kind of family, fill in a lot of blank pages about television’s past and present…something that no one else anywhere is doing. I thank each of you for your interest, passion and input! Thank YOU being a part of Eyes Of A Generation! – Bobby Ellerbee

PS. Welcome also to Jack Young who’s recently joined in.

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Eyes Of A Generation…Masthead Companion Photo And Names

Eyes Of A Generation…Masthead Companion Photo And Names

This is the companion to the photo I use as profile picture for this site. It was taken at the same time and thanks to some veterans in The NBC East Group, we now know the names of these cameramen.

This is at NBC Brooklyn on the set of ‘Sing Along With Mitch’ and at the bottom is one of NBC’s legends, Frank Gaeta. In the middle is Gene Martin who we can’t really see in this photo, but you can in the photo at the top of the page. Speaking of the top, that’s Jack Bennett on the Chapman crane. To see the profile picture in full, just click on it.

I think the man in the sleeveless shirt is a dancer. Notice the cable from the sound boom goes up to the ceiling. At the time, all the TK41s three cable…they were huge heave bundles and needed extra utility men to handle them. The only way to try and keep the floor as clear as possible was to run the boom cables into rotating spring arms on the light grid. Is that Schrafft’s or Chock Full O Nuts coffee?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqZeYFsrkd0

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Paul Shaffer’s Life With Letterman

Dave And Paul…Side By Side Since 1982

I thought you may like to see this. It’s one of the best articles I’ve seen on Paul Shaffer’s time with David Letterman. Enjoy and share!
– Bobby Ellerbee

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/29/paul-shaffer-s-life-with-letterman.html

Paul Shaffer’s Life With Letterman

He’s the bald guy who leads the CBS Orchestra every night on the Late Show with David Letterman—and soon, like his boss and buddy, he’s going to be out of a job.

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‘CBS Evening News’…29th Floor, Graybar Building Location

‘CBS Evening News’…29th Floor, Graybar Building Location

As I wrote earlier today, in the post just before this, the famous newsroom we see here was located in The Graybar Building which is adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.

The first time we see this is during the debut of television’s first daily half hour news broadcast on CBS, September 2, 1963. As I mentioned earlier, this set was recreated almost exactly when the show moved to the CBS Broadcast Center in late 1964. The biggest change would be the line of teletype machines that would be installed on the wall to the right of Cronkite as you view him through the camera.

The map wall to his left, and even the “fishbowl” office would be part of the surroundings, but the fishbowl something we never saw…till now.

Please click on each individual photo to read the detailed captions I have included. There is some very interesting new information there! Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee




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September 2, 1963…CBS Leads Television News To Half Hour

September 2, 1963…CBS Leads Television News To Half Hour

It was 51 years ago today that television news went from fifteen minutes to thirty minutes and Walter Cronkite lead the way. One week later on September 9, NBC’s ‘Huntley Brinkley Report’ followed. It would take till 1967 for ABC to join in.

Before I get too far along, I want to give you some new information on just where this broadcast took place. It was done from the CBS Newsroom which was on the 29th floor of The Graybar Building, which adjoins Grand Central Terminal.

As you will see in the CBS News video from last year, there is a segment that describes the mad dashes from the newsroom to the studio via the Grand Central cat walks. Up until a few weeks before the September 2 half hour kick off, Cronkite had done the news from Studio 42 in Grand Central and the dash was from the newsroom in the Graybar Building to the studio.

The set we see here, which is the same one we saw in all the famous Kennedy Assassination video of Cronkite, is the redone Graybar newsroom. Interestingly, the Greybar newsroom also had a “fishbowl” office which was across from, and to Walter’s right. This exact same setup was recreated at the CBS Broadcast Center news studio when it moved in late 1964…complete with the famous “fishbowl” office. It was actually the producer’s office and had big glass windows…during the broadcast, the staff would gather there to watch. Afterward, they would gather there with Walter to critique the show. More in this soon. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/evening-news-marks-golden-anniversary-of-30-minute-broadcast/

“Evening News” marks golden anniversary of 30-minute broadcast

On Sept. 2, 1963, the “CBS Evening News” revolutionized journalism when it doubled in length — just in time for some of the most momentous stories in U.S. history

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September 2, 1983…The Tom Brokaw Era Begins At NBC


September 2, 1983…The Tom Brokaw Era Begins At NBC

In 1983, September 2 was a Friday. That was the day it was announced on the ‘NBC Nightly News’ that beginning Monday, Tom Brokaw would take over as the sole anchor.

On April 5, 1982, Brokaw began co-anchoring NBC Nightly News from New York with Roger Mudd in Washington. After a year, NBC News president Reuven Frank concluded that the dual-anchor program was not working and selected Brokaw to take over.

Along with Peter Jennings at ABC and Dan Rather at CBS, Brokaw helped usher in the era of the TV news anchor as a lavishly compensated, globe-trotting star in the 1980s. The magnitude of a news event could be measured by whether Brokaw and his counterparts on the other two networks showed up on the scene. Brokaw’s retirement in December 2004, followed by Rather’s ouster from the CBS Evening News in March 2005, and Jennings’ death in August 2005, brought that era to a close.

In the clip, Tom talks about his early days in Omaha at KMTV and WSB in Atlanta. I remember him from Atlanta, along with fellow reporter Judy Woodruff who was there at the same time. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfR6TXbnNTA

As a new college graduate, journalist Tom Brokaw was newly married to a doctor’s daughter and desperate for a job. Watch as Tom reflects on starting out maki…

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Even More ‘Match Game’ Follies…The Oldest Trick In The Book


Even More ‘Match Game’ Follies…The Oldest Trick In The Book

As we all know, if nothing else works…banging on the side of the TV, or even the camera usually does it! Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1FDyV8kYSE

A behind-the-scenes look at how Christina the cameraman keeps Camera 3 working with a bang during a game round.

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More ‘Match Game’ Follies…The Show’s Female Camera Op


More ‘Match Game’ Follies…The Show’s Female Camera Op

I think this lady’s name is Christina but I don’t know her last name…anyone know? Also, is that Hector Rameriz behind them? Hector has been nominated for more Emmy Awards than anyone. This a nice look at the Norelco PC60s and in the background you can see the title board with the logo that is superd over the show’s “spinning block” open. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CxJoOuOrC4

“There wasn’t much news yesterday, so on last night’s CBS News, there was 20 minutes of Walter Cronkite playing with his BLANK.” Bev Owens says “cameraman”, …

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‘The Match Game’ Follies…Gene Attacks The Camera


‘The Match Game’ Follies…Gene Attacks The Camera

In this clip, Gene decides to direct the show “manually” as he tries to persuade the cameraman to give Charles Nelson Reilly a bit more time to prepare his answer “costume”. Enjoy and share! – Bobby Ellerbee

http://youtu.be/521LxMLqK28?t=41sIn ’75, Gene attacked the cameraman for not going off of Avery Schrieber. Now he attacks because it is staying on Charles while he wants to get ready for his…

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